American Composer Highlights

July 3, 2021, 11:00 am

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For Independence Day weekend, Introductions is going all-American. Join WFMT host and recently naturalized citizen Robbie Ellis for solo, chamber and orchestral recordings of George Crumb, Robert Nathaniel Dett, George Gershwin, Jennifer Higdon, Ulysses Kay, James Kazik, Misook Kim, Gary Schocker, and Bright Sheng.


Robert Nathaniel Dett: In the Bottoms
V. Juba
Joshua Mhoon, piano
First broadcast May 1, 2021

Ulysses Kay: Bassoon Sonata
Eric Bahena Figueroa, bassoon; Beilin Han, piano
First broadcast March 6, 2021

Bright Sheng: Seven Tunes Heard in China
VII. Tibetan Dance
Eytan Raviv, cello
First broadcast December 19, 2020

Misook Kim: Phantom of Arirang
Noah Kim, piano
First broadcast March 20, 2021

James Kazik: 2002
The Bone Rangers: Owen Riordan, Deaglan Sullivan, Padric Sullivan & Calleigh Riordan, trombones
Coached by Tim Riordan at Merit School of Music, Chicago.

George Crumb: Sonata for solo cello:
III. Toccata
Noah Chen, cello
First broadcast October 3, 2020

George Gershwin arr. Jascha Heifetz: It Ain’t Necessarily So
Esme Arias-Kim, violin; Milana Pavchinskaya, piano
First broadcast November 21, 2020

Jennifer Higdon: Piano Trio:
II. Fiery Red
CAS Trio: Suminne Hong, violin; Claudia Yoon, cello; Anya Liu, piano
Coached by Desirée Ruhstrat at the New Music School in Chicago.

Gary Schocker: Coffee Nerves
Encore Flute Quartet: Alexandra Adrowski, Elizabeth Pierzina, Elise Scherrer & Rachel Soukup, flutes
Coached by Cynara Pierzina at the Encore Music Academy in Crystal Lake.

This episode will not be made available as a podcast due to copyright reasons.