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Conrad Tao

Composer and pianist Conrad Tao made his first Performance Today appearance at the age of 12 when Tao played his piano variations on Happy Birthday as a special birthday present for conductor David Zinman. Since then, we've heard him regularly as a pianist, as a composer...and even occasionally as a violinist. Conrad Tao plays three piano preludes by Sergei Rachmaninoff on today's show.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Graham Fitkin: Sciosophy
Graham Fitkin, Eleanor Alberga, Shelagh Sutherland & Errollyn Wallen, pianos
Album: Flak

Hampson Sisler: Phoenix Forever: Movement IV Phoenix Eternal
Praga Sinfonietta | Marlon Daniel, conductor
Album: Hampson Sisler: Phoenix Forever - Orchestral Music
MSR Classics

Samuel Carl Adams: Movements (for us and them)
Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra | Christian Reif, conductor
Lakes Area Music Festival, Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts, Brainerd, MN

Eleanor Alberga: Shining Gate of Morpheus
Sarah Grimes, Cecilia Belcher, violins | Sam Bergman, viola | Katja Linfield, cello | Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, horn
Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN

Courtney Bryan: Eternal Rest
Courtney Bryan, piano
Album: This Little Light of Mine
Courtney Bryan 884501336819

Hour 2

Jennifer Margaret Barker: Na Tri Peathraichean: Gearr Aonach
Alice K. Dade, flute | John Novacek, piano
Album: Living Music
Naxos 559831

Clarence Cameron White: Levee Dance Op. 6, No. 2
Simin Ganatra, violin | John Novacek, piano
Music in the Vineyards festival, Silverado Vineyards, Napa, CA

Gustav Mahler: Piano Quartet in A minor: Movement 1 Nicht zu schnell
Susie Park, violin | Rebecca Young, viola | Brandon Vamos, cello | John Novacek, piano
Music in the Vineyards festival, Silverado Vineyards, Napa, CA

Jake Heggie, arr. Cristian Macelaru: Suite from Moby Dick
Aspen Festival Orchestra | Cristian Macelaru, conductor
Aspen Music Festival and School, Benedict Music Tent, Aspen, CO

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Opp. 32 & 23
Conrad Tao, piano
Album: Voyages

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