We here at your Community Idea Stations were thrilled to have Fred Child, host of American Public Media’s Performance Today, visit Richmond and our station this week. This was part of PT’s Young Artists in Residence program, with 22-year old violinist In Mo Yang joining Fred and visiting Boushall Middle School in Richmond.
On this week’s World Music Show (2/17) we try and tackle a theme of music as big as the continent itself. We’ll be checking out some of the unsung heroes and trailblazers of African music.
Now, I know that this is a big task, since there are many great countries in Africa that all produce such great music. And in the past, I’ve chopped up the country into geographical bits via the compass (North, South, etc). But on this go-round, we’ll just be checking out some of the best of the best, as well as some who may not have reached your musical radar.
Listen. Before anyone jumps to conclusions, I’ll reveal the meaning behind this week’s World Music Show (2/10) headline a tad later in this blog. Let’s just go with that it sort of, kind of, almost, in a small way, reflects some tiny theme hidden in this week’s show.
But first, on with the show…
Teddy Abrams is currently in his fourth season as Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra. His energetic and engaging personality has revitalized the orchestra’s position in the community. They recently embarked on the orchestra’s first recording in nearly thirty years -- “All In.” The album features a new work by Teddy, “Unified Field” and Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with the maestro as soloist!
Energetic conductor Teddy Abrams leads the Louisville Orchestra in their first recording in nearly thirty years, titled “All In.” The album features a new work composed by Teddy (“Unified Field”), as well as Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with Teddy as the soloist. Vocalist Storm Large joins Teddy and the orchestra for three songs: a Cole Porter classic, one of her own original works, and a song by Teddy.
Esteemed cellist Amit Peled is highly respected on the worldwide stage as a performer and teacher. Currently on the faculty of the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, he leads The Amit Peled Peabody Cello Gang. The ensemble is composed of students from his studio and performs works written for or arranged for cello ensemble. They often tour around the country, performing standard cello concerti with Peled as soloist and the Gang as orchestral accompaniment, as well as cello choir repertoire.