The Isle of the Dead is a painting of a dark, forbidding island. After viewing it, Sergei Rachmaninoff was inspired to write a symphonic poem; a musical depiction of the journey of a newly departed soul. On Friday's Performance Today, we'll hear the Nashville Symphony perform Rachmaninoff's Isle of the Dead in concert in Nashville.
Edicson Ruiz was born in 1985, in Caracas, Venezuela. He began playing double bass when he was 11 years old. Just six years later, Ruiz became the youngest-ever member of the Berlin Philharmonic. On Thursday's Performance Today, hear Edicson Ruiz - front and center - with the Luxembourg Philharmonic, performing a concertante for double bass by Nino Rota.
Every year a group of friends, who happen to be some of the best brass players in Norway, get together for a fun reunion disguised as a music tour. This year, they stopped by the Performance Today studio.
Come match wits with Bruce Adolphe - now you can play the Piano Puzzler anytime, anywhere! Every week, we're putting a sneak peek of the upcoming Puzzler online; have a listen, and then send us your best guess.
Listen to a never-before-broadcast show theme song from the 1986 pilot episode of the program. Fred Child also interviews the show's first executive producer, Wes Horner, and Jim Pugh, composer of the Performance Today theme song.