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A mother's sacrifice

Oboist Hassan AndersonNir Arieli

June 14, 2021

When Hassan Anderson was in high school, he played the school's "loaner" oboe. His mother felt strongly that he was too talented to be playing on a cheap oboe, so she made a big sacrifice; she sold her car to buy his first professional oboe. On today's show, hear Hassan Anderson and pianist Eliran Avni play music by Thomas Dorsey, from a concert in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Helena Munktell: Suite for Large Orchestra: Finale
Gavle Symphony Orchestra | Tobias Ringborg, conductor
Album: Helena Munktell: Orchestral Works
Sterling 1066

Jean Francaix: L'heure du berger
Tara Helen O'Connor, flute
Stephen Taylor, oboe
Sebastian Manz, clarinet
Peter Kolkay, bassoon
Radovan Vlatkovic, horn
Michael Brown, piano
Spivey Hall & The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

Helena Munktell: Walpurgisfire
Gavle Symphony Orchestra | Tobias Ringborg, conductor
Album: Helena Munktell: Orchestral Works
Sterling 1066

Igor Stravinsky: Suite from Pulcinella
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic
National Orchestral Institute + Festival, Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Hour 2

Jennifer Higdon: String Poetic: Nocturne
Jennifer Koh, violin | Reiko Uchida, piano
Album: String Poetic
Cedille 103

George Gershwin: An American in Paris
Minnesota Orchestra | Osmo Vanska, conductor
Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN

Maurice Ravel: Sonata No. 2, M.77
Jennifer Koh, violin | Reiko Uchida, piano
Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, The Breakers - Gold Room, Palm Beach, FL

Thomas Dorsey: Take my Hand, Precious Lord
Eliran Avni, piano | Hassan Anderson, oboe
UCCS Presents/Classical 88.7 KCME/Adventure Culture Fund, Ent Center for the Arts, Colorado Springs, CO