Music Interviews

Conversations with the performers, the conductors, the composers and other people instrumental in creating today's live and recorded classical music. 

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Ilya Yakushev
2:00 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Romantic Rachmaninoff with Ilya Yakushev

Ilya Yakushev

Dynamic pianist Ilya Yakushev joins the New Haven Symphony as the soloist in Rachmaninoff's lush, Romantic Piano Concerto No. 2, Thursday evening, May 15, in New Haven, and Saturday May 17 in Worchester, MA. Kate Remington talked with Ilya about how inspirational this concerto is.  

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Musicians from Ravinia
12:56 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Treetops presents a bright future for classical music

Young musicians from Ravinia's Steans Institute

The fresh season of concerts presented by Stamford's Treetops Concert Music Society is in full swing.   On Sunday, April 6th, young musicians from Ravinia's Steans Institute will perform a concert of music by Haydn, Schubert, and contemporary composer David Ludwig's Aria Fantasy, inspired by Bach's Goldberg Variations.  Kate Remington talked with the pianist of the ensemble, Henry Kramer, about this exciting program.

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Stamford Symphony Orchestra
11:52 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Stamford Symphony finds Power in Simplicity

conductor Eckart Preu

On their concerts for April 5th and 6th

  , The Stamford Symphony Orchestra presents three pieces that get their powerful impact from their simplicity: Kodaly's Dances from Galanta, Dvorak's Violin Concerto, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5.  Kate Remington talked with music director, Eckart Preu about how he found the surprising similarities in these pieces.  

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New Haven Symphony Orchestra
1:58 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Leelanee Sterrett makes her horn sing

Leelanee Sterrett

Horn virtuoso Leelanee Sterrett returns to the New Haven Symphony this week for two performances as the soloist in Richard Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 2 in New Haven and on the Essex Winter Series.

After performing with the symphony for several seasons, Leelanee was recently appointed assistant principal horn of the New York Philharmonic.  She also formed a quartet, Genghis Barbie, with fellow horn players.

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Simone Dinnerstein
10:54 am
Wed March 12, 2014

A Passion for Bach

Simone Dinnerstein
Credit minnesotapublicradio.org

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein has a life-long passion for the music of Bach.  Her latest release explores the Inventions and Sinfonias; pieces she's known since her childhood.  They're on the program she'll be presenting at Fairfield University's Quick Center on Sunday, March 16th.  Kate Remington talked with Dinnerstein about the Inventions, and about how they fit with contemporary music.  

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