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Jul 22
Zoltan Kodaly
In 1939, Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly wrote a set of shimmering variations on a song about escaping from tyranny; the piece was promptly banned by the Hungarian authorities. On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear it from a concert in Buffalo, New York.
Jul 21
leonard slatkin
During the summer, there are great young musicians honing their skills at camps and schools from coast to coast. On Monday's Performance Today, we'll stop in at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California to hear talented young players working with conductor Leonard Slatkin, and playing music by Tchaikovsky.
Jul 19
Simone Porter
Each summer, we meet remarkably talented young musicians at the Aspen Music Festival and School. What becomes of them? Violinist Simone Porter was 14 when we met her three years ago. On this weekend's Performance Today, we'll catch up with Simone to hear about how she's beginning to play all around the world.
Jul 18
Dvorak
On Friday's Performance Today, we'll hear a young quartet give a tremendously powerful and sensitive performance of music by Dvorak at this year's Aspen Music Festival.
Jul 17
Felicia He
11-year-old pianist Felicia He recently joined Fred onstage at the Aspen Music Festival. On Thursday's Performance Today, we'll hear conversation and a music from this extraordinary young musician.
Jul 16
Simone Porter
Each summer, we meet remarkably talented young musicians at the Aspen Music Festival and School. What becomes of them? Violinist Simone Porter was 14 when we met her three years ago. On Wednesday's Performance Today, we'll catch up with Simone to hear about how she's beginning to play all around the world.
Jul 15
Adria Ye
When she was eleven, pianist Adria Ye became a student at the Juilliard School in New York. On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll talk with teenage pianist Adria Ye onstage at the Aspen Music Festival.
Jul 14
Aspen
What do you get when you combine a beautiful mountain location, brilliant young musicians, and bright, enthusiastic audiences? Find out on Monday's Performance Today, as we begin our week-long residency at the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colo.
Jul 12
Kristin Lee and harpist Bridget Kibbey
Violin and harp is a fairly rare combination. Not many composers have written for it, and not many musicians bother to play those few pieces. On this weekend's Performance Today, we'll hear Kristin Lee and Bridget Kibbey give a beautiful performance one of these rare pieces - Camille Saint-Saens' Fantaisie for Violin and Harp.
Jul 11
Robert Schumann
Pianist Martha Argerich has a devoted following; fans who will literally follow her from one concert to another. On Friday's Performance Today, we'll take you to a concert in Switzerland to hear her play Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor.
Jul 10
Kristin Lee and harpist Bridget Kibbey
Violin and harp is a fairly rare combination. Not many composers have written for it, and not many musicians bother to play those few pieces. On Thursday's Performance Today, we'll hear Kristin Lee and Bridget Kibbey give a beautiful performance one of these rare pieces - Camille Saint-Saens' Fantaisie for Violin and Harp.
Jul 9
Richard Strauss
Composer Richard Strauss knew all about the French horn; his father Franz was among the great horn players of the day. And when Richard Strauss was 18 years old, he wrote a horn concerto for his father. On Wednesday's Performance Today, we'll hear Philip Myers perform that piece in concert with the New York Philharmonic.
Jul 8
Respighi
"Retro enough to call for Roman trumpets; radical enough to call for a tape recording alongside the orchestra." The answer to our Jeopardy question: "Who is composer Ottorino Respighi?" On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear the New York Philharmonic perform Respighi's radical and retro Pines of Rome.
Jul 7
Yundi Li
When Chinese pianist Yundi recently announced that his hero is Frederic Chopin, Chopin's biography became a best-seller in China. On Monday's Performance Today, we'll hear young mega-star Yundi play his idol's Scherzo No. 4 in concert in Germany.
Jul 5
george gershwin
If he did the same thing these days, George Gershwin might be accused of plagiarism. But in 1932, he got away with it - he used a Cuban pop song as a theme for his Cuban Overture. On this weekend's Performance Today, Gustavo Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Gershwin's borrowed masterpiece.
Jul 4
Independence Day
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." On Friday's Performance Today, a musical celebration of July 4th.
Jul 3
Sheet music
We're living at a special moment in the history of classical music - there has never been a time with so many supremely talented young players. On Thursday's Performance Today, we'll continue our celebration of the great year we've had with PT Young Artists.
Jul 2
Pablo de Sarasate
On Wednesday's Performance Today, double bass virtuoso TianYang Liu joins us as our Young Artist in Residence. He'll talk with Fred about why he chose the double bass, and we'll hear him perform a formidable arrangement of Pablo de Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen.
Jul 1
barnabas Kelemen
The Rondo Capriccioso by Camille Saint-Saens is one of the great virtuoso showpieces for violin. On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll go to a concert at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to hear Barnabas Kelemen perform this violin showstopper with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic.