Taka Kigawa Plays Boulez

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Pianist Taka Kigawa will perform Boulez’s piano music later this year at (le) Poisson Rouge.

We’re giving you a chance to hear and see Taka Kigawa play Boulez, at Classical 90.5, Thursday, June 19 at 11am. Daniel Gilliam will talk with Mr. Kigawa and we’ll take your questions. The event will be recorded for online listening (not a live broadcast).

It’s free and open to the public, but we’d like to know you’re coming. You can RSVP by filling out the form below, or just show up. 619 S. Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40202. More information at studio@wuol.org

Local Artist Feature – Diane Earle

Diane Earle

While Lunchtime Classics takes its summer break, let’s look back at some of our featured artists.

Diane Earle is artist-in-residence and professor of music at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Ky. She has performed extensively in 10 countries and 30 states. Recent performances include concert tours to Italy and China.

Dr. Earle played several performances in 2009 celebrating the 300th birthday of the piano culminating with a program produced by Kentucky Educational Television (KET) for the series Kentucky Muse. She is featured on several CDs and DVDs.

Dr. Earle received a bachelor of music degree in piano performance, magna cum laude, from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. She has a master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in piano performance and literature from Ohio State University. While a doctoral student there, she received the outstanding teaching associate award and won the doctoral concerto competition. Dr. Earle has also studied organ and voice.

Earle has been a Lunchtime Classics guest artist many times. Enjoy Dr. Earle’s performance of George Gershwin’s Embraceable You:

Inon Barnatan

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Inon Barnatan has an envious career already, and can now add Artist-in-Association with the New York Philharmonic to his resume. The multi-year collaboration will give Barnatan his New York Philharmonic debut and multiple concerts with the Philharmonic and also in chamber settings.

He’s in town to play Ravel with the Louisville Orchestra on February 27th and March 1st, and stopped by to talk with Daniel Gilliam about the Ravel Piano Concerto he’s playing this week (and with the NY Phil), his new position in New York and his Harlem apartment that used to be a warehouse.

Featured Album: Basically Bull

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John Bull was one of the most successful keyboardists of his day, and a prolific composer whose compositions appeared in the seminal Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. He also wrote sacred music and was organist at Hereford Cathedral. John Bull may have also been a spy (!) for Queen Elizabeth, though this may never be proven (maybe he was a really good spy).

In our Featured Album, Basically Bull, Alan Feinberg presents the less-covert music of John Bull and his Elizabethan peers: William Byrd, Thomas Tomkins, Orlando Gibbons, John Blitheman and John Redford.

Chris Robinson Starts New Chamber Series

Chris Robinson

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.