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American treasures

On Wednesday's Performance Today, we'll hear three American treasures, including the original jazz band version of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue; Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; and, of course, this week's Piano Puzzler with Bruce Adolphe.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Leonard Bernstein: Fancy Free: Three Dance Variations: 3. Danzon; 1. Galop
Nashville Symphony; Andrew Mogrelia, conductor
Bernstein: Fancy Free/Dybbuk
Naxos 559280

Traditional Swedish (arr. Maria Pomianowska): Fogel vikar'n polska
LutoSlowianie Orchestra; Maria Pomianowska, artistic director
Chopin and his Europe International Music Festival, Witold Lutoslawski Polish Radio Concert Studio, Warsaw, Poland

The Piano Puzzler: This week's contestant is Chris Willis from Santa Monica, CA

Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Grand Teton Festival Orchestra; Donald Runnicles, conductor
Grand Teton Music Festival, Walk Festival Hall, Jackson Hole, WY

Hour 2

Felix Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Jeffrey Kahane & Wu Han, piano
Music@Menlo Festival, in Menlo Park, CA
Music@Menlo 20092

Carl Maria von Weber: Grand Duo Concertante, Op. 48
Anthony McGill, clarinet; Gloria Chien, piano
String Theory, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN

George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Jeffrey Kahane, piano and conductor; Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Royce Hall, Westwood, CA

August Klughardt: 5 Schilflieder for Oboe, Viola, and Piano, Op. 28
James Austin Smith, oboe; Daniel Phillips, viola; Pedja Muzijevic, piano
Bank of America's Chamber Music Series, Spoleto Festival USA, Dock Street Theater, Charleston, SC

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American Public Media’s Performance Today® is America’s most popular classical music radio program and a winner of the 2014 Gabriel Award for artistic achievement. The show is broadcast on hundreds of public radio stations across the country, including at 1 p.m. central weekdays on Minnesota Public Radio. More information about our stations can be found at APM Distribution.

Performance Today® features live concert recordings that can’t be heard anywhere else, highlights from new album releases, and in-studio performances and interviews. Performance Today® is based at the APM studios in St. Paul, Minnesota, but is frequently on the road, with special programs broadcast from festivals and public radio stations around the country. Also, each Wednesday, composer Bruce Adolphe joins host Fred Child for a classical musical game and listener favorite: the Piano Puzzler.

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