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Lara Downes

Lara Downes continues to uplift Black composers. Courtesy of artist

March 30, 2022

Listeners from across the country shared their nominations for the PT Classical Woman of the Year award. We've chosen pianist Lara Downes for her artistry, determination, and leadership. Join us today for a full hour of music and conversation with Lara Downes.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Igor Stravinsky: Duo Concertant Movement 4 Gigue
Jennifer Frautschi, violin | Marta Aznavoorian, piano
Album: Stravinsky, Ravel, Jennifer Frautschi, Marta Aznavoorian
Artek 00062

Enrique Granados: Dance No. 5
Celino Romero, guitar | Lito Romero, guitar
The University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Ramsey Concert Hall, Athens, GA

Lili Boulanger: D'un matin de printemps
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra | Nicholas Collon, conductor
Musiikkitalo, Helsinki, Finland

Piano Puzzler
This week's contestant: Gina Doorn from Los Alamos, NM

Camille Saint-Saens: Violin Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75
Jennifer Frautschi, violin | Pedja Muzijevic, piano
The Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music Series, South Carolina Public Radio, Dock Street Theater, Charleston, SC

Hour 2

Joan Tower: Fanfare No. 4 for the Uncommon Woman
Colorado Symphony Orchestra | Marin Alsop, conductor
Album: Tower: Fanfares For The Uncommon Woman / Alsop
Koch 7469

Nora Holt: Nora's Dance
Lara Downes, piano
Album: Phenomenal Women
Rising Sun 3

Florence Price: Barcarolle
Lara Downes, piano
Album: Phenomenal Women
Rising Sun 3

Johnny Green, arr. J. Distler: I Cover the Waterfront
Lara Downes, piano
Album: A Billie Holiday Songbook
Steinway & Sons 30026

Harry T. Burleigh, arr. Lara Downes: Southern Lullaby
Lara Downes, piano | PUBLIQuartet
Album: Light: Migration Music Part 1
Rising Sun 5

R. Nathaniel Dett: Magnolia Suite: The Place Where the Rainbow Ends
Lara Downes, piano
Album: Settle: Migration Music Part 3
Rising Sun 7

H. Leslie Adams: L'extase d'amour (The Ecstasy of Love)
Jordan Bak, viola | Lara Downes, piano
Album: Spring Fever
Rising Sun 4

Scott Joplin: Weeping Willow
Lara Downes, piano
Album: Reflections: Scott Joplin Reconsidered
Rising Sun 16

Scott Joplin: Bethena
Lara Downes, piano
The Band: Judy Kang, Chiara Fasi, violin | Tia Allen, viola | Yves Dharamraj, cello | Kevin Sun, clarinet and saxophone
Album: Reflections: Scott Joplin Reconsidered
Rising Sun 16

Scott Joplin, arr. Lara Downes: Treemonisha: Prelude
Lara Downes, piano
Album: Reflections: Scott Joplin Reconsidered
Rising Sun 16

Scott Joplin, arr. Stephen Buck: Magnetic Rag
Lara Downes, piano
The Band: Judy Kang, Chiara Fasi, violin | Tia Allen, viola | Yves Dharamraj, cello | Kevin Sun, clarinet and saxophone
Album: Reflections: Scott Joplin Reconsidered
Rising Sun 16