Poster Fred Child and Bruce Adolphe
Fred Child & Bruce Adolphe
Photo: Jon Gohman
Performance Today®


Every week, composer Bruce Adolphe joins us for a musical game: the Piano Puzzler. Bruce re-writes a familiar tune in the style of a great composer, and 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!

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Samuel Barber: Cello Sonata: Movement 2
Clancy Newman, cello | Natalie Zhu, piano
Album: From Method to Madness

Robert Paterson: Triple Concerto, "Summit" (World Premiere)
Anna Williams, violin | Mikhail Veselov, cello | Eri Nakamura, piano | Mostly Modern Orchestra featuring the Neave Trio | JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Mostly Modern Festival, Arthur Zankel Music Center, Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Saratoga Springs, NY

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Sara Tillotson calling from Tulsa, OK

Will Hermanowski: Dance Adjacent for Flute, Violin, Viola and Cello
Catherine Gregory, flute | Eunice Kim, violin | David Samuel, viola | Mihai Marica, cello
Emerging Composers Intensive, Walden Theater, Carmel Valley, CA

Hour 2

Enrique Soro: Fantastic Dance
Norwegian Radio Orchestra | Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor
Album: Inca Trail Connections
Naxos 574266

Leos Janacek: String Quartet No. 1 "Kreutzer Sonata"
Bob Anemone, violin | Rachel Ostler, violin | Madeline Sharp, viola | Brad Ritchie, cello
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Pre-Concert Chamber Music Series, Symphony Hall, Atlanta, GA

Frederic Chopin: Scherzo No. 3 Op. 39 in C-sharp minor
Yekwon Sunwoo, piano
Close Encounters with Music, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA

Zoltan Kodaly: Dances of Galanta
Grand Teton Festival Orchestra | Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor
Grand Teton Music Festival, Walk Festival Hall, Jackson Hole, WY

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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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