Poster Composer Reena Esmail
Composer Reena Esmail
Photo: Rachel Garcia
Performance Today®

Esmail: The Light is the Same

Indian-American composer Reena Esmail works between the worlds of Indian and Western classical music. In 2017, Esmail drew inspiration from the words of Rumi, a 13th-century Sufi poet: "Religions are many, but God is one. The lamps may be different, but the light is the same." On today's episode, we'll take you to a concert at the University of Georgia to hear the Imani Winds play Reena Esmail's 'The Light is the Same.'

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Reena Esmail: Varsha (Rain)
Claire Bryant, cello
Album: Whole Heart
Bright Shiny Things 178

Maurice Ravel: Mother Goose Suite
Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN

Andre Caplet: Conte fantastique
Sivan Magen, harp | Pacifica Quartet
Aspen Music Festival and School, Harris Concert Hall, Aspen, CO

Reena Esmail: The Light is the Same
Imani Winds
University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, GA

Hour 2

Robert Schumann: Polonaise No. 5 for Piano 4 Hands
Roberto Plano, piano | Paola Del Negro, piano
Album: Schumann: Complete Music for Piano 4 Hands
Brilliant Classics 95675

Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D Major, "London"
Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra | Christian Reif, conductor
Lakes Area Music Festival, Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts, Brainerd, MN

Franz Liszt: Miserere du Trovatore, Paraphrase de Concert S. 433
Roberto Plano, piano
Grand Piano Series, Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, Naples, FL

Charles Washington: Midnight Child
Calidore String Quartet
Fundacion Juan March, Madrid, Spain

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