On Wednesday's Performance Today, we'll meet our newest PT Young Artist in Residence: violinist Simone Porter, who possesses poise and presence well beyond her years. Plus, a musical celebration in honor of Yo-Yo Ma's 60th birthday.
In 1805, a critic wrote: "The [Eroica] Symphony contains much to admire, but it's difficult to keep up admiration for 45 minutes. If this symphony is not abridged, it will soon fall into disuse." Well, that hasn't happened yet! On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear Beethoven's Eroica Symphony from the Grand Teton Festival.
Inspired by a set of drawings by 19th century French caricaturist and cartoonist J.J. Grandville, Canadian-American composer Karim Al-Zand wrote a fantastical piece called "Visions from Another World."
Test your ears as Bruce Adolphe takes a popular tune and transforms it into something that sounds like it was composed by one of the greats. Guess the great and the song. Then listen to a piece by the composer in question. The Piano Puzzler® with Bruce Adolphe is available for download and as a podcast.
Recently, PT was on location at the 2015 Grand Teton Music Festival for 'A Night with Performance Today.' Listen to live music and conversation from that event, including on stage performances of a trio by Alexander Zemlinsky and music for brass ensemble by Bruce Broughton.
Recently, PT was on location at the 2015 Grand Teton Music Festival for 'A Night with Performance Today.' Listen to live music and conversation from that event, including on stage performances of Douglas Hill's Bass 'n' Brass Trio and Robert Schumann's Three Fantasy Pieces.
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.