Performance Today

Nina Lee and the Brentano Quartet

Brentano QuartetJuergan Frank, courtesy of artist

March 23, 2018

When Nina Lee was a young girl, a group of female musicians came to her school. They played a popular TV jingle... and Lee fell in love with the sound of the cello. Now, she's a member of the Brentano Quartet. More about Nina Lee's story, and a concert performance by the Brentano Quartet, on Friday's Performance Today.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Camille Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals (excerpts)
Renaud Capucon, violin; Esther Hoppe, violin; Beatrice Muthelet, viola; Gautier Capucon, cello; Frank Braley, piano; Emmanuel Pahud, flute
Le Carnaval Des Animaux
Virgin 45603

Jean-Baptiste Lully: Extracts from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, LWV 43
Sonnambula; Elizabeth Weinfield, Artistic Director
Baruch Performing Arts Center - Engelman Recital Hall, New York, NY

Camille Saint-Saens: Sonata in E flat major for Clarinet and Piano
Tommaso Lonquich, clarinet; Michael Brown, piano
Late Night Rose, Lincoln Center Rose Studio, New York, NY

Anton Webern; Franz Schubert: (Webern) Bagatellen, Op. 9 & (Schubert) Minuets, D. 89
Brentano String Quartet
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

Hour 2

Astor Piazzolla (arr. Peter von Weinhardt): Oblivion
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin; London Symphony Orchestra; Keith Lockhart, conductor
Serenade: The Love Album
E One 7792

Jennifer Higdon: Dance Card
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra; Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, St. John the Divine Church, Houston, TX

Traditional (arr. Yi-Wen Jiang): Selections from "Chinasong"
Shanghai Quartet: Weigang Li, violin; Yi-Wen Jiang, violin; Honggang Li, viola; Nicholas Tzavaras, cello
Rockport Music, Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA

Scott Wheeler: Morningside (Portrait of Monica Jakuc)
Donald Berman, piano
Adam Abeshouse, National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY