COMING UP ON PERFORMANCE TODAY
JULY 23 - 27, 2001
FRED CHILD IS HOST
Monday, JULY 23
Hour 1 -- A world premiere: Music written for friends whose lives have
been cut short by AIDS. Our former Young Artist-in-Residence, Jeremy Denk,
is the soloist in the world premiere performance of "Cut Time," Variations
for Piano and Chamber Orchestra by California-based composer Jake Heggie.
We'll hear the performance from the EOS Orchestra at the Ethical Culture
Society in New York City. Jeremy Denk also reads from his travel journal.
Hour 2 -- Left-handed Janacek: After World War One, when several pianists
lost the use of their right hands, composers responded with music for the
left hand alone. One of those composers was Leos Janacek, who responded
with a Capriccio for Piano and Winds.
Tuesday, JULY 24
Hour 1 -- Calling all metronomes!: This year's Eclectic Orange Festival
in Southern California is calling for metronomes. The festival program
includes Gyorgy Ligeti's Poeme Symphonique for 100 metronomes. In an
interview with Fred, Executive Director of the Philharmonic Society of
Orange County, Dean Corey, tells how YOU can participate in this
Hour 2 -- Coming to Terms with Portamento: Miles Hoffman joins Fred for a
lively conversation about this slippery term, with examples of sopranos and
violinists sliding their way from one note to another.
Wednesday, JULY 25
Hour 1 -- Fresh-faced Elgar: Alisa Weilerstein is still a teenager, but
she's been hailed as a cellist to watch. We'll hear her solo in the Cello
Concerto by Edward Elgar. Marin Alsop introduces the piece and conducts
the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
Hour 2 -- How did the nightingale get in there?: When Ottorino Respighi
wrote "The Pines of Rome," he included a part for a nightingale -- on a
phonograph. We'll hear "The Pines of Rome" played in a summertime musical
oasis, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Eiji Oue conducts the Grand Teton Festival
Orchestra in a recent concert performance.
Thursday, JULY 26
Hour 1 -- Spotlight on conductor Christoph Eschenbach.
Hour 2 -- Basic Vaughan Williams: PT critic Ted Libbey joins Fred to add
recordings of the Symphony No.2, the "London" Symphony by Ralph Vaughan
Williams to the PT Basic Record Library. It's a portrait of the city of
Friday, JULY 27
Hour 1 -- Swafford on Wagner: This summer, Daniel Barenboim stirred up
international controversy when he conducted music by Richard Wagner in
Israel. We asked author Jan Swafford to help us get a clearer idea of the
man whose music transformed art and whose life still arouses such fervent
Hour 2 -- Musical offerings: We'll hear a sampling of music performed in
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