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.
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.
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.
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.
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.