Composer Ola Gjeilo was born in Norway in 1978 and moved to the United States in 2001 to begin composition studies at the Juilliard School. He’s a talented composer and pianist, who is now the composer-in-residence with the British vocal ensemble Voces8. Ola is very interested in film, and his music often draws inspiration from movies.
Renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine has released her 36th album, recorded with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Andrew Litton. The new release features Romantic concertos by Sir Edward Elgar and Max Bruch.
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!