Poster Sarah Willis, horn player
Sarah Willis, horn player
Sebastian Haenel
Performance Today®

Sarah Willis plays Mozart

Horn player Sarah Willis says she has always loved playing Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 3 but that it is challenging to play well. So, Willis took a decidedly lyrical approach to practice the concerto. Hear Sarah Willis and the Lyceum Orchestra of Havana perform it at a concert in Germany on today's show.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Igor Stravinsky: Suite No. 1 for Small Orchestra
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Album: Shadow Dances
Deutsche Grammophon 453 458-2

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat, K. 447
Sarah Willis, horn | Orquesta del Lyceum de La Habana | Jose Mendez Padron, conductor
Konzerthaus, Berlin, Germany

Guido Lopez-Gavilan: Cuarteto en Guaguanco
Harlem Quartet
Interlochen Presents, Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall, Interlochen, MI

Igor Stravinsky: Suite from Pulcinella
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic | Adelphi Quartet (section leaders): Brendon Elliott & Julian Maddox, violins, Omar Shelly, viola, Marza Wilks, cello, Braizahn Jones, bass
National Orchestral Institute + Festival, Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Hour 2

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: 4 African Dances, Op. 58: Movement 3
Samuel Nebyu, violin | Bethany Brooks, piano
Album: Music by Composer of African Descent
BCM+D 2017

Sergei Rachmaninoff, arr. Vyacheslav Gryaznov: Three Romances
Vyacheslav Gryaznov, piano
Grand Piano Series, Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, Naples, FL

Henry Purcell, arr. George Benjamin: Three Consorts from Consort Music for Strings
Mahler Chamber Orchestra | Sir George Benjamin, conductor
Berlin Music Festival, Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Nonet in F minor, Op. 2
Pedja Muzijevic, piano | Jennifer Frautschi, violin | Ayane Kozasa, viola | Arlen Hlusko, cello | James Austin Smith, oboe | Todd Palmer, clarinet | David Byrd-Marrow, horn | Monica Ellis, bassoon | Anthony Manzo, double bass | Geoff Nuttall, conductor
The Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music Series, Dock Street Theater, Charleston, SC

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