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September 22, 2016 10:46 AM PDT

A treasure for all ages, this delightful concert offers tantalizing music of the Halloween season.

The St. George Dance Company under the direction of Summer Belnap Robertson will offer magical zest and sparkle to the occasion, and the Hurricane High School Orchestra led by Debbie Thornton will also be featured.

Don’t be afraid to wear your costume.

Note: Children in costumes are admitted free. Lucas Darger takes the baton as guest conductor. (Oct. 27, 2016)

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September 11, 2014 05:55 AM PDT

Welcome to Classical Music Discoveries' Season 12!

Our show is made possible by our sponsors La Musica International Chamber Music Festival and the Southwest Symphony Orchestra. Without our sponsors, advertisers and listeners like you, our show would not be possible.

We are proud to be the number one classical music broadcaster in the world and we also produce more new classical music recordings than any company in the world.

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September 22, 2016 11:00 PM PDT

For nearly 60 years, cultural and economic exchange between the United States and Cuba has been hindered and hobbled as a result of the U.S. embargo on trade and travel. Influence from each has seeped through to both sides, but only with the restoration of diplomatic connections between the two countries in December 2014 did it become possible for real cooperation to occur.

In November 2015, less than one year after these initial steps toward fully opening relations, PARMA Recordings produced the first of its recording projects in Havana. The resulting album, ABRAZO: THE HAVANA SESSIONS on the newly-minted Ansonica Records label, presents works for big band, small jazz combo, choir, and chamber ensembles by composers Bunny Beck, Roger Bourland, Don Bowyer, Margaret Brandman, John Carollo, Timothy Miller, Mel Mobley, and Michael Murray performed by current or former members of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, the Buena Vista Social Club, Irakere, and many more.

“Producing new music by living composers is my passion, and hearing musicians play with this level of preparation, dedication, and ingenuity was invigorating,” says PARMA CEO Bob Lord. “We went right to the source, and sure enough they brought a totally new dimension to the music – a Cuban dimension, a feel and a sound and a perspective unlike anything else in the world.”

Spine-tingling sounds abound on the album, particularly on the choral recordings. Roger Bourland’s Alarcón Madrigals, Book 3, set to the bilingual poetry of Francisco X Alarcón, and Michael Murray’s After the Fall, composed to commemorate the first anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, both veer from hushed, intimate valleys of close harmony to ebullient, expansive peaks of counterpoint.

Bunny Beck’s two Jazz Suites, arranged by Juan Manuel Ceruto, take the composer’s work on a tour through beloved Cuban styles such as son, dazon, cha-cha-cha, and more. The ensemble, featuring acclaimed pianist Rolando Luna, plays with a breathless intensity that is frequently contrasted by the delicate, lilting beauty of the compositions. It’s New York jazz by way of the Malecón. The tracks feature vocals by Will Dailey, recording artist, performer and producer, and five time winner in the Boston Music Award: Best Male Singer-Songwriter.

In Mel Mobley’s lively trio Coloring with Water, brash brass punches through long melodic lines, navigating complex metric modulations and thorny harmonies. What comes through to the ear, however, is the sound of a composer who knows how to get the listener’s pulse racing.

Programmatic concepts are central to John Carollo’s Burlesque and Margaret Brandman’s Warm Winds in Havana. Carollo’s trademark humor and playfulness is in full effect on this coquettish type of pas de deux for trumpet and guitar, while Brandman’s sax quartet is given an exhilarating, penetrating interpretation by Javier Zalba and his ensemble. The intricately interlocked sounds of Cuban percussion augment the latter piece with particular flair.

Produced by Havana native Dayron Ortega, PARMA’s Lead Producer in Cuba, the big band recordings on ABRAZO showcase the Cuban sound at possibly its very best. Trombone features prominently in Don Bowyer’s eerily catchy Bugs and Gas, a crackerjack chart rippling with syncopations and grin-inducing counter-melodies, and Tim Miller’s Hot Miami Nights and On An Autumn Day are true show-stoppers – expert arrangements played with both feverish brilliance and true jazz cool.

Cuba and America have been separated for far too long. Embrace the sounds of ABRAZO.

TRACK LISTING
DISC 1
Timothy Lee Miller
1 HOT MIAMI NIGHTS
2 ON AN AUTUMN DAY

Don Bowyer
3 BUGS & GAS

Bunny Beck
JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL SUITE (arr. Juan Manuel Ceruto)
4 I. IMPRESSIONS
5 II. SMOOTH CRUISIN’
6 III. OBLIGATIONS

JAZZ VOCAL SUITE (arr. Juan Manuel Ceruto)
7 I. WHY DO I?
8 II. SO EASY TO SAY
9 III. IT’S IN THE STARS

DISC 2
Roger Bourland
ALARCÓN MADRIGALS, BOOK 3
1 CUERPO EN LLAMAS
2 LAMENTARIO
3 COMO LOCA FLOR
4 IN IXTLI IN YOLLOTL / FACE AND HEART
5 POLVO ESTELAR

John A. Carollo
BURLESQUE
6 I. HONOLULU STOMP
7 II. BAILE, BAILE, ME HERMOSA ROSA
8 III. LUCA HAS A CADENZA
9 IV. LIFE IS A STRANGE INSTRUMENT
10 V. ROSA DISCOVERS A STRANGE INSTRUMENT

Margaret Brandman
WARM WINDS IN HAVANA
11 PRELUDE - HAVANA PROMENADE
12 SALIDA DEL SOL (SUNRISE)
13 DANZA DEL DÍA (DANCE OF THE DAY)
14 RITMO DE LA NOCHE (RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT)

Mel Mobley
15 COLORING WITH WATER

Michael Murray
AFTER THE FALL
16 I. AFTER THE FALL
17 II. WE
18 III. CHANGING HOME

For more information, please visit:
http://www.ansonicarecords.com/catalog/ar0001/

September 15, 2016 11:00 PM PDT

Navona Records is delighted to present DASHING, a festive album for the holiday season featuring brand new works and arrangements of holiday favorites by several outstanding composers, with performances by The Stanbery Singers, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra.

Familiar faces and tunes make appearances here, such as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s perennial holiday favorite, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from his ballet The Nutcracker. Henry Wolking provides a jazz arrangement of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; likewise, David Tanner contributes with an arrangement of O Holy Night. His other work, A Visit from St. Nicholas, sets Clement Moore’s classic poem “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” to orchestra, with narration by Kerry Stratton. Delvyn Case and Timothy Lee Miller deliver rousing, spirited music with their Rocket Sleigh for orchestra and A Christmas Celebration for wind band, respectively.

Christopher J. Hoh introduces the album’s choral works with his invitational Come Now and Celebrate, along with a choral arrangement of Thomas W. Talley’s folksong “Behold That Star,” composed in the style of African–American spirituals. L. Peter Deutsch weaves choral voices with solo instruments on each of his Three Winter Holiday Songs, “A Winter’s Rime,” “Hodie Christus Natus Est,” and “The Holly and the Ivy.” James Shrader contributes two choral works—a setting of “In the Bleak Midwinter” as a theme and variations, and Balulalow, written in a traditional Scottish style. Phillip Rhodes rounds out the album with the luminescent A Lullaby for the Nativity.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.navonarecords.com/catalog/nv6055/

TRACK TITLES:
DAVID TANNER (SOCAN)
1 A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Petr Vronský, conductor
Kerry Stratton, narration

ALPHONSE ADAM (ARR. DAVID TANNER) (SOCAN)
2 O HOLY NIGHT (CANTIQUE DE NOEL)
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Petr Vronský, conductor
David Tanner, saxophone

DELVYN CASE (BMI)
3 ROCKET SLEIGH
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Petr Vronský, conductor

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY
4 DANCE OF THE SUGAR PLUM FAIRY
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Petr Vronský, conductor

L PETER DEUTSCH
5 A WINTER’S RIME
The Stanbery Singers | Paul Stanbery, conductor
Emily S. Van Niman, english horn

6 THE HOLLY AND THE IVY
The Stanbery Singers | Paul Stanbery, conductor
Rebekah E. Chesnes, flute

7 HODIE CHRISTUS NATUS EST
The Stanbery Singers | Paul Stanbery, conductor
Davis McKinney, trumpet

JAMES SHRADER
8 BALULALOW
The Stanbery Singers | Paul Stanbery, conductor
Samantha Staton, soprano; Christopher Scott Wyatt, tenor

9 IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER
The Stanbery Singers | Paul Stanbery, conductor

HENRY WOLKING
10 GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN
Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra | Henry Wolking, conductor
Kevin Stout, trombone

CHRISTOPHER J. HOH
11 BEHOLD THAT STAR
The Stanbery Singers | Paul Stanbery, conductor
Sean David Taylor, baritone; Shawn Dawson, organ

12 COME NOW AND CELEBRATE
The Stanbery Singers | Paul Stanbery, conductor
Tisha C. Patton, piano

PHILLIP RHODES
13 A LULLABY FOR THE NATIVITY
The Stanbery Singers | Paul Stanbery, conductor
Shawn Dawson, organ; Haejin Kim, violin

TIMOTHY LEE MILLER
14 A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Moravian Philharmonia Wind and Percussion Ensemble
Petr Vronský, conductor

September 08, 2016 11:00 PM PDT

A composer equally accustomed to writing for orchestra, opera, film, theater, chorus, and chamber ensembles, Brian Wilbur Grundstrom’s voice includes a strong affinity for long melodic lines, distinctive tonal harmonic vocabulary, engaging rhythms, skillfully executed counterpoint, and dramatic imagery, all of which are reflected in the five orchestral works which span fourteen years on his debut release with Navona Records, AN ORCHESTRAL JOURNEY, to create a visionary and lyrical expedition that is quite accessible and easily travelled for the listener.

Contentment, Poem for Orchestra (1999), influenced by the 19th- and early 20th-century tradition of the “tone poem,” is an expressive transformation of mood from beginning to end, while Jubilation! Dance for Orchestra (2000) illustrates Grundstrom’s tendencies to explore rhythm and meter, developing a lively and pastoral dance in a five-pulse meter, moving from a powerful introductory theme to an uplifting and joyous celebration. Suite for Chamber Orchestra (2002) shows some of Grundstrom’s most abstract and harmonically adventurous passages on the album, expounding an emotional experience, from tragedy and anguish, to healing and acceptance, and finally to exultation and maturity.

Demonstrating clear concertante style, American Reflections for Strings and Harp (2009) uses rhythmic energy and orchestrations that suggest film scoring, and is praised by Maestro Jeffrey Dokken: “The polyphony in this work is nothing short of genius … [and the piece is] harmonically satisfying and interesting.” Chenonceau (2013) takes its name from a castle in France’s Loire Valley and employs different instrumental combinations to carry the melodic ideas from one group to the other, contrasting the textures of the woodwinds and the strings.

SONOS Chamber Orchestra Music Director Erik Ochsner writes: "Many audiences cringe at the thought of new music. We had such positive feedback from audiences on how much they enjoyed Grundstrom's work. It is modern, yet tonal."

Learn more at these websites:
www.brianwilbur.com
www.navonarecords.com/catalog/nv6047/

TRACK TITLES
1. CONTENTMENT, POEM FOR ORCHESTRA (1999)
2. JUBILATION! DANCE FOR ORCHESTRA (2000)

SUITE FOR CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (2001-2002)
3. i. Before the Fall (2001)
4. ii. Avalon (2002)
5. iii. Celebration! (2002)

6. AMERICAN REFLECTIONS FOR STRINGS AND HARP (2009)
7. CHENONCEAU (2013)

September 02, 2016 01:53 PM PDT

The Flying Dutchman, WWV 63, is a German-language opera, with libretto and music by Richard Wagner.

Wagner claimed in his 1870 autobiography Mein Leben that he had been inspired to write the opera following a stormy sea crossing he made from Riga to London in July and August 1839. In his 1843 Autobiographic Sketch, Wagner acknowledged he had taken the story from Heinrich Heine's retelling of the legend in his 1833 satirical novel The Memoirs of Mister von Schnabelewopski. The central theme is redemption through love.

Wagner conducted the premiere at the Semper Opera in Dresden in 1843. This work shows early attempts at operatic styles that would characterise his later music dramas. Wagner uses a number of leading motifs associated with the characters and themes. The motifs are all introduced in the overture, which begins with a well-known ocean or storm motif before moving into the Dutchman and Senta motifs.

Wagner originally wrote the work to be performed without intermission – an example of his efforts to break with tradition – and, while today's opera houses sometimes still follow this directive, it is also performed in a three-act version.

This performance, by the CMD German Opera Company of Berlin, is available for purchase at our online CD store - www.ClassicalRecordings.co

 

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August 27, 2016 11:53 AM PDT

SPARKS, a compilation of orchestral miniature works by several composers from Navona Records, offers a sampling of much of what post-modern, contemporary orchestral music has to offer, and is most interesting to consider in contrast to nineteenth century orchestral transitions. Miniatures, in their brevity, defy the conventional bias that orchestral music must conform to the characteristics of large symphonies. More generally, the works on this album suggest a wide range of influences unique to contemporary postmodernism. These include the aesthetics of mid century composers, as well as film scores and non-classical genres.

We will be pleased to hear:

  1. Gangsta by Jay Anthony Gach

  2. Still Motion by Rain Worthington

  3. Fragments by Marga Richter

  4. A Tango Fantasy by Phillip Rhodes

  5. Summertime by George Gershwin

  6. Prelude for Charles by Steven Winteregg

  7. In Memoriam by Douglas Anderson

  8. Event Horizon by Bruce Babcock

  9. Crown of the Continent by Stephen Lias

For more information about this CD, please visit Navona Records at www.NavonaRecords.com

This CD is also available on Itunes and Amazon

We wish to thank our friends at Parma Recordings for allowing us to broadcast this CD to our listening audience all over the world.

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August 25, 2016 02:01 PM PDT

Welcome to “Simply Sonatas at Sainer” presented by La Musica International Chamber Music Festival in Sarasota Florida.

The “Simply Sonata” Series features La Musica musicians performing duets in a smaller theater giving the audience a closer feel to the musicians and thus being more intimate with the music being performed.

First we will be pleased to hear Prokofiev’s “Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op. 56” performed by Claudio Cruz and Cecilia Ziano.

Then we will hear Brahms’ “Sonata in F minor for Viola and Piano, Op. 120, No. 1” performed by violist Bruno Giuranna and pianist Derek Han.

The final piece will be Barber’s “Sonata for Cello and Piano in C minor, Op. 6” performed by cellist Antonio Meneses and pianist Derek Han.

We would like to thank Sally Faron and the staff at La Musica International Chamber Music Festival for allowing us to broadcast their concerts on our show.

For more information about La Musica’s upcoming 31st Season, please visit their website at www.LaMusicaFestival.org

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August 11, 2016 03:21 PM PDT

American composer, conductor, orchestrator and producer Dan Redfeld has had his music and arrangements performed internationally from the concert hall to the musical theater stage to the recording studio.

About his work “A Hopeful Place” Dan writes:

“I was asked to compose a work for voice and chamber orchestra to be premiered by Ensemble Green, a Los Angeles based group of musicians committed to playing new concert pieces.  I immediately contacted John and proposed we collaborate on a work for Kristi Holden.  Fortunately for us both, she enthusiastically said “Yes!”  John and I quickly settled on a nine movement structure and the idea that the listener would follow a woman’s cycle of life from birth to death.”

Concerning the debut performance Dan continues:

“I conducted Kristi and eighteen musicians on that night in a premiere performance one cannot forget.  The entire evening was beset with a series of surreal events and yet we made it through to a prolonged standing ovation.  That night reflected what the piece is about - Life.  Sometimes its easy, sometimes its a struggle.  But the human spirit continues.

To learn more about Dan please visit his website at www.DanRedfeld.com

His CDs are available on Amazon and Itunes.

We want to thank Dan Redfeld and Parma Recordings for making it possible for us to broadcast this recording to our listeners.

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August 06, 2016 03:54 PM PDT

Rienzi, the Last of the Tribunes; WWV 49, is an early opera by Richard Wagner in five acts, with the libretto written by the composer after Edward Bulwer-Lytton's novel of the same name. The title is commonly shortened to Rienzi. Written between July 1838 and November 1840, it was first performed in Dresden, on 20 October 1842, and was the composer's first success.

The opera is set in Rome and is based on the life of Cola di Rienzi, a late medieval Italian populist figure who succeeds in outwitting and then defeating the nobles and their followers and in raising the power of the people. Magnanimous at first, he is forced by events to crush the nobles' rebellion against the people's power, but popular opinion changes and even the Church, which had urged him to assert himself, turns against him. In the end the populace burns the Capitol, in which Rienzi and a few adherents have made a last stand.

 

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