Music Interviews

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

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.  

On Saturday, Dec. 12, the Stamford Symphony presents the Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah," at the beautiful Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford. Kate Remington talked with conductor Eckart Preu about performing this beloved music in such a special space.  

You're invited to join the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra's performance of a "Messiah Sing Along" on Saturday, December 5th at 5pm.  Professional soloists will join the orchestra and chorus as well, for what conductor Jonathan Yates describes as a "surround-sound" Messiah.  Kate Remington talked with Yates about this inclusive performance, and what the Messiah means to him.

The Klein Auditorium has been a fixture of Bridgeport Culture for 75 years, and on Saturday, Nov. 14 it's hosting a party. Some of the most notable artists and ensembles from the region will be performing. Kate Remington talked with Mark Halstead from the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, and Christopher Hisey, conductor of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra about their orchestra's parts in the celebration.

Did Beethoven write a Tenth Symphony? You'll have a chance to decide for yourself when the Stamford Symphony Orchestra performs an arrangement of sketches left behind by Beethoven that may have been intended for another symphony.  Kate Remington talks with guest conductor Kevin Rhodes about the symphony, and the other Beethoven works on the concerts November 14th and 15th.

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