Music Interviews

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

Pianist Frederic Chiu never imagined that his dream to record the haunting music of early 20th century spiritual teacher George Gurdjieff and his disciple Thomas de Hartmann would evolve into a 17-year project, requiring so many years for just the right alignment of artistry and technology. Kate Remington talks with Chiu about how his new recording, "Hymns and Dervishes," finally got released.

The Videri String Quartet is a group of young Boston-based, conservatory-trained musicians who use their powers to perform imaginative arrangements of music for games. I talked with the members of the quartet, violinists Lizzie Jones and Michael Hustedde; violist and founder, Rosalie Samter; and cellist Jeremiah Barcus. 

For the first time in over 30 years, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra will perform Mahler's epic Symphony No. 5, Saturday, March 12th at the Klein in Bridgeport. Kate Remington talked with conductor Eric Jacobsen about why this is the right time to bring back Mahler's Fifth.

The Stamford Symphony Orchestra's conductor, Eckart Preu, says "You can never have enough Mozart in your life!" And that was the reasoning behind the "Mainly Mozart" concerts the orchestra presents on Saturday, Jan. 16, and Sunday, Jan. 17 at the Palace Theater in Stamford.

Kate Remington talked with Preu about the pieces on the program, which include the Violin Concerto No. 5 with soloist Benjamin Beilman.


On Saturday, Dec. 12, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony will perform Beethoven's life-affirming Symphony No. 9, with the Mendelssohn Choir at the Klein in Bridgeport.  Kate Remington talked with conductor Eric Jacobsen about what the piece means to him, and why it's such a profound work.