May 22, 2009
Strings and Threads
It's an ambitious goal: summing up all of American folk music into the space of 15 minutes. Most wouldn't even attempt it. But violinist and composer Mark O'Connor didn't shy away from the task. The result, "Strings and Threads," is our 21st century music feature for this week. Guitarist Sharon Isbin joins the composer for the performance, from New York City.
Performance Today audio is available for seven days following broadcast.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Overture to "The Impresario"
The Lausanne Chamber Orchestra with conductor Yehudi Menuhin
"Souvenir of America"
Violinist Joshua Bell
Barbican Hall, London, England
"To Awaken a Sleeping Giant"
The Dallas Wind Symphony with conductor Jerry Junkin
Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
George Frideric Handel
Aria from "Rinaldo"
Oboist Kalev Kuljus and pianist Marko Martin
Meder Hall, Tallinn, Estonia
Symphony No. 1 in C
The Lausanne Chamber Orchestra with conductor Christian Zacharias
Stravinsky Auditorium, Montreux, Switzerland
"Butterfly's Day Out"
Violinist Mark O'Connor and friends
Finale from Nonet in E-Flat, Op. 139
Victoria Hall, Santa Barbara, California
"Strings and Threads Suite"
Guitarist Sharon Isbin and violinist Mark O'Connor
Symphony Space, New York City
Symphonic Fantasy from "The Woman Without a Shadow"
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor JoAnn Falletta
Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York