Poster Fred Child and Bruce Adolphe
Fred Child & Bruce Adolphe
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Performance Today®

PT Weekend: Bruce Adolphe and the Piano Puzzler

Every week, composer Bruce Adolphe joins us for a musical game, our Piano Puzzler. Bruce re-writes a familiar tune in the style of a great composer. We get one of our listeners on the phone who tries to guess the hidden tune and the composer whose style Bruce is imitating. Play along with the PT Piano Puzzler on this episode of Performance Today.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Giuseppe Verdi: Waltz in F major
Edoardo Farina, piano | I Solisti Italiani
Album: Operisti
Denon 18070

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1
Verona Quartet
Lillian & Robert Utsey Chamber Music Series 36th Season, Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Piano Puzzler
Contestants: Beau Smith & Sylvia Pacheco calling from Attleboro, MA

Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata: Prelude to Act I
London Symphony Orchestra | Carlo Rizzi, conductor
Album: Ultimate Overtures
Erato 94809

Giacomo Puccini: Crisantemi
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra | JoAnn Falletta, conductor
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY

Hour 2

Amy Beach: Le Prince Gracieux (The Gracious Prince)
Joanne Polk, piano
Album: Amy Beach, Vol. 2: Under the Stars
Arabesque 6704

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat, Op. 82: Movements 1-2
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra | Gemma New, conductor
Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand

Jacques Ibert: Trois pieces breves
Dolce Suono Ensemble: Mimi Stillman, flute | Katherine Needleman, oboe | Doris Hall-Gulati, clarinet | William Short, bassoon | Jeffrey Lang, horn
Dolce Suono Ensemble Presents, Trinity Center for Urban Life, Philadelphia, PA

Giacomo Carissimi: Quasi aquila provocans ad volandum
James Reese, tenor | Tempesta di Mare | Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone, Directors
Tempesta di Mare Philadelphia Concert Series, Episcopal Cathedral, Philadelphia PA

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American Public Media’s Performance Today® is America’s most popular classical music radio program and a winner of the 2014 Gabriel Award for artistic achievement. The show is broadcast on hundreds of public radio stations across the country, including at 1 p.m. central weekdays on Minnesota Public Radio. More information about our stations can be found at APM Distribution.

Performance Today® features live concert recordings that can’t be heard anywhere else, highlights from new album releases, and in-studio performances and interviews. Performance Today® is based at the APM studios in St. Paul, Minnesota, but is frequently on the road, with special programs broadcast from festivals and public radio stations around the country. Also, each Wednesday, composer Bruce Adolphe joins host Fred Child for a classical musical game and listener favorite: the Piano Puzzler.

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