It takes a serious amount of knowledge to become a conductor of an orchestra. That's why Maestro Stefan Sanders learned it from the inside out. He knew he wanted to be a conductor, but started as a Bass Trombone player in the Buffalo Philharmonic and waited for his time. When conductor, JoAnn Falletta, gave him the chance to conduct the BPO, he jumped on the opportunity. Since then, he's become Director of the Round Rock Symphony in Texas and an Associate Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic. Listen to hear his story and recordings of the BPO.
MSQ LIVE without a net at WVPB studios. Interviews and performances.
The Montclaire String Quartet performed LIVE without a net in the West Virginia Public Broadcasting Studios at 600 Capitol Street Friday, February 13th.
The tightly-knit ensemble performed selections from their upcoming concert titled "The Silver Screen." These pieces included selections from film and selections from film composers that were written as concert music.
At our studios, they performed:
Nino Rota -- 2 movements from Concerto for Strings Bernard Hermann -- selection from Echoes Alexander Borodin -- Nocturne Astor Piazzolla -- Tango Ballet
Brian Eno has called them "radio Dadaism," and ranks them among the best in British comedy. Eddie Izzard believes the Goons were the start of modern comedy. And Monty Python? Well, they idolized them. Count John Lennon and The Beatles, Firesign Theater and Prince Charles among their fans.
A creative life or daily creative activity is a funny thing- fraught with missteps, miscues and misfires. It is not, as we might think, a Sturm und Drang artistic wrestle with the fates. It's far more practical and hilarious than that.
Occasionally, an amusing thought, often containing a bitter grain of truth, will pop into my head.This is a partial list of these nuggets of "wisdom."
1. Coffee helps. A lot.
2. Let your voice be the only one speaking in your head.
3. Create a space for silence. Music comes from there.
Interview with Maestro André Raphel, conductor of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra
Take a listen as Maestro André Raphel talks with us about his upcoming concert of Spanish and American Music with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, their composer-in-residence, Roberto Sierra, and their guest violinist, Michael Ludwig.
The Montclaire String Quartet: in Performance and Interviews with hosts Matt Jackfert and Jim Lange.
This past Wednesday, the Montclaire String Quartet stopped by the studios at West Virginia Public Radio for a live in-house performance. They performed selections from their upcoming concerts, gave their insights into the pieces and talked about the group's recent transitions. The members are from around the world but have found a home in West Virginia, and this year they welcome Cristian Fatu to the group. Here is this year's instrumentation:
Anton Shelepov -- 1st violin Cristian Fatu -- 2nd violin Bernard DiGregorio -- Viola Andrea DiGregorio -- Cello
Their upcoming concert is at the University of Charleston Sunday, September 14th at 3:00 PM. Tickets are available in advance by calling the Clay Center Box Office at 304-561-3570 or online at wvsymphony.org. Tickets can also be acquired at the door at 2:00 PM.
Recordings from the Marshall University's 2012 Tour of France with interviews with conductor David Castleberry.
In 2012, the Marshall University Chamber Choir toured France singing in old cathedrals and churches including the Notre Dame Cathedral. They sang an eclectic mix ranging from Renaissance music to American Spirituals to contemporary music.
The Chamber Choir is typically made up of about 32 students, with both music majors and non-majors, and is open to auditions for new members.
This school year, they'll be performing with the Marshall University Orchestra to take on Handel's Messiah in December, and next Spring, they'll be taking a tour of the south, heading to the Atlanta, GA area with stops along the way.
The man of mystery, the enigmatic composer and lutenist, John Dowland (1563 – 1626) has been on my mind lately.
Periodically, I go through these heavy Dowlandesque periods where I immerse myself in his profound songs, finger-tangling lute music or his soft and sorrowful music for viols.
You see, there are more than a few of us who believe that Dowland, among a myriad of other Renaissance composers, never get a fair shake in the world of classical music. They are largely ignored and it is duly noted.
Conductor/composer Esa-Pekka Salonen has a new series of short videos for Apple's iPad Air.
When I saw one of them on TV, I about jumped out of my chair. Rare, oh so rare, are appearances by the people Classical Music broadcasts every weekday. I got riled up when I wanted to rewind and watch the spot again. My wife wanted to move on and watch Jimmy Fallon.
He had Keith Urban. Sigh. That's a far, far cry from an Esa-Pekka Salonen and that's a damn shame as well.
Do you sing in a choir? Like choral music? Do you like heavenly music set to exquisite poetry?
Eleanor Daley, one the most prolific and best-known choral composers, is coming to Charleston as part of the Charleston Civic Chorus' Spring Concert. She has an international reputation as her music is performed and sold all over the world.
I could just say her music is heavenly, blissful, subtle and profound, but that might not translate to readers.
Violinist Tim Fain has all the musicianship necessary to play the major works in the classical repertoire, but there is not even a hint of self-importance or standoffishness that can come with that. His thoughtful, down-to-earth conversation make you feel like old friends.
The sculptures of West Virginia artist, Cherese Weaver, are quite stunning. You don't just look at them as much as you feel that they are looking at you. And when they look at you, it's like that person you meet who sees you for who you really are. That's how powerful these pieces are.
She has captured something primal, like lost civilizations, with a gallery of faces that may be the gods and goddesses of the mythic imagination of antiquity.
To "refreshify" those weary minds out there, over the past few years, I have developed some rather intense back issues. My lower back is an animal I have to constantly monitor and never dare risk injuring. It will lock up and leave me unable to move. Well, once I hobble to the couch, I lay there perfectly still because any movement is sheer agony.
The other issue has been an extension of my back issues and no doubt of unknown issues that have caused a tremor in my right arm. This directly impacts my guitar playing - something I've been devoted to for nearly forty years.