Podcasts: Classical & Jazz Highlights Archive

Classical Performance - Noah Bendix-Balgley - June 18, 2013
Join Russell Gant for another live performance from the Sarasota Music Festival. Violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley is currently the concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He’s a former student of the Sarasota Music Festival and now he’s on the faculty. Listen as Noah Bendix-Balgley plays music by Bach, Bloch, and some Klezmer selections from our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance Studio on Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9.
Classical Performance - Johnandrew Slominski - July 22,2013
Listen to some great music performed live from our Tampa performance studio! Bethany Cagle talks with pianist Johnandrew Slominski, who’s in town for the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival at USF. They speak about this exciting festival and Johnandrew plays music by Franz Liszt, Beethoven, his own arrangement of some Schumann, and a little Gershwin too on Classical WSMR.
Classical Performance - Christina Jennings & Cristina Valdes - June 5, 2013
Join Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9 for some live music from our Sarasota Broadcast & Performance Studio. Bethany Cagle welcomes two Sarasota Music Festival alum, and now faculty members; flutist Christina Jennings, and pianist Cristina Valdes. They talk about the 2013 festival and play some great music!
Classical Performance - Sarasota Music Festival Quartet - June 11, 2013
The Sarasota Music Festival is underway and we have another live performance featuring musicians from the festival. Join Bethany Cagle as she welcomes faculty members violinists James Buswell, and Dan Jordan, violist Barbara Westphal, and cellist Desmond Hoebig, as they play selections from the String Quartet by Verdi on Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9.
Classical Performance - La Musica - April 9,2013
Join Classical WSMR’s Russell Gant for a live performance from our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance Studio as he welcomes musicians from the 2013 La Musica International Music Festival. Each year the festival brings outstanding European and American chamber musicians to Sarasota to present exciting programs of familiar and seldom-heard chamber music. Russell welcomes pianist Derek Han, violinist Laura Zarina, and cellist Dmitri Atapine to talk about this year’s festival and play live!
Classical Performance - Musica Sacra Cantorum - April 24, 2013
Join Classical WSMR's Russell Gant and his guests from the Musica Sacra Cantorum led by Robert Parrish for some highlights from a work that hasn’t been performed in the Sarasota area for over 25 years. Dr. Parrish says that not hearing Ernest Bloch’s choral work “Sacred Service” for 25 years is like not hearing Handel’s Messiah for that amount of time. The “Sacred Service” along with selections from Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms will be performed at Sarasota’s St. Boniface Episcopal Church, but you’ll get a sneak preview on Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9.
Jazz Special - Chuck Owen's 'River Runs' Premier - April 25, 2013
Chuck Owen, Distinguished Professor of Jazz Studies at USF, has released a fascinating new disc that was long in the making. ‘River Runs’ is a 5-movement concerto for jazz saxophone and guitar, performed by an orchestra of 60 musicians and featuring the solo work of USF’s Director of Jazz Studies Jack Wilkins and the school’s guitar instructor, La Rue Nickelson. Released nationally by Summit Records, the concerto is already receiving considerable acclaim for its blending of jazz with classical and American folk/roots elements. Bassist and Guggenheim Fellow Rufus Reid has called it ‘a tour de force in contemporary orchestral composition.’ A Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009 gave Owen the time and resources needed to compose the concerto, each movement of which depicts one or more rivers on which he has traveled. Originally composed for the two soloists and string orchestra, the piece was re-written over a period of several weeks to include the Jazz Surge, the big band Owen founded in 1995. While that band’s recordings have featured some of the world’s great jazz artists as guests, Owen chose to feature founding Surge members and fellow USF faculty as the soloists on the new concerto.
Classical Performance - Violin & Harp Trio
Join WSMR's Bethany Cagle as she welcomes musicians from the Sarasota Orchestra for some live music. Violinists Dan Jordan and Chung-Yon Hong, and harpist Cheryl Losey stop by our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance studio to play for you! Listen as they play music from Bach's "Double Concerto," with the harp playing the role of the orchestra, and Massenet's, "Meditation," from the opera "Thais”.
Classical Performance - Sarasota Opera
Join WSMR's Russell Gant for some live music as he welcomes singers from the Sarasota Opera to our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance Studio. Maestro Victor DeRenzi talks about this years’ season, and you hear live performances from this years’ repertoire including selections from Turandot, The Pearl Fishers, and Verdi’s A King for a Day.
Classical Performance - Chroma Quartet - March 4, 2013
Join Classical WSMR's Russell Gant for some live music as he welcomes the Chroma Quartet to our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance Studio. The local ensemble performs their second concert in the series "First Tuesdays at First Church", featuring music of Astor Piazzolla and Alberto Ginastera. Here a preview of that concert at meet this new ensembles members; Christopher Takeda, Jennifer Best, Michael McClelland, and Abe Feder.
Classical Performance - William Wolfram - March 12, 2013
Join Classical WSMR's Bethany Cagle for some live music as she welcomes the famed American pianist William Wolfram to our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance Studio. William Wolfram was a silver medalist at both the William Kapell and the Naumburg International Piano Competitions, a bronze medalist at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow and finalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He’s appeared with many of the greatest orchestras of the world and he’s making a stop in Sarasota to play Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F with the Sarasota Orchestra. Live music and good conversation with William Wolfram from Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9.
Classical Performance - Philippe Quint
Join Classical WSMR's Bethany Cagle for live music with violinist Philippe Quint. He is in town to play the Barber Violin Concerto with the Sarasota Orchestra. He stops by our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast studio to play live! Philippe plays some Bach and even some of his own music from a film called “Downtown Express”…a movie he acted in! Learn more about this GRAMMY nominated violinist and enjoy his music and conversation.
Classical Performance - David John Pike
International baritone David John Pike has just released a new CD of English Songs called “Whither Must I Wander”. The acclaimed conductor Sir Neville Marriner recently said the recording is a most enjoyable program of old favorites. Hear David John Pike sing some of those enjoyable songs as he joins Russell Gant.
Classical Performance - Jeffrey Siegel
Internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel is in town for another one of his acclaimed “Keyboard Conversations”. Mr. Siegel will perform a program called “The Romantic Music of Chopin” at the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Jewish Federation Campus on McIntosh Road in Sarasota. WSMR's Russell Gant talks with Mr. Siegel about his concert and about Chopin.
Classical Performance - Rebecca Penneys
WSMR's Russell Gant welcomes “Steinway Artist” Rebecca Penneys. Rebecca stops by our Tampa studio to play our Steinway and tell us about the new Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival at USF. Featured selections during the interview and performance include some of the Bartok Hungarian Peasant Songs, the Mozart Rondo in D, and the Schumann Romance no 2.
Classical Performance - Leonidas Lipovetsky
Leonidas Lipovetsky is professional Steinway Artist who stopped by for a live performance and conversation with Classical WSMR's Bethany Cagle. He played all the Mozart sonatas for the 250th anniversary of his birth and is now performing all the Beethoven sonatas. He taught piano at FSU for 35 years; one of his former students is jazz pianist Marcus Roberts. Leonidas started the project “Music and the Arts,” an exploration of how music, art and history are interlaced. He gives us a brief example during this live performance.
Classical Performance - Ryan MacEvoy McCullough
WSMR's Russell Gant is joined by a former Sarasota Music Festival student. Pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough returns to the Festival this year as a soloist and showcases the melding of the popular and classical, with Gershwin’s much loved Rhapsody in Blue in concert at the Sarasota Opera House. But before that, Ryan stops by our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance studio to play for you and talk about his experiences with the Sarasota Music Festival.
Classical Performance - Robert Levin
As we enter the final week of the 2012 Sarasota Music Festival, the festival's artistic director Robert Levin stops by our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast studio to talk about the festival and his performance of Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1.
Classical Performance - Marina Lomazov
Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9's Bethany Cagle shares our studio with Ukrainian-American pianist Marina Lomazov. She’s in Sarasota playing Liszt and Rachmaninoff for the Artist Series Concerts and she performs live for us.
Classical Performance - Sarasota Music Festival 2012
Did you know what you wanted to be in 9th or 10th grade? Bethany Cagle talks with two musicians in our Sarasota studio and one of them, Steven Doane, knew he wanted to be a professional cellist when he was just starting out in high school. The other musician, pianist Jonathan Spivey, knew he always wanted to be a member of WSMR, even when he was high school. Ok, we made that part up. But both are remarkable musicians, and you won’t want to miss a minute of this live performance on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9.
Classical Performance - Sybarite5
Classical WSMR's Bethany Cagle is joined by members of the ensemble Sybarite5 as they prepare for their first ever collaboration with Sarasota’s Key Chorale. They perform together on a concert featuring the divine “Solemn Vespers” along with newly commissioned arrangements inspired by the popular band Radiohead. Learn more about that concert, and hear Sybarite5 play live.
Classical Performance - Ariel Quartet
The Ariel Quartet is in Sarasota for part of The Perlman Music Programs Education Outreach Program. In addition to playing at a number of Manatee County School’s, they join us for a performance and conversation with WSMR's Russell Gant.
Live Performance - Bach Festival
Hear musicians from the Bach Festival: Baroque Violinist David Wilson, and harpsichordist Julane Rodgers. Our first harpsichord performance in our Sarasota Studio! Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9's Bethany Cagle is your host.
Live Performance - Sarasota Opera
Members of the Sarasota Opera are live in studio to perform works from your favorite operas. Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9's Russell Gant and Bethany Cagle are your hosts.
Classical Performance - Sarasota Artist Concerts Series - Conrad Tao
WSMR's Bethany Cagle is joined in studio by 17-year-old Chinese-American pianist Conrad Tao. In December 2011, he was the only classical musician to make Forbes’ “30 Under 30″ list highlighting the “youngest stars in the music business.”
Classical Performance - La Musica 2012
Russell Gant is joined by musicians from this years La Musica international music festival for live music from our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast Studio! Derek Han, piano, Laura Zarina, violin, Bruno Giuranna, viola, and Julie Albers, cello, talk about this year’s La Musica season, and they play some Strauss for you too on Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9.
Classical Performance - Guitar Sarasota - Nigel North
Classical WSMR’s Bethany Cagle is joined in studio by lute player Nigel North. He was initially inspired into music, at age 7, by the early 60's instrumental pop group "The Shadows". Nigel studied classical music through the violin and guitar, eventually discovering his real path in life, the lute, when he was 15. Basically self-taught on the lute, he has (for over 30 years) developed a unique musical life which embraces activities as a teacher, accompanist, soloist, director and writer. Since January 1999 Nigel North has been Professor of Lute at the Early Music Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington.
Classical Performance - Elizabeth Moak
Russell Gant has an exclusive radio performance for Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9 listeners! Pianist Elizabeth Moak joins us as she’s about to release her first CD called “Art Fire Soul.” But before that CD’s available to the public, she plays a few selections for you live from our Tampa studio.
Classical Performance - Jason Stearns
Classical WSMR’s Russell Gant welcomed Metropolitan Opera baritone Jason Stearns to our Sarasota Studio for a live performance on February 10th. The Met singer was recently selected by Zubin Mehta, to play the primary baritone role in an upcoming production of The Ring of the Nibelung.
Classical Performance - Grigorios Zamparas
We break in our new Tampa studio Steinway with a live performance by pianist Grigorios Zamparas. He’s assistant professor of music at The University of Tampa, and will be giving a concert as part of the Sarasota Concert Associations “Munchtime Musicales” series featuring a program of Sonatas by Haydn, Beethoven, and Liszt. Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9's Bethany Cagle is your host.
Classical Performance - Orion Weiss
Russell is in our Sarasota studio for live music and conversation with the Sarasota Orchestra’s Music Director Leif Bjaland, who will soon be leaving Sarasota, and guest pianist Orion Weiss. Both musicians are in concert as the Orchestra plays the Schumann Symphony No. 2, and the Grieg Piano Concerto. This marks the end of Maestro Bjaland’s 15 year tenure with the orchestra. You can learn more about his future plans, and hear his reflections about his time in Sarasota. Plus Orion Weiss plays for you too.
Classical Performance - Bach Festival
Hear musicians from the Bach Festival: Baroque Violinist David Wilson, and harpsichordist Julane Rodgers. Our first harpsichord performance in our Sarasota Studio! Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9's Bethany Cagle is your host.
Live Performance - Di Wu
Pianist Di Wu stopped by our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast Studio in November 2011 for some live music and conversation. Ms. Wu was in town for the “Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota”. The Wall Street Journal called Di Wu “a most mature and sensitive pianist”, and in 2009 she received a coveted prize at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Listen to her for yourself as Di Wu plays some Debussy and speaks with Classical WSMR Music Director, Russell Gant.
Classical Performance - Chloe Hanslip
Coleen Cook welcomes to our Sarasota studio violinist Chloe Hanslip. Chloe will be playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Sarasota Orchestra and she stopped by our Sarasota studio to play some solo violin works.
Happy Birthday Bob Helps
Russell Gant spoke with USF faculty members Svetozar Ivanov, Scott Kluksdahl, and Dharshini Tambiah about the legacy of the pianist and composer Robert Helps, who’s birthday would have been Sunday October 23. In celebration of the late faculty member, the USF School of Music presents a special concert called “Happy Birthday Bob Helps”.
Seraphic Fire Brahms German Requiem Interview
Russell Gant interviewing Dr. James Bass, Director of Choral Studies at USF about Seraphic Fire's acclaimed new recording of the Brahms German Requiem
Sarasota Music Festival 2011 - Faculty Wind Quintet
Classical WSMR host Coleen Cook is in our performance studio in Sarasota for live music and coversation with members of the Sarasota Music Festival faculty. Joining her are artists Carol Wincenc, Nancy Ambrose King, Charles Neidich, Nancy Goeres and William Purvis, playing selections from a Wind Quintet by Antonin Reicha.
Sarasota Music Festival 2011 - Asiya Korepanova
WSMR Music Director Russell Gant interviews young Russian pianist Asiya Korepanova for the inaugural live performance on the new Mirella Cimato Smith Steinway!
Sarasota Music Festival 2011 - Robert Levin
Classical WSMR host Bethany Cagle sits down with the Sarasota Music Festival’s most enthusiastic Music Director, Robert Levin, to talk about the festival and Mozart. He’s joined by student Mariko Sudo to perform on our Mirella Cimato Smith Steinway.
Classical Performance - Susan Starr & Timothy Lees
Live music from Sarasota Music Festival faculty members Susan Starr and Timothy Lees with WUSF's Russell Gant.
Live Performnace - Robert Levin
Robert Levin is the artistic director for the Sarasota Music Festival and he stopped by WUSF to play and talk with our Russell Gant about this year’s festival. Since Schumann would be 200 today (June 8, 2010), if he’d lived a little longer, Robert plays some of his music, too.
Classical Performance - Carol Wincenc, Michael Adcock & Holly Jenkins
More live music from the Sarasota Music Festival! For three weeks each June, internationally recognized guest artists and student musicians come together right in our own back yard to study and perform chamber music. WUSF's Bethany Cagle is joined by flutist Carol Winsenc and pianist Michael Adcock in our studios for live music and conversation. This time we have an added bonus — they're bringing one of those remarkable student performers along..the winner from this year’s Beethoven program competition – violinist, Holly Jenkins.
Classical Performance - Anna Kate Mackle
The Florida Orchestra’s principal harpist Anna Kate Mackle is center stage at the next Masterworks concert (Friday May 14th, Sunday May 16th), playing Latin American composer Alberto Ginastera’s rhythmically energetic Harp Concerto. Mackel joins Coleen Cook before the concert to talk about her career and play music by Bach, Couperin, Andres and Damase.
Pat Metheny Interview
Guitarist Pat Metheny’s “Orchestrion” is a recording, and a tour, like no other. Growing out of his boyhood fascination with his grandfather’s player piano, Metheny has fashioned a stage full of instruments on which he is the sole performer. As he looked forward to his Ruth Eckerd Hall appearance, Pat Metheny spoke with WUSF’s Bob Seymour about the concept, and the “Orchestrion” tour.
Live Performance - La Musica
The 2010 La Musica International Chamber Music Festival starts this Friday with an examination of how composers were influenced by or rebelled against their contemporaries. WUSF's Russell Gant spoke with pianist Derek Han, violinist Jennifer Frautschi and cellist Eric Kim from La Musica about these rebels…and they play some Beethoven, too!
Uncommon Chameleons Combined
Bethany Cagle welcomes Brian Moorhead, Florida Orchestra Principal Clarinetist; Indianapolis Symphony Principal Violist, Michael Strauss; and St. Petersburg area pianist, Brent Douglas to the WUSF studios for live music and conversation. The performance includes selections by Mozart, Schumann, and Bruch. They also share information about their “Uncommon Chameleons Combined” concert.
Ahn Trio
Born in Seoul, Korea and educated at the Juilliard in New York City, the members of the Ahn Trio, (cellist Maria, pianist Lucia, and violinist Angella), are constantly redefining the art and architecture of chamber music. Breathing new life into the standard piano-trio literature with commissioned works from visionary composers such as Michael Nyman, Maurice Jarre, Pat Metheny, Paul Schoenfield, Mark O' Connor, Kenji Bunch, Nikolai Kapustin, and Paul Chihara, the Ahn Trio brings a new energy and excitement to the chamber music world. The trio's latest CD, "Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac" (released by Sony), is a showcase of this vibrant and original music, which made No. 8 on the Billboard Charts for 26 weeks in the Classical album category.
Chuck Owen
On the October 3 edition of Saturday Night Jazz, Bob Seymour's guest was the director of the Jazz Surge Orchestra, Chuck Owen. A Distinguished Professor at USF, Chuck founded the Surge nearly 15 years ago, and the band is receiving rave reviews for "The Comet's Tail," featuring new arrangements of music by Michael Brecker. In this hour-long feature, Chuck talks about the new project as well as the band's history, including collaborations with Chick Corea and Gerald Wilson. He also tells us about recently being honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the major composition the Fellowship will allow him to complete.
Leif Bjaland Leads the Sarasota Orchestra
The former Florida West Coast Symphony opened its 60th season with a new name and a new look - changes prompted by months of community research by Sarasota's regional orchestra. The orchestra's Artistic Director and conductor Leif Bjaland talked with WUSF classical music host Coleen Cook about a new way to 'do music" for a growing arts community and he begins by explaining to her the reasons behind the name change to Sarasota Orchestra. You can hear the story and experience the music when Maestro Leif Bjaland leads the Sarasota Orchestra in the story of Beethoven’s journey from personal despair to pure genius, including a performance of his famous Fifth Symphony, Saturday night October 18th at 8 o’clock. For more information go to www. SarasotaOrchestra.org.
Chuck Owen - Jazz Surge Orchestra, "The Comet's Tail"
Chuck Owen is a Distinguished Professor at the University of South Florida. Chuck founded the Surge nearly 15 years ago, and the band is receiving rave reviews for "The Comet’s Tail," featuring new arrangements of music by Michael Brecker. In this hour-long feature, Chuck talks about the new project as well as the band’s history, including collaborations with Chick Corea and Gerald Wilson. He also tells us about recently being honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the major composition the Fellowship will allow him to complete. To find out more, visit www.chuckowen.com.