Performance Today

Victoria Kelly: Goodnight Kiwi

Victoria Kelly, New Zealand composerPhoto: Amanda Ratcliffe

Performance Today - September 8, 2021


September 08, 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

William Grant Still: Radiant Pinnacle
Althea Waites, piano
Album: Black Diamonds: Althea Waites Plays Music by African-American Composers
Cambria 1097

William Grant Still: From the Delta: Suite
Northern Arizona University Wind Symphony | Patricia Hoy, conductor
Album: Northern Arizona University Wind Symphony

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Claire Nalven of Waltham, MA

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major
Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra | Michelle Rofrano, conductor
Spoleto Festival USA, Dock Street Theater, Charleston SC

Hour 2

Edward Elgar: Chanson de Nuit, Op. 15, No. 1
English Sinfonia | Sir Charles Groves, conductor
Album: 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