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Oct 31
Modest Mussorgsky
Be not afraid! Special Halloween music is on the way for Thursday's Performance Today from APM. The New York Philharmonic imitates ghostly voices from the underworld in Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain. Plus, PT host Fred Child samples music to remember composers who died too young.
Oct 30
World Series 2013
In the spirit of the 2013 World Series, Wednesday's Performance Today samples music by ensembles from cities aligned with teams in the big game; specifically, St. Louis Brass and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Plus, composer Bruce Adolphe joins host Fred Child with this week's Piano Puzzler.
Oct 29
Simone Dinnerstein
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein has became her own classical Do-it-yourself success story after self-publishing her debut album. Hear her indie rendition of J.S. Bach's French Suite in concert from Berlin. Plus, a special encore of Dvorak played by fifteen string players in Seattle, Washington.
Oct 28
Mozart
In his youth, Wolfgang Mozart didn't write much for solo violin. But at age 19 he went on a fiddle spree, composing four violin concertos in rapid succession. On Monday's Performance Today from APM, we'll hear a performance of Mozart's Fourth Violin Concerto from the Artosphere Festival in Bentonville, Arkansas. Plus, a new focus on Johann Hummel's music from the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center.
Oct 26
Cynthia Johnston Turner
Technology and music come together in surprising ways. Cornell professor Cynthia Johnston Turner discusses her experiments with classical music performance using Google Glass, the latest in wearable computer technology. Plus this week's Piano Puzzler, this weekend on Performance Today, from APM.
Oct 25
Stephen Isserlis
On Friday's Performance Today, The Dover String Quartet is back in the studio to explain the ensemble's namesake and play music of Samuel Barber. Plus, Steven Isserlis explores the sound world of Beethoven by playing a cello sonata accompanied by a 19th century fortepiano, in concert at the 92nd Street Y in New York.
Oct 24
Heigo Rosin
24 year old Estonian percussionist Heigo Rosin an athletic performance of a marimba concerto by Eric Ewazen. Plus, PT's Young Artists in Residence this week, the Dover Quartet is back in the studio for music and conversation with Fred Child. On Thursday's Performance Today, from APM.
Oct 23
beethoven
Every year, Performance Today partners with top music conservatories around the country to invite remarkable young musicians to perform in our studios. Our first Young Artists in Residence group for the season is the Dover Quartet from the Curtis Institute of Music. They'll talk about chamber music with Fred Child and perform Beethoven's "Razumovsky" Quartet on Wednesday's Performance Today, from APM.
Oct 22
Maurice Ravel
During a performance of Bolero, the snare drummer repeats the same pattern 169 times alongside elegant melodies and a sixteen minute crescendo in the orchestra. On Tuesday's Performance Today, The China Philharmonic performs Maurice Ravel's orchestral showpiece in San Diego, California. Plus, conductor Cynthia Johnston Turner talks about technology in music with Google Glass.
Oct 21
Tchaikovsky
Peter Tchaikovsky had poured time and effort into his new symphony in B minor, but couldn't decide on a subtitle. It was his brother, Modest, who suggested "Pathetique," referring to deep emotional anguish. The name stuck, but Tchaikovsky passed away just days after the premier. On Monday's Performance Today, the New York Philharmonic performs that iconic 6th Symphony from Lincoln Center in New York.
Oct 19
marc-andre hamelin
Concert pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin plays a rarely-heard gem by Franz Liszt, "The Blessing of God in Solitude," on stage at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival. Plus, composer Bruce Adolphe joins Fred Child for your weekly dose of Piano Puzzler.
Oct 18
Alan Hovhaness
In 1933, Alan Hovhaness was an idealistic composer at the start of his career. He was also fascinated with the new science of rocketry and space exploration. He followed new developments and discoveries for fifty years before finally composing a symphony he called "Star Dawn," inspired by the concepts around space flight. Hear a fascinating performance in concert on Friday's Performance Today, from APM.
Oct 17
Anton Webern
When Anton Webern was given a class assignment by his music theory teacher to compose music for string quartet, he turned that task into a heartfelt expression of musical love. On Thursday's Performance Today, we'll hear the Jupiter Quartet perform that very homework assignment. Also, pianist Lang Lang joins forces with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic to perform Tchaikovsky's powerful First Piano Concerto at Walt Disney Hall.
Oct 16
Paul Dukas
Composer Paul Dukas didn't have Mickey Mouse in mind when he wrote Sorcerer's Apprentice, but the piece has since been inextricably linked with Walt Disney's 1940 cartoon Fantasia. We'll hear a recent concert performance from the Concertgebouw, in Amsterdam. Plus, composer Bruce Adolphe joins Fred Child for this week's Piano Puzzler.
Oct 15
Leonard Bernstein
West Side Story has been an American musical theater classic for 56 years. On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear a performance of Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story at Lincoln Center, a concert hall in the very New York neighborhood that inspired the story. Plus, a dear friend of Peter Tchaikovsky's writes touching music of remembrance after the composer's sudden death.
Oct 14
Violinist Alina Pogostkina
In 1992, Alina Pogostkina and her family moved from the recently collapsed Soviet Union to Heidelberg, Germany. They were broke so her family survived by playing music together on the streets. Twenty years later, Alina is a remarkable concert violinist. We'll hear her recent performance of the Korngold Violin Concerto in Belgium. On Monday's Performance Today, from APM.
Oct 12
Gustavo Dudamel
El Sistema is a music education initiative started in Venezuela, a movement also rapidly growing in the United States. PT host Fred Child talks with Stanford Thompson, a national leader of El Sistema in America, about the impact of music education in our society. Plus, we'll hear an electrifying performance of tragic loss and star-crossed lovers in Tchaikovsky's Fantasy Overture to Romeo and Juliet from Leipzig, Germany. This weekend on Performance Today, from APM.
Oct 11
Kurt Masur
You'll find themes of forbidden love and tragic loss in William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. Those same themes were also present in Peter Tchaikovsky's own life, from which he found inspiration as he wrote music on Shakespeare's feuding families and star-crossed lovers. We'll hear an electrifying performance of the Fantasy Overture from Romeo and Juliet with Kurt Masur conducting the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. On Friday's Performance Today, from APM.
Oct 10
Giuseppe Verdi
Celebrate Giuseppe Verdi's 200th birthday with Performance Today! Host Fred Child chats with Will Berger at the Metropolitan Opera about Verdi's impact and legacy in the world of opera. We'll also sit in on Verdi's epic Requiem Mass with the Chicago Symphony and Chorus with Ricardo Muti conducting. On Thursday's Performance Today, from APM.
Oct 9
Gustavo Dudamel
El Sistema is a music education initiative started in Venezuela, a movement also rapidly growing in the United States. PT host Fred Child talks with Stanford Thompson, a national leader of El Sistema in America, about the impact of music education for society. Also on the show, this week's Piano Puzzler and music inspired from a scene at the 1889 World Exposition in Paris. On Wednesday's Performance Today, from APM.
Oct 8
Emanuel Ax
There's not much pianist Emanuel Ax hasn't done: won Grammy Awards, check; Avery Fisher Prize, check; soloed more than 100 times with the New York Philharmonic, check. But there's a first for everything. We'll hear Ax perform J.S. Bach's Keyboard No. 1 for the first time with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic. Plus, a thrilling performance of Antonin Dvorak's 7th Symphony led by Nikolaj Znaider in Paris, France. On Tuesday's Performance Today, from APM.
Oct 7
Angela Hewitt
Pianist Angela Hewitt plays a wide range of keyboard music, but she keeps coming back to one particular composer who has always felt like a great friend: Johann Sebastian Bach. We'll hear Hewitt in concert in suburban Atlanta, playing Bach's French Suite at the piano. Plus, a performance from a 2013 MacArthur Genius Grant award winner, pianist and writer Jeremy Denk, on Monday's Performance Today, from APM.
Oct 5
Joann Falletta
Conductor JoAnn Falletta has a real knack for bringing forgotten musical treasures to light. She leads the Buffalo Philharmonic in Franz Schreker's "Prelude to a Drama," an important opera in the early 20th century. Plus, this week's Piano Puzzler with Bruce Adolphe, this weekend on Performance Today, from APM.
Oct 4
Pianist Stephen Prutsman
Where is the line between classical and jazz? Pianist Stephen Prutsman has the highest credentials in both worlds, from Baroque to Bepop. Stephen Prutsman joins PT host Fred Child to talk music and improvise at the keyboard. Plus, our weekly 21st century spotlight is a daring work for solo trumpet and string orchestra from Scottish composer James MacMillan, on Friday's Performance Today, from APM.
Oct 3
sir_edward_elgar
Edward Elgar had the ability to compose personal references in his music: his favorite landscapes, references to dear friends, even his swaggering bulldog named Dan. Musical snapshots and more from the Italian Riviera in Elgar's picturesque Alassio Overture, on the way from a concert in Philadelphia. Plus, a cello concerto from French cellist Gautier Capucon at the Concertgebouw. On Thursday's Performance Today, from APM.
Oct 2
Joann Falletta
Conductor JoAnn Falletta has a real knack for bringing forgotten musical treasures to light. She leads the Buffalo Philharmonic in Franz Schreker's "Prelude to a Drama," which was an important opera in the early 20th century, yet largely forgotten today. Plus, this week's Piano Puzzler with Bruce Adolphe, on Wednesday's Performance Today.
Oct 1
Daniel Barenboim
Daniel Barenboim is a full-time pianist. And a full-time conductor. If you think that adds up to too much, Barenboim is quick to disagree. In fact, he wants to keep up the frenetic pace. He says, "I pray every day that I will not get comfortable in my old age." In Tuesday's show, Barenboim the pianist and Barenboim the conductor, from concerts in Austria and Germany.