WSHU presents a preview of our local symphony concerts. Listen in as our music hosts Kate Remington and Lauren Rico talk to the conductors of our local orchestras. Podcasts
The Stamford Symphony dives deep into Romantic music for their concerts Saturday, Apr. 20 and Sunday, Apr. 21 at the Palace Theater in Stamford. Kate Remington talked with conductor Eckart Preu about their program, which features Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with soloist Nigel Armstrong, and Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 4.
Piano virtuoso Vassily Primakov is a rapidly-rising star. The music of Chopin has been a life-long passion of his, and recently he released a double-CD on his own label of some of his favorite works by Chopin, Primakov will be performing an all-Chopin program on Apr. 7 at Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton, NY. Kate Remington talked with Primakov about the challenges of performing Chopin's music.
Hip-Hop violinst Daniel Bernard Roumain, or DBR, as he's known, kicks off a residency with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra this week. The mulit-week visit includes a performance with the Symphony on Thursday, Mar. 21, some visits to students, and free community concerts around New Haven. Kate Remington talked with conductor William Boughton and DBR about this exciting time.
For more than 30 years, Jeanne Lamon has been at the helm of one of the world's most outstanding Baroque ensembles: Tafelmusik. On Tuesday, Mar. 5 at Yale's Morse Hall, Tafelmusik will invite you into some of the most spectacular palaces and homes of the Baroque for a multi-media concert titled, "Dream Home." Kate Remington talked with Lamon about this unique event.
On Saturday, Jan. 26, the concert series "Baroque to Modern on Main" in Trumbull, CT will host a performance by Baroque cellist Barbara Metz, accompanied by her husband, harpsichordist John Metz. Kate Remington talked with them about the works on their program, and about an amazing discovery of music by an early American composer, Raynor Taylor.
The New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Fairfield County Chorale are
teaming up to perform Carl Orff's spectacular "Carmina Burana" on
Thursday, Nov. 29, at Woolsey Hall in New Haven, and Saturday, Dec.
1, at Norwalk Concert Hall. Although the texts Orff set are nearly 900
years old, they deal with timeless ideas such as the fickleness of
Fortune, the return of Spring and the trials of love. Kate Remington
talked with NHSO conductor William Boughton about this incredible work.
The last few years have been a time of transition for the Juilliard Quartet. The Quartet is performing late Beethoven quartets at Westport's Seabury Center, as part of the Westport Arts Center Chamber Music series. Kate Remington talked to the newest member of the Quartet, first violinist Joseph Lin, who joined the quartet last year.
It was just 100 years ago that Igor Stravinsky's ballet, "The Rite of Spring," rocked the cultural world. Pianist Boris Berman of the Yale School of Music explores other revolutionary works from 100 years ago in a concert Wednesday, Nov. 7, 8 p.m., at Yale's Sprague Hall. Kate Remington talked with Berman about why this was such an exciting time for music.
The Stamford Symphony and music director Eckart Preu explore the influence of Baroque music all the way to our time on their next concert series, Saturday, Nov. 3, 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 4, 3 p.m., at the Palace Theatre in Stamford. Kate Remington talked with Preu about how the ideas of Baroque music have evolved since the 18th Century.
The Stamford Symphony begins a new season with concerts Saturday, Oct. 6, 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7, 3 p.m. Eckart Preu has chosen a program of romantic favorites to kick off the season, including Rachmaninoff's challenging Piano Concerto No. 3 with soloist Valentina Litiska, and the Symphony No. 2 by Sibelius. Kate Remington talked with Preu about the connections between the pieces.
Connecticut composer John Rose tells stories with his music. He's looking forward to the the premiere of his children's opera, "Rumplestiltskin," at Opera America's new venue in New York, Oct. 13 and 14. His dramatic "A Ticket to the Theatre" will be performed in Ridgefield, CT on Saturday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m., at Jesse Lee United Methodist Church. Kate Remington talked with Rose, and his wife, Singha, about their collaboration on and off stage.
Young pianist Alex Beyer kicks off the new season of the series, "Baroque to Modern on Main," at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Trumbull, CT. On his recital, Saturday, Sept. 8, at 3 p.m., Beyer will present a diverse program of music by Beethoven, Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff. Kate Remington spoke with Beyer about the music, and about his plans now that he's finished with high school.
Founded in 1969, Chestnut Hill Concerts open their season on Friday, Aug. 3. This year the series celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Claude Debussy, and each of the four concerts presents music by him as well as composers of his circle. Kate Remington talked with cellist Ron Thomas, who's been the director of the series since 1989.
This summer the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival celebrates its 28th anniversary of bringing the intimacy of live chamber music to Long Island. Kate Remington talked with founder, Marya Martin about this year's festival, which opens on July 26 with a performance by Brooklyn Rider.