An early piano concerto from Beethoven and his Fifth Symphony close out Artosphere Festival Orchestra of 2015 when they present Bold Spirit: The Best of Beethoven at the Walton Arts Center this Saturday, June 27, at 8 p.m., featuring guest pianist Pietro De Maria. Hear Maurizio Pollini and the Berlin Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado perform the piano concerto on Friday's program.
With the Artosphere Festival Orchestra of 2015 back in town we thought it would be fun to revisit Artosphere Festival Orchestra 2014 and their concert "Mozart in the Museum." Tune in to this weekend's KUAF Sunday Symphony to catch their riveting performance of Mozart's 41st Symphony, "Jupiter." Also featured this weekend Brahms 4 from the London Philharmonic under Marin Alsop, Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra from the Berlin Philharmonic led by Herbert von Karajan and Charles Ives's Symphony No.
Composer Gordon Goodwin admits he was intimidated to compose for string quartet because he says "there is no where to hide in this genre, not for the composer or the musicians." It took the Quartet San Francisco's prodding for him to produce the jazzy "California Picutures for String Quartet." Hear the QSF perform this piece on Wednesday's program.
Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile, member of the bluegrass band Nickel Creek, tackles the Baroque intricaces of Bach on his release Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1. (Nonesuch Records). Catch him rendering Bach's Sonata No. 2 in A minor in mandolin form for Friday's program.
Telemann once wrote of his encounters with Eastern European gypsy music, "One can hardly believe what wonderful imaginative ideas these pipers and fiddlers have as they improvise. In only a week, a composer could be inspired for an entire lifetime." The composer wrote many pieces simply titled "Gypsy Pieces" of which Ensemble Caprice recorded for an album called The Baroque Gypsies. Tune in to Monday's program to hear a few of these playful & innovative pieces.
Alice Sara Ott and Francesco Tristano approach the grandiose sounds of Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel and Stravinsky via one piano for four hands in their latest release Scandale. Catch their rendering of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring on Tuesday's program.
The Fort Smith Symphony concludes its season with a fiery finale including Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, Beethoven's 5th and guest violinist Bojidara Kouzmanova. Tune in to Friday's program for a conversation with the symphony's Music Director John Jeter.
William Lawes (1602-1645) wrote 11 consorts for harp, bass viol, violin and theorbo with striking individuality out of no precedent. As the liner notes to the Les Voix Humaine recording of these consorts explain "It is the specificity of the instrumentation and the inventive and idiomatic writing for each, combined with Lawes' intensely personal, expressive and quirky musical language that make the collection a unique treasure." Catch a couple of these treasures as performed by Les Voix Humaine on Wednesday's program.
Contemporary composer Jennifer Higdon was inspired to write a string quartet when she found out a grouping of larks was known as an exaltation. The lushness is also explored in 20th century composer Ralph Vaughan Williams strings piece "The Lark Ascending" equally explores melismatic flight. Catch these two works and more on Tuesday's program.