Lunchtime Classics: Ballard Madrigal Singers

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Join us for Lunchtime Classics with the Ballard Madrigal Singers, this Wednesday at noon. Members can reserve a lunch by calling (502) 814-6565. Doors open at 11:45am.

Renee Fleming Finally Tackles Christmas

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Soprano Renee Fleming has been a beloved figure on the operatic stage for years. So it’s curious that Ms. Fleming has waited so long to release her first-ever Christmas album entitled Christmas in New York.

The recording features many guest appearances by New York-based musicians including Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Rufus Wainwright and Gregory Porter. The album contains only two sacred works – In the Bleak Midwinter and Still, Still, Still. The rest of the songs are traditional lighter fair such as Winter Wonderland, Merry Christmas Darling and Central Park Serenade.

Christmas in New York is one of many new releases Classical 90.5 will feature in the days to come during the holiday season.

Holiday Choral Festival 2014

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The Louisville Chamber Choir, Protus, Voces Novae and the Youth Performing Arts School Women’s Choir are the four ensembles you can hear December 7th at 7pm on the 2014 Holiday Choral Festival. Non-member tickets are $15. Members and children (17 & under) are $10. Tickets available here and by calling (877) 435-9849, and available in person at Louisville Public Media, 619 S. Fourth Street, Louisville, KY, 40202.

2015 Grawemeyer Award in Music

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The 2015 Grawemeyer Award in Music has been awarded to Wolfgang Rihm for his 15-minute orchestral work IN-SCHRIFT 2, premiered in October of 2013.

Rihm composed the music to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Philharmonic‘s concert hall, the Philharmonie, a concert venue known for its excellent acoustic properties and unique construction. IN-SCHRIFT 2 explores this unique space, by placing musicians from the orchestra around and within the audience, creating spatial and surround-sound effects. The work is also noted for not using flutes, violins or violas (standard orchestral instruments), instead focusing on the darker and deeper sounds of the ensemble. A preview of the premiere can be seen on the Berlin Philharmonic’s website.

A prolific composer of over 400 works, Wolfgang Rihm came to prominence in 1974 after the premiere of Morphonie at an historic new music festival in Donaueschingen. His output is often associated with expressionism, a style that can be traced back to Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schoenberg. Rihm has composed thirteen string quartets, four operas, and his oratorio Deus Passus was commissioned by the International Bach Academy of Stuttgart for the 250th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach’s death. He has been featured composer at music festivals in Lucerne and Salzburg, and his violin concerto was premiered in 2010 by Anne-Sophie Mutter and the New York Philharmonic. Rihm was born in 1952 in Karslruhle and is a professor at Karlsruhle University of Music.

The 2015 Award in Music is one of five Grawemeyer awards from the University of Louisville, each with a prize of $100,000.

Event: Holiday Music Unwrapped

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Like it or not, holiday music is already playing everywhere … and you’ll only hear more of it as we get closer to December 25. Why not make the best of it and learn where these familiar tunes and arrangements come from? This class will help you impress your friends at holiday parties or take home the MVP trophy at the holiday trivia contest. Listen and learn with Classical 90.5’s Daniel Gilliam, Wednesday, December 3rd at noon.

This is a FREE event for Classical 90.5/Louisville Public Media members. Please use code IFUHOLIDAY90.5 to receive 100% discount on your admission fee. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-music-unwrapped-tickets-14149881677