Violinist Ilya Kaler thinks deeply context and the color of the music he performs. He'll be the soloist with the Stamford Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the Violin Concerto by Sibelius on Saturday, Nov 15 and Sunday, Nov. 16. Kate Remington talked with Kaler about how he prepares for a performance.
The New Haven Symphony has released not one, but TWO new recordings. One features the music of August Read Thomas, and the other is the second in a series of the music of William Walton. Kate Remington talked with NHSO Music Director, William Boughton about the challenges and rewards of creating these recordings.
The New Haven Symphony Orchestra just released a CD of live performances of their two-year collaboration with composer Augusta Read Thomas. She says the disc is an important record of her recent work, and is really proud of it. She talked with Kate Remington about how crucial it is for new music to be heard and recorded.
Piano virtuoso Frederic Chiu is celebrating his 50th birthday, which happens to coincide with his 25 anniversary as a Yamaha Artist, with a spectacular concert at Columbia University on October 30th. He's chosen some of his favorite pieces by Debussy, Ravel, Prokofiev, and a two piano version of Chopin's Rondo, Op. 73. Kate Remington talked with Chiu about his career, and about the immersive experiences offered at his Beechwood Arts salons.
The Stamford Symphony Orchestra opens its season on October 18th with a piece by young composer Howard Norman, inspired by Alexander Calder's sculpture, "La Grande Vitesse," and works by Dvorak and Brahms. Kate Remington talked with conductor Eckart Preu about this exciting program.