Pianist Simone Dinnerstein has a new release called "A Character of Quiet", featuring the music of Philip Glass and Franz Schubert. It was recorded last June during the pandemic at her home in Brooklyn. Ms. Dinnerstein recently spoke to Classic 107.3's John Nasukaluk Clare about the project.
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Host Tom Sudholt and Patricia Racette, Artistic Director of the Gerdine Young Artist's Program at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, discuss Songs for St. Louis: A Concert in the Commons, which airs Monday, November 16, at 7 pm on Nine PBS and again on November 22 at 11 am and November 26 at 7 pm. The concert, which Ms. Racette conceived, features three talented artists from Opera Theatre's 2020 Gerdine Young Artist program performing great aria classics of the operatic canon to standards of American musical theater.
Keyboard Extravaganza – "There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself," Johann Sebastian Bach supposedly said about the piano. Hear remarkable music for that instrument, as well as for harpsichord and organ, every Friday this month from 6am to 6pm on Classic 107.3! Hélène Grimaud's new studio album, The Messenger, was released on October 2, 2020. For this concept album, Grimaud created a fascinating pianistic dialogue between Mozart and the Ukrainian-born contemporary composer Valentin Silvestrov. Hear Silvestrov's "The Messenger" from the album here, and tune in every Friday in November for more great keyboard works on the Voice for the Arts in St. Louis.
This episode of Musical Ancestries™ is devoted to Jewish culture, instruments, music, and traditions. Listeners will meet Cantor Ruth and her four students as they share a lesson on the great diversity of Jewish music and culture through the principle of Tikkun Olam, or "Repair of the World." Thus begins an exciting lesson as the students experience diverse Jewish music from around the globe and discover its relevance to their lives.
Carrie Houk, Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis, joins host Jim Doyle to talk about the 5th Annual Festival, En Avant! going on now. Carrie shares how the decision was made to take the festival to the airwaves, noting that the gorgeous language that Williams used adapts beautifully to the radio. She talks about the theme, En Avant!, which means moving forward, and discusses each of the works featured in the festival, including "The Glass Menagerie".
The fourth night of the 5th Annual Festival features "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams, followed by commentary with Tom Mitchell, TWStL Scholar-in-Residence. This performance features actors Elizabeth Teeter, Bradley James Tejeda, Brenda Currin, and Chaunery Kingsford. Then, hear "You Lied to Me About Centralia", which features actors Chauncy Thomas and Julia Crump. Tune in at 7pm for two incredible plays!
The third night of the 5th Annual Festival features "Glass" by Michael Aman, followed by commentary with Tom Mitchell, TWStL Scholar-in-Residence. Tune in at 7pm to Classic 107.3 to hear this performance, which features the talents of Bradley James Tejeda and Kari Ely.
The second night of the 5th Annual Festival features "The Man in the Overstuffed Chair" with Jeremy Lawrence, followed by commentary with Tom Mitchell, TWStL Scholar-in-Residence. Tune in at 7pm to Classic 107.3 to hear this amazing performance, presented by special arrangement with The University of the South (Sewanee, Tennessee).
The first night of the 5th Annual Festival features "Something Wild" with Ken Page and "Tom and Rose" with Jeremy Lawrence, followed by commentary with Tom Mitchell, TWStL Scholar-in-Residence. Tune in at 7pm to Classic 107.3 to hear these incredible performances!
Mike Isaacson, the Artistic Director and Executive Producer of The Muny, and Michael Baxter, Artistic Associate of The Muny, sit down for a concluding conversation about the audition process. We discuss the 2020 casting results and what happens going forward, plus speculate about how auditions might change due to the pandemic. Mike and Michael then share the unique roles that each of them play during The Muny auditions.