Leonard Bernstein composed his only ever film score in 1955, the year his son Alexander was born and the music was dedicated to him. "The music is sweet, furious, witty, wild, sexy, brazen, passionate, eclectic, & unashamedly hopeful. Just like our dad," Alexander says of the "On the Waterfront" symphonic suite. Tune in to Monday's program to hear a recording of the suite from Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic.
In three movements Schnittke's 3rd string quartet weaves elements of Beethoven, Lassus and Shostakovich into a work all its own. Catch the imposing piece performed by the Pacifica Quartet on Friday's program.
When Saint-Saëns penned his first sonata for violin and piano his inspiration came from Beethoven's heroic sonata composition most notably present in Beethoven's "Kreutzer" sonata.
Maria Bachmann, violin, and Adam Neiman, piano, include the stunner on their release French Fantasy. Catch their rendering of Saint-Saëns' Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in D minor, op. 75 on Thursday'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.
Pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe first learned Benjamin Britten's Piano Concerto, op. 13, while studying at Julliard. She's returned to the explosive piece in her new recording and states that the work is "much more than an empty showpiece. It's flashes of irony and clever interplay between piano and orchestra reveal keen artistic instincts" despite the youth of its 24-year-old composer. Catch Roe's performance of the piece, along with the London Symphony Orchestra under Emil Tabakov, on Tuesday's program.
The emotionally searing pianist Valentina Lisitsa celebrates Philip Glass in her latest release. As the liner notes attest, "Lisitsa explores the temporal and orchestrational range of Glass's work over some three decades. The effect of hearing such a multidudinous effort expressed through one piano, two hands and eight-eight keys is haunting and staggering." Hear highlights of this 2-CD recording on Wednesday's program.
The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra presents "Northern Lights" Saturday, April 11, with music including Grieg's famed piano concerto. Conductor Steven Byess elaborates on engaging with the community via this concert, which also involves the winner of the APO-UA concerto competition winner and a new venue -- the Berry Performing Arts Center in Siloam Springs, as well as what makes Grieg's piano concerto so special in today's program.