Camille Saint-Saens completed his last symphony in 1886, and said "I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again." It's a rare composition for full orchestra and organ. On Tuesday's Performance Today, hear Saint-Saen's Symphony No. 3, the 'Organ Symphony', performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, with Theirry Escaich on the organ.
In the 1850's, nine year-old Antonin Dvorak became transfixed by trains and railroads. In the following decades, the composer made visits to train stations a part of his daily life. In 1884, a musical theme popped into his head, triggered by the sound an arriving train. On Monday's Performance Today, hear this inspired theme and more of Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 7, in a concert performance by the Nashville Symphony.
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."