Poster Mississippi John Hurt
Mississippi John Hurt, 1965
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Honoring Mississippi John Hurt

Composer David Kirkland Garner is fascinated by a wide range of American roots music, and the legacies of the people who made it happen. On today's episode, we'll hear a piece he wrote honoring the blues legend Mississippi John Hurt. It's a dance called MELT, by David Kirkland Garner, from a concert presented by the Atlanta Chamber Players.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Gioacchino Rossini: William Tell: Pas de Soldats (Soldiers' Dance)
Monte Carlo National Opera Orchestra | Antonio de Almeida, conductor
Album: Rossini: Ballet Music
Philips 422843

Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic | James Ross, conductor
National Orchestral Institute + Festival, Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

David Kirkland Garner: MELT
Alcides Rodriguez, clarinet
Helen Hwaya Kim, violin
Brad Ritchie, cello
Susan Welty, horn
Andrew Brady, bassoon
Julie Coucheron, piano
Atlanta Chamber Players, First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Francois George-Hainl: Fantasy on the Themes from William Tell, by Gioachino Rossini
Zlatomir Fung, cello | Dina Vainshtein, piano
(virtual event) Friends of Chamber Music, Bryan, TX

Hour 2

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14, in C-sharp minor, 'Moonlight', Movement 1
Murray Perahia, piano
Album: Immortal Beloved: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Sony 66301

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Op. 55 ‘Eroica’ Movement 1
Manchester Music Festival Orchestra | Ignat Solzhenitsyn, conductor
Manchester Music Festival, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT

Carl Maria von Weber: Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major Op. 34: Movement 1
Ilya Shterenberg, clarinet | Ariel String Quartet
San Antonio Chamber Music Society, Temple Beth-El, San Antonio, TX

Doug Balliett: Gawain's Journey
St. Lawrence String Quartet | JACK Quartet
Spoleto Festival USA, Dock Street Theater, Charleston, SC

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