Nature and Music

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This week we’re learning all about music and nature.

July 28th 6 – 10 p.m. join us for our free event on the Waterfront’s Harbor Lawn!

Kites and Classical

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Kite Building with KMAC, picnic food and drinks for sale from Wiltshire Pantry, and beautiful music from Classical 90.5 to accompany the sun setting over the Ohio!

Audio for Kids! 

Listen to our 3-part series: Wilderness Music

 

Check out more audio and resources at wuol.org/wildernessmusic

 

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Pinchas Zukerman’s Recording Career

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Pinchas Zukerman’s recording career spans almost 50 years and over 100 recordings. He’s been nominated for a Grammy 21 times, and has won two of them. Now Deutsche Grammophon is re-releasing some of his best work with the prolific German recording company, and his work on the Philips label, in a limited edition, 22-disc set. Daniel Gilliam spoke with Zukerman about his career in the recording world.

1953 LO Program : Look into the Past

The Louisville Orchestra: Used with permission of Ruth French

Below is an original 1953 Louisville Orchestra Program. Violinist Ruth French (Ruth Scott in the program) shared this program from her beginning years with the Orchestra. Hear more of her story here.

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Ruth French on her years in the Louisville Orchestra

Ruth French on the Plane to Carnegie

Ruth French shares pictures, newspaper clips, memories, and an original Louisville Orchestra program from 1953. She was a violinist in the Louisville Orchestra from 1949-1970 during the Orchestra’s commissioning project and First Edition recordings. She was 17 when she joined, the youngest member at that time.

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Roy Harris’ Connection to Louisville

Roy Harris: used with permission from Ruth French

The myth that surrounds the person of Roy Harris is indicative of the effectiveness of modern publicity methods and the American desire for perpetuation of the age- old “rags to riches” story. In Harris’ case it is the rise from truck driver to “America’s Composer no. 1.”

-from writings of Robert French

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Roy Harris had a special relationship with Robert Whitney and the Louisville Orchestra during the 1950s and 1960s, its most innovative period. Not only did the LO record his first symphony, 1933 (also recorded earlier by Serge Koussevitsky and the BSO as the very first American symphony to be commercially recorded), but it commissioned several works from Harris, including the tone poem Kentucky Spring (1949) and his Second Piano Concerto (1953) (see the original concert program here). The former — a tribute (or dig) at Copland? — is perhaps the most succinct summation of Harris’s bright orchestral style.

Harris’s Louisville connection goes even further than the orchestra. Robert French, the founder of the Louisville Academy of Music (now run by his wife, former LO violinist Ruth French), studied with Harris in Nashville, and for three years worked as Harris’s assistant. Robert French copied all of Harris’s symphonies — including the individual orchestral parts — by hand (according to Ruth, “he drew every single stem with a ruler!”). French experienced Harris’s legendary disorganization firsthand; Ruth tells the story of how her husband, on a trip with Harris from Iowa, “stopped for gas, and [Robert] went in to use the restroom, and when he came back out, Roy had forgotten him and drove off without him!”

-by Jacob Gotlib, local composer, pianist, and teacher

A Roy Harris score hand written by Robert French:

 

Listen to Ruth French’s memories of Roy Harris and the Louisville Orchestra:

 

 

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