Audio: Kentucky Opera Showboat Preview


Recorded live on February 3, 2016 at Classical 90.5/Louisville Public Media. Due to a technical malfunction, the final 10 minutes of the preview is not available.

Four for Andalucia


Every weekday morning at 10:30 I present the “Guitar Pick,” a musical selection that features the guitar in some form or fashion. It can be as a solo instrument, in a chamber setting or with orchestra. On Friday’s show I played Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto Andaluz, scored for 4 guitars and orchestra. The family of guitarists collectively called “Los Romeros” hail from Andalucia, Spain. Through the years, Rodrigo and the Romeros forged a tight partnership. One of the results of this partnership was this work, named after the Romeros’ home town. The compositions display the styles of Buleria, Zapateado and Sevillana dances. And it’s a lot of fun!

Other guitar picks this week:

J N Hummel – Grand Serenade No. 1 – Consortium Classicum
JS Bach – Suite for lute, BWV 1006a – Sharon Isbin
Enrique Granados – Spanish Dances – Folkwang Guitarren Duo
Georg Philipp Telemann – Bourée alla Polacca – John Williams and Friends

My ukulele pick today comes from the amazing Jake Shimabukuro. He once promised to create a ukulele version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. He later said he regretted saying that! But he finally did it and spectacularly so!

Interview: From the Top’s Christopher O’Riley

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Christopher O’Riley is the host of NPR’s From the Top, heard Sundays at 6pm. While in town for a live taping at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, O’Riley talked with Daniel Gilliam about the level of talent on the show, how the performers are ambassadors for music, and his own recording projects.

In-Studio: Kentucky Opera Preview’s Showboat


Join Classical 90.5 for an in-studio preview of Kentucky Opera’s next production: Showboat by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Doors open at 11:45pm for the noon performance, Wednesday, February 3rd, here at Classical 90.5 (619 S. Fourth Street).

Members can reserve a lunch from City Cafe by calling (502) 814-6565 by Tuesday at noon.

Ragtime Guitar


Every weekday morning at 10:30 Alan Brandt presents the “Guitar Pick,” a musical selection that features the guitar in some form or fashion. It can be as a solo instrument, in a chamber setting or with orchestra. On Wednesday, Alan played guitarist Giovanni De Chiaro‘s arrangement and performance of Scott Joplin’s Wall Street Rag. An American, De Chiaro made his debut in 1976 at Carnegie Hall. One of his major accomplishments is his transcriptions and subsequent recordings of Scott Joplin’s short piano pieces. Spanning 52 compositions, they were recorded on 4 CD on the Centaur label. The tablature is available as sheet music, by the way!

This week’s other picks:
Fernando Sor – Waltes and Galop, Op. 57 – Adam Holzman
Herbert Baumann – Sonata Capricciosa – Duo Capriccioso
Luigi Boccherini – “Fandango” Guitar Quintet No. 4 – Pepe Romero
Mauro Giuliani – Gran Sonata Eroica – Richard Savino

And for Alan’s ukulele pick of the week, here’s an amazing original song by Krabbers from the UK: