Interview: Kaaija Saariaho

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(Photo credit: Priska Ketterer)

Kaaija Saariaho’s music is entrancing – sometimes disorienting. It’s lyrical and colorful. It often combines intricate textures with electronic elements, that can be delicate and ethereal or just loud and thick. Performances of her music have been steadily growing throughout the United States since the early 2000s, and earlier this year the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with Gustavo Dudamel and baritone Gerald Finley, commissioned and premiered her song cycle “True Fire.” In March of 2016 the Dutch National Opera will premiere her next opera “Only the Sound Remains.”

Saariaho’s work earned the admiration from audiences and critics, and she’s been the recipient of major prizes including the Polar Music Prize in 2013, the Nemmers Prize in 2011, and in 2003 the Grawemeyer Award in Music Composition for her opera “L’amour de loin,” an opera Anthony Tomassini of the New York Times named best new work of 2000. She is in Louisville as a guest for the 30th Anniversary of the Grawemeyer Award and sat down with Daniel Gilliam to talk about her career and music.


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Live In-Studio: University of Louisville Pianists

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Come hear and see some of the most talented pianists from the University of Louisville on Wednesday, November 11, at noon.

Coached by Dror Biran, you’ll experience the talents of Elliot Eckel, Nathaniel Mo, Paige Harpring, Brytner Evangelista, Ibosh Chertmanov and Tim Spencer; playing the music of Ravel, Beethoven, Villa-Lobos, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin.
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The in-studio is free and open-to-the-public. Doors open at 11:45am.

We’re offering box lunches from City Cafe to our listener members. Call (502) 814-6565 by November 10 at noon.

Holiday Choral Festival 2015 On Sale!

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The 10th Annual Holiday Choral Festival is now on sale!

Be present for an unforgettable evening of music with the University of Louisville Cardinal Singers, Floyd Central A Cappella Choir, Black Classical Artists of Louisville and The Choirs of St. Martin of Tours Church.

December 6 at 7pm, St. Martin of Tours Church, 639 South Shelby Street, Louisville, KY.

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Live In-Studio: Three Decembers with Kentucky Opera

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Kentucky Opera returns to Classical 90.5 for a preview of their next production, Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers. You’re invited to watch and hear the cast, including Denyce Graves, Carlton Ford and Nicole Joseph; along with director Bill Florescu and conductor Robert Woodtalk as we talk through this production.

The performance is Wednesday, October 28 at noon. Doors open at 11:45am.

Members can reserve a lunch from City Cafe for this event. Contact membership at (502) 814-6565 by Tuesday at noon.

Live In-Studio: Guitarist Ekachai Jearakul

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In 2014, Thai guitarist Ekachai Jearakul won the prestigious International Concert Artist Competition from the Guitar Foundation of America. He’ll be in Louisville to play at the University of Louisville, and perform a live in-studio here at Classical 90.5 on October 6th at 2pm.

Free and open-to-the-public. Doors open at 1:45pm.