classical music

10:59 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Morgantown Resident Tackles the Piano Puzzler

Every week Performance Today re-writes a familiar tune in the style of a classical composer. A listener is chosen to do two things: name the hidden tune, and name the composer whose style Bruce is mimicking. This week's contestant is Wiley Newbold from Morgantown, WV
American Public Media's Performance Today features live concerts by famous artists in concert halls around the globe and from the American Public Media studios as well as interviews, news and features. Performance Today audiences, on any given day, may hear from performances in the great concert halls of New York, Prague, London, Berlin and Paris.
Radio
8:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

In Studio with the Montclaire String Quartet

The Montclaire String Quartet after an in-house performance at West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Credit 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. 

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Radio
2:55 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Go to These Concerts

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande (vocalist)
Credit PHOTO: R. SHIVAJI RAO

Feeling cabin fever? Post winter blues?

Then get out of the house to see these concerts:

Be a cross-cultural traveler when you go hear Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, Indian Classical Vocalist.

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande (vocalist)

Sanjay Deshpande (Tabla)

Tanmay Deochake (Harmonium)

India Center – Charleston, WV

Admission: $ 15 advance or $ 20 at the door

(Children under 16 = Free)

Supporter’s Dinner Before the Event

6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.          $ 50.00 Per Person (includes the program)

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Good Friday Music
8:57 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Handel's Messiah on Classical Music with Matt Jackfert

Calvin Oratorio Society

On Friday during Classical Music with Matt Jackfert, Matt will be airing the Calvin Oratorio Society's 2013 performance of Handel's Messiah, the complete oratorio for Easter.

Tune in to West Virginia Public Radio at approximately 12:50 p.m. and enjoy the performance until 3 p.m.

Conductor:  Joel Navarro

Soloists: Awet Andemicael, soprano; Martha Hart, mezzo-soprano; Drake Dantzler, tenor; Benjamin Clements, bass

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Opera Lovers
7:39 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Boy Meets Girl - Watch "Werther" in Theatres

Jonas Kaufmann appears as the title character, Werther.
Credit Met Opera

Boy meets girl, passionate feelings, unrequited love, societal restraints of duty, hopeless love, tragic ending, all are plot elements in the lyric drama Werther by French composer Jules Massenet (1842-1912).

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Radio
10:00 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Bach: Behind the Portrait

Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Credit Shella Rock @ Decca / Used by permission.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner has had a life-long relationship with Bach. In  fact, the Haussmann portrait hung in the his home and the young Gardiner passed it every day. Imagine that.

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Classical
12:09 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

New Classical Music: Not your Dad's Classical Music

Igor Stravinsky, as drawn by Pablo Picasso
Credit public doaain

Igor Stravinksy’s The Rite of Spring was a monumental work in so many ways: its size, its structure, and its ability to push the limits of what is known as music. The piece was so groundbreaking that at its premiere in Paris, France, on May 29th, 1913, a near-riot erupted in the audience.

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Contemporary Classical Music
9:15 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Scared to Write a Note

Composer Ricky Ian Gordon
Credit Copyright owned by Kevin Doyle

Thumbing through a copy of Opera News, an article on opera composer Ricky Ian Gordon revealed some very provocative words:

"The twentieth century is littered with a lot of composers who were terrorized out of writing what they heard-out of writing in ...their authentic voice. There was such a critical backlash against...tonal music. I mean you could write...you were just laughed off the map."

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Sounds of Nature
7:30 am
Mon September 23, 2013

The sound of the cicada

A West Virginia cicada at Big Ben Campground
Credit Jarek Tuszynski / Wikimedia

Yes, the cicada announces the season’s change like no other. I wanted to know more about cicadas and their cacophonous songs. I spoke with entomologist Dr. Tracy Leskey.

So, what exactly are cicadas?

Dr. Leskey: Well, you know cicadas are insects that belong to what we call the order Hemiptera which is the order of insects to which the true bugs belong. Not all insects are bugs, but there are a group of insects that are literally referred to by entomologists as bugs and cicadas are one of those.

Are they special in any kind of way?

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