Share Your Story Contest: May 1st Deadline

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Share Your Story! Submit your story or poem inspired by something you hear on Classical 90.5 by May 1st to be a part of our Summer Listening broadcasts. You may get a chance to come read and record it in our studio and then we can share it with everyone! Email education@wuol.org with questions or comments and submit your story below.

In-Studios: Phillip de Fremery & Trio Harmonia

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This week we’ll have two in-studios, guitarist Phillip de Fremery on Wednesday at noon, and Trio Harmonia on Thursday at noon. Doors for both performances open at 11:45am.

Call us, at (502) 814-6565, by Tuesday at noon to reserve a lunch. Both performances are free and open-to-the-public.

Jooyoung Kim is the pianist for Trio Harmonia. Here’s her performance of Rachmaninoff from her solo performance last year.

Spring Drive Premium: Beethoven Symphonies

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With your sustaining membership of $20 or more a month, we’re giving you the latest recording of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Kent Nagano, with all of Beethoven’s ground-breaking symphonies.

It’s only available during the 2016 Spring Membership Drive. Call (502) 814-6565 or give online by clicking the banner at the top of the page.

Adding a New Voice to Bach

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(Photo credit Lisa-Marie Mazzucco)

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine has not only recorded JS Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, she’s also edited the scores for publication. I had the chance to talk to Rachel and ask her about her musical journey with Bach and how her interpretation of his music has changed since she won the Bach Competition in 1992. Listen for her new release during our regular programming on Classical 90.5.

An Italian Jew from Spain with German in his Name

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Monday’s Guitar Pick featured the first concerto for guitar and orchestra by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. An Italian Jew of Spanish decent, his concerto No.1 was the first concerto to be published after a drought of concertos for the instrument for 100 years. He was a prolific composer of music for the concert stage and for film. It’s suspected that he wrote more film music than has been given credit due to the large demand for his services by the studios. When Mussolini started to target Jews, Castelnuovo-Tedesco (literally “Newcastle-German”) fled to America. He spent the rest of his life in southern California, writing for stage and film. His music pupils included Andre Previn and Henry Mancini. Castelnuovo-Tedesco later wrote a 2nd concerto for guitar and one for 2 guitars with orchestra. Listen to the Guitar Pick weekdays at 10:30am.

This week’s picks:

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco – Guitar Concerto No. 1 – John Williams
Edvard Grieg – Holberg Suite – Arabesque Duo
JS Bach – Sinfonia No. 6 in E Major, BWV 792 – David Russell
Manuel de Falla – Homenaje Le tombeau de Claude Debussy – Eduardo Fernandez
Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata, K.175 – Eliot Fisk

This week’s ukulele pick features the French ukulele player Ukulollo with guest Siwar.