In-Studio: Kentucky Opera Preview’s Showboat

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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

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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:

Vivaldi on Guitar

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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 Monday, Alan played a concerto by Antonio Vivaldi that has seen several different arrangements, including this arrangement for four guitars.

The Concerto, RV 580 by Vivaldi was originally written for 4 violins and orchestra. It was part of a published set under the opus number 3. The 12 concerti were collectively called L’Estro armonico or “The Harmonic Fancy” by its publisher. Johann Sebastian Bach, who met Vivaldi at one point, liked the concerto so much he transcribed it for 4 harpsichords and orchestra.

This recording doesn’t state who transcribed the work for 4 guitars, but it’s a good bet it was done by one of the family members of Los Romeros.

Other guitar picks this week:

JS Bach – Italian Concerto – Amadeus Guitar Duo
John Johnson – Pavan and Galliard – Bream and Williams
Joaquin Rodrigo – Concierto de Aranjuez – Milos
Fernando Sor – Rustic Fantasia, Op. 52 – Adam Holzman

And since I’m a ukulele aficionado, let’s leave you with this performance by the late, great John King.

Audio: Les Ordinaires In-Studio

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Audio: Rob Simonds In-Studio

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