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Vanessa Perez

Weekend of June 9, 2012

Vanessa Perez

Loving parents usually try to steer their children away from making the same mistakes they did. Thankfully, children don't always listen. Vanessa Perez's mother was a pianist who suffered from terrible stage fright, who thought that the life of a musician was just too hard. So when Vanessa asked for piano lessons, her mother said no. Eventually, she gave in, and Vanessa is now enjoying the life of a concert artist that had eluded her mother. We'll meet Vanessa Perez in today's show.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Bela Bartok
    Fourth movement from Concerto for Orchestra
    The Philadelphia Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
  • Sergei Prokofiev
    Finale from Symphony No. 1 in D, Op. 25
    The Orchestra of St. Luke's, Ivan Fischer, conductor
    DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York City
  • Bela Bartok
    Fifteen Hungarian Peasant Songs, BB 79, Sz. 71
    The Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer, conductor
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Jay Williams from Marietta, Georgia
  • Jeremy Cavaterra
    Fantasy on Arturo Marquez's Danzon No. 2
    The Salastina Music Society
    Colburn School of Music, Los Angeles
  • Tomas Breton
    Prelude from La Verbena de la Paloma
    Los Romeros
    92nd Street Y, New York City

hour 2

  • Anatol Liadov
    Baba Yaga, Op. 56
    The Houston Symphony Orchestra, Hans Graf, conductor
    Spring For Music, New York City
  • Frederic Chopin
    Four Preludes, Op. 28
    Vanessa Perez, piano
    NPR Studio 4A, Washington, D.C.
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos
    Excerpts from Prole do Bebe No. 1 (The Family of Baby Dolls)
    Vanessa Perez, piano
    NPR Studio 4A, Washington, D.C.
  • Isaac Albeniz
    Granada, from Suite Espagnole
    Vanessa Perez, piano
    NPR Studio 4A, Washington, D.C.
  • Perfchat with Vanessa Perez
    Perfchat
  • George Frideric Handel
    Aria, Laschia ch'io Pianga (Let me Weep)
    Albrecht Mayer, oboe, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Gigue from Solo Violin Partita No. 3 in E, BWV 1006
    Hilary Hahn, violin
    Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
  • Frederic Chopin
    Preludes No. 9 in E and No. 13 in F-sharp, Op. 28
    Vanessa Perez, piano
  • Leonard Bernstein
    Mambo from West Side Story
    The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, William Eddins, conductor
    Spring For Music, New York City
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