Poster Juan Ramirez
Juan Ramirez - violinist, composer, and gardener
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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PT Weekend: Juan Ramírez

Violinist Juan Ramírez has been a member of the Atlanta Symphony for almost 50 years. He is also an avid gardener with a particular passion for chili peppers.  When he's not tending his peppers or practicing his violin, he's composing. On today's show, we'll hear a piece he wrote in 2002: Suite Latina by Juan Ramírez.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 1: III. Scherzo
The Nash Ensemble
Album: Coleridge-Taylor: Piano Quintet & Clarinet Quintet
Hyperion Records 67590

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Ballade for Orchestra in A minor, Op.33
Minnesota Orchestra | Thomas Sondergaard, conductor
Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Chris Freitag calling from New York, NY

Grazyna Bacewicz: Piano Quintet No. 1
David Fung, piano | Verona Quartet
Lillian & Robert Utsey Chamber Music Series 36th Season, Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Hour 2

Anthony DiLorenzo: Anthem of Hope: Houston Strong
ROCO | Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Album: ROCO: Visions Take Flight
Innova 016

Juan R. Ramirez: Suite Latina for String Quartet
Dali Quartet
Hamilton College Performing Arts Series, Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts, Clinton, NY

Felix Mendelssohn: Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Strings in D minor, MWV O4: Movement 2 Adagio
Gloria Chien, piano | Soovin Kim, violin | East Coast Chamber Orchestra
Chamber Music Northwest, Kaul Auditorium, Reed College | Portland, OR

Michael Abels: Borders
Mak Grgic, guitar | ROCO | Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
ROCO, St. John the Divine Church, Houston, TX

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