A playful Zoltan Kodaly wrote his Peacock Variations based from a Hungarian folk tune called "Fly, Peacock, Fly." Hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati perform this delightful symphonic piece on Monday's program.
Alban Berg's chamber concerto for piano, violin and 13 wind instruments proves both absurd and brilliant. Catch the mesmerizing piece performed by pianist Mitsuko Uchida and violinist Christian Tetzlaff and Ensemble Intercontemporain led by Pierre Boulez on Friday's Of Note with Katy Henriksen.
Elizabeth Lyon, who serves as concertmaster for the Fort Smith Symphony, came up with the idea for Storybook Strings after singing her young son lullabies. She took a simple idea -- place storybooks to music -- and made it into a unique performance ensemble that plays frequently in the KUAF listening area. The string quartet plus narrator and vocal percussionist stop in to the Firmin-Garner Performance studio to elaborate on their unique group and play from their repertoire in Friday's Of Note with Katy Henriksen.
Pianist Jeremy Denk has made quite a splash in not only the classical music world but in any genre. This recipient of a 2013 MacArthur "genius" grant calls J. S. Bach's masterpiece The Goldberg Variations "the biggest jazz riff ever," according to this profile from NPR. Tune in to Thursday's Of Note for much of Denk's recent recording of the work.