Conductor Kenneth Woods, who leads the Orchestra of the Swan in England, counts himself very lucky to have discovered the music of Hans Gal. On Friday's Performance Today, Woods will introduce us to music by 20th century composer Hans Gal, and tell us why it's so important to him.
Recently, violinist Ani Kavafian and pianist Inon Barnatan took the stage at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. On Thursday's Performance Today we'll hear two pieces from that concert that'll melt your heart: Clara Schumann's Romances for violin. Plus, we'll head to Warsaw, Poland to hear a suite from Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt.
This week on PT, tubist Coco Wieprecht joins Fred in the studio as our first-ever Young Artist in Residence born in the 21st Century. Wieprecht will discuss her budding musical career, and we'll hear her play a solo piece by Philadelphia-born composer, Vincent Persichetti.
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.
Saturday, March 21, 2015, marks Bach's 330th birthday. Cellist Dale Henderson will spend that day just as he has since Bach's 225th birthday: in a New York City subway station playing Bach's music. Henderson joins Fred Child to discuss his Bach in the Subways Project.
In his latest CD, pianist Kirill Gerstein plays Tchaikovsky's familiar Piano Concerto No. 1 in an unfamiliar way. Listen to his discussion with Fred to learn more about his inspiration for this project.
One of the most popular choral works ever written premiered 100 years ago in Moscow. To commemorate this historic event, the Kansas City Chorale and the Phoenix Chorale have released a new recording of the All-Night Vigil. Music Director Charles Bruffy and Russian choral music expert Vladimir Morosan talk with Fred Child about the importance of this music.
Every year, talented young Black and Latino classical string players compete in the Sphinx Competition. The 2015 winner is violinist Eduardo Rios, a 19 year-old student at the Colburn School. He's originally from Lima, Peru.