The famous pianist and composer Ignaz Moscheles sat next to the 15-year-old boy on the piano bench, about to give a piano lesson as a favor to the boy's father. In less than a minute, Moscheles, a sensation on the continent, lionized in England, one of a handful of pianists vying for that ever-shifting "greatest" title, knew that he was "sitting next to a master, not a pupil." He had encountered prodigies before, but never had he seen anyone like Felix Mendelssohn.
Tune in to hear the last opera in the Academy of Vocal Arts' 2010/2011 season - Mozart's masterpiece, Don Giovanni. This broadcast features award-winning AVA artists, including soprano Michelle Johnson, a recent winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. AVA Music Director Christofer Macatsoris conducts the AVA Opera Orchestra and cast.
Gretchen Parlato has been called the most important jazz singer since Cassandra Wilson, and her delicate vocals won over the judges at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2004. Since then, Parlato has appeared on more than 50 recordings, and continues to build a following with tours throughout the U.S. and overseas. Her third album, The Lost and Found, was recently released.--NPR
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The Grammy Awards were handed out in February, and a few surprises in the pop categories might interest you. And do you know who won the classical and jazz awards? We're here to fill you in. Some are newcomers - some are tried and true.
In honor of Mardi Gras, WRTI presents music from the Crescent City's finest. Join Bob Perkins and Maureen Malloy as they bring the Fat Tuesday party to Philly!
Listen for quintessential New Orleans jazz from originators such as Louis Armstrong and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, plus those they've influenced from today's scene including Nicholas Payton and Jeremy Davenport.
So gather your krewe, grab some po'boys, and together we'll party all night long!
Ferruccio Busoni. He was the first to perform all 18 Franz Liszt Preludes together, the first to play all 24 Chopin Preludes together, and, over four nights in Berlin, he soloed in 14 concertos with orchestra. Fourteen. They couldn't invent words big enough to describe this new star among pianists. Not only did they call him star, but also sun, giant, and king - tripping over themselves to find superlatives.
Works for Organ and Orchestra by Charles-Marie Widor and Aaron Copland
The organ world in Paris - in January of 1870 - was buzzing when the top names in the business saw to it that a 25-year-old got the biggest job in the city. St. Sulpice Church was looking for someone to pilot its newly installed five-manual organ, the greatest and largest instrument by Aristide Cavaille-Coll, known as the greatest organ builder of the 19th century.
Camille Saint-Saens, Charles Gounod, and Cavaille-Coll himself all said that there was only one person for the job: Charles-Marie Widor. The church offered Widor the appointment on a temporary basis. He kept the job for 64 years.