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Classical
9:36 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Blechacz Featured on Performance Today

Rafał Blechacz, the 28-year-old Polish pianist who was just named the 2014 Gilmore Artist.
Credit Felix Broede via Deutsche Grammophon

Tune in at 5 PM Tuesday to hear the pianist everyone is talking about playing Chopin, Mozart and Beethoven - and to learn how to pronounce his name! Rafal Blechacz (who won all five first prizes at the International Chopin Competion in 2005) was just named the 2014 Gilmore Artist. What's unique about this $300,000 award, given every four years, is that recipients don't even know they are under consideration until they win. Also, in the second hour of PT, hear Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra perform Beethoven's Second Symphony at Carnegie Hall.

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Classical
9:42 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Imani Winds Live on Performance Today

The Imani Winds (Valerie Coleman, flute; Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe; Jeff Scott, French horn; Mariam Adam, clarinet; Monica Ellis, bassoon)
Credit Matthew Murphy from imaniwinds.com

Join Fred Child Tuesday at 6PM as the ever-innovate Imani Winds come into the studio to perform a work by member Valerie Coleman, "Red Clay and Mississippi Delta," as well as music by Wayne Shorter and Jason Moran.  There's also some terrific Tchaikovsky, Ravel, and more!

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Classical
8:54 am
Tue November 26, 2013

"Concerto Evening" on IPR Classical

Mitsuko Uchida, DBE, conducting Mozart from the keyboard
Credit Roger Mastroianni courtesy Arts Management Group

Tonight from 5-9 PM you can hear concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Bach, and Vivaldi, in live concert performances by some of today's great soloists. First, during Performance Today, Dame Mitsuko Uchida performs Mozart's radiant Piano Concerto no. 23 in A, conducting the Cleveland Orchestra from the keyboard. Then Argentine legend Martha Argerich solos in Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 2 and Schumann's Piano Concerto.

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Classical
6:43 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Britten 100th (and JFK) on Classical

Benjamin Britten, born Nov. 22 1913

Friday is both the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination and the 100th birthday of one of the greatest composers, Benjamin Britten. Join Barney Sherman and Fred Childs for music written by Britten (including the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and the Gloriana Courtly Dances, among others) and recordings showing his greatness as conductor and pianist in the music of Bach, Mozart, and others. Also, Fred has audio of the announcement of Kennedy's death to the audience at the Boston Symphony concert that afternoon - it is powerful - and Barney has the music played thereafter.

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Classical
8:56 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Performance Today from Aspen

The Aspen Music Tent (and the Aspen scenery)
Credit eoshea from flickr.com

Every evening from 5 to 7 this week on Performance Today, you can hear what's happening at this year's Aspen Music Festival. Featured artists include established greats like guitarist Sharon Isbin and violinist Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg as well as admired newcomers like violinists Ray Chen and Stefan Jackiw. Tune in to sample the music they're making this week in the Rockies!

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Classical
10:05 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Shaham in Mendelssohn, "Butterfly"

Gil Shaham, the Israel-born, Illinois-raised violin master.
Credit gilshaham.com

Tune in this afternoon and evening to hear the glorious Gil Shaham on record and in concert. The Israel-born, Illinois-bred violinist leads the International Sejong Soloists in Mendelssohn's Octet - surely the greatest work ever written by a 16 year old - on Barney Sherman's show. Then, on Performance Today, he plays the Butterfly Lovers Concerto, written in China in 1959.  When a friend introduced him to the work a few years ago, his friend burst into tears because the music was so emotional.  Hear Shaham play it, and see if it moves you, too.

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8:24 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Orpheus in Carnegie, Today at 5PM

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Credit Larry Fink from orpheusnyc.com

Wait, where's the conductor? Not in front of the conductor-free Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Hear this virtuoso group in a recent Carnegie Hall appearance playing Schubert's Fourth Symphony, preceded by Elgar's Serenade for Strings and Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances. Thursday's Performance Today also brings us other talented artists playing Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg and more.

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Classical
8:24 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Orpheus CO in Carnegie, Thurs @5PM

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Credit Larry Fink from orpheusnyc.com

Wait, where's the conductor? Not in front of the conductor-less Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Hear this virtuoso group in a recent Carnegie Hall appearance playing Schubert's Fourth Symphony, preceded by Elgar's Serenade for Strings and Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances. Also on Thursday's Performance Today are other talented artists playing Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg and more.

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Classical
10:07 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Britten Piece for Rostropovich, Weds. @5 PM

Mstislav Rostropovich and Benjamin Britten after a concert, November 1, 1964 (RIA Novosti archive, image #25562)
Credit Mikhail Ozerskiy on wikipedia commons

They seemed  opposite: Mstislav Rostropovich, the fiery Soviet cellist, Benjamin Britten  the cool-tempered English composer. But they shared uncompromising convictions about social issues and musical genius. On Wednesday's Performance Today Coleman Itzkoff, - PT"s Young Artist in Residence - brings to life music that Britten wrote for Rostropovich.

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Classical
9:31 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Rite of Spring 100th Today

Igor Stravinsky, sketched by his friend and collaborator Pablo Picasso
Credit public domain

Wednesday, May 29 is the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, and while it no longer causes riots it still sounds radical, wild, and fresh. Hear it - introduced by New Yorker music critic Alex Ross - in the 6 PM hour of Performance Today.  In the afternoon Barney Sherman will play part of it in the version Stravinsky first published, for piano four hands.

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9:55 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Wagner 200th on PT, McGlaughlin

The Bayreuth Festival House, built by Wagner for performing his Ring Cycle and funded largely by his patron Ludwig II of Bavaria (popularly known as "Mad King Ludwig" ).
Credit PercyGermany on Flickr.com

What do we make of the complex legacy of Richard Wagner on the 200th anniversary of his birth, Wednesday? Both Performance Today with Fred Child (5-7 PM) and Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin (9-10 PM) are exploring the question this week with fascinating results. Tune in tonight to PT, for example, to hear Gabriel Faure's "Souvenirs of Bayreuth" - a cheeky quadrille on themes from the Ring Cycle - as well as Wagner in concert by leading performers (among those on PT this week are Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt, Sir Simon Rattle, and Esa-Pekka Salonen).

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