Poster Man sitting at piano with music
Grammy-nominated pianist John Novacek.
The New School - Mannes School of Music
Performance Today®

A gift for all of us

In 2020, Rodney Maddock commissioned composer and pianist John Novacek to write a trio in celebration of his wife Marleny Gonzalez's 70th birthday. Novacek came up with a piece with a nod to one of her musical favorites, the 20th-century Colombian clarinetist Lucho Bermudez. It's a birthday gift meant to be shared with the world. Join us today to hear a gift for all of us: Trio Marlenita by John Novacek.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Jerry Bock, arr. Oran Eldor: The Dream from Fiddler on the Roof
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin | Stephen Benson, mandolin | Joshua Camp, accordion | Michael Blanco, bass
Album: The Fiddler Expanding Tradition
Broadway Records 09217

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105
Minnesota Orchestra | Osmo Vanska, conductor
Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Anne Nelson calling from Portland, ME

Jessie Montgomery: Coincident Dances
Chicago Sinfonietta | Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Album: Project W: Works by Diverse Women Composers
Cedille 90000185

Hour 2

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Impromptu No. 2
Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano
Album: Summertime
London/Decca 4851683

Clarice Assad: Ode to Carmen Miranda
ROCO | Johannes Debus, conductor
ROCO, St. John the Divine Church, Houston, TX

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Four African Dances, Op. 58
Samuel Nebyu, violin | Charles Abramovic, piano
Lucerne Festival, St Luke's Church, Lucerne, Switzerland

John Novacek: Trio Marlenita
John Novacek, piano | Burt Hara, clarinet | Bion Tsang, cello
Festival Mozaic, Harold J. Miossi Cultural & Performing Arts Center, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

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