Tonight, host J. Michael Harrison features the tale of Two Dannys and a Francesca. It's an interview with painter Danny Simmons during the 11 pm hour, and then a conversation with jazz pianist Daniel Kramer and singer Francesca Gershwin, grand-niece of George Gershwin. Listen in on a live performance and a chat.
Music for Youth's inaugural competition for piano, violin, and voice is called "You Got Rhythm," and is dedicated to the memory of George Gershwin on the 75th anniversary of his death. Take a backstage look at the competition with Jill Pasternak's guests including Victoria Kogan - the founder of Music for Youth, International Opera Theater's Karen Saillant, Russian pianist Daniel Kramer, virtuoso pianist Susan Starr, and Francesca Gershwin, the grand-niece of George Gershwin.
For every young person with the talent and drive to be an accomplished vocalist or violinist, there are legions more whose main connection to classical music is destined to remain as a member of an audience. WRTI's Meridee Duddleston takes a look at a range of perspectives on nurturing a connection to classical music among the young.