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May 31
Anderson & Roe
On this weekend's Performance Today, the Anderson and Roe Piano Duo join Fred in the studio. They'll discuss the thrills and dangers of sharing a piano bench with a dynamic duet partner, and play highlights from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.
May 30
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On Friday's Performance Today, we'll hear Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes play Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, from a concert celebrating conductor Gustavo Dudamel's 10th anniversary with the LA Phil.
May 29
Anderson & Roe
Greg Anderson says that sharing a piano bench with a dynamic duet partner is both thrilling and dangerous. He'll elaborate further on Thursday's Performance Today, plus we'll hear more music from Anderson & Roe.
May 28
Mozart
On Wednesday's Performance Today, the Anderson & Roe piano duo join Fred in the studio for conversation and a performance of a dramatic scene from Mozart's Cosi fan tutte.
May 27
Murray Perahia
According to pianist Murray Perahia, Robert Schumann was a great musician who tried to capture the moment in music. On Tuesday's Performance Today we'll hear Perahia capture a moment himself, as he plays Schumann's Piano Concerto with the Boston Symphony at Carnegie Hall.
May 26
Palo Alto tree
Silicon Valley is, of course, a center for technological creativity. But it is also a center musical creativity. On Monday's Performance Today we'll spend some time at one of the great American music festivals: Music@Menlo in Palo Alto, California.
May 24
Jeffrey Kahane
How does he do it? On this weekend's Performance Today, we'll hear multi-talented musician Jeffrey Kahane exercise physical control at the piano while simultaneously listening to and conducting the New York Philharmonic.
May 23
John Adams
On Friday's Performance Today, we'll go to a concert down under for the world-premiere of a new piece by American composer John Adams.
May 22
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The great Dutch violinist Janine Jansen is currently under the weather; she had to cancel her appearances this week with the New York Philharmonic. On Thursday's Performance Today, however, we'll hear her perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto from a recent concert in Frankfurt, Germany.
May 21
Sage Gateshead
On Wednesday's Performance Today, we'll travel to Sage Gateshead in England to hear Imogen Cooper perform a piano concerto by Mozart. Plus, Bruce Adolphe joins Fred in the studio for our weekly musical game, the Piano Puzzler.
May 20
Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet
"To be or not to be." That was the question for Shakespeare's Hamlet. That question, and the rest of the tragic play, inspired Tchaikovsky's dramatic Hamlet Overture. We'll hear it from a concert in Hamburg, Germany, on Tuesday's Performance Today.
May 19
Astor Piazzolla
On Monday's Performance Today, we'll celebrate the beginning of the music festival season with an energetic performance of Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires from Spoleto Festival USA.
May 17
Lili Boulanger
On this weekend's Performance Today, our newest Young Artist in Residence, Boson Mo, joins Fred in the studio to play colorful 20th century music by Lili Boulanger.
May 16
Lili Boulanger
On Friday's Performance Today, Boson Mo, our Young Artist in Residence, will tell us where to get the best Szechuan food in Houston, and how to find color in a nocturne by French composer Lili Boulanger.
May 15
Savannah, GA
With music festival season about to get into full swing, we will swing by one of the first festivals of the year. On Thursday's Performance Today, highlights from the 2014 Savannah Music Festival, including piano variations by Mozart, a Brandenburg Concerto by Bach, and more.
May 14
First aid kit
Violinist Bosun Mo is our new Young Artist in Residence. On Wednesday's Performance Today he joins Fred in the studio to discuss a violin-related hazard, and to play music by Maurice Ravel.
May 13
Capucon Brothers
Renaud and Gautier Capucon are celebrities in their native France. This is hardly surprising, given that the two brothers are smart, photogenic, and deeply talented. On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear from a concert they gave in the birthplace of celebrity: Los Angeles.
May 12
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When you hear dramatic strings in a movie soundtrack, you can thank Erich Korngold. In the 1930s, he helped create the template for the Hollywood movie score. On Monday's Performance Today you may recognize the same epic sound in Korngold's Violin Concerto, which we'll hear from a concert in Stockholm, Sweden.
May 10
Violinist Hilary Hahn
Violinist Hilary Hahn recently got twenty-seven composers to write encores for her. On this weekend's Performance Today we'll hear more about the motivation behind her project, as well four of these newly-composed pieces.
May 9
Violinist Hilary Hahn
Violinist Hilary Hahn recently got twenty-seven composers to write encores for her. On Friday's Performance Today we'll hear more about the motivation behind her project, as well four of these newly-composed pieces.
May 8
Louis Lortie
On Thursday's Performance Today, Canadian pianist Louis Lortie joins Fred in the studio to discuss the art of coaxing curves at the keyboard, and to perform Wagner's famous Liebestod.
May 7
Mike Marshall
American mandolin virtuoso Mike Marshall is a big fan of both bluegrass and Bach. So when the New Century Chamber Orchestra asked him to write a new piece, he drew on these two musical styles for inspiration. On Wednesday's Performance Today we'll hear the resulting piece, Marshall's Mandolin Concerto No. 1.
May 6
Conrad Tao
It's been a busy spring for 20-year-old American pianist Conrad Tao; he's given concerts in China, all around the US, and in Europe. On Tuesday's Performance Today we'll catch up with Tao in concert in Stockholm, Sweden, where we'll hear him play George Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F.
May 5
Gil Shaham
The Cleveland Orchestra was set to play at Carnegie Hall in New York. The day before the concert, their big-name soloist got sick and had to cancel his appearance. With 24 hours notice, Gil Shaham stepped in to play the Brahms Violin Concerto. We'll hear him play highlights from that concert on Monday's Performance Today.
May 3
Violin and Music
Our newest Young Artist in Residence has been going to rehearsals since before she was born. On this weekend'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.
May 2
Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach's Violin Partita No. 2 has special meaning for violinist Robyn Bollinger. On Friday's Performance Today she'll perform it live in our studio, plus she'll speak with Fred about her connection to this particular partita.
May 1
Peter Tchaikovsky
On Thursday's Performance Today, we have part two of our chat with our Young Artist in Residence, violinist Robyn Bollinger. Bollinger will play Tchaikovsky's Melodie for Violin and Piano, a piece that she calls a "heartbreaker."