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Valerie Coleman, flutist and composer
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PT Weekend: Valerie Coleman

When deadlines are tight and work is stressful, the baby also starts crying. But for composer Valerie Coleman, her newborn's need for comfort created "unexpected serenity." On this episode of PT, we'll hear a trio written with a baby in one hand and a pen in the other: Rubispheres by Valerie Coleman. Plus, Brude Adolphe has this week’s piano puzzler!

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Darius Milhaud: Selections from Scaramouche and Saudades Do Brasil
Branford Marsalis, alto saxophone | Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Album: Branford Marsalis: Creation
Sony 89251

Darius Milhaud: La creation du monde, Op. 81
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra | Louis Langree, conductor
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Betty Oram calling from Brooklyn, New York

Eleanor Alberga: Shining Gate of Morpheus
Sarah Grimes, violin | Cecilia Belcher, violin | Sam Bergman, viola | Katja Linfield, cello | Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, horn
Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN

Hour 2

Arvo Part: Summa for String Quartet
Chilingirian Quartet
Album: Tavener: Thunder Entered Her
Virgin Classics 5099969323

Arvo Part: Spiegel im Spiegel "Mirror in the Mirror"
Soo Bae, cello | Noreen Polera, piano
Honest Brook Music Festival,  Delhi, NY

Valerie Coleman: Rubispheres for Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon
Imani Winds
University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, GA

Charles Martin Loeffler: Two Rhapsodies for Oboe, Viola, and Piano
Alecia Lawyer, oboe | Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola | Audrey Andrist, piano
ROCO, Rienzi, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

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