music interview

As dusk approaches on Sunday, Nov. 1, the Waterbury Symphony will be performing a program that features tenor Nicholas Phan with Britten's Serenade, as well as Mozart's serenade, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik." Kate Remington talked with conductor Leif Bjaland about this unusual program.

Sibelius' 150th Birthday was the inspiration for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra's Northern Lights Festival on Thursday, Oct 28th.  William Boughton conducts the orchestra in the Fifth and Seventh Symphonies, as well as Carl Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto with soloist David Shifrin.  Kate Remington talked with William about the music, and Sibelius' connection with New Haven.

Saturday, October 17th, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra will present an all-Tchaikovsky program, including the Violin Concerto with soloist Jennifer Frautschi.  Kate Remington talked with conductor Jonathan Yates about what makes Tchaikovsky's music so enduringly popular.  

This year marks the 50th anniversary of José Serebrier's U.S. conducting debut. He's celebrating in a big way, with a new release of all of Dvorak's Symphonies for Warner Classics. Kate Remington talked with Maestro Serebrier about the moment he knew music would be his life, and how Dvorak matured as a composer.

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As composer in residence for Yale's newly-formed St Thomas More Center for Music and Liturgy, Julius Darius Revie's first work is his "Mass of the Divine Shepherd, which will have its world-premier on Monday, June 29 in Carnegie Hall, conducted by Stephen Layton.