Past features from Performance Today
In-studio with Imogen Cooper
It's a rare treat to have British pianist Imogen Cooper in the Performance Today studio this Friday. She's world-renowned as a Franz Schubert expert, but this time Cooper joins host Fred Child to talk about one of Schubert's heros: Ludwig van Beethoven. Tune in to Friday's PT to hear Cooper play Beethoven and to spend a delightful half hour with a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
In studio with the Parker Quartet
Two years ago, the Parker Quartet was just out of school, just learning the ropes of their professional careers and just named PT's first Young Artists in Residence. Since then, they've earned praise for their concerts all over the world and won a Grammy Award. Recently they joined Fred Child in the studio for a little reunion of music and conversation.
In studio with the Bergen Woodwind Quintet
The members of the Bergen Woodwind Quintet aren't just chamber music colleagues. They also play together as the principal winds of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. All that togetherness makes for a heightened sense of musical ESP, and some spectacular music-making. The BWQ joined host Fred Child in the PT studio for two days of lively conversation and works by Giuseppe Cambini and Jim Parker.
Fred Child recently interviewed Aaron Dworkin, the founder and president of the Sphinx Organization, about the value of diversity in art. He's written a new memoir titled Uncommon Rhythm about his experience as a violinist of mixed race and as a leader in developing young classical musicians.
In-studio with Simone Dinnerstein
"This music is so expressive," pianist Simone Dinnerstein says, "it sounds as if it's about to break into song, or, in this case, 'break into text.'" She joins Fred Child in the studio to talk about musical narratives and play pieces by Bach and by Daniel Felsenfed inspired by Leonard Cohen.
In-studio with Paul Jacobs
Paul Jacobs is one of this country's greatest organists and for the first time ever, he plays in the PT studios. An organ? In the studio? Listen to the interview with Fred Child to find out how, and to Jacob's performance to discover the truly infinite variety of sounds and textures that are possible with this instrument.
In-studio with Alexander Melnikov
Is it crazy that Alexander Melnikov doesn't even get sweaty palms when he pilots a plane, but sometimes has crippling nerves when he's about to perform a piano recital? Maybe, but maybe not. Melnikov joins host Fred Child in the studio to talk about overcoming nervousness and the depths of Franz Schubert's most difficult piece, The Wanderer Fantasy.