On The Air This Week

Highlights from Feb. 28 to March 7

Tuesday, 10 a.m. Your Top 50 Classical Favorites (continues to 7 p.m)
1 p.m. Performance Today.
Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
10 a.m. Your Top 50 Classical Favorites (continues to 7 p.m)
1 p.m. Performance Today.
12 midnight Euro Classics: Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Yuri Temirkanov, conductor; Sviridov: Miniature Triptych — recorded at the Concert Hall, DR Concert House in Copenhagen.
Thursday, 10 a.m. Your Top 50 Classical Favorites (continues to 8:30 p.m)
Friday, 7:15 a.m. Moveable Feast with John Birge and Minnesota Monthly‘s Rachel Hutton.
11 a.m. Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Spotlight: Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat, D. 485
1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Friday Favorites with Steve Staruch.
Saturday, 9 a.m., New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
10 a.m. Saturday Cinema with Lynne Warfel.
12 p.m. Met Opera: Massenet’s Werther.
5 p.m. A Prairie Home Companion with host Chris Thile and guests Esperanza Spalding, Dawes, and Aparna Nancherla; rebroadcast from Oct. 29, 2016, recorded at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn.
8 p.m. Euro Classics: Lucerne Festival Winds; Enrique Bagaria, piano; Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds in Eb — recorded at the Espai Ter Concert Hall at the Torroella de Montgrí Music Festival in Spain.
Sunday, 6 a.m. Pipedreams: The Search Goes On.
12 noon From the Top.
1 p.m. SymphonyCast: Nashville Symphony; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
8 p.m. Sunday Night Cantata, Choral Stream.
Monday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
Tuesday,1 p.m. Performance Today.

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Eddie Van Halen donates guitars to low-income schools

Eddie Van Halen — widely considered to be one of the greatest guitarists of all time — has donated 75 guitars from his own personal collection to Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, which provides instruments to students in low-income schools.

“My whole life has been music. I could not imagine anything else,” Van Halen told CNN’s John Vause in an interview earlier this week. “Music is the universal language to me. It transcends everything.”

“Our goal is to give kids every tool they can possibly have to succeed. Music is the common denominator,” Foundation president and CEO Felice Mancini added. “You put a kid in a music class and it builds community, communication and they find a place. It’s a safe haven.”

Each year, Mancini’s foundation delivers 1,800 instruments to low-income schools, providing music education to more than 10,000 children.

Watch Van Halen’s interview with CNN below.

On The Air This Week

Highlights from Feb. 21 to 28

Tuesday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
12 midnight Euro Classics: Frankfurt Radio Symphony/Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor; Hilary Hahn, violin; Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26 — recorded at the Grand Hall, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Germamy.
Thursday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Regional Spotlight: Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester, Minn.
Friday, 7:15 a.m. Moveable Feast with John Birge and Minnesota Monthly‘s Rachel Hutton.
11 a.m. Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Spotlight: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D for Flute, Violin, Harpsichord and Orchestra, BWV 1050.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Friday Favorites with Steve Staruch.
7 p.m. Music and the Movies with Lynne Warfel.
8 p.m. Minnesota Orchestra: Hugh Wolff conducts Mendelssohn; Hugh Wolff, conductor; Karen Gomyo, violin; live from Orchestra Hall, hosted by Brian Newhouse.
Saturday, 9 a.m., New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
10 a.m. Saturday Cinema with Lynne Warfel.
12 p.m. Met Opera: Bellini’s I Puritani.
5 p.m. A Prairie Home Companion with host Chris Thile and guests Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Anaïs Mitchell, and John Hodgman.; rebroadcast from Oct. 22, 2016, recorded at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn.
8 p.m. Euro Classics: Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra/Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor; Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70 — recorded at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany.
Sunday, 6 a.m. Pipedreams: Just Stringing Along.
12 noon From the Top.
1 p.m. SymphonyCast: Nashville Symphony; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Gil Shaham, violin.
8 p.m. Sunday Night Cantata, Choral Stream.
Monday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
Tuesday,1 p.m. Performance Today.

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Composer Corner: Adams

February’s composer of the month is John Adams.

 

Born: Feb. 15, 1947

 

Five facts:

• Adams is widely considered to be the most-performed living American composer.
• Now and then, you can find Adams — a baseball fan — attending an Oakland A’s game.
• His 1985 work Harmonielehre was inspired by a dream of an oil tanker leaving San Francisco Bay, and by a theory-of-harmony book written by Arnold Schoenberg.
• The composer’s Chamber Symphony draws inspiration from Schoenberg, as well as Ren & Stimpy cartoons.
• He won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2003 for his work, On the Transmigration of Souls, which commemorated the attacks of September 11.

 

Three important works:

• Harmonielehre (1985)
• Short Ride in a Fast Machine (1986)
• Nixon in China (1987)

 

Audio Backpack playlist: John Adams

On The Air This Week

Highlights from Feb. 14 to 21

Tuesday, 12 p.m. Valentine’s Day with Cantus, hosted by Alison Young
1 p.m. Performance Today.
Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
12 midnight Euro Classics: Chorus of the Autonomous Community of Madrid; RTVE Chorus; RTVE Symphony Orchestra/Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast — recorded at the Teatro Monumental in Madrid.
Thursday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Regional Spotlight: Cellist Matt Haimovitz.
Friday, 7:15 a.m. Moveable Feast with John Birge and Minnesota Monthly‘s Rachel Hutton.
11 a.m. Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Spotlight: Schoenfield: Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Friday Favorites with Steve Staruch.
7 p.m. Music and the Movies with Lynne Warfel; part one: 1960s to 1980s.
8 p.m. Minnesota Orchestra: Russian Nights: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich; Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor; Behzod Abduraimov, piano; live from Orchestra Hall, hosted by Brian Newhouse.
Saturday, 9 a.m., New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
10 a.m. Saturday Cinema with Lynne Warfel.
12 p.m. Met Opera: Bellini’s I Puritani.
5 p.m. A Prairie Home Companion with host Chris Thile and guests The Avett Brothers, Jesca Hoop and Jen Kirkman; live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn.
8 p.m. Euro Classics: Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Sir András Schiff, conductor and piano; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C — recorded at the Concert Hall, DR Concert House, Copenhagen.
Sunday, 6 a.m. Pipedreams: The Peeters Principle.
12 noon From the Top.
1 p.m. SymphonyCast: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Jeffrey Kahane, conductor; Natasha Paremski, piano.
8 p.m. Sunday Night Cantata, Choral Stream.
Monday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
Tuesday,1 p.m. Performance Today.

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Brooklyn Duo covers a-ha’s ‘Take on Me’

Brooklyn Duo recently joined forces with members of Ensemble Connect to cover a-ha’s 80s hit, “Take On Me.” Check out video of their fun arrangement below.

Performers

Brooklyn Duo  — Marnie Laird, piano; Patrick Laird, cello

Members of Ensemble Connect — Rebecca Anderson, violin; Maren Rothfritz, viola; Madeline Fayette, cello; Lizzie Burns, bass; Bixby Kennedy, clarinet; Rémy Taghavi, bassoon; Oliver Barrett, trombone;

For something more “classical,” here are members of Ensemble Connect performing the third movement of Brahms’ beautiful Clarinet Trio, Op. 114 (recorded that same day):

On The Air This Week

Highlights from Feb. 7 to 14

Tuesday, 7 a.m. Romantic Movie music: Steiner, Casablanca suite.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Star-Crossed Lovers music: Wagner, Tristan und Isolde.
9 p.m. Works of Love: Mahler, Symphony No. 5: Adiagetto.
Wednesday, 7 a.m. Romantic Movie music: Rodgers and Hammerstein, South Pacific: “Some Enchanted Evening.”
7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Star-Crossed Lovers music: Fauré, Pelleas and Melisande, suite.
9 p.m. Works of Love: Schubert, Fantasie for Piano Two Hands, D. 940.
12 midnight Euro Classics: Lauma Skride, piano; Baiba Skride, violin; Daniel Müller-Schott, cello; Haydn: Piano Trio No. 39 in G, “Gypsy” — recorded at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Hamburg, Germany.
Thursday, 7 a.m. Romantic Movie music: Barry, Out of Africa theme.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Regional Spotlight: Rose Ensemble.
3 p.m. Star-Crossed Lovers music: Ho Zhan Hao & Chen Kang, Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto.
9 p.m. Works of Love: Brahms, Alto Rhapsody.
Friday, 7 a.m. Romantic Movie music: Enrico Morricone, Cinema Paradiso: Love Theme.
7:15 a.m. Moveable Feast with John Birge and Minnesota Monthly‘s Rachel Hutton.
11 a.m. Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Spotlight: Schumann: Märchenbilder (Pictures from Fairyland) for Viola and Piano Opus 113.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Friday Favorites with Steve Seel (in for Steve Staruch).
4:30 p.m. Friday Favorites guest host: composer Steve Heitzeg.
7 p.m. Music and the Movies with Lynne Warfel; part one: 1930s to 1950s.
9 p.m. Works of Love: Beethoven, Piano Trio No. 6.
Saturday, 9 a.m., New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
10 a.m. Saturday Cinema with Lynne Warfel.
12 p.m. Met Opera: Bizet’s Carmen.
5 p.m. A Prairie Home Companion with host Chris Thile and guests Lucius, Brad Mehldau, and Tom Papa; live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn.
8 p.m. Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra live broadcast: Martin Fröst, clarinet; Brahms, Copland.
Sunday, 6 a.m. Pipedreams: Three (Not So) Easy Pieces.
12 noon From the Top.
1 p.m. SymphonyCast: Houston Symphony/Andres Orozco-Estrada, conductor; Daniil Trifonov, piano.
8 p.m. Sunday Night Cantata, Choral Stream.
Monday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
Tuesday,1 p.m. Performance Today.

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$2.5M grant awarded to Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth

It was announced this week that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has made an unprecedented $2.532 million multi-year grant to the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) — a consortium of music education organizations serving students all over Greater Philadelphia.

The grant will help prepare the most committed young musicians in the area, ensuring that they possess the necessary skills and talents to excel in conservatory, college, or university settings.

Participating organizations from the PMAY include: Musicopia, Philadelphia Sinfonia, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Play On, Philly!, Project 440, School District of Philadelphia Office of Music Education, Settlement Music School, Temple University Music Preparatory Division, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Primavera Fund.

In a recent press release, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance President Maud Lyon says, “This is a tremendous example of how our arts organizations make Philadelphia unique. Settlement and the PMAY coalition are breaking new ground in music education, creating an unprecedented collaboration that will have profound impact upon the careers of emerging musicians. This transformative grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is a strategic long-term investment that ensures that talented young musicians, regardless of their resources or background, will have access to the incredible array of arts education opportunities that these organizations provide.”

The newly-funded program — known as the “PMAY Artists’ Initiative” — will start this spring with musician recruitment, and the first group of around 75 student participants will be chosen by the summer. Each student will benefit from tailored plans to help set them up for future successes as they pursue future music schooling.