Special Features Archive
2007 special features from Performance Today
Jon Nakamatsu & Jon Manasse
One's from California, the other from New York, and where they meet is on the concert stage. Pianist Jon Nakamatsu and clarinetist Jon Manasse joined Fred in the studio for conversation and performance.
(December 6, 2007)
The Grawemeyer Award is among the most lucrative honors in music composition. And the 2008 award has been presented to Peter Lieberson for his "Neruda Songs." He wrote them for his late wife, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, who premiered and recorded them. Fred Child talked to Peter Lieberson about the piece and the award.
(December 3, 2007)
This Business of Composing
Daniel Bradshaw talks about his participation in the Composer Institute, having one of his works premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra, and trying to make a career out of creating music.
(November 29, 2007)
The hot young classical guitarist Jason Vieaux joined Fred Child for music and conversation at the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul.
(November 19, 2007)
15 year-old composer Jay Greenberg had a Carnegie Hall premiere this week. When his Symphony No. 5 (yes, his FIFTH symphony) was recorded last year by the London Symphony, he spoke with Fred Child.
(November 1, 2007)
Busking with Bach
British violinist David Juritz played Bach on the street corners of several continents in order to raise money for music education. We talked to him about his international odyssey.
(October 31, 2007)
Violinist Gil Shaham's new CD is a recording of the Butterfly Lovers Concerto. Fred Child and Shaham talked about the music, its cultural history and the legend behind it. Visit Canary Classics for more info.
(October 29, 2007)
Ensemble REBEL joined Fred Child in the Maud Moon Weyerhauser Studio for a two-part performance and conversation.
(October 25, 2007)
Stephen Hough was flabbergasted when music schools told him he had to choose between playing piano and composing. When and why did those become separate professions? Hough reflects on the history, and on bringing them back together.
(October 18, 2007)
Dawn Upshaw, genius
On Sept. 25, soprano Dawn Upshaw received a 2007 MacArthur Foundation "genius grant," a $500,000 award to help her further her work with no strings attached. We talked with her about the honor, an eventful year that has included a breast cancer diagnosis, and her passion for new music. Then we'll listen to her sing music of John Harbison and Igor Stravinsky.
Listen to Dawn Upshaw
(September 26, 2007)
A collection of music, interviews, video and writings on the legendary tenor.
Visit the feature page
Mark Applebaum is a composer, professor, and musical inventor. Hear the musical sculpture he calls the "Mousetrap," and hear Applebaum talking about his creations, which are both ambitious and whimsical.
Listen to the audio(September 10, 2007)
Eugene Drucker is a fine violinist, and is now also a novelist. His new book, "The Savior," is about a German violinist who finds himself caught in a terrible conundrum near the end of World War II. The novel is based in part of stories from the life of Drucker's father. Hear Fred Child talk with Drucker about the novel, his father, and the limits of the power of music.
Listen to the audio(August 31, 2007)
Brooklyn Rider String Quartet
Brooklyn Rider is a creative young string quartet from Brooklyn. With special guest Wu Man on pipa, they joined Fred in studio for two days of music and conversation.
Part 2(August 28, 2007)
Can something eye-catching distract from musical enjoyment at a concert? Conductor William Eddins has been accused by an audience member of "wiggling his bum." Pianist Lang Lang was chastised for "attention grabbing tricks" like throwing his head back and gazing at the heavens. Cellist Sara Sant'Ambrigio has been denounced for dressing "too alluringly." Hear what they have to say.
Sara Sant'Ambrosio(July 27, 2007)
Leif Ove Andsnes
Leif Ove Andsnes commemorates the 100th anniversary of Grieg's death.
(July 7, 2007)
Conversation with Christopher O'Riley
Christopher O'Riley has been interested in how pop music and classical music intersect for a long time now. Hear his conversation with Fred and his performances of Beethoven and Nick Drake.
(June 22, 2007)
Golfing with Joshua Bell
Joshua Bell has a passion for sports, competition and music. Here he is with Fred out on the links talking about life, golf and music.
(June 15, 2007)
Cliburn's Amateur's 2007
Find out more about the fifth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs™.
(June 6, 2007)
Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore, one of the best in the world today, admits in this commentary that there's always something new for her to learn.
(May 19, 2007)
Remembering Rostropovich: A PT special
Mstislav Rostropovich died Friday morning April 27th, after a long bout with intestinal cancer. We remember him as a great humanitarian, teacher and musician, in the words of his colleagues and students, and with his performances.
(April 27, 2007)
"The Grapes of Wrath"
Listen to music from this world-premiere opera -- sung by the cast from the Minnesota Opera production -- as well as a conversation with composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Michael Korie.
(February 9, 2007)
Matt Haimovitz plays Ligeti
Hear more of Fred Child's interview with cellist Matt Haimovitz, who also performs a piece by contemporary composer Gyorgy Ligeti that was inspired by unrequited love.
(February 1, 2007)