The natural world has always been a source of inspiration for musicians -- but there's another side to it as well. On Wednesday's Performance Today, we'll speak with student violist Cynthia Phillippi on how she copes with the more creepy crawly side of nature at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
In order to earn pocket change, some students at the Aspen Music Festival play their instruments on the streets of Aspen -- a practice called "busking." Cellist Lucie Ticho likes to set up outside a local creperie for a couple of different reasons; one reason may or may not involve free crepes. On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear more from Ticho and other performers at the Aspen Music Festival.
Each of the past three summers, Kebra-Seyoun Charles has been the youngest player in the school's double bass program. We caught up with Kebra earlier this summer in Aspen to find out how the bass came to be his instrument of choice.
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, come join us on our summer road trip, as we highlight distinctive American places and their connections to great American music. To get even more insight into the people and places we visit (or to backseat drive), follow along with our road trip map.
The Detroit Symphony and Music Director Leonard Slatkin have recently released new recordings of all six of Peter Tchaikovsky's symphonies. Slatkin spoke with us about the process of turning live concerts into recordings, the differences between live and studio recordings, and more.
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.