When he was 8 years old, Ramzi Aburedwan became the poster child for the first Palestinian Intifada with a photo of him throwing a rock at an Israeli tank. Then, as he says, "music chose him.' He began to play the viola, removing him from violence and giving him another means of personal expression. A new book about Aburedwan and the music school he began has just been published. Fred Child interviews the author Sandy Tolan along with Aburedwan.
Pianist Joyce Yang and student musicians Emma Gerstein, Sofia Nikas and Katherine Siochi joined Fred onstage for PT's live event at Harris Hall in Aspen, Colo. for an evening of musical performances and conversation.
Each of the past three summers, Kebra-Seyoun Charles has been the youngest player in the school's double bass program. We caught up with Kebra earlier this summer in Aspen to find out how the bass came to be his instrument of choice.
The Detroit Symphony and Music Director Leonard Slatkin have recently released new recordings of all six of Peter Tchaikovsky's symphonies. Slatkin spoke with us about the process of turning live concerts into recordings, the differences between live and studio recordings, and more.
In 1815, a group of Bostonians came together to form an ambitious music ensemble; they called themselves the Handel and Haydn Society. Nowadays, H+H has the distinction of being the oldest continuously performing music ensemble in the United States. Artistic Director Harry Christophers joins us to discuss the ensemble's history, their bicentennial celebration plans, and more.