American Composer Highlights

July 2, 2022, 11:00 am

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For the holiday weekend, Introductions looks back at some of the most notable performances of American music from the past year, with a few extra recordings getting their first airing on the show. We’ve got solo, chamber and orchestral recordings of George Gershwin, Lera Auerbach, George Walker, Jessie Montgomery, Mischa Zupko, Lowell Liebermann and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich; plus works by three different local teenage composers.


George Gershwin arr. Jascha Heifetz: Porgy & Bess:
Elinor Detmer, violin; Milana Pavchinskaya, piano
First broadcast May 7, 2022

Tom Gotsch: A Hand Full of Seeds
ATLYS: Jinty McTavish & Sabrina Tabby, violins; Rita Andrade, viola; Genevieve Tabby, cello
First broadcast September 11, 2021

Lera Auerbach: 24 Preludes for violin and piano, Op. 46:
No. 11 in B, “Allegretto”
No. 8 in F-sharp minor, “Andante”
No. 2 in A minor, “Andante, Tempo di valzer”
Avita Duo: Katya Moeller, violin; Ksenia Nosikova, piano
From Hänssler Classics HC-21059.
(The Avita Duo performed preludes by Auerbach on Introductions on March 12, 2022)

Taki Salameh: Wind Quintet
CYSO Jubilee Woodwind Quintet: Anika Veda, flute; Zach Allen, oboe; Henry Lazzaro, clarinet; Danica Tuohy, horn; Taki Salameh, bassoon
First broadcast May 21, 2022

George Walker: Lyric for strings
CYSO Symphony Orchestra Strings; Allen Tinkham, conductor
Performed May 22, 2022 at Symphony Center.

Jessie Montgomery: Rhapsody No. 1
Isabel Chen, violin
First broadcast July 31, 2021

Mischa Zupko: Occupy
Quartet Vista: Beatrice Park, violin; Sarah Wejman, viola; Luke Wejman, cello; Anya Liu, piano
Recording supplied.

Bazyli Siwek: Poranne głosy (Morning Voices)
Bazyli Siwek, piano
First broadcast June 4, 2022

Lowell Liebermann: Gargoyles, Op. 29:
No. 4, Presto feroce
Bazyli Siwek, piano
First broadcast June 4, 2022

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Piano Trio:
I. Allegro con brio
Trio Aspaldiko: Miriam Friedman, violin; Berkeley Borkert, cello; Eva Sharman, piano
Recording supplied.