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Being Alive: WFMT Remembers Stephen Sondheim

March 22, 2022, 9:00 pm

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Celebrating the great composer-lyricist of our time, Being Alive: WFMT Remembers Stephen Sondheim gathers up a wealth of Sondheim’s stage and screen creations to revisit… or discover.

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Music and Conversation with Claire Cowan

March 15, 2022, 8:00 pm

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An interview with the award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Playlist

All music by Claire Cowan.

Hansel & Gretel:
– Overture
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Hamish McKeich, conductor
(from the Hansel & Gretel album)

The Sleeping Keeper
Helen Webby, harp
(Ode CDMANU-5144)

Ultra Violet
Amalia Hall, violin; Callum Hall, cello; Sarah Watkins, piano
(Claire Cowan supplied)

Hillary:
– Chickens on a Train
– Tenzing
Claire Cowan, producer
(Claire Cowan supplied, from the TVNZ production streaming on PBS)

Under The Vines:
– The Stanley
Claire Cowan, producer
(Claire Cowan supplied, from the TVNZ production streaming on Acorn TV)

Inklings
Claire Cowan, producer
(Claire Cowan supplied, commissioned for Ballet Unleashed)

Stark:
I. Black
II. White
III. Gold
Amalia Hall, violin; Orchestra Wellington; Marc Taddei, conductor
(recorded by RNZ Concert, December 3, 2016, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington)

Hansel & Gretel Bedtime Story
Text by Amy Mansfield
Jonny Brugh, narrator; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Hamish McKeich, conductor
(from the Hansel & Gretel album)

The Stolen Stars of Matariki
Text by Miriama Kamo
Miriama Kamo, narrator; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra members
(produced by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for their series Storytime)

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For the People of Ukraine: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

March 10, 2022, 2:00 pm

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Join us on March 10, when, in partnership with members of the European Broadcasting Union, WFMT airs a special broadcast promoting peace – a 2006 performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Listen to For the People of Ukraine: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Stories About Ukraine Russian opera ‘Boris Godunov’ to …

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Lara Downes: My Life in Music

March 8, 2022, 8:00 pm

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The trailblazing performer, recording artist, activist, arts advocate, and NPR host Lara Downes introduces a very personal playlist.

Playlist

All selections feature pianist Lara Downes.

Florence Price: Clouds
Price: Fantasie Nègre No. 4 in B Minor

Florence Price Piano Discoveries
Flipside Music

Scott Joplin: The Chrysanthemum
Joplin: Bethena
Joplin arr. Jeremy Siskind: A Picture of Her Face
with Will Liverman, baritone
Reflections: Scott Joplin Reconsidered
Rising Sun Music RS-16

Clara Schumann: Three Romances, Op. 11
II.  Andante – Allegro passionato
III. Moderato
For Love of You
Flipside Music FL0013

Nkeiru Okoye: When Young Spring Comes
New Day Begun
Rising Sun Records 705630

Libby Larsen: Blue Piece
with Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Holes in the Sky
Portrait 19075920792

Margaret Bonds: Troubled Water
Bonds: “The Bells” from Spiritual Suite for Piano
Some of These Days
Flipside Music FL0014

Bonds: “Valley of the Bones” from Spiritual Suite for Piano
LIGHT: Migration Music Part 1
Rising Sun Records 737428

Hazel Scott: Idyll
Holes in the Sky
Portrait 19075920792

Scott: Peace of Mind
New Day Begun
Rising Sun Records 705630

Amy Beach: From Blackbird Hills, Op. 83
America Again
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92207

Ann Ronell arr. Hyungin Choi: Willow Weep for Me
Holes in the Sky
Portrait 19075920792

Leonard Bernstein arr. Luke Russell: “Big Stuff” from Fancy Free
For Lenny, Episode 3
Sony 84284011271

Meredith Monk: Ellis Island
with Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Holes in the Sky
Portrait 19075920792

Elena Ruehr: Music Pink and Blue
Holes in the Sky
Portrait 19075920792

Bonds: What My Lips Have Kissed
with Nicole Cabell, soprano
Phenomenal Women
Rising Sun Records RS-003D

Georgia Stitt: What My Lips Have Kissed
Holes in the Sky
Portrait 19075920792

Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
Martin West, conductor
For Love of You
Flipside Music FL0013

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Music and Conversation with Mary Elizabeth Bowden

March 1, 2022, 8:00 pm

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An interview with the entrepreneurial classical trumpeter, who has worked to establish new trumpet repertoire collaborations and commissions.

Playlist

Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestra Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
VII. Badinerie
Mary Elizabeth Bowden, trumpet; Kassia Ensemble
Rêverie
Summit DCD-743

Reena Esmail: Pedernal
Mary Elizabeth Bowden, trumpet

Reena Esmail: Tuttarana
Seraph Brass

Sarah Kirkland Snider: Caritas
Emily D’Angelo, mezzo-soprano; Matangi Quartet

enargeia
DG 4860536

Sarah Kirkland Snider: Chrysalis
Mary Elizabeth Bowden, trumpet; Kassia Ensemble

Rêverie
Summit DCD-743

Vivian Fung: Violin Concerto
Kristin Lee, violin; Metropolis Ensemble

Dreamscapes
Naxos 8.573009

Vivian Fung: Apéritif
Mary Elizabeth Bowden, trumpet

Clarice Assad: Archetypes
I. Hero
Clarice and Sérgio Assad, guitars; Third Coast Percussion
Archetypes
Cedille CDR-90000201

Rene Orth: Leaguered in Fire, Lagooned in Gold
Seraph Brass
Asteria
Summit DCD-709

Catherine McMichael: Totem Voices
I. Whale/Thunderbird
Mary Elizabeth Bowden, trumpet
Milana Strezeva, piano
Radiance
Summit DCD-655

Jean-Baptiste Arban: Variations on Bellini’s “Norma”
Mary Elizabeth Bowden, trumpet
Kassia Ensemble
Rêverie
Summit DCD-743

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Black Music Spotlight (Week 5)

February 28, 2022, 8:30 am

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For the final selection of the month, hear an arrangement of the Black National Anthem: “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

Playlist

John Rosamond Johnson (arr. Roland Carter): “Lift Every Voice and Sing”
Boys Choir Of Harlem

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Black Music Spotlight (Week 4)

February 25, 2022, 8:30 am

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Headshot of Shawn Okpebholo, looking straight at camera wearing black half-frame glasses and white t-shirt.,

This week’s selections are by Shawn Okpebholo, Orbert Davis, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Omar Thomas, and Steve Wallace.

Playlist

Monday, February 21

Shawn Okpebholo: TBA

Tuesday, February 22

Orbert Davis: El Malecón
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic: Orbert Davis, conductor

Wednesday, February 23

Jonathan Bailey Holland: Mobius
Nicholas Abrahams, violin; Olivia Hamilton, clarinet; Haddon Kay, cello; Lam Wong, piano

Thursday, February 24

Omar Thomas: Of Our New Day Begun
Western Kentucky University Wind Ensemble: Gary Schallert, conductor

Friday, February 25

Steve Wallace: Intermezzo and “These Walls” from Undying Love
Whitney Morrison, soprano; Jeremiah Hunt, double bass; Thaddeus Tukes, vibraphone; John A. Bitoy, III, piano; D-Composed; Steve Wallace, conductor

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Music and Conversation with John Jeter

February 22, 2022, 8:00 pm

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Oliver Camacho interviews the music director of Arkansas’s Fort Smith Symphony on Florence Price and how her music may be the key to diversifying the canon.

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Florence Price: Symphony No. 3 in C minor (1940)
I. Andante — Allegro
III. Juba
IV. Scherzo. Finale
ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
John Jeter, conductor
Florence Beatrice Price: Symphony No. 3
Naxos 8.559897

Florence Price: Ethiopia’s Shadow in America (1932)
I. The Arrival of the Negro in America when first brought here as a slave: Introduction and Allegretto
II. His Resignation and Faith: Andante
III. His Adaptation, A fusion of his native and acquired impulses: Allegro
ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
John Jeter, conductor
Florence Beatrice Price: Symphony No. 3
Naxos 8.559897

Florence Price: The Mississippi River (1934)
ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
John Jeter, conductor
Florence Beatrice Price: Symphony No. 3
Naxos 8.559897

Florence Price: Symphony No. 1 in E minor (1932)
II. Largo, maestoso
Fort Smith Symphony
John Jeter, conductor
Florence Beatrice Price: Symphony Nos. 1 and 4
Naxos 8.559827

Florence Price: Symphony No. 4 in D minor (1945)
I. Tempo moderato
Fort Smith Symphony
John Jeter, conductor
Florence Beatrice Price: Symphony Nos. 1 and 4
Naxos 8.559827

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Black Music Spotlight (Week 3)

February 18, 2022, 8:30 am

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This week’s selections are by Jessie Montgomery, Julia Perry, Nathalie Joachim, Eleanor Alberga, and Dorothy Rudd Moore.

Playlist

Monday, February 14

Jessie Montgomery: Coincident Dances
Chicago Sinfonietta: Mei-Ann Chen, conductor

Tuesday, February 15

Julia Perry: Short Piece for Orchestra
Tokyo Imperial Philharmonic: William Strickland, conductor

Wednesday, February 16

Nathalie Joachim: Fanm d’Ayiti
Nathalie Joachim, voice; Spektral Quartet

Nathalie Joachim: Stacked
Flutronix

Thursday, February 17

Eleanor Alberga: If the Silver Bird Could Speak
William Chapman Nyaho, piano

Friday, February 18

Dorothy Rudd Moore: Finale of Act 3, Scene 3 of Frederick Douglass
Meridian Chorale & Orchestra: Steven Darsey, conductor