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Victoria Kelly: Goodnight Kiwi

Victoria Kelly, New Zealand composerPhoto: Amanda Ratcliffe

March 10, 2021

When composer Victoria Kelly was a kid in New Zealand, she watched an animated show featuring an adorable kiwi bird. At the end of each episode, the kiwi ended the show by turning out the lights. Kelly used this memory to compose a piece of music that ultimately helped her to say "goodnight" to her ailing mother. On today's show, hear pianist Juho Pohjonen perform Goodnight Kiwi, by Victoria Kelly.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Gaetano Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore: Una furtiva lagrima
Joshua Bell, violin; Orchestra of St. Luke's; Michael Stern, conductor
Voice Of The Violin
Sony 97779

Anna Clyne: This Midnight Hour
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic; Michael Stern, conductor
National Orchestral Institute + Festival, Dekelboum Concert Hall at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD

Piano Puzzler: Today's contestant is Benjamin Keating of Monticello, IL

Peter Tchaikovsky: Souvenir d'un lieu cher for Violin and Piano, Op. 42
Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin; Wu Han, piano
Interlochen Presents the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall, Interlochen, MI

Hour 2

Edward Elgar: Chanson de Nuit, Op. 15, No. 1
English Sinfonia; Sir Charles Groves, conductor
English Sinfonia -- Sir Charles Groves
MCA 25885

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: Movement 4 Allegro
Gabriel Martins, cello; Sphinx Symphony Orchestra; Roderick Cox, conductor
Sphinx Organization, Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, Detroit, MI

Ludwig van Beethoven: Quintet for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Piano in E-flat major, Op. 16
Stephen Taylor, oboe; Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; Peter Kolkay, bassoon; Radovan Vlatkovic, horn; Wu Qian, piano
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY

Victoria Kelly: Goodnight Kiwi
Juho Pohjonen, piano
Bridgehampton Chamber Music, Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, Bridgehampton, NY