During the First World War, Maurice Ravel composed a work and dedicated each movement to a fallen friend or colleague. On this weekend's Performance Today, we'll hear Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin, from a concert in Helsinki, Finland. Guest-hosted by Jade Simmons.
Sol Gabetta plays cello with intelligence, emotion, and a lively wit. She lives in Switzerland, and her career is mainly in Europe. But on Friday's Performance Today, we'll hear from a concert Sol Gabetta gave here in the states with the Houston Symphony.
Who was the first black person to compose an opera that was performed on national television? Who was the first African-American to write an opera that was successfully brought to the stage? Who wrote music for the first Broadway show to feature a racially integrated cast. The answers to these questions and other fascinating artists can be found in our survey of important black figures in classical music.
Come match wits with Bruce Adolphe - now you can play the Piano Puzzler anytime, anywhere! Every week, we're putting a sneak peek of the upcoming Puzzler online; have a listen, and then send us your best guess.
Drew Petersen, winner of the 2017 American Pianists Award, joins host Fred Child in the PT performance studio. He plays two fiendishly difficult pieces of music, and discusses his education and the musical process of constructing a fugue.
Every year a group of friends, who happen to be some of the best brass players in Norway, get together for a fun reunion disguised as a music tour. This year, they stopped by the Performance Today studio.