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Highlights from around the world

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December 23, 2015

Every week, composer Bruce Adolphe joins us for a musical game. Play along; see if you can name the tune, and the composer whose style Bruce is mimicking. On Wednesday's Performance Today, we'll play the Piano Puzzler, plus we'll hear highlights from concert halls around the world.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Richard Wagner: Romanza (Albumblatt)
Elissa Lee Koljonen, violin; Robert Koenig, piano
Heartbreak, Romantic Encores for Violin
Dorian 90268

Michael Engelhardt: Gaudete!
Utah State University Chamber Singers; Cory Evans, conductor
Kent Concert Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center, Logan, UT

Benjamin Britten: The Spirit of the Lord (World of the Spirit)
St. Olaf Choir Massed Choirs; St. Olaf Orchestra; Anton Armstrong, conductor
St. Olaf Christmas Festival, Skoglund Center Auditorium, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

Walter "Jack" Rollins & Steve Nelson (arr. Dallas Brass): Frosty the Tuba
Dallas Brass; Mike Levine, conductor
Beaches Fine Arts Series, St. Paul's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Jacksonville, FL

The Piano Puzzler: This week's contestant is Cynthia Schwab from Joplin, MO

Richard Wagner: Prelude to Act 1 of Lohengrin
National Festival Orchestra; Asher Fisch, conductor
The University of Maryland, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD

Abbie Betinis: In the Bleak Midwinter
Evan Mitchell, piano; Luther College Nordic Choir; Dr. Allen Hightower, conductor
Center for Faith and Life, Decorah, IA

William James Kirkpatrick (arr. Patrick Kerber and David Bryan): Away In A Manger
Pepe, Celin, Lito, Celino and Angel Romero
Christmas with Los Romeros
DG 17474

Alex Bigney: New Snow/Mittens for Christmas
Kirkmount: Alex Bigney, harp and bones; Samuel Bigney, fiddle; Simeon Bigney, cello and bodhran
Mittens for Christmas
Dorian 93236

Hour 2

Antonin Dvorak (arr. Fritz Kreisler): Sonatina for violin and piano, Op.100, "Indian Lament"
Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Patricia Zander, piano
Kreisler, Paganini: Works
Sony 37280

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Excerpts from Noels pour les instruments
Masques; Olivier Fortin, conductor
Noel baroque
Analekta 9908

Gustaf Nordqvist: Jul, jul, stralande jul
Chanticleer; Ragnar Bohlin, conductor
Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Church of St Ignatius Loyola, New York, NY

Pietro Yon: Gesu Bambino
Adagio Trio
Winter Gift
Adagio Trio 2

Antonin Dvorak: Songs My Mother Taught Me
Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Kathryn Stott, piano
The Arc of Life
Sony 10316

Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3: Air on the G String
Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Bobby McFerrin, vocals
Sony 48177

Traditional: Dona Nobis Pacem/Auld Lang Syne
Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Chris Botti, trumpet
Yo Yo Ma & Friends - Songs of Joy and Peace
Sony 24414

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Overture to The Wasps
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrew Litton, conductor
Grieg Concert Hall, Bergen, Norway

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Antiphon (Five Mystical Songs)
Massed Choirs of St. Olaf College and the St. Olaf Orchestra; Christopher Aspaas, conductor
St. Olaf Christmas Festival, Skoglund Center Auditorium, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Wassail Song from "Two Songs of Winter"
Judy Mason, piano; Spivey Hall Children's Choir; Martha Shaw, conductor
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA