Pianist Jeffrey Biegel has assembled a full album of romantic piano music, written by composers who knew the piano intimately. We’re featuring Grand Romance all week, and you’ll get a chance to win a copy. The contest is closed. We’ll announce the winners on air Thursday, June 13th at 2pm.
Pianist Van Cliburn has passed away at the age of 78. In 1958 he came to prominence for his win at the first Tchaikovsky International Competition. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, he moved to Kilgore, Texas as a young child, and in the 1980s moved from New York City to Fort Worth. Here are remembrances in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Dallas News.
Sisters Amy and Sara Hamann made their debut as piano duo with the Twin Cities Youth Symphony, and have since performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra and on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series. They’ve also been on Performance Today and Studio 360 (audio below). Our featured album this week is their new recording of the complete Piano Duos by Beethoven, recorded on a modern piano and on an instrument from Beethoven’s time, provided by The Schubert Club.
On the next Lunchtime Classics, Louisville composer and pianist Rachel Grimes will be performing new works from her upcoming album The Clearing. There will be pieces for solo piano, and piano and string trio along with several arrangements from her previous album Book of Leaves. She will be joined live in the studio by Jane Halliday, violin, Melinda Odle, viola, and Felix Borges, cello.
Doors open at 11:45am. Brown bag your lunch and join us for this free performance. If you’re a member of Classical 90.5 at the $52 level or higher, call to reserve a free lunch from the City Café (first 20 callers receive a lunch). Call (502) 814-6565 to reserve your lunch by noon the Tuesday before the show. Seating is limited.