UA Music professor Er-Gene Kahng and composer Ryan Cockerham explore the universe of non-narrative film and music with the music of Alvin Lucier and short films of Stan Brakhage in their first event for the Fuse New Music series.
Rodion Shchedrin's description of cantabile is "to express firstly a certain tension in the 'soul' of the notes, and also the manner in which they are produced. The term also refers to the juxtaposition, interweaving, conflict and resolution of the soloist's singing lines against the orchestra." Hear the fascinating work performed by Maxim Vengerov, violin, and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich on Tuesday's program.
Pianist Jonathan Biss continues exploration of Beethoven piano sonatas in his new release. He describes the "Appassionata" sonata as a hurricane and elaborates by saying "it is a one-ff, an unrepeatable force of nature, which probably shouldn't be repeated even if it could be, so overwhelming is its power." Hear Biss's rendering in its entirety on Thursday's program.
Composer Dmitri Tymoczko asks what music composers should write when we carry the whole history of music in our pockets. His answer is to "make music that weaves between stylistic poles in a way that is unexpected and entertaining ... an attempt to find hidden roads connecting the familiar places we love." One piece that attempts this is his chamber work "Eggman Variations." Catch it on Tuesday's program.
Pianist Anna Shelest says of Schumann's first piano sonata "when you listen to the F sharp minor sonata you are not only hearing music of immense beauty but also of fantastic strangeness, and strangeness always accompanies great art." Hear her new recording of this strangeness on Monday's program.
The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas's concert Saturday night will take listeners out on a river, to the sea and back to land with a musical journey featuring Smetena's "Moldau" Debussy's "La Mer" and Resphighi's "Pines of Rome." Find out details of Resphighi's grandeur when Katy Henriksen talks to Music Director Paul Haas about the concert.
American violinist Anne Akiko Meyers celebrates American composers in her latest release American Masters, which includes an exquisite rendering of Samuel Barber's violin concerto composed in 1939. Catch this American elegance on Thursday's program.
The new release from vocal ensemble Voces8 takes on light. Titled "Lux" the tracks, ranging from Thomas Tallis to Ben Folds, bring radience, hope and comfort. Catch new music from Voces8 on Thursday's program from 11-noon Central on KUAF and 6-7 p.m. on KUAF-2.