Arkansas native Florence Price became the first African American woman to have her symphony performed by a major symphony orchestra when the Chicago Symphony performed her music in 1933. The UA music department in Fayetteville explores her legacy with a free two-day symposium this Friday and Saturday. Find out more about this fascinating composer and event in my conversation with organizer James Greeson on today's show.
Clarice Assad says her chamber piece "Dreamscapes" is a "musical depiction of what happens during a dream" with a form loosely based on her studies of rapid eye movement and lucid dreaming. Catch a recording of the piece from the New Century Chamber Orchestra on Wednesday's program.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born January 27, 1756, in Salzburg. Violinist Rachel Barton Pine just recorded his complete violin concertos and "Sinfonia Concertante," highlighting his early genius. Hear the Sinfonia Concertante on Tuesday's show from 11-noon on KUAF as well as at 6 p.m. on KUAF-2.
Claude Debussy landed on the sophistication that would become his hallmark when he composed his Images in the first decade of the 1900s. Catch the entirety on Monday's show from 11 to noon on KUAF and again at 6 p.m. on KUAF-2.
The Fort Smith Symphony presents their first concert of 2015 with a paired down chamber concert featuring Haydn, Mendelssohn and Ravel. Katy Henriksen discusses the opener with Music Director John Jeter on today's program.
Fusing a wide range of emotional and musical ideas, Faure's chamber works hold similar roots to well known masterworks such as the Beethoven Piano Trio in C minor, and several of Haydn's later string quartets. Much like Beethoven, Faure lost his hearing in later years and his music often reflected an unique and, at the time, unheard of styling.
Tune in Monday to hear Faure's Piano Trio in D minor performed by the Horszowski Trio in their newest release.
Although born in England, composer Arnold Bax certainly drew wide thematic and cultural elements from the changing landscape of Europe. He lived briefly in Ireland and Ukraine, rooting himself in the deep traditions of Celtic and Russian sounds. Tune in Sunday to hear these rich traditions blended together in a performance of Bax's Second Symphony by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
In an effort to highlight Jewish composers that escaped Nazi controlled Europe, Daniel Hope's new release focuses on the Jewish influence on the film industry. Join me as I sit down with Daniel Hope and find out why he chose to explore "the golden age of film."
While beginning his composition career with lighthearted melodies from his Flemish youth, Jef Van Hoof later abandoned his upbeat and cheerful style in the face of a world at war. Writing his second symphony during the height of conflict in Western Europe, he inscribed at the front of his manuscript, "the whole world has gone - wiped from the face of the earth."
Tune in Thursday to hear Van Hoof's Second Symphony performed by the VRT Philharmonic.
Centuries after Bach wrote his final notes, musicians and audiences alike still revel in his mastery. Violinist Joshua Bell notes that, "Through his music we are given a glimpse of the essence of life itself... as if I have been given a tour through the entire range of human experience."
Tune in Tuesday to hear Bell tackle Bach's Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.