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Jun 30
Lego Spider Pig
On Monday's Performance Today, we'll explore classical highlights from cinema soundtracks. Joshua Bell talks about a concerto based on the soundtrack for the film The Red Violin, and we'll hear a Mozart symphony with just the right atmosphere for the film Amadeus. Plus, a little something special from The Simpsons Movie.
Jun 28
Johann Sebastian Bach
In 2011, composer Clarice Assad wove together a dozen tunes by Bach. The violas and cellos play the melodies, so it's called the "Suite for Lower Strings, based on themes of Bach." On this weekend's Performance Today, we'll hear this 21st century music - inspired by 18th century music - from a concert in San Francisco.
Jun 27
Johann Sebastian Bach
In 2011, composer Clarice Assad wove together a dozen tunes by Bach. The violas and cellos play the melodies, so it's called the "Suite for Lower Strings, based on themes of Bach." On Friday's Performance Today, we'll hear this 21st century music - inspired by 18th century music - from a concert in San Francisco.
Jun 26
Johannes Brahms
Pianist Helene Grimaud says that in the second half of Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2, it feels as though you get a private audience with the composer. On Thursday's Performance Today, we'll hear part four of our musical journey with Helene Grimaud and Brahms.
Jun 25
Helene Grimaud
It's day three of our guided tour through Brahms' piano concertos with pianist Helene Grimaud. On Wednesday's Performance Today, we'll hear Grimaud's performance of the first half of Brahms' autobiographical Piano Concerto No. 2.
Jun 24
Helene Grimaud
Pianist Helene Grimaud takes us inside the music of the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Johannes Brahms. She says the music was influenced by Brahms' teacher, Robert Schumann, but dedicated to Brahms' "impossible love," Clara Schumann. Grimaud and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and bring this tragic love triangle back to life in a concert in Munich, Germany.
Jun 23
Helene Grimaud
Johannes Brahms composed two monumental piano concertos twenty-three years apart. Starting on Monday's Performance Today, pianist Helene Grimaud leads a four-day exploration of both works, beginning with the youthful energy in the first concerto in D minor.
Jun 21
Rachel Lee Priday
Rachel Lee Priday is a concert violinist...and she works in the fact-checking department of New Yorker magazine. On this weekend's Performance Today, we'll hear this multi-talented young musician perform a Paganini concerto in concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic.
Jun 20
Gustav Mahler
"Imagine music of such magnitude that it mirrors the entire world." Those words were written by composer Gustav Mahler. On Friday's Performance Today, we'll sample music fired by that same ambition: Mahler's epic Symphony No. 3.
Jun 19
Samuel Barber
What happens when a young composer writes a masterpiece? On Thursday's Performance Today, the Dover Quartet joins Fred in the studio to explore this question and to perform Barber's unforgettable Adagio for Strings.
Jun 18
Debussy Claude
On Wednesday's Performance Today, composer Bruce Adolphe joins us for this week's musical game - our Piano Puzzler. Plus, recent concert highlights from around the world, including a stunning performance of Claude Debussy's colorful soundscape, Iberia, from a concert in Amsterdam.
Jun 17
Sheet music
Here at PT we like to feature both the current superstars of classical music and the next generation of classical stars. On Tuesday we'll revisit our conversations with and performances by two recent PT Young Artists in Residence; clarinet virtuoso Sang Yoon Kim and the Dover String Quartet.
Jun 16
Martha Argerich
Pianist Martha Argerich has a devoted following; fans who will literally follow her from one concert to another. On Monday's Performance Today, we'll take you to a concert in Switzerland to hear her perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1.
Jun 14
Ivan Fischer
Ivan Fischer believes that a conductor should never behave like a dictator; music-making should be a joyous activity. On this weekend's Performance Today, we'll hear Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra give a joyous performance of music by Dvorak.
Jun 13
Marin Alsop
Seven years ago, conductor Marin Alsop became Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony. It's going very well; her contract has been extended through the year 2021. On Friday's Performance Today, we'll hear Marin Alsop lead the Baltimore Symphony in a concert performance of Dvorak's Symphony No. 7.
Jun 12
Ivan Fischer
Ivan Fischer believes that a conductor should never behave like a dictator; music-making should be a joyous activity. On Thursday's Performance Today, we'll hear Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra give a joyous performance of music by Dvorak.
Jun 11
Richard Strauss
On Wednesday's Performance Today, we'll celebrate German composer Richard Strauss' 150th birthday. We'll hear legendary violinist Arnold Steinhardt perform Strauss' Dreams in the Twilight, plus a caller from Kodiak, Alaska will take a crack at solving this week's Piano Puzzler.
Jun 10
Time for Three
Paul McCartney wrote Blackbird during the era of the civil rights movement. On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear Time for Three perform an emotional new arrangement of this iconic piece.
Jun 9
Johannes Brahms
It took Johannes Brahms almost two decades to finish his first symphony; the great German composer was afraid he couldn't live up to standards set by Ludwig van Beethoven. But Brahms did eventually find his answer to the looming shadow of Beethoven, which we'll hear on Monday's Performance Today.
Jun 7
Bruce Adolphe
On this weekend's Performance Today, Bruce Adolphe has this week's Piano Puzzler. Play along with our musical game; see if you can name the hidden tune and the composer whose style Bruce is imitating.
Jun 6
Leif Ove Andsnes
If you find out that the great Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is coming to your town, you should book your ticket right away. Recently, Andsnes played an incredible, sold-out solo concert at Carnegie Hall in New York; a highlight of the season for piano fans in the big city. On Friday's Performance Today we'll hear one of his encores from that concert - a Spanish Dance by Enrique Granados.
Jun 5
Puss in Boots
Maurice Ravel wrote his Mother Goose Suite as piano pieces for children. But then he realized that fairy tales aren't just for children, and he turned the music into a lush piece for full orchestra. On Thursday's Performance Today we'll hear a Ravel's Mother Goose Orchestral Suite performed by the New York Philharmonic.
Jun 4
Richard Wagner
On Wednesday's Performance Today, Bruce Adolphe has this week's Piano Puzzler. Play along with our musical game; see if you can name the hidden tune and the composer whose style Bruce is imitating. And we'll drop in on a concert in Dallas, for music by Richard Wagner.
Jun 3
Union Jack
Fred Child is out leading fifty PT listeners on a musical tour of London, so we'll be joined by guest host Bill Morelock this week. On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear Bach's Oboe and Violin Concerto from the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina.
Jun 2
Charles Dutoit
Every year conductor Charles Dutoit goes to Walt Disney Concert Hall to lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This year's trip was memorable; he conducted Daphnis and Chloe by Maurice Ravel, and did it during an earthquake. We'll hear that performance and more on Monday's Performance Today.