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Starting from Scratch

September 29, 2017, 10:00 pm

Grammy Award winner, Steven Mackey with guitar

This week’s Relevant Tones focuses on composers who have tried to step outside the box, redefine their definitions of music, and start over without limitations. We’ll be examining the works of Alvin Lucier, Chris Preissing, James Tenney, Lou Harrison, and more.


I am sitting in a room, by Alvin Lucier
Alvin Lucier

Cellogram, by James Tenney
William Jason Raynovich, cello

Cornish Lancaran, by Lou Harrison
Musicians of the Gamelan Si Betty; Berkeley Chamber Singers

Tabuh-Tabuhan, Toccata for Orchestra, by Colin McPhee
Eastman/Rochester Symphony Orchestra; Howard Hanson, conductor

Delusion and the Fury: A Ritual of Dream and Delusion, by Harry Partch

Pales, by Christopher Preissing
Angela DiOrio, clarinet

Indigenous instruments, by Steve Mackey
Eighth Blackbird

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Harry Bicket & The English Concert with Henry Purcell & Friends

September 27, 2017, 10:00 pm

Harry Bicket & The English Concert

Harry Bicket, who is guest conducting Lyric Opera’s production of Orphée et Eurydice through October 15, here leads members of The English Concert and vocal soloists Rosemary Joshua and Sarah Connelly in songs, arias, and duets by Henry Purcell. Instrumental works by Purcell’s contemporaries Matthew Locke, John Blow, and Christopher Gibbons create context for Purcell’s songs. Recorded live in concert …


Matthew Locke (~1622-1677)
The Tempest, suite, Part I

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
If Music be the Food of Love
Draw Near You Lovers that Complain
Oh the Sweet Delights of Love

Matthew Locke
The Tempest, suite, Part II

Henry Purcell
Music for a While
My Dearest, My Fairest

John Blow (1649-1708)
Chaconne in G

Henry Purcell
O Solitude
Sweeter than Roses

Christopher Gibbons (1615-1676)
Fantasy-Suite in D minor

– Fantasy
– Allman
– Galliard

Henry Purcell
Love, Thou art Best

Rosemary Joshua, soprano
Sarah Connelly, mezzo-soprano
The English Concert
Harry Bicket, conductor

Opening & Closing Theme for Baroque&Before: Joan Ambrosio Dalza: Piva, performed by Musica Reservata (Boston Skyline BSD 123)

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Yaegy Park & Victor Santiago Asuncion

Yaegy Park

Violinist Yaegy Park and pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion perform works by Mozart, Dvorák and Ravel live on this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Broadcast.


Yaegy Park, Violin
Victor Santiago Asuncion, Piano

Violin Sonata in E minor, K. 304 (14’)
I. Allegro
II. Tempo di menuetto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

Romance, Op. 11 (13’)
Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904)

Tzigane (10’)
Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)


Violinist Yaegy Park was born in Houston, Texas, and was recognized as a rising young violinist when she joined the Houston Young Artists at age 4, the foundation’s youngest member in history. She then performed in local hospitals and nursing homes with the HYAC, developing a passion for community service through music. Under the mentorship of Kyung Sun Lee, Ms. Park was named a Jack Kent Cooke Artist and performed on the NPR program “From the Top”. She went to Germany in 2009 and won 3rd place in the Louis Spohr International Competition. In 2010, she took 1st place in the International Russian Rotary Children’s Music Competition and American Protégé International Competition.

Ms. Park was accepted to the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Catherine Cho in 2011. During this time, she won top prizes in such competitions as the International Virtuoso Competition, the YWCA New York Music Competition, the NY Chamber Players Competition, and the Stulberg International Competition in 2015, which has given her performances with orchestras like the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Temple Symphonies and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. The same year, she was named a YoungArts finalist and had her Carnegie Hall debut with the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture. Currently, she is a G.rium Artist, sponsored by SK Chemical, giving her recital opportunities in South Korea until 2018.

Ms. Park is also an avid chamber musician. She is part of the Eva Quartet at the Juilliard School participating in community outreach projects in collaboration with Daniel’s Music Foundation. She is currently a third year BM student at Juilliard and uses a Zygmuntowicz violin on loan from the Maestro Foundation.

Hailed by The Washington Post for his “poised and imaginative playing,” pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion has appeared in concert halls in Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Spain, Turkey and the USA, as a recitalist and concerto soloist.  He made his orchestral debut at the age of 18 with the Manila Chamber Orchestra, and his New York recital debut in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 1999.

A chamber music enthusiast, he has performed with artists such as Lynn Harrell, Zuill Bailey, Andres Diaz, Antonio Meneses, Joshua Roman, Cho-Liang Lin, and many others. He served on the chamber music faculty of the Aspen Music Festival, and the Garth Newel Summer Music Festival.  He was also the pianist for the Garth Newel Piano Quartet for three seasons.  His recordings include the complete Sonatas of Beethoven with cellist Tobias Werner, sonatas by Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff with cellist Joseph Johnson, and the Rachmaninoff Sonata with the cellist Evan Drachman. He is also featured on the award winning recording “Songs My Father Taught Me” with Lynn Harrell, produced by Louise Frank and WFMT-Chicago.

He received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in 2007 from the University of Maryland at College Park under the tutelage of Rita Sloan. Victor Asuncion is a Steinway artist.

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Eden-Stell Guitar Duo

September 26, 2017, 11:00 am

Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading guitar ensembles, the Eden Stell Guitar Duo ’s chameleon-like ability to communicate in a multitude of styles gives them a uniquely creative, musical voice.



Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) (arr. Sérgio Abreu / Sergio Assad)

Le Rappel des oiseaux “The Collection of Birds”

from Pièces de clavecin


Federico Mompou (1893-1987) (arr. M. Eden)

Cançons i Danses (set I) (1918-1972)

No.  5

No.  6


George Gershwin (September 26, 1898-1937)  (arr. Rebecca Stell)

Two songs (1924)

Somebody loves me

Do do do


Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) (arr. C. Stell)

Suite for Piano in C major (1920)




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Inge Borkh at 100

September 23, 2017, 4:30 pm

German soprano Inge Borkh turned 100 earlier this year. Larry celebrates her centenary with “In questa reggia” from Puccini’s Turandot and the “Final Scene” from Richard Strauss’ Salome.

Rosh Hashana (9/13/1977)

September 22, 2017, 11:00 pm

From the archives, here is Studs Terkel’s Rosh Hashanah commemoration from 1977.

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Composer Cosmology


As astrophysicists like Neil deGrasse Tyson learn more about the cosmos and present their often strange and wondrous findings to the public, the creative mind can’t help but be captivated and inspired, and composers are certainly no exception. From super strings to quarks, multiple dimensions to M theory, we’ll play several imaginative works by composers captivated by our universe.


Beginnings from Divinum Mysterium, by Daniel Kellogg
Eighth Blackbird

Heart of Space from Short History of the Universe, by Derek Bermel
JACK Quartet; Derek Bermel, clarinet

The Spirit of God Moved Upon the Face of the Waters from Divinum Mysterium, by Daniel Kellogg
Eighth Blackbird

Ka from Sulvasutra, by Evan Ziporyn
The Silk Road Ensemble

Gondwana, by Tristan Murail
ORTF National Orchestra; Yves Prin, conductor

String Theory from Three Pieces for Mixed Trio, by Mark Petering
Adams Marks, piano; Andrew Williams, violin; Jennifer Woodrum, clarinet

The Fractal Terrace from The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, by Michael Gandolfi
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Robert Spano, conductor

The Mannheim Rocket, by John Corigliano
Helsinki Symphony Orchestra; John Storgårds, conductor

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Norman Krieger: Beethoven Piano Concertos

Norman Krieger: Beethoven Piano Concertos

A native of Los Angeles, Norman Krieger is highly regarded as an artist of depth, sensitivity and virtuosic flair. As the Los Angeles Times put it, “Krieger owns a world of technique. He always knows exactly where he is going and what he is doing. He never for an instant miscalculates.” Krieger is joined by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and JoAnn Falletta for this new recording of Beethoven’s Third and Fifth Piano Concertos.

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Reginald R. Robinson, piano

September 21, 2017, 11:00 am

Reginald R. Robinson

The story goes that Reginald R. Robinson first heard the sweet strains of ragtime music through the loudspeaker of a neighborhood ice cream truck. Years later, the self-taught pianist and composer received a 2004 “genius” fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation. We welcome him back to the Levin Studio for this solo performance of his original compositions.

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Novak: Orchestral Works

Novak: Orchestral Works

Emerging from the fertile background of Bohemian nationalism, Vítĕzslav Novák’s music achieved cult status in his homeland for its richness of melody and orchestral color. In the Tatra Mountains was inspired by the composer’s journeys in this magnificent region. Eternal Longing is based on a poem by Hans Christian Andersen, while the dramatic Lady Godiva Overture is considered one of his most powerful works.