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Lara Downes plays Florence Price

Pianist Lara Downes is passionate about sharing the music of Black composers and strives to make previously overlooked music accessible for other musicians to play. On today's show, Lara Downes plays Florence Price's 'Piano Concerto in One Movement' with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Leonard Bernstein: Clarinet Sonata movement 1: Grazioso
Zuill Bailey, cello | Lara Downes, piano
Album: Some Other Time
Steinway and Sons 30025

Astor Piazzolla: Kicho
Adrian Jost, bandoneon | John Novacek, piano | Abigel Kralik, violin | Susan Cahill, double bass
Festival Mozaic, Harold J. Miossi Cultural and Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo, CA

Felix Mendelssohn: Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in D minor
James Ehnes, violin | Robert DeMaine, cello | Orion Weiss, piano
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA

Florence Price: Piano Concerto in One Movement: Part 2 and 3 (excerpts)
Lara Downes, piano | Detroit Symphony Orchestra | William Eddins, conductor
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Hall, Detroit, MI

Hour 2

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter Symphony" Movement 3: Menuetto: Allegretto
Orchestra of St. Luke's | Donald Runnicles, conductor
Album: Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 39 & 41
Saint Luke's 3001

Stephen Hough: Sonata No. 4 (Vida Breve)
Stephen Hough, piano
Tippet Rise Art Center, Olivier Music Barn, Fishtail, MT

Hanna Benn: Where Springs Not Fail
East Coast Chamber Orchestra
Chamber Music Northwest, Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, Portland, OR

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quintet in E-flat major, K. 452
Michael Brown, piano | Stephen Taylor, oboe | Sebastian Manz, clarinet | Peter Kolkay, bassoon | Radovan Vlatkovic, horn
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

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