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Apr 30
Violin and Music
Our newest Young Artist in Residence has been going to rehearsals since before she was born. On Wednesday's Performance Today, violinist Robyn Bollinger joins Fred in the studio to talk about her musical history and to perform Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 22.
Apr 29
Duke Ellington
On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll celebrate great American composer Duke Ellington's birthday with a concert performance of his Suite from "The River."
Apr 28
Two butterflies
The Butterfly Lovers is often considered the Chinese equivalent of Romeo and Juliet. It's the story of two star-crossed lovers who, after their tragic deaths, are reincarnated and reunited as butterflies. On Monday's Performance Today we'll hear a musical interpretation of this tale, The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, performed by Gil Shaham and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Apr 26
Among the Waves
Claude Debussy's La Mer is a colorful, inventive picture of the sea; a portrait painted with music. On this weekend's Performance Today we'll hear La Mer performed in concert in the seaside town of Stockholm, Sweden.
Apr 25
Philharmonie Berlin
For fans of classical music it doesn't get much better. On Friday's Performance Today we'll hear the Berlin Philharmonic in concert at their home venue, the Philharmonie, playing Beethoven's Symphony No. 6.
Apr 24
Lieutenant Kije film poster
On Thursday's Performance Today, we'll hear music that Sergei Prokofiev wrote for the satirical film "Lieutenant Kije," which depicts the noble life and tragic death of a soldier who was never born in the first place.
Apr 23
Shakespeare
On Wednesday's Performance Today, we're celebrating the Bard's 450th birthday with Shakespeare-inspired works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Chopin.
Apr 22
Among the Waves
Claude Debussy's La Mer is a colorful, inventive picture of the sea; a portrait painted with music. On Tuesday's Performance Today we'll hear La Mer performed in concert in the seaside town of Stockholm, Sweden.
Apr 21
Rudolf Buchbinder
Rudolf Buchbinder grew up in a house with a piano, despite the fact that no one in his family played music. That piano became a source of inspiration for Buchbinder, who has grown up to have a tremendous career as a pianist. We'll hear him play Beethoven on Monday's Performance Today.
Apr 19
Sergey Khachatryan
Sergey Khachatryan is a 28-year-old violinist who says he has two lives: his love for cars, and his love for music. On this weekend's Performance Today we'll focus on his musical life, and we'll hear him play Sibelius' dramatic violin concerto in concert in Sydney, Australia.
Apr 18
Candle
In many churches around the world tonight marks the second of three days of Tenebrae, the service of shadows. On Friday's Performance Today, we'll hear a piece inspired by these religious services.
Apr 17
Orlando di Lasso
Over the centuries, a wealth of music has been written for the week before Easter. On Thursday's Performance Today we'll hear music designed specifically for Thursday of this week, including a remarkable composition by Orlando di Lasso.
Apr 16
Sergey Khachatryan
Sergey Khachatryan is a 28-year-old violinist who says he has two lives: his love for cars, and his love for music. On Wednesday's Performance Today we'll focus on his musical life, and we'll hear him play Sibelius' dramatic violin concerto in concert in Sydney, Australia.
Apr 15
Charlie Albright
On Tuesday's Performance Today we'll catch up with a former PT Young Artist, pianist Charlie Albright. Plus we'll speak with composer John Luther Adams, who just won this year's Pulitzer Prize for music.
Apr 14
Andromeda's colorful rings
When American composer Aaron Jay Kernis wrote "Musica Celestis," he had in mind the ethereal sound of music from more than 800 years ago. On Monday's Performance Today we'll hear Kernis' celestial composition from a concert by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Apr 12
The Danish String Quartet
On this weekend's Performance Today, we'll hear Danish folk tunes arranged and performed by members of the Danish String Quartet. Plus we'll travel to Shakespeare's hometown to hear the Orchestra of the Swan give a graceful performance of a Schumann symphony.
Apr 11
Jack Kerouac
Bryce Dessner is a member of a successful rock band called The National. But he's also a performer and composer in the classical tradition. On Friday's Performance Today we'll speak with composer Bryce Dessner about his latest work, which was inspired by the writings of Jack Kerouac.
Apr 10
Super Mario Bros.
On Thursday's Performance Today, Emily Reese of Top Score joins Fred in the studio to discuss the classical roots of modern video game music.
Apr 9
Richard Strauss
Depending on your point of view, Richard Strauss' Ein Heldenleben is either pompous, self-congratulatory excess or brilliant Romantic satire. On Wednesday's Performance Today we'll hear a performance of this piece from Helsinki, Finland. Plus, Bruce Adolphe has this week's Piano Puzzler.
Apr 8
The Danish String Quartet
On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear Danish folk tunes arranged and performed by members of the Danish String Quartet.
Apr 7
Aisslinn Nosky
Aisslinn Nosky is a Canadian violinist who loves music from the 1700s. Despite her passion for traditional music, her signature look is anything but traditional. Nosky's trademark is her is hair, which is bright maraschino red and often kept short and spiky. It's a bold look that goes back to when she had to dye her hair for a role as a punk violinist in a TV commercial. On Monday's Performance Today we'll hear Nosky in her PT solo debut, playing Haydn's Violin Concerto in G Major.
Apr 5
Sunrise
There are a few graceful, bursting sunrises in music. One by Richard Strauss, which became the iconic soundtrack for the film "2001: A Space Odyssey." And there's one in the ballet "Daphnis and Chloe" by Maurice Ravel. On this weekend's Performance Today, we'll hear a new musical sunrise by American composer John Mackey: "Aurora Awakes."
Apr 4
Ecstatic Music Festival
Every week on Performance Today we feature music written in the 21st century. On Friday's show we'll highlight a performance from the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York, which brings together musicians from diverse musical genres.
Apr 3
Pablo de Sarasate
Our current Young Artist in Residence is double bass virtuoso TianYang Liu. On Thursday's Performance Today he'll play his own arrangement of a violin showpiece: Pablo de Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen. It's hard enough to play on the violin, but it's practically impossible on double bass. Liu and his flying fingers, however, are more than up to the challenge!
Apr 2
Double bass
Coming up on Wednesday's Performance Today, we'll explore the lyrical voice of the double bass with our new Young Artist in Residence: virtuoso double bassist TianYang Liu.
Apr 1
Audio cassette tape
When pianist Jonathan Biss was a child, he adored Mozart's 22nd concerto. He even listened to a favorite recording of the concerto so many times that he wore out the tape! Coming up on Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear Biss play music he adores.