Performance Today

Joan Tower: Copperwave

Joan TowerNoah Sheldon

November 12, 2020

When composer Joan Tower was a young girl, her father was a mining engineer. The family moved from New York to Bolivia for his work. On this episode of Performance Today, find out how young Joan spent her time while her father was in the mines, then we'll hear her piece called Copperwave.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Joan Tower: Fanfare No. 4 for the Uncommon Woman
Colorado Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop, conductor
Tower: Fanfares For The Uncommon Woman, Etc / Alsop, Et Al
KOCH 7469

Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Helene Grimaud, piano; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Lionel Bringuier, conductor
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA

Andrea Mazzariello: Of and Between
fivebyfive, University at Buffalo, Slee Hall, Buffalo, NY

Joan Tower: Copperwave for Brass Quintet
Tim McCarthy, trumpet I ; Chris Boulais, trumpet II; Cort Roberts, horn; Jacob Musquiz, trombone; Justin Bain, bass trombone
Round Top Festival Institute, Festival Concert Hall, Round Top, TX

Hour 2

Anton Arensky: Pres de la Mer, Op. 52: No. 3. Moderato
Adam Neiman, piano
Arensky, A.: 6 Pieces, Op. 53 - Etudes, Opp. 41 and 74 - Pres de la Mer
Naxos NA

Albert Roussel: Concert pour petit Orchestra
IRIS Orchestra; Michael Stern, conductor
IRIS Orchestra, Germantown Performing Arts Center, Germantown, TN

Alexandre Tansman: Septet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Viola, & Cello
Ransom Wilson, flute; Nicholas Stovall, oboe; Jonathan Gunn, clarinet; Kristin Wolfe Jensen, bassoon; Ray Riccomini, trumpet; Susan Dubois, viola; Stephen Balderston, cello
Round Top Festival Institute, Festival Concert Hall, Round Top, TX

Johannes Brahms: Intermezzi for piano, Op. 117
Adam Neiman, piano
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA