Minnesota Orchestra Live from Cuba

Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska, March 2014 - credit Greg Helgeson

(Photo credit: Greg Helgeson)

Classical 90.5, in partnership with American Public Media, is proud to bring you two live, historic performances of Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra from the Teatro Nacional in Havana, Cuba! These are the first performances and broadcasts of an American Orchestra from Cuba since President Obama moved to normalize relations in December 2014.

On Friday, May 15, Osmo Vänskä will lead the Minnesota Orchestra in a concert of Beethoven masterworks that will prominently feature Cuban artists. In addition to Beethoven’s Overture to Egmont and Eroica Symphony, they’ll be joined by the Cuban National Choir, Coro Vocal Leo and pianist Frank Fernandez for Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy.

The Saturday, May 16 concert includes the unforgettably Mediterranean melodies that comprise Leonard Berstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story as well as Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite.

These landmark performances will take place Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 at 8pm on Classical 90.5 and wuol.org!

Louisville Orchestra Season Finale Broadcast

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Classical 90.5 presents the final Louisville Orchestra concert from the 2014-15 season Thursday evening at 8 pm. The music, which is conducted by LO Music Director Teddy Abrams, begins with John Williams’ The Cowboys Overture, featuring music written for the 1972 film The Cowboys starring John Wayne. Abrams ends the program with his interpretation of the Symphony No. 5, Op. 67, by Ludwig van Beethoven. (You can read Daniel Gilliam’s review of the concert here)

The trio Time for Three – Nick Kendall, violin, Zach De Pue, violin and Ranaan Meyer, Double Bass – appear on the program also. TfT has been exciting audiences wherever they appear with their unique arrangements and grouping of instruments. Listen to Alan Brandt’s interview with the three musicians:

Featured Album & Giveaway: Goodyear’s Rachmaninoff

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(Photo credit Andrew Garn for CAMI)

Stewart Goodyear follows his first album of concertos on the Steinway & Sons label with two monumental Rachmaninov concertos, recorded with the Czech National Symphony conducted by Heiko Mathias Forster.

Listen to the album this week on Classical 90.5 and enter to win a copy for yourself!

Local Cello Sensation on From the Top

Photo by Mary Richardson

(Photo by Mary Richardson)

A former Classical 90.5 Young Artist Competition winner will appear on this week’s episode of From the Top (Sundays at 6 pm). Louisvillian Anne Richardson, cello, who has also appeared on Classical 90.5’s Lunchtime Classics program, will perform as part of the Alumni Finale Trio. Ms. Richardson was part of the trio while she attended summer classes at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Anne is finishing her time in the pre-college program at The Julliard School in New York City for music, drama and dance. She is giving her senior recital in May in Juilliard’s Morse Hall. Ms. Richardson’s future options are wide open as she has recently been accepted into Colburn, New England Conservatory, and Juilliard. Anne has appeared on From the Top previously.

Enjoy this video of Anne performing part of Samuel Barber’s Cello Concerto.

Take Note with Phillip Morgan

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Find out what Caryn, CJ, Ted and Morgan love about classical music with Take Note, hosted by Phillip Morgan. Listen Monday through Thursday this week at 11am and 4pm. You can also to every Take Note here.