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With Julie Amacher
With Julie Amacher
With Julie Amacher
Trumpet and piano are equal partners in this concerto by Shostakovich, featuring pianist Daniil Trifonov. Semyon Bychkov also leads the Czech Philharmonic in Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8.
On this episode of SymphonyCast, composer and bassist Xavier Foley makes his SPCO debut with two works that showcase his dynamism and virtuosity on the double bass, including his double concerto for violin and bass, performed alongside SPCO’s Kyu-Young Kim.
Oregon Symphony Artist-in-Residence Johannes Moser performs Lutoslawski’s Cello Concerto, once described as “the story of a twentieth-century Don Quixote.”
This isn’t your typical New Year’s concert. It’s the beginning of a much-anticipated festival honoring the music of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius and showcasing Music Director Osmo Vänskä in his acclaimed role as “our greatest living Sibelian” (Sunday Times, London). It’s your chance to hear two of Sibelius’ greatest symphonies, as well as his Humoresques performed by violinist Stella Chen, all while ringing in 2022 with the Minnesota Orchestra. (recorded December 31, 2021)
Violinist Frank-Peter Zimmermann joins the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jakub Hrusa for a program of Czech works, including the Rhapsody No. 1 by Bela Bartok.
ROCO explores the interplay of light and dark in “Shadows," built around a commission by Alyssa Morris, Tlapalli Tlahuilli—inspired by an Aztec myth detailing how the world received its sound and color. And, the Suite from Pelleas and Melisande by Gabriel Faure.
We're off to Vienna for a concert featuring Mozart and Mahler performed by Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony.
NDR presents a cinematic line-up, first exploring the darker side of romantic music in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, followed by one of Nielsen’s most dramatic works, “Inextinguishable,” which features an exciting battle between two sets of timpani.
Norman and Donatoni challenge our sensibilities with experimental celebrations of imperfection, while Bach and Mendelssohn rely on functional harmony and technique to guide us through an emotional expedition - all performed by one of America’s finest chamber orchestras, LACO.
During this week's show, there was an anonymous encore performed. We know the name of that encore, but do you? If you recognized the encore, submit your answer. We will draw one name from all of the correct answers received by midnight on Sunday, and the lucky winner will receive a CD from our library. Only one entry per person please.
SymphonyCast, with host Julie Amacher, is a two-hour weekly radio program featuring a full-length concert by a major orchestra. Material is drawn from Europe’s premier symphony orchestras, along with U.S. orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Nashville Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra.
Julie Amacher's desire to introduce others to great music is what led her to radio. She began her professional broadcast career at a station in Sun Prairie, Wis. She went from rock 'n' roll to the Rocky Mountains, where she found her niche in public radio at KUNC in Greeley, Colo. Julie spent 13 years at KUNC, where she managed the announcers and their eclectic music format. During that time, she earned four national awards for best announcer. She joined Minnesota Public Radio in 1997 as an on-air host and also produces New Classical Tracks, a weekly podcast introducing listeners to new classical releases each week. She also is the program director for YourClassical Minnesota Public Radio.
Daniel Nass is the interim producer of SymphonyCast. He is responsible for creating the sound of the show, including choosing music programming and conducting artist interviews. In his nonproducer life, he is an avid runner and an award-winning composer.
Michael "Ozzie" Osborne is the Technical Director for SymphonyCast. He masters the live and recorded music recordings that are programmed for each SymphonyCast show. He also enjoys photography, listening to music, and bicycling.
Complete playlist information is available for each show. Click on a specific episode to access a detailed playlist.
It’s the opening trumpet fanfare from Steve Heitzeg’s Nobel Symphony.
It’s possible, but not likely. Many of the performances that you hear on SymphonyCast are not available for purchase because they were played at a live concert. In some cases, the musicians have recorded that same music for a commercial CD. If so, album title and recording label information will be available in the episode playlist.
Every Monday, we update the previous week’s episode page to include the answer to the Encore Contest above. We also update our Facebook page with the Encore Contest winner.