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Protest Songs From Around The World

Like peanut butter & jelly, the themes for this week’s World Music Show (10/21) go together rather well. Ok, the themes of “New Music” and “Protest Songs,” is nothing like one of my favorite sandwich combinations. It was a long shot at best, but that shouldn’t deter you from checking out this week’s stellar line-up.

For the newness, we’ll be checking out a handful of never-before-heard bands (on this show at least), to some new tracks from some of the new bands that we’ve been featuring lately.

New Release: Beethoven Piano Concertos (Norman Krieger)

Pianist Norman Krieger has collaborated with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and JoAnn Falletta in a new release of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 and the “Emperor,” Piano Concerto No. 5. The recording was done live in Buffalo’s Kleinhans Music Hall. Kreiger is an audience favorite in Buffalo, and regularly appears with many of the major orchestras across North America. His has been highly regarded as “an artist of depth, sensitivity and virtuosic flair.”

New Release: Mendelssohn - Symphonies 1-5

To mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe has released a new CD set of the Mendelssohn symphonies under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Designate of the Met Opera. This release is the latest installment in Nézet-Séguin's collaboration with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe - a recent partnership that has already garnered two Grammy nominations.

Heavy Metal Cumbia?

I love open-ended questions for leads. As in, what do you get when you cross Heavy Metal with Cumbia music? Glad you asked, because on this week’s World Music Show (10/14) you’ll get the answer.

And that answer will come from my interview with the leader of the Oakland, Ca based band called La Misa Negra (who’s name is a reference to a Heavy Metal group—to find out which one, you’ll have to tune in).

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