When Alexi Kenney was a boy, his aspirations were modest; he wanted to play the tambourine or the triangle. His mother got him thinking in a different direction, however. On Wednesday's Performance Today, we'll meet talented violinist Alexi Kenney, our newest Young Artist in Residence.
Hector Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique is one part tender love song, one part crazy paranoid hallucination. On Tuesday's Performance Today, we have highlights from this unusual piece on the way from a concert in Cincinnati.
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 coversations with Julia Holter, the Spektral Quartet, Third Coast Percussion, and members of Wilco, Stereolab, and Helado Negro.
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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.