June 20, 2008
Summer has finally arrived in the Northern Hemisphere. We're celebrating with music of the summer season in both hours of Performance Today. Everyone from violinist Joshua Bell to pianist Lang Lang will be turning up the heat with great performances. Plus, we'll hear two versions of the same work, George Gershwin's beautiful "Summertime."
"Summer Night Waltz," Op. 1
The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Leif Segerstam
Pianist Fazil Say
The Sotto Voce Tuba Quartet
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Im Sommerwind," Idyll for Large Orchestra
The NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Ejie Oue
Grand Studio, Hanover, Germany
"Sommernacht," Pastoral Intermezzo for Strings, Op. 58
The Lucerne Festival Strings with conductor Achim Fiedler
Louisiana Museum of Modern Arts, Humlebaek, Denmark
Augusta Read Thomas
"Midsummer Blaze: Alleluia"
Chanticleer with conductor Joseph Jennings
St. Philip Neri Church, Portland, Oregon
"Poco allegretto," from "Sensommarnatter (Late Summer Nights)"
Pianist Lang Lang
Nobel Prize Concert, Stockholm, Sweden
"Verano Porteno (Summer in Buenos Aires)"
Guitarist Manuel Barrueco
"Spring" and "Summer" from "The Four Seasons"
Violinist Joshua Bell and the Indiana University Festival Orchestra
Summer Music Festival, Bloomington, Indiana
"Knoxville: Summer of 1915," Op. 24
Soprano Carolyn Sampson and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with conductor Nicholas McGegan
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota
Third Movement from the Suite for Two Pianos on Irish Melodies, Op. 104
Pianists Susan and Sarah Wang (second place winners)
Dranoff International Two Piano Competition, Miami, Florida
The New Century Saxophone Quartet
Kaul Auditorium, Portland, Oregon