Violinist Joseph Joachim believed that there were only four great violin concertos written by German composers -- and one of them was written just for him, by his friend Johannes Brahms. On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear violinist James Ehnes play that Brahms Concerto in concert with the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra.
What do you get when you have an orchestra and two solo timpanists playing nine kettle drums? It's either madness...or it's a piece by Philip Glass. Then again, could it be both? On Monday's Performance Today, we'll go to a concert in Montreal to decide.
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.
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.
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.