On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear the epic grandeur and the playful wit of Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition from a concert in Houston. Plus, English pianist Stephen Hough performs music by Claude Debussy.
The Bergen Philharmonic takes its Norwegian composers very seriously. So when the orchestra performs Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto, the selection of the pianist is extremely important. On Monday's Performance Today, we'll hear their choice, as Dutchman Ronald Brautigam gives a thrilling performance of the concerto in concert with the Bergen Philharmonic.
And they're off! For the next 10 days, Fred Child is in Central Europe leading some PT listeners in A River Rhapsody on the Danube. Want to join them? Come follow along and experience the Danube tour from the comfort of your home. The site will be updated as the tour progresses, so don't forget to check back often!
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.
Performance Today is taking a cross-country road trip for your ears. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, our broadcasts will highlight music and composers that are associated with a particular US destination.
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.
We toured Charleston's famous Historic Dock Street Theatre with Managing Director Christopher Parham, who spoke with us about the history of the space, its ghostly inhabitants, and the building's recent renovations.