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Jim Stephenson, composer and conductor
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Performance Today®

Jim Stephenson: Persephone

Composer James Stephenson imagined what might have happened before Aaron Copland's iconic Appalachian Spring. Stephenson turned to the myth of Persephone as his inspiration and created a musical journey into the underworld and back. We'll hear the world premiere of James Stephenson's Persephone on today's show.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Yuko Uebayashi: Au-dela du Temps Movement 4 La lumiere tournante dans
Carol Wincenc, flute | Tanya Dusevic Witek, flute | Stephen Gosling, piano
Album: Misericordia
Azica 71325

Florence Price: Fantasie No. 1 in C Minor
Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin | Tanya Bannister, piano
Music at the Institute Concert Series, Ukrainian Institute of America, New York, NY

Bohuslav Martinu: Trio for Flute, Cello & Piano
Carol Wincenc, flute | Issac Moorman, cello | He Chang, piano
Round Top Music Festival, Festival Concert Hall, Round Top, TX

James Stephenson: Persephone (World Premiere)
ROCO | Delyana Lazarova, conductor
ROCO, Rothko Chapel, Houston, TX

Hour 2

Johann Sebastian Bach: French Suite No. 5 for Solo Piano: Movements 1 and 2
Wu Han, piano
Album: Wu Han Live
Music@Menlo 2014

Alberto Ginastera: Impresiones De La Puna
Alice K. Dade, flute | Scott Yoo and Aurelia Duca, violins | Clinton Dewing, viola | Sterling Elliott, cello
Festival Mozaic, Mission San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA

Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio No. 32 in A Major, Op. 36, No. 1, Hob. XV:18
Wu Han, piano | Arnaud Sussmann, violin | David Finckel, cello
Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute, Spieker Center for the Arts, Menlo Park, CA

John Corigliano: Symphony No. 1: Movements 3-4
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra | Hannu Lintu, conductor
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Powell Hall, St. Louis, MO

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