June 2, 2009
The Laughter of the Universe
Composer Osvaldo Golijov's search for beauty in life and in his music is on-going. He likens it to "the laughter of the universe." On today's show, we'll hear the beauty of the color blue in Golijov's new work, "Azul." Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is among the soloists in this performance with Jeffrey Kahane and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Plus, we'll hear from one of the finalists at the Van Cliburn Competition, Bulgarian Evgeni Bozhanov.
Performance Today audio is available for seven days following broadcast.
Allegro from Cello Sonata in D Minor for Cello and Piano
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax
Third movement from Piano Quintet in F Minor
Pianist Evgeni Bozhanov with the Takacs Quartet
Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Fort Worth, Texas
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, accordionist Michael Ward-Bergeman, and percussionists Jamey Haddad and Keita Ogawa with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and conductor Jeffrey Kahane
Royce Hall, Los Angeles
Excerpts from "Early Works"
The Ives Quartet
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Windsor, California
Traditional (Arranged by Michael Neaum)
"The Water of Tyne"
The San Francisco Girls Chorus with conductor Susan McMane
Calvary Presbyterian Church, San Francisco
Johann Sebastian Bach
Preludes from Cello Suites No. 1, No. 5, and No. 3, and Allemande from Cello Suite No. 1
Cellist Zuill Bailey
Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul, Minnesota
Improvisation on "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"
Pianist Gabriela Montero
Virginia Arts Festival, Norfolk, Virginia
Estrellita ("Little Star")
Violinist Michael Ludwig with the Buffalo Philharmonic and conductor JoAnn Falletta
Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York
"Morning of a Feast Day," from "Images for Orchestra"
The Los Angeles Philharmonic with conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen
The Los Angeles Philharmonic with conductor Lionel Bringuier
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles