Poster Pianist Jon Nakamatsu
Pianist Jon Nakamatsu
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Performance Today®

PT Weekend: Don't touch!

Performance Today - July 6, 2024

It seems to be human nature that when something is forbidden, it becomes all the more enticing. When Jon Nakamatsu was a boy, no one in his family was allowed to touch the piano. Can you see where this is going? Learn how Jon Nakamatsu became a pianist on today’s show.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Amy Beach: A Cradle Song of the Lonely Mother, Op. 108
Kirsten Johnson, piano
Album: Amy Beach: Piano Music, Vol. 4 - The Late Works
Guild 7387

Gioacchino Rossini: Overture to William Tell
Taipei Music Academy and Festival Orchestra | Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Taipei Music Academy & Festival, National Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Marc Loudon calling from New Orleans, Louisiana

Amy Beach: Theme and Variations for String Quartet and Flute, Op. 80
Adam Sadberry, flute | The Balourdet String Quartet
Strings Music Festival, Strings Pavilion, Steamboat Springs, CO

Hour 2

Michael Fine: Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet: I. Andante lyrico
Anton Rist, clarinet | Scott Yoo, violin | Erik Arvinder, violin | Maurycy Banaszek, viola | Jonah Kim, cello
Album: Five for Five: Chamber Music
Evidence Classics

Muzio Clementi: Sonata in F-sharp Minor, Op. 25 No. 5
Jon Nakamatsu, piano
Southeastern Piano Festival, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Columbia, SC

Jean Francaix: Octet: Movement 2
Anton Rist, clarinet | Conrad Cornelison, bassoon | Kaitlyn Resler, horn | Abigel Kralik, Aurelia Duca, violins | Jessica Oudin, viola | Dariusz Skoraczewski, cello | Robert Franenberg, double bass
Festival Mozaic, Harold J. Miossi Cultural and Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo, CA

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Septet for Piano Trio and String Quartet
Geoffrey Herd, Jinjoo Cho, Eric Wong, violins | Ettore Causa, viola | Max Geissler and Clive Greensmith, cellos | Henry Kramer, piano
Geneva Music Festival, Smith Opera House, Geneva, NY

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