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Postcard depicting the State Capitol in Charleston, West Virginia. From The Tichnor Brothers Collection in the Boston Public Library's Print Department.
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Performance Today®

Charleston, West Virginia

All this summer, we're featuring great music inspired by distinctive American places. The next stop on PT's Summer Road Trip is West Virginia. On Friday's Performance Today, we'll hear a piece called "Vandalia," after an old name for what is now West Virginia. Composer Matthew Jackfert will join us for the journey.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Giuseppe Verdi: Waltz in F major: Movement 1
Solisti Italiani; Edoardo Farina, piano
Denon 18070

Mikhail Glinka: Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla
Dallas Winds; Jerry Junkin, conductor
Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX

Hans Gal: Symphony No. 1 in D, Op. 30
Orchestra of the Swan; Kenneth Woods, conductor
Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon, England

Giuseppi Verdi (arr. Franz Liszt): Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto
Nobuyuki Tsujii, piano
University of Georgia, Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, GA

Hour 2

Peter Tchaikovsky: "Danse russe" from Swan Lake, Op. 20
Joshua Bell, violin; Berlin Philharmonic; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Tchaikovsky, Joshua Bell, Michael Tilson Thomas, Berliner Philharmoniker
Sony 94832

Matthew Jackfert: Vandalia
Brandon Brown, violin; West Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra; Robert Turizziani, conductor
Statna Opera, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

Pierre Jalbert: Autumn Rhapsody
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra; Edwin Outwater, conductor
The Church of St. John the Divine, Houston, TX

Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5: 2. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza; 3. Valse Allegro moderato; 4. Finale Andante maestoso
Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit, MI
Tchaikovsky: The Six Symphonies (Live)
DSO Live 1

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