Violist Jordan Bak
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3w ago
Award-winning Jamaican-American violist Jordan Bak joins us to preview his recital at BGSU on January 11, and to share a couple tracks from his debut album, IMPULSE. Described as “an exciting new voice in Classical performance” (I Care If You Listen), Jordan was named one of Classic FM's "30 Under 30" Rising Stars, and was a featured artist for WQXR’s inaugural Artist Propulsion Lab. Jordan is an Assistant Professor of viola at Bowling Green State University. Note: The musical selections have been trimmed in this podcast. Both tracks are available on IMPULSE. More about Jordan: https://jordanb ..read more
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Sarah Cahill: The Future is Female (Vol. 2)
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1M ago
Pianist and radio host Sarah Cahill joins us for a thoughtful discussion about her ongoing performance and recording project The Future is Female. She's recently released the second album in the series, subtitled The Dance, with ten tracks by women across time and space, from the French Baroque composer Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre to the modern-day composer, cellist, and vocalist Theresa Wong, whom Sarah commissioned for this disc ..read more
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Nadia Shpachenko: Invasion
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by WGTE Public Media
2M ago
As the war in Ukraine rages on, GRAMMY® Award-winning Ukrainian-American pianist Nadia Shpachenko offers the album INVASION with music by the composer Lewis Spratlan. As she watched in horror her home city of Kharkiv (and the rest of Ukraine) being destroyed and civilians being murdered every day, Shpachenko tried to come up with ways to express her feelings of utter despair and anger, as well as hope and resilience, through her music making. In addition to performing fundraising concerts featuring music by Ukrainian composers, she decided to put together a new album to support Ukraine humanit ..read more
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Sarah Kirkland Snider: Mass for the Endangered
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by WGTE Public Media
2M ago
Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider joins us to talk about her new release, Mass for the Endangered. With an evocative libretto by poet Nathaniel Bellows, Mass for the Endangered is a new take on the traditional Catholic Mass – this time directing its call to nature, rather than God. With soulful music masterfully performed by the vocal ensemble Gallicantus (under conductor Gabriel Crouch), Sarah's Mass is "a celebration of, and an elegy for, the natural world – animals, plants, insects, the planet itself – an appeal for greater awareness, urgency, and action." https://www.sarahkirklandsnider.com ..read more
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Time for Jess Gillam
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by WGTE Public Media
3M ago
As both a virtuoso sax player and a BBC3 radio personality, Jess Gillam is a "double-threat," known for her infectious personality as well as for her irresistible performances. Having just made her Carnegie Hall debut, Jess took a few moments to chat with us about her career, as well as her album Time from Decca Classics ..read more
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Andrew Crust and the Lima Symphony Orchestra
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by WGTE Public Media
3M ago
WGTE's Brad Cresswell speaks with conductor Andrew Crust, newly-appointed Music Director of the Lima Symphony Orchestra. Currently the Associate Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony in Canada and former Assistant Conductor for the Memphis Symphony, Andrew launches his official Lima Symphony tenure with a concert on November 26. The program, called Lyrical Exuberance, features music by Copland and Bartok, plus Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with soloist Awadagin Pratt. The concert will be both broadcast at the Van-Del Drive-In theater in Lima and streamed online. In this conversation, Andrew t ..read more
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Live from FM 91: Sylvan Trio
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3M ago
In this virtual edition of Live from FM 91, we welcome two members of The Sylvan Trio: flutist (and Sunday Baroque host) Suzanne Bona, and pianist (and former WGTE host) Greg Kostraba. Suzanne and Greg talk about and share tracks from their latest album, Music for Flute, Cello & Piano by Women Composers, which you can find here: https://www.amazon.com/Music-Flute-Cello-Piano-Composers/dp/B08L22XY5C. The Sylvan Trio Website: http://www.sylvantrio.com/Sylvan_Trio/Home.html Sunday Baroque's "Beautiful Music in Difficult Times" blog: https://sundaybaroque.org/category/blog/ Please note: due to ..read more
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Live From FM 91: Mary Claire Murphy
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3M ago
Our new classical host Mary Claire Murphy brings her musical talents to the Dana performance studio, playing her own music at the piano and providing the backstory to those works ..read more
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Keith Phares
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by WGTE Public Media
3M ago
Acclaimed baritone Keith Phares joins us in the WGTE studios to talk about his career, share musical excerpts, and preview his upcoming Faculty Recital at Bowling Green State University on November 2nd. Recital Details (BGSU website) http://keithphares.squarespace.com/ (Photo of Keith Phares in the studio with WGTE's Brad Cresswell ..read more
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Live From FM 91: Toledo Opera Singers
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by WGTE Public Media
3M ago
It's Live from FM 91, as we welcome star singers from Toledo Opera's double bill of Puccini's Suor Angelica and Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana. It's a singers' roundtable, with discussion and performance from soprano Jill Gardner, contralto Lauren Decker, and tenor Brian Cheney. We're also joined by conductor Geoffrey McDonald and Co-Artistic Director Kevin Bylsma, who accompanies our singers on piano ..read more
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