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Navajo composer and pianist Connor Chee
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Connor Chee: Unbroken

Navajo pianist and composer Connor Chee recently wrote a piece inspired by the Navajo Code Talkers. Chee’s new work traces the brave journey of the Code Talkers through eleven minutes of music. Join us today to hear Connor Chee play the world premiere of Unbroken.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Richard Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder: Traume
Jonas Kaufmann, tenor | Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin | Donald Runnicles, conductor
Album: Kaufmann Wagner
Decca 1802802

Benjamin Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34
Erin Roy, Narrator | GTMF Festival Orchestra | Donald Runnicles, conductor
Grand Teton Music Festival, Walk Festival Hall, Jackson Hole, WY

Joseph Haydn: Trio in E minor, Hob. XV/12: Movement 1 Allegro Moderato
Vienna Piano Trio
University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, UGA Performing Arts Center, Athens, GA

Connor Chee: Unbroken
Connor Chee, piano
YourClassical MPR Diversity Recording Project, world premiere

Hour 2

Pablo de Sarasate: Reverie, Op. 4
Tianwa Yang, violin | Markus Hadulla, piano
Album: Sarasate: Violin and Piano Music, Vol. 3

Gabriel Faure: Masques et bergamasques, Op. 112
ROCO | Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
ROCO, Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavilion, Houston TX

Franz Liszt, arr. LAGQ: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Beaches Fine Arts Series, St. Paul's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Jacksonville, FL

Pablo de Sarasate, arr. Jonathan Keren: Spanish Dances
Ilya Gringolts, solo violin | Anahit Kurtikyan and Jonathan Keren, violins | Silvia Simionescu, viola | Claudius Herrmann, cello | Chen Halevi, clarinet | Michal Lewkowicz, clarinet
Mizmorim Festival, Schmiedenhof, Basel, Switzerland

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