At first glance of the title for this week’s world famous blog (ok, that’s a stretch, and it’s only in my mind), you’d think that I work at a PBS affiliated station. Well, I do and in fact our address is on Sesame Street. So, with that in mind, on this week’s World Music Show (8/26), part of theme will be to celebrate the famed letter L.
Composer Fred Lerdahl’s music has been commissioned and performed by major chamber ensembles and orchestras in the United States and around the world. Bridge Records is producing an ongoing series devoted to his music. Volume Five includes performances by Windscape, Quattro Mani, the Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Trio and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
It’s amazing to me how many themes I can squeeze out of the idea of “world” and “travel.” For instance, on this week’s World Music Show (8/19), we’re going to be taking some nomadic travels.
This is thanks in part to some new music from a band who, after a 10-year-hiatus, has a new CD out and in which they describe themselves as musical nomads. What could be better than that as a description or theme for this week’s show? It’s hard to beat.
So, be prepared to have this theme beaten to death on this week’s show—well, ok, it won’t be too bad.
There’s one thing I know about the month of August—and it’s that those who’s birthdays fall in this month—like a tad bit of attention. Now, I know I’m stereotyping the Leo a bit, but it’s ok because Hello, my name is Ian, and I am Leo. Sure, I may be adding to this profile by declaring publicly or blog-icaly, that it is my birthday month too. But I do this bearing gifts.
Symphony Spotlight highlights the careers of orchestral musicians across the country. My guest for our August segment is Herb Smith, trumpeter with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in Rochester, NY. In addition to his orchestral work, Herb is the leader of his own jazz quartet, trumpet instructor at the Eastman Community Music School, and an composer/arranger.