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Hmmm, What's This World Music All About?

Suppose you're new to this genre called "World Music." Or perhaps you're a seasoned listener. Or maybe you're listening tastes fall somewhere in between. Either way, I want to say this: don't fear music. Because whether you're a newbie or a grizzled veteran of global music, this week's World Music Show (3/14) has something for everyone. It's two hours of beats from around the world, sprinkled with bits of background as well some (hopefully) humor.

Mannheim Rocket, Richmond's New Period Instrument Orchestra!

Richard Spece, Music Director of Richmond’s brand new period-instrument ensemble Mannheim Rocket, stopped by our studios to discuss the organization’s inaugural concert to be held this Friday, March 13th at Monumental Church on East Broad Street. Spece founded the ensemble in 2013, envisioning an ensemble of the highest caliber able to present the music of the past in an informed way with brilliance and passion.

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein talks with Mike Goldberg about her new CD release "Broadway-Lafayette"

Sony Classical has released pianist Simone Dinnerstein’s latest album, Broadway-Lafayette, featuring the music of George Gershwin, Maurice Ravel and Philip Lasser. This music celebrates the transatlantic link between France and America, and features conductor Kristjan Jarvi with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Sounds Lost & Found

Talk about some lost and found sound! On this week's World Music Show (2/28), we'll hear some recent--not even released yet--music as well as some found or rather discovered prison music from the city of Zomba and we'll take some Asian and African travels to unearth some global dance music. And that's just the tip of the musical iceburg, if there was such a thing.

It's Not Complicated

The era of "new music" continues. You see, over the past few weeks, I've been lucky enough to feature some brand-spanking new music. And for this week's World Music Show (9/21), the trend continues. But don't worry, enjoying all this newness won't be complicated, which of course leads me to talk about the first bit of new music we'll hear.

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