classical music

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.
Credit Credit: JudithZaimont.com

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
8:26 am
Mon June 23, 2014

St. Louis Gesher Music Festival opens with cellist Matt Haimovitz

Matt Haimovitz
Credit Steph Mackinnon

The 2014 Gesher Music Festival of Emerging Artists opens this week in St. Louis. This year the festival opening gala features cellist Matt Haimovitz, who is known for pushing the envelope and blurring the lines between classical and popular music.

“I have a range of passions musically, and I tend to just follow my heart,” said Haimovitz when asked about his sometimes unusual musical choices.  He’s been known to take his cello to a bar and play the music of Jimi Hendrix.

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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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Intersection
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
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
12:05 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

New Music Festival kicks off with performance and film

The MU New Music Ensemble performs before Choking Man next Tuesday at Ragtag Cinema.
Credit Credit: Gene Royer/MU School of Music

This summer as in the past several summers, a festival comes to Mid-Missouri that brings contemporary classical composers, performers and fans together from around the world.

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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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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
2:48 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Missouri Symphony Conservatory celebrates the holidays, on KBIA

The Missouri Symphony's Conservatory 2012 holiday concert, conducted by Maestro Kirk Trevor.
Credit Courtesy of MOSS

Have you ever discovered a new hobby that suddenly and completely consumed you? Whether you meant to do it or not your new hobby demands your time and attention. It requires that you find a teacher or a mentor who can help you take your interest to the next level.

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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
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: www.EldarMusic.com

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 Musopen.org
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
8:06 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Mizzou music festival offers free rides from Kansas City and St. Louis

Alan Piers conducts the MU new-music ensemble Alarm Will Sound, which is scheduled to perform at the Mizzou International Composers Festival later this month.
Credit Cory Weaver / MU/Alarm Will Sound

The Mizzou International Composers Festival annual music composition festival taking place this summer in Columbia is offering free transportation for a limited number of concert-goers from St. Louis and Kansas City.

The festival begins July 22 and continues through July 27. Venues include the downtown Missouri Theatre and several concert halls on the University of Missouri campus.   Performers include the ensemble Alarm Will Sound.

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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
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: http://www.vibekehellemann.com

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
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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Arts and Culture
2:45 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Classical and folk blend in new album, Night

Simone Dinnerstein and Tift Merritt collaborated on their newest album Night
Credit www.simonedinnerstein.com

Making music from the classical repertoire is standard fare for Simone Dinnerstein.

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Arts and Culture
11:35 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Period instruments take center stage for Viennese pianist Rudolf Buchbinder

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If a classical musician wishes to replicate a sound from a specific period then the musician needs a period instrument. KBIA's Trevor Harris recently interviewed Vienna-based pianist Rudolf Buchbinder.

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Arts and Culture
4:59 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Columbia Native Lindsey Lang wins Grammy with Kansas City Chorale

 

  Columbia native Lindsey Lang along with the Kansas City Chorale won a Grammy award last month in the Best Chorale Performance for their CD 'Life and Breath: Chorale Works by Rene Clausen'. KBIA's Trevor Harris recently interviewed Lang. They visited about Lang's Columbia roots, the Grammy award experience and future plans for Lang and the Kansas City Chorale. 

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Arts and Culture
12:00 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

KBIA's Trevor Harris interviews Klaus Heymann, founder of NAXOS

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Klaus Heymann has built NAXOS into one of the world's largest classical music labels. Based in Hong Kong, NAXOS has developed a business model that has led to growth in classical music sales and downloads in a time when sales of physical recordings are generally in decline. KBIA's Trevor Harris recently visited with NAXOS's founder and President Klaus Heymann. Here is their conversation about the economics and politics of recording and distributing classical music in the 21st century.

Music
9:41 am
Fri August 17, 2012

New album from Pianist Mirian Conti mines Argentinian composer history

For her most recent recording the Argentinian-American pianist Mirian Conti dug deep into her roots and those of her native Argentina. Based now in New York Conti grew up in Argentina surrounded by a blend of contemporary popular music, as well as tango artists and orchestras. Listen to a recent conversation that KBIA's Trevor Harris had with Conti where she discusses what inspires her musically and why the culture of her native Argentina still draws her back.