The Paris Conservatory is steeped in deep musical traditions and is widely considered to be a model for education in Europe, especially for the flute. Paul Taffanel (1844-1908) taught there and is considered a founding father of the modern day French flute school. In this new release, flutist Dionne Jackson (who studied at the Conservatory) explores music by a variety of French composers that she feels “a direct lineage” to, as many of her professors had either known or studied with these composers or their pupils and proteges. She is joined by pianist Marija Stroke.
The Richmond Ballet will present its “Studio Three” performances Tuesday, April 4th through Sunday, April 9th at the Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre. This show will feature a broad range of dance styles from classical to contemporary, beginning with “Notturno” choreographed by Salvatore Aiello, staged by Jerri Kumery and set to the music of Franz Schubert.
Virginia Opera concludes its 2016-17 season with Giacomo Puccini’s “Turandot” this weekend at the Carpenter Theatre in Richmond. Based on the ancient fable set in China, this story of the legendary Princess Turandot, so desirable that men risked their heads for her hand in marriage, weaves the quest for love with the ultimate consequences.
Once again 88.9 WCVE’s George Maida has April showers of sonic delights headed your way--April of course being International Guitar Month. Celebrate right along with George by tuning in for The Electric Croude each Saturday night in April at 10:00 p.m. EDT on your local public radio station or by listening to our audio stream on your mobile device.
Sure, April First—April Fool’s Day, happens to be one of my favorite days of the year—you can guess that I’m quite the prankster. However, on this week’s World Music Show (4/1), the tracks we’ll hear will be no joke, in terms of world beat sounds that will make you happy to be alive (or, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch). However, because of stern upbringing in a family full of jokesters, you can expect the usual, albeit poorly executed attempts at some humor.
Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson pays tribute to the master of minimal music, Philip Glass, who recently turned 80 years old. Described by The New York Times as a “splendid pianist” and by Piano News as an “immense talent,” Ólafsson is much sought-after by international conductors, orchestras and artists as both a chamber and concert musician. In addition to the Etudes for solo piano, the album includes reworks of the originals for piano and string quartet.