Podcasts: Classical & Jazz Highlights Archive
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.
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 - 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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&#146;s journey from personal despair to pure genius, including a performance of his famous Fifth Symphony, Saturday night October 18th at 8 o&#146;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.
Daniel Binelli - Tango Rhythms on the Bandoneón
The Florida Orchestra opened its Masterworks series with Rhythms on Fire, a colorful splash of passionate Latin and Spanish classical music, including Astor Piazzolla’s Double Concerto for Guitar and Bandoneón, a popular tango instrument. Piazzola was an Argentine Bandoneón player and tango composer who fell in love with classical music, became classically trained and created a unique fusion of tango with classical that became internationally popular. WUSF 89.7 classical music host Coleen Cook previewed the concert with an internationally renowned master of the Bandoneón, Argentina’s famous tango master Daniel Binelli, who worked with composer Astor Piazzolla.