Poster Hassan Anderson
Oboist Hassan Anderson
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A mother's sacrifice

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

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

Hour 2

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

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