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James Austin Smith, oboist
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James Austin Smith

Performance Today - July 9, 2024

Pianists and violinists can make a living as professional classical music freelancers, but an oboist? That's a real rarity. James Austin Smith is a pioneering oboist in so many ways. On today's show, we'll hear James Austin Smith in concert at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Jennifer Higdon: Smash
Third Sound Ensemble
Album: Third Sound - Heard in Havana

Francois George-Hainl: Fantasy on the Themes from William Tell, by Gioachino Rossini
Zlatomir Fung, cello | Dina Vainshtein, piano
Friends of Chamber Music, Virtual Event, Bryan, TX

Jennifer Higdon: Southern Harmony
Helen Hwaya Kim, violin | John Meisner, violin | Catherine Lynn, viola | Brad Ritchie, cello
Atlanta Chamber Players, First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Georg Philipp Telemann: Oboe Concerto in E minor
James Austin Smith, solo oboe | Gabriela Diaz, violin | Livia Sohn, violin | Ayane Kozasa, viola | Nina Lee, cello | Anthony Manzo, double bass | Pedja Muzijevic, harpsichord
Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music Series, Dock Street Theatre, Charleston, SC

Hour 2

Robert Schumann: Fantasiestucke, Op. 73 movement 3: Rasch und mit Feuer
Juho Pohjonen, piano
Album: Chopin, Schumann, Grieg
Avie 2389

Clarice Assad: Bonecos de Olinda
Grand Teton Festival Orchestra | Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor
Grand Teton Music Festival, Walk Festival Hall, Jackson Hole, WY

Frederic Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
Juho Pohjonen, piano
The Frederic Chopin Society, Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Macalester College, St Paul, MN

Robert Schumann: String Quartet No. 3 in A Major Op. 41 No. 3
Viano String Quartet
The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL

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