Classical Music

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In his home in Lahore, Pakistan, Saleem Khan holds up his late father's violin. There are no strings, the wood is scratched and the bridge is missing.

"There was a time when people used to come to Lahore from all over the world to hear its musicians," the 65-year-old violinist says in the new documentary, Song of Lahore. "Now we can't even find someone to repair our violins."

Chancellor's Arts Showcase Casts a Wide Net

Apr 10, 2015
MU School of Music

Each year since 2005, the MU School of Music has put on a concert hosted by the chancellor. This year's version of the Chancellor's Art Showcase is next Monday, April 13. For the 2015 version, the school's Director Julia Gaines has cast a wider net for the concert including for the first time student art from MU scholars creating outside the School of Music.

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It was in his native Isreal that Avi Avital first fell in love with the mandolin. A role in a local youth orchestra introduced him to classical music. From there his career path was set. You can hear tracks from Avital's new release of mandolin works on KBIA. He was recently interviewed by KBIA's Trevor Harris.

Portland Cello Project

Most working cellists play in classical ensembles that perform in concert halls and music theaters. Tonight, Columbia's Rose Music Hall features a different take on the instrument. The Portland Cello Project is an ensemble interested in testing the boundaries of what you expect from the cello.

MU Museum of Art and Archaeology

Synesthesia is a phenomenon where the stimulation of one sensory pathway leads to an automatic, involuntary experience in a second sensory pathway.  Research suggests that 1 in 2,000 people have some type of synesthesia. While few are born with this innate condition, Dr. Arthur Mehrhoff wants to cultivate your ability to process two mediums simultaneously. Merging fine art and song this Friday, Mehrhoff - the Academic Coordinatorfor the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology - aims to create the conditions for synesthesia. The Missouri Theatre show will pair five paintings from the museum with choral works performed by MU's Ars Nova Singers.

Gregory Goode

Beethoven got comfortable in his own skin as he approached middle years. The ease that he felt during these years in Vienna is heard on the new release by the Cypress String Quartet. You can hear selections from this release on KBIA's daytime classical mix.


Columbia Missourian

Earlier this fall, MU junior Trey Makler was named the winner of the 2015 Sinquefeld Composition Prize, an award granted to the best work by an MU School of Music composition student. On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, we talk with Makler about his creative process, with his professor about what makes the award-winning piece work, and with the director of the MU School of Music who explains how the school is teaching more these days about the business of music. You'll also hear Makler's award-winning piece 'Elysium' on this week's Thinking Out Loud.


Spelman Glee Club

The holidays are upon us. As you make your way to office parties, family gatherings and other associated year-end merriments, know that KBIA has planned a series of holiday specials for every faith persuasion (including 'None of the above'.)

Jack Howard / KBIA

One way CoMO Explained chooses topics for our episodes is from listener questions. Way back in our first iteration of the show a listener posted on Reddit and asked us why KBIA, an NPR station, plays so much classical music.

This episode is for that Reddit listener.


The American Prize

Fans of live classical music performance have an abundance of shows to experience this fall. On this week's Thinking Out Loud  we look at a pair of upcoming performances in Mid-Missouri.

Matthew Washburn

When you were growing up did you play classical music? Did you have your own instrument? The classical classical duo Zofo - made up of Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi - play one piano. At the same time. KBIA's Trevor Harris  recently talked with the duo by phone about the nature of playing one piano with four hands, the process of commissioning new music for their repertoire and their new CD Zoforbit.

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A pair of members of the virtuoso ensemble the Cypress String Quartet recently talked with KBIA's Trevor Harris. That interview and a talk with contemporary American composer Judith Zaimont are the topics on this week's Thinking Out Loud on KBIA.

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Each summer, Kirk Trevor and the Missouri Symphony Society take classical music to a range of venues around Columbia and Mid-Missouri. From Stephens Lake Park to Douglass Park to Shelter Gardens, classical music fans get to absorb symphonic and chamber works in a range of diverse settings. This Thursday, the Missouri Symphony Orchestra returns to the Missouri Theatre stage to play film music.

Some believe that learning and listening to music, particularly classical music, at a young age is tied to success in the future. 

In Columbia, there are many efforts to get children interested in classical music: multiple avenues for music education, and even classical music performances in town targeted at kids.

Today on Intersection, we’ll talk about how young people in Mid-Missouri are exposed to these influences, and about some of the challenges in reaching them.

Guests:

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What were you doing when you were thirteen? Umi Garrett is thirteen and she's possibly accomplished more than you and I put together had by that age. And then some. Garrett's been playing professionally since age eight. You can hear her perform this Saturday night when she joins the Missouri Symphony Orchestra at the Missouri Theatre for a concert the Missouri Symphony Society bills as Umi Returns


Credit: GMD Three, Tyler Boye, Laura Watilo Blake, Lilian Finckel, Ken Blaze

This week on KBIA we're featuring music from the new release by guitarist Jason Vieaux, Play. You can hear tracks from the Azica Recrods release Play this week on KBIA. On this his thirteenth recording, Vieaux offers up a set of seventeen shorter pieces from guitarist-composers including Antonio Lauro and Andres Segovia.


Credit: The State Historical Society of Missouri

When you think about the Civil War in Missouri what comes to mind? If Stefan Freund has anything to do with it you'll soon be more familiar with the sounds and images that the 1861-65 conflict produced. KBIA's Trevor Harris recently interviewed Freund, an MU School of Music faculty member about his new Civil War Oratorio that will have its premiere April 24 in Columbia's Jesse Auditorium.

Janet Macoska

Concert alert: Jim Brickman is coming to Columbia's Jesse Auditorium Monday, March 31. The adult contemporary star talked with KBIA's Trevor Harris recently about Brickman's training, his career and his genre-spanning collaborations.

Facebook/Odyssey Chamber Music Series

Settle in to listen to an hour of classical music on the radio and you'll mostly hear the works of male composers. It isn't that women do not compose in the classical genre, so why don't we hear them more often? KBIA's Ariel Morrision recently asked two local women what's behind the gender imbalance in classical compositions.


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Rare violins, finding a balance, and revisiting a Baroque masterpiece filled this week's Thinking Out Loud. KBIA's Trevor Harris interviewed violinist Anne Akiko Meyers about her new release featuring Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.


AlisaWeilerstein.com

KBIA's CD of the Week this week is the new release from cellist Alisa Weilerstein. The January 2014 Decca issue pairs Weilerstein with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra for performances of works written by Czech Antonin Dvorak during a period the composer spent in the United States.

So Percussion

This Sunday, February 9 the chamber ensemble So Percussion brings their creative classical performance to Columbia's Missouri Theatre. KBIA's Trevor Harris recently asked So Percussion member Adam Sliwinski about the band's history, their repertoire and their commitment to teaching their craft to a new generation of percussion-oriented classical music students.

Pug Dog Records/Charle Powell

Negative experiences that humans live through can be evident or may be deeply buried. Music as an assistive therapy can guide healing from past traumas, help people be more productive or just relax. On this week's episode of Thinking Out Loud KBIA producer Trevor Harris visited with a pair of local musicians working in vastly different venues to heal others.

St. Louis Symphony showcases fast-rising composer, MU grad

Jan 7, 2014
St. Louis Symphony

Composer, musician and MU graduate Stephanie Berg will achieve a rare distinction when the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs her composition, “Ravish and Mayhem” at Powell Hall performances on Jan. 10 and 11. Berg, who is in her 20s, appears to be the youngest composer from St. Louis to have a work played by the SLSO during its subscription series.

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The pianist Helene Grimaud is garnering increasing attention from fans and critics. Her 2012 release, Duo, with cellist Sol Gabetta, is regularly heard on KBIA and was recently nominated for a Grammy. On her latest effort, Brahms: The Piano Concertos, the French-born pianist presents a pair of works for piano and orchestra by 19th century Romantic era composer Johannes Brahms.

MET Orchestra

At an age when many would the considering retirement from active work, the conductor James Levine is back on the podium.

Odyssey Chamber Music Series

If you are a fan of classical performance, opportunities were abundant this past weekend in Columbia. Classical music patrons had performances to choose from by the Odyssey Chamber Music Series, the Missouri Symphony Societies' Holiday Home Tour, The Columbia Chorale with the Columbia Civic Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony at the Missouri Theatre. That we should we be so rich in classical performance every weekend.

Today's Zaman

When violinist Michelle Makarski approached her friend, the pianist Keith Jarrett about playing some Johann Sebastian Bach sonatas, recording those works wasn’t necessarily in their initial plans.

Avanti Classic

In the world of opera, many classical music aficionados have their favorites. When it came time to select pieces for their new CD of piano-violin duets, Lily Maisky and Phillipe Quint did some soul searching to find works that were most personal for them. The result of that process is the new release Opera Breve, a CD featuring 13 tracks specifically tailored for Maisky and Quint’s violin-piano duets.

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