Podcasts: Classical & Jazz Highlights Archive
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.