Poster Marin Alsop
Marin Alsop
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Memories of Bernstein

Performance Today - July 4, 2024

When conductor Marin Alsop was a kid, she begged her parents to decorate her bedroom. She says, "I talked them into buying me two posters: one of the Beatles and one of Leonard Bernstein." Join us today to hear some of Marin Alsop's memories of Bernstein and more as we celebrate July 4th with a day of all-American music.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Lukas Foss: A Bernstein Birthday Bouquet: For Lenny
Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra | Marin Alsop, conductor
Album: Bernstein: Suite for Orchestra from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue; Slava
Naxos 8559813

Jessie Montgomery: Banner
Sphinx Virtuosi
Sphinx Virtuosi: Tracing Visions, Ordway Concert Hall, St. Paul, MN

Leonard Bernstein: Candide: Overture
Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra | Marin Alsop, conductor
Album: Bernstein: Anniversaries for Orchestra | Fancy Free | Overture to Candide | Overture to Wonderful Town
Naxos 508018

Leonard Bernstein: Piano Trio
Horszowski Trio
Honest Brook Music Festival, Honest Brook Music Festival, Delhi, NY

Lukas Foss: 3 American Pieces
Nikki Chooi, violin | Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra | JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Album: Lukas Foss: Symphony No. 1; Renaissance Concerto; Three American Pieces; Ode
Naxos 8559938

Hour 2

Harry T. Burleigh, arr. Apollo Chamber Players: Plantation Melodies Old and New: Mvt. 7
Apollo Chamber Players
Album: Blurred Boundaries

Jennifer Higdon: In the Shadow of the Mountain
Apollo Chamber Players
Album: MoonStrike
Azica 71352

Louis Moreau Gottschalk: The Union: concert paraphrase on American airs
Cecile Licad, piano
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall,  Seattle, WA

Ben Shirley: High Sierra Sonata
Anthony McGill, clarinet | Pacifica Quartet
Album: American Stories
Cedille 216

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