Staying True to Art

Nov 27, 2013

Quartet San Francisco founder and violinist Jeremy Cohen discusses the new album, "Pacific Premieres," and about what its like to work as an artist who doesn't fit easily defined roles. The album features a new string quartet from Gordon Goodwin who says he was well into his composing career before he "got the courage to dip into string quartet writing." In the liner notes he says "There is nowhere to hide in this genere, not for the composer or the musicians." Cohen elaborates on the form of string quartet writing as a scary format.  

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas music director elaborates on the first concert of the season, featuring Schubert, Beethoven and Barber.

German pianist and composer Ratko Delorko stops by to discuss his MIDI sonata and more prior to his performance for the UA music department.

Grace, passion and precision run throughout Helene Grimaud’s new recording of Brahms’ two piano concertos for Deutsche Grammophon.

Although Grimaud immediately embraced Brahms’ 1st (op. 15), as “intimate,” discovering it as a child and first recording the concerto in 1997, she reluctantly approached the 2nd out of duty in 2007. Then, in 2011 the piece came “knocking on the door from the inside,” as she explained, when her true connection was made.

The UA music department's brass quintet Boston Mountain Brassworks has not just one, but two new members this season. Hear about the ensembles two new players from members Cory Mixdorf, trombone, and Timothy Thompson, horn, as well as why it's so much fun to play in a brass quintet - hint, they get to let it all out. Boston Mountain Brassworks perform in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall on the UA campus in Fayetteville Friday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. It's a free concert open to the public. 

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The 90th anniversary season of the Fort Smith Symphony continues with a performance with the Canadian Brass. Music Director John Jeter looks back on his very first season and ahead to the next in this conversation with Katy Henriksen.

Violinist Michelle Makarski collaborated with jazz giant Keith Jarrett in a new recording of Bach sonatas for violin and piano. When she spoke with Katy Henriksen she elaborated on her comparison to time-lapse photography for the endeavor.

The NYC-based Cassatt Quartet is pairing a brand new composition by Bruce Adolphe along with Shostakovich's introspective Eighth Quartet in a concert at the Great Hall of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Friday, Oct. 4.

Bruce Adolphe, inventor of the piano puzzler for Performance Today says that if each puzzle was stacked back-to-back the result would be as long as Wagner's Ring Cycle. The popular weekly quiz based on a song reinvented in another composer's style has been around now for more than a decade. As Adolphe explains, it all started out as a teaching device. 

NYC-based composer Bruce Adolphe was commissioned by the University of Central Arkansas to write a new piece. When he found out the Cassatt Quartet would be debuting the composition, he decided to write about Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt. The piece "Mary Cassatt: Scenes From Her Life" will be presented by the Cassatt Quartet at the Great Hall of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Friday, Oct. 4.

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