Performance Today

Iva Bittova

Violinist and vocalist Iva Bittova performs for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.Artists own personal photo

September 05, 2018

Iva Bittova is a Czech violinist, singer, and composer. Her work these days is mostly focused on playing violin and singing, but she is still strongly influenced by her background in acting and dance. Learn more about Iva Bittova and hear a performance of her composition "Divna Slecinka," on Wednesday's Performance Today.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vocalise
Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Time for Three
Time For Three
Universal 20744

Sergei Rachmaninoff: The Isle of the Dead Op. 29
Nashville Symphony; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Nashville Symphony, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN

This week's contestant is Joe Sorenson from Albuquerque, NM: Piano Puzzler

Peter Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture solonelle, Op. 49
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir; JoAnn Falletta, conductor
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY

Hour 2

Gabriel Faure: Cello Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13: Movement 4 Allegro quasi presto
Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Kathryn Stott, piano
Paris La Belle Epoque - Faure, Massenet, Etc / Ma, Stott
Sony 87287

Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in C major, Op. 20, No. 2
Simone Porter, violin; Karen Gomyo, violin; David Harding, viola; Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, cello
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA

Iva Bittova: Divna slecinka
James Austin Smith, oboe; Matthew Lipman, viola
Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, The Gold Room - The Breakers, Palm Beach, FL

Gabriel Faure: Suite from Pelleas and Melisande
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta, conductor
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY