Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1984. He studied at Stanford University, and over the last dozen years or so, he has been a leading scholar and performer of harpsichord music. If you're someone who finds harpsichord music harsh or brittle, we have a performance that might help change your mind. Hear Mahan Esfahani play music by C.P.E. Bach on today's show.
Brandon Patrick George is a renowned American flutist and a member of Imani Winds, celebrated for his elegant and virtuosic performances. On today's show, we'll hear him perform two solo pieces for flute, one by Shawn Okpebholo and the other by Ruth Crawford Seeger. Plus, Bruce Adolphe has this week’s Piano Puzzler!
Violinist Bella Hristova and composer David Ludwig were married in 2015. In the months leading up to the wedding, Ludwig wrote a piece for Hristova—not a 2-minute bon-bon for the reception, but a full concerto for solo violin and orchestra. On today's episode, we'll hear Bella Hristova play Ludwig's concerto with JoAnn Falletta conducting the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
If composer Gioachino Rossini were alive today, he'd be 232 years old, but only celebrating his 56th birthday. Rossini was born on February 29th. Music by the Leap Day birthday boy, Rossini, on this episode of Performance Today.
Georgetown University has opened a center to examine the legacy of slavery, including that history within the school itself. In 2021, Georgetown commissioned composer Carlos Simon to write a piece in honor of the people sold by Georgetown in 1838. We'll hear the Requiem for the Enslaved by Carlos Simon on today's show. Plus, Bruce Adolphe has this week's Piano Puzzler!
At the age of ten, American violinist Rachel Barton Pine debuted with the Chicago Symphony. She was also the first and youngest American to win the gold medal at the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition. We'll hear from one of Rachel Barton Pine's most recent projects on today's show.
Brandon Patrick George is a renowned American flutist and a member of Imani Winds, celebrated for his elegant and virtuosic performances. On today's show, we'll hear him perform two solo pieces for flute, one by Shawn Okpebholo and the other by Ruth Crawford Seeger.
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