Kentucky Center Stage

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We are starting a new show, in partnership with WEKU, called Kentucky Center Stage. The first broadcast on Classical 90.5 is this Saturday at 6pm, featuring highlights from the 2013 Chamber Music Festival of Lexington. Daniel Gilliam hosts, with performances from Nicholas Phan, and the entire festival ensemble. Join us every Saturday at 6pm for performances through out the Bluegrass State.

Lustig Premiere

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As part of our broadcasts from the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, we’ll be presenting the premiere broadcast of a new work by Raymond Lustig called Ambition, performed by Nicholas Phan and the festival ensemble. Lustig currently lives in New York City and teaches at Juilliard, and also happens to be a published researcher in molecular biology (!). His music can be at times mysterious, beautiful and arresting. Compose Thyself (below) was written while Lustig was in residence at the Copland House, and is based on fragments from J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 210a. There’s also a “ghostly” presence of Copland that appears and vanishes through out.

Featured Album: Schubert for Violin and Piano


In just three decades, Franz Schubert created more music than composers twice or thrice his age. Despite writing so much, his fan base was small. But most of his music was never intended for large audiences. His hundreds of songs and dozens of chamber works (ranging from miniature to expansive) were written for salons, living rooms and intimate gatherings. Alina Ibragimova and Cedric Tiberghien have captured his music for violin and piano (two instruments Schubert knew well) in their latest release from Hyperion.

Chris Robinson Starts New Chamber Series

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Violinist Chris Robinson is a Louisvillian and student at the College-Conservatory of Music. In addition to being a full-time student, he’s starting a chamber music series called Giovani Vecchi.”Chris was in town promoting his series, and will perform with David Taustine on July 26th at the St. Francis in the Fields Church, in Prospect. Chris and David stopped by to give us a preview of the concert series, with movements of Brahms and Mozart sonatas, and an arrangement of a Chopin Nocturne by Nathan Milstein.

Summer Concerts in the Region

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You don’t have to wait until the fall for great live performances. Summer festivals abound in this region, which we’re calling Kentucky, Indiana (Bloomington) and Ohio (Cincinnati), and we’ve compiled a short list of events within 2 hours driving. If you decide to head to a festival, let us know! Add your comments below with your impressions, recommendations and insights.

Cincinnati Opera: This company is a summer company, presenting a handful of operas in a tightly-scheduled two months. You still have time to catch Aida, which opens tonight and runs through July 28th. Tickets and information here and (513) 241-2742.

Indiana University: Summer Music 2013 starts today with the highlight symphony concert tonight at 8pm, featuring Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Augusta Read Thomas’ Of Paradise and Light. The festival ends next Tuesday with Mozart’s “Great” Mass and Barber’s Adagio for Strings/Agnus Dei. Tickets and information here and (812) 855-7433.

Chamber Music Festival of Lexington: The 2013 festival expands to two weeks with Texas-based wind quintet WindSync, presenting planned and pop-up concerts around town. The second week of concerts at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion (normally the home for Thoroughbred auctions) present tenor Nicholas Phan, pianist Alessio Bax, composer Raymond Lustig, among others. The festival runs August 12-25, and tickets and information are here and