Classical Music

Mondays 9:00am-2:00pm, Tuesday-Thursday 9:00am-3:00pm, Friday 9:00am-2:00pm
Trevor Harris, Pat Akers

A full midday of the world's greatest music in definitive performances, with hosts Trevor Harris and Pat Akers.

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September 10, 2013

9:00 AM
Symphony No. 39 in E - Flat Major, K. 543: 3rd Movement
Artist :
Album : Mozart: Symphonies 14, 18, 20, 39, 41
Catalog : 1001/02
Conductor : James Levine, Conductor
Orchestra : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Upc : 828020001520
Label : BSO Classics
9:05 AM
Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite, Op.35:Tale of the Kalender Prince
Artist :
Album : Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade/ Russian Easter Overture
Catalog : 80568
Conductor : Robert Spano, Conductor
Orchestra : Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
TrackNumber : 2
Upc : 8940805682
Label : Telarc
9:17 AM
Lamia, Symphonic Poem, Op. 29
Artist :
Album : Carpenter: Skyscrapers/ Buck/ Paine
Catalog : 49263
Conductor : Kenneth Klein, Conductor
Orchestra : London Symphony Orchestra
TrackNumber : 3
Upc : 7777492632
Label : Angel
9:31 AM
String Quartet No. 3
Artist :
Album : String Quartets - Nomos Quartet
Catalog : 98010
Orchestra : Nomos Quartet
Upc : 713309980103
Label : Radio Netherlands
9:59 AM
Giselle Ballet-pantomime, Act 2: Valse
Artist :
Album : Adam:Giselle
Catalog : 8.550755
Conductor : Andrew Mogrelia, Conductor
Orchestra : Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Upc : 730099575522
Label : Naxos
10:04 AM
Slavonic Dance No. 3, Op. 46
Artist :
Album : Dvorak:Symphony No. 9/3 Slavonic Dances
Catalog : 427346
Conductor : Leonard Bernstein, Conductor
Orchestra : Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
TrackNumber : 6
Upc : 2894273462
Label : Deutsche Grammophon
10:11 AM
Concertino in D Major
Artist :
Album : Romantic Flute Concertos
Catalog : 8.555977
Conductor : Andre Vandernoot, Conductor
Orchestra : Belgian Radio & Television Symphony Orchestra
Instrument : Marc Grauwels, Flute
TrackNumber : 2
Upc : 4731359772
Label : Naxos
10:22 AM
Concerto on a Motive from Donizetti’s The Favorite
Artist :
Album : Oboenkonzerte der Romantik (Romantic Oboe Concertos)
Catalog : 10281
Conductor : Claus Peter Flor, Conductor
Orchestra : Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Instrument : Burkhard Glaetzner, Oboe
Upc : 006408102816
Label : Capriccio
10:37 AM
Pastorales Vorspiel (Pastoral Overture)
Artist :
Album : Hans Rott:Symphony
Composer : HANS ROTT
Catalog : 999854
Conductor : Dennis Russell Davies, Conductor
Orchestra : Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
TrackNumber : 5
Upc : 6120398542
Label : CPO
10:54 AM
Morgenlich Leuchtned In Rosigem Schein (Prize song) from Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
Artist :
Album : Masters of the Voice - Tenor
Catalog : 0002287
Conductor : Georg Solti, Conductor
Orchestra : Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Instrument : Ben Heppner, Tenor, Karita Mattila Soprano, Jose van Dam & Rene Pape, Bass
Upc : 028947617532
Label : Deutsche Grammophon
11:04 AM
Fantasia on Greensleeves
Artist :
Album : Pops Britannia
Catalog : 420946
Conductor : John Williams, Conductor
Orchestra : Boston Pops Orchestra
TrackNumber : 5
Upc : 2894209462
Label : Philips
11:09 AM
Prelude No. 2
Artist :
Album : Michel Camilo - Rhapsody in Blue
Catalog : 83611
Conductor : Ernest Martinez Izquierdo, Conductor
Orchestra : Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Instrument : Michel Camilo, Piano
TrackNumber : 5
Upc : 089408361128
Label : Telarc
11:17 AM
Eight Russian Folk Songs
Artist :
Album : French & Russian Orchestral Favourites
Catalog : 61901
Conductor : Dmitri Kitayenko, Conductor
Orchestra : Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Upc : 2435619012
Label : Virgin Classics
11:33 AM
6 Humoresques
Artist :
Album : Sibelius Humoresques-Ghedini Concertos
Catalog : 1075
Conductor : Richard Kapp, Conductor
Orchestra : Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Instrument : Mela Tenebaum, Violin
Upc : 9099810752
Label : Essay
11:55 AM
Consolation No. 3 in D Flat Major, S 172/3
Artist :
Album : Liszt, My Piano Hero
Composer : FRANZ LISZT
Catalog : 88697891412
Instrument : Lang Lang, Piano
TrackNumber : 3
Upc : 886978914125
Label : Sony Classical
12:04 PM
Artist :
Album : Imani Winds
Catalog : 7661
Orchestra : Imani Winds
Instrument : Rolando Morales-Matos, Percussion
TrackNumber : 12
Upc : 099923766124
Label : Koch International
12:08 PM
Symphony No. 4. III: Fugue
Artist :
Album : Charles Ives: An American Journey
Conductor : Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor and pianist
Orchestra : San Francisco Symphony
TrackNumber : 13
Label :
12:16 PM
Le Cid (Ballet Music)
Artist :
Album : Massenet: Le cid (Ballet) Etc/ Offenbach: Overtures
Catalog : 7630242
Conductor : Louis Fremaux, Conductor
Orchestra : City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Upc : 0077776302423
Label : Angel/EMI
12:36 PM
Danzas Fantasticas
Artist :
Album : Rodrigo:Concierto De Aranjuez/Albeniz:Iberia, Etc
Catalog : 49405
Conductor : Enrique Batiz, Conductor
Orchestra : London Philharmonic Orchestra
Upc : 7777494052
Label : Angel
12:54 PM
Estampe:la Soire Dans Grenade
Artist :
Album : Chopin: Waltzes
Catalog : 412118
Instrument : Zoltan Kocsis, Piano
TrackNumber : 12
Label : Philips
1:04 PM
Lluvia de estrellas
Artist :
Album : Nostalgias Argentinas
Composer : Osmar Maderna
Catalog : Steinway & Sons
Instrument : Mirian Conti, piano
TrackNumber : 27
Label : Steinway & Sons
1:07 PM
Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129: 3rd Movement
Artist :
Album : Schumann: Cello Concerto
Catalog : 42663
Conductor : Colin Davis, Conductor
Orchestra : Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Instrument : Yo-Yo Ma, Cello
TrackNumber : 3
Upc : 07464426632
Label : CBS
1:16 PM
String Quartet In G Major: Andante un poco moto
Artist :
Album : Franz Schubert: String Quartet G Major
Catalog : 476 1939
Conductor : Victor Kissine, Arrangement
Orchestra : Kremerata Baltica
Instrument : Gidon Kremer, violin soloist
TrackNumber : 2
Label : ECM
1:31 PM
Hashish, An Oriental Symphonic Poem
Artist :
Album : Hashish, An Oriental Symphonic Poem, Op. 53.
Catalog : 129
Conductor : Yevgeny Svetlanov, Conductor
Orchestra : USSR Academic Symphony Orchestra
TrackNumber : 3
Upc : 015524001292
Label : Melodiya
1:56 PM
Petite Reine Berceuse
Artist :
Album : Violin Lullabies
Instrument : Rachel Barton PIne, violin and Matthew Hagle, piano
TrackNumber : 23
Label : Cedille
2:04 PM
String Quartet in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131: 2nd Movement
Artist :
Album : Beethoven Late Quartets: Volume 1
Orchestra : Cypress String Quartet
TrackNumber : 2
Upc : 666449617324
Label : Cypress Performing Arts A
2:08 PM
Variations on a Theme of Rossini
Artist :
Album : Works For Cello And Piano
Catalog : 73498
Instrument : Alisa Weilerstein, Cello & Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, Piano
TrackNumber : 1
Upc : 2435734982
Label : EMI
2:18 PM
Wind Quintet in B-Flat Major
Artist :
Album : Blasermusik der Klassik
Composer : FRANZ DANZI
Catalog : 50-611
Orchestra : Munich Residence Quintet
Label : Claves
2:33 PM
Symphony No. 8 in G Major Evening
Artist :
Album : Haydn:Symphonies Le Matin/Le Midi/Le Soir
Catalog : 423098
Conductor : Trevor Pinnock, Conductor
Orchestra : English Concert
Upc : 2894230982
Label : Archiv
2:56 PM
Homestead Dances: Promenade
Artist :
Album : Home for the Harvest; Music for Thanksgiving
Composer : DON RAY
Catalog : 1058
Conductor : Derek Gleeson, Conductor
Orchestra : Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra
TrackNumber : 11
Upc : 034061105824
Label : Troy


Arts and Culture
5:23 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: Cypress String Quartet and Judith Zaimont

Composer Judith Zaimont will be in Columbia this weekend for the Missouri Symphony Orchestra's world premiere of her new work 'The River.' Listen to KBIA's Thinking Out Loud to hear Trevor Harris' recent interview with Zaimont and an interview with the Cypress String Quartet.
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In this episode of Thinking Out Loud, enjoy music and conversation with the Cypress String Quartet. Their new CD features a pair of Franz Schubert quintets. In the second half of the program, composer Judith Zaimont talks about how nature informs and inspires her writings. She'll be in Columbia next weekend for the Missouri Symphony Orchestra's premiere of her orchestral work "The River."

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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Arts and Culture
1:15 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

'The Strong Man' gets the symphonic treatment

The 1926 silent film 'The Strong Man' plays at Columbia's Missouri Theatre Thursday evening with the score performed by the Missouri Symphony Orchestra.
Credit Credit: IMDB

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.

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8:46 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Classical music and education in the summertime

Classical Music Education discussion, with host Ryan Famuliner and guests Kirk Trevor, James Melton, and Greg Hausman

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.


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Arts and Culture
5:31 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: Umi Garrett

Thirteen year old concert pianist Umi Garrett joins the Missouri Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Kirk Trevor for a Hot Summer Nights' performance this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at Columbia's Missouri Theatre.
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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

Listen here to KBIA's Trevor Harris in a recent interview with pianist Umi Garrett. Garrett makes her second Columbia appearance this Saturday as part of the Missouri Symphony Society's 2014 Hot Summer Nights series.

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Arts and Culture
11:32 am
Wed April 23, 2014

CD of the Week: Jason Vieaux 'Play'

Jason Vieaux's new release is Play and it is KBIA's CD of the Week.
Credit 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.

Listen here to excerpts from a recent interview KBIA's Trevor Harris did with guitarist Jason Vieaux. The new release from Vieaux is 'Play' and it is KBIA's CD of the Week.

Arts and Culture
10:58 am
Thu April 17, 2014

A musical take on Missouri and the Civil War

The Battle of Westport
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.

Listen here to a preview of Stefan Freund's Civil War Oratorio. KBIA's Trevor Harris interviewed MU School of Music faculty member and composer Freund and the Museum of Art and Archaeology's Dr. Arthur Mehrhoff about the work and premiere happening April 24 in Columbia's Jesse Auditorium.

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Arts and Culture
4:54 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: The Jim Brickman interview

Pianist and singer Jim Brickman brings his show to Jesse Auditorium this Monday, March 31
Credit 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.

Listen here to the recent KBIA interview with Jim Brickman. He performs Monday, March 31 in Jesse Auditorium.

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Arts and Culture
9:14 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: Where are the female composers?

Ayako Tsuruta was a recent guest on KBIA's Thinking Out Loud. She discussed the experience of being a female in a male-dominated classical music field.
Credit 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.

Listen to Thinking Out Loud about the hidden history of classical music's female composers.

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Arts and Culture
5:15 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: The Anne Akiko Meyers Interview

Anne Akiko Meyers new release pairs Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons with Arvo Part's Passacaglia.
Credit Credit Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

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.

Listen to the KBIA interview with classical violinist Anne Akiko Meyers.

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Arts and Culture
12:35 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

CD of the Week: Alisa Weilerstein's 'Dvorak'

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein is featured soloist on this week's KBIA CD of the Week, a recording of works by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak.

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.

Listen to a sample of Alisa Weilerstein performing Antonin Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B minor, op.104. This recording is on this week's CD of the Week from KBIA.

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Arts and Culture
11:32 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: So Percussion preview

So Percussion's Adam Sliwinski talked with KBIA's Trevor Harris on a recent Thinking Out Loud
Credit 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.

Listen to an episode of KBIA's Thinking Out Loud where Trevor Harris talks to So Percussion member Adam Sliwinski. The piece also features selections that the ensemble is expected to play in their upcoming Columbia show.

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Arts and Culture
11:24 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: How music can heal

RavenWolf C. Felton Jennings II playing outside Columbia's Lakota Coffee Co.
Credit Pug Dog Records/Charle Powell

Listen here to the full Thinking Out Loud episode that aired January 14, 2014.

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.

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Arts and Culture
8:18 am
Tue January 7, 2014

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

Stephanie Berg is pictured with Symphony Music Director David Robertson and Jeanne Sinquefield, whose bequests led to the creation of the Mizzou New Music Initiative.
Credit 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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Classical Music
2:40 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

CD of the Week: French pianist Helene Grimaud and her close encounters with Brahms

Credit Mat Hennik/Deutsche Grammphon

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.

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Arts and Culture
11:54 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

CD of the Week: Levine returns for new recording with MET Orchestra

The veteran conductor James Levine is back as musical director of the MET Orchestra. The new CD from the MET Orchestra features pianist Evgeny Kissin and is KBIA's CD of the week.
Credit MET Orchestra

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

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Don't like what you see? Stick around. It'll change.

Two of Columbia's Elan Singers at last Friday's Odyssey Chamber Music Series Holiday Songs performance.
Credit 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.

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Arts and Culture
12:46 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

CD of the Week: Makarski and Jarrett explore Bach sonatas

Michelle Makarski and Keith Jarrett have a new release out. The ECM CD of JS Bach's Sonatas for Violin and Piano is KBIA's CD of the Week.
Credit 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.

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Arts and Culture
11:47 am
Mon November 18, 2013

CD of the Week: Quint and Maisky offer new violin-piano opera transcriptions

The violinist Phillipe Quint and pianist Lily Maisky collaborated on Opera Breve, a new release of opera transcriptions.
Credit 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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Arts and Culture
4:18 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Russian-American Pianist Eldar Djangirov at Murry's this Sunday

Eldar Djangirov had both classical and jazz releases earlier this year. The pianist brings his trio to Murry's in Columbia this Sunday for two shows.
Credit Courtesy:

From experience I can confirm that it’s hard work to become decent on a musical instrument. No matter the musical genre or instrument, it takes consistent practice to become listenable. I’m not saying I’ve gotten listenable yet with my bass and guitar playing.

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Kickstarter campaign to fund free access to Chopin's output

Aaron Dunn, founder and president of
Credit Aaron Dunn

Classical music fans are increasingly using the web to share music. On any given evening you could curl up with your laptop or iPad and feast on performances of Beethoven’s Ninth, Durufle’s Requiem and lots more. Services such as the Naxos Music LIbrary make recordings available for a membership fee.

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Arts and Culture
11:38 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Can classical music work outdoors?

Maestro Kirk Trevor conducts the Missouri Symphony in an outdoor performance at Stephens Lake Park.
Credit Missouri Symphony Society

Classical music seems like a genre that was made to be performed indoors. Symphonic music was born in the chambers of European royalty and in Catholic churches. The music was created by patrons who wanted to support the arts and also demonstrate their largesse. Take the classical music out of the concert hall and what do you have?

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Arts and Culture
1:38 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Alarm WIll Sound updates, expands classical sound in two Columbia shows

The 20-member ensemble Alarm Will Sound performed two shows at Columbia's Missouri Theatre in late July.
Credit Carl Socolow

Corrected 10:32 a.m., Aug. 12, 2013

Alarm Will Sound made their fourth annual visit to Columbia last week and went where most orchestras fear to tread: they performed music by living, breathing composers.  The two shows by the 20-member ensemble offered a surprising look into the present and future of classical composition. 

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Classical music patron keeps genre vital

This week's Mizzou International Composers Festival is largely sponsored by a gift to the MU School of Music from Dr. Jeanne Sinquefeld.
Credit Sinquefeld Foundation

Some of the music playing in the Missouri Theatre this week will be heard publicly for the first time ever. That’s because starting Thursday, the University of Missouri School of Music’s annual Mizzou International Composers Festival takes the stage.

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Arts and Culture
9:44 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Live classical music morphs in search of its audience

Guest vocalist Gavin Hope will join the Missouri Symphony Orchestra July 13. Hope's take on the songs of Michael Jackson is one concert that MOSS expects will draw new and younger Columbians to see live classical performance.
Credit Missouri Symphony Society

Do you like live music performances? Classical music connoisseurs know when and where local performances happen. But what about our fellow Mid-Missourians who don’t go to the symphony? What’s keeping them away?

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Arts and Culture
2:13 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Can classical music make you happier? Sort of.

Recent research by MU Psychology researcher Ken Sheldon found that some classical music can make you happier. If you want to be happy, that is.
Credit Credit: University of Missouri

Does what we put in our heads impact our outlook on life? The media you consume influences how you feel, but how exactly do one’s choices influence mood? Can a dose of music by Aaron Copland get you out of your funk? Will a movement of Igor Stravinsky heard at the wrong time send an emotionally fragile person over the edge?

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Arts and Culture
3:58 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Born in Missouri, live Ragtime returns to Columbia

Norwegian ragtime pianist Morton Gunner Larson returns to Columbia this weekend for the Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Music Festival.
Credit Credit:

To call Lucille Salerno a ragtime champion is an understatement. Salerno was a New York native with a lifelong love of syncopated music.  In 1999, she started organizing ragtime concerts in Columbia.

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Arts and Culture
5:30 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Classical pianist turned jazz virtuoso Don Shirley dead at 86

The jazz and classical pianist Don Shirley seen on the cover of his Cadence LP "Pianist Extraordinary"
Credit Cadence Records

When the jazz pianist Don Shirley died on April 6, his passing was not widely reported.

A New York Times obituary noted that the Jamaican born virtuoso pianist was trained in the classical repertoire. Later, the impresario Sol Hurok advised Shirley “to pursue a career in popular music and jazz.” Hurok warned Shirley that “American audiences were not willing to accept a ‘colored’ pianist on the concert stage.”

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Arts and Culture
2:20 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Rachel Barton Pine's Violin Lullabies finds new niche for classical violin

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine performs 25 'cradle songs' with pianist Matthew Hagle on their new Cedille Records release Violin Lullabies.
Credit Cedille Records

After her daughter was born, the classical violinist Rachel Barton Pine started looking into the range of Berceuse or lullabies written for violin.

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Arts and Culture
2:49 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

A whole new Rite of Spring seen in animated video

Igor Stravinsky composed Rite of Spring 100 years ago this year.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Classical music fans who like a little visual to go with their orchestra may enjoy this video featuring an animated graphical score of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Part 1: Adoration of the Earth.

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Arts and Culture
5:41 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Columbia performance series presents classical music of the Show-Me State

Odyssey Artistic Director Ayako Tsurata

  Missouri culture might be better known for glittering Branson shows, down home fiddle music and hip-hop from our state’s urban centers, but a local performance organization aims to add classical music to the list of artistic creations born in the Show-Me State.

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