In the spring of 1873, composer Giuseppe Verdi went to Naples to oversee a production of his opera, Aida. The star soprano got sick, and Verdi was forced to postpone rehearsals. He had some free time, so he tried something he hadn't done before...he wrote a string quartet. His friends really liked it, but Verdi was more skeptical. It was his only string quartet but has stood the test of time. On Tuesday's Performance Today, the Afiara String Quartet plays the String Quartet by Giusseppe Verdi, from a concert in Montreal.
If a single voice could invite harmony, it was the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. Strong and powerful, yet nuanced and musical in his sense of phrasing. The sound of his voice, and his message of freedom, peacefully fought to add voices to a border-less choir of love and decency. On Monday's Performance today, you'll hear "From the Mountaintop" by Richard Danielpour, inspired by the voice, sound, and message of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.
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.
In May 2017, join PT host Fred Child for an Italian adventure! Hop aboard a chartered ship and take in the sights and sounds of Northern Italy with your fellow classical music enthusiasts. Tickets sell quickly; get yours today!
Christopher Tignor is a composer, violinist, and software engineer. His emotionally charged scores and unique focus on live, performance-based electro-acoustic practice has won acclaim within both the classical and experimental communities.
Music is Music is a Performance Today podcast featuring composers and musicians steeped in the classical tradition, but determined to carve out a home for new music in the 21st century. Each new episode features artists talking about their craft and a sample of their work. Current episodes include conversations with Julia Holter, the Spektral Quartet, Third Coast Percussion, and members of Wilco, Stereolab, and Helado Negro.
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From a young age, Sam Shepherd has rejected the idea of neat, tidy musical categories. He studied classical piano growing up, but felt confined by what he calls the "dots on a page." It wasn't until he heard a performer really making a classical piece his own, breaking out of strictly classical feel, that he was hooked. Now, Shepherd writes music under the alias "Floating Points."