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Ravi Shankar

March 6, 2009

Not Just for Hippies

Many people remember sitarist Ravi Shankar as a figure from the 1960s flower-power era. He was good friends with the Beatles. But he's also a master of Indian classical music. He's still composing and performing at age 88. Today we'll hear the recent world premiere of Shankar's third concerto for sitar and orchestra. Shankar's daughter Anoushka performed on the sitar, along with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

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hour 1

  • Johann Gottlieb Graun
    Two movements from Sinfonia in E-flat
    Moderntimes 1800
  • Mark O'Connor
    Caprice No. 2 in G Minor and Improvisation on "Sally Goodwin"
    Violinist Mark O'Connor
    Field Concert Hall, Philadelphia
  • Hector Berlioz
    Final three movements of "Symphonie Fantastique," Op. 14
    The Curtis Symphony Orchestra with conductor Christoph Eschenbach
    Verizon Hall, Philadelphia
  • Marco Uccellini
    "Duo Bergamasca"
    Apollo's Fire with guitarist Steve Player and conductor and harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

hour 2

  • Anthony Holborne
    Capriccio Stravagante with conductor Skip Sempe
  • Domenico Scarlatti
    Sonata in D Minor, K. 24, and Sonata in C, K. 159
    Pianist Olga Kern
    Interlochen Arts Festival, Interlochen, Michigan
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Prelude in C-sharp Minor
    Pianist Olga Kern
    Interlochen Arts Festival, Interlochen, Michigan
  • Ravi Shankar
    Concerto No. 3 for Sitar and Orchestra
    Anoushka Shankar, sitar, with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
  • Samuel Scheidt
    Capriccio Stravagante with conductor Skip Sempe
    Musica Antica Early Music Festival, Bruges, Belgium
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