Music Interviews

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

Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem requires massive forces to bring his operatic sacred music to life.  Kate Remington talked with Leif Bjaland, conductor of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra about this incredible, dramatic work, which the symphony will be performing on April 25th and 26th.

Orchestra New England has come up with a daring idea for their next concert: every piece they play will be chosen by the audience! You can make your choices on their website, and attend the concert on Saturday, March 7th at Battell Chapel in New Haven, CT.  Kate Remington talked with the orchestra's co-founder and music director, James Sinclair about this unique way to involve the audience.

Virtuoso pianist Stephen Hough joins the Stamford Symphony Orchestra for their concerts at the Palace Theater on Saturday, Februrary 14th and Sunday, February 15th.  Kate Remington talked with Stephen about his experiences building a career as a soloist, as well as his advice to up and coming music students.

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.