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Tania Léon conducting the Youth Orchestra LA.
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Performance Today®

PT Weekend: Tania Leon

Performance Today - May 11, 2024

A colorful bird sings high in a tree. Suddenly, it takes off and flies in chaotic circles, running into nearby trees. The bird exhausts itself and falls asleep. That's the story of a piece called Alma by Tania Leon—and we'll hear it on today's show!

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Bela Bartok: "For Children," Hungarian Folk Tunes, Volume 1
Paul Galbraith, 8-string guitar
Album: In Every Lake the Moon Shines Full
Delos 3236

Duke Ellington: Night Creature
Courtney Bryan, piano | Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra | Louis Langree, conductor
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Austin Hooper calling from Waco, Texas

Bela Bartok: Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz. 111
Gilbert Kalish, piano | Tommaso Lonquin, clarinet | Kristin Lee, violin
Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute, Spieker Center for the Arts, Menlo Park, CA

Hour 2

Florence Price: Piano Concerto in One Movement (Excerpt - Adagio)
Michelle Cann, piano | New York Youth Symphony | Michael Repper, conductor
Album: Piano Concerto in One Movement (Excerpt - Adagio) - Single
New York Youth Symphony

Maurice Ravel: Sonatine
Avery Gagliano, piano
Young Artist in Residence Series, Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Recording Studio, St. Paul, MN

Florence Price: The Deserted Garden for Viola and Harp
Jessica Oudin, viola | Elisabeth Remy Johnson, harp (members of the Merian Ensemble)
ASO Pre-Concert Chamber Music Series, Symphony Hall, Atlanta, GA

Gabriel Faure: Nocturne No. 4
Avery Gagliano, piano
Young Artist in Residence Series, Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Recording Studio, St. Paul, MN

George Frideric Handel: Selections from Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430
Avery Gagliano, piano
Young Artist in Residence Series, Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Recording Studio, St. Paul, MN

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