What's New

Tuesday nights at 8pm

A two hour weekly show of new music, and new releases, with an in-depth look at classical music. Host John Clare speaks with leading musicians, from Adams to Zwilich; and highlights incredible releases. Topics include instruments (The Cello, The Piano), artists (Joyce DiDonato, Jose Serebrier), and variety (Colors, Locomotives).

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Bright Circle is the most recent release from pianist Beth Levin. The March 2017 Navona recording features music by Brahms, Schubert, and David Del Tredici. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Levin about the new release, new music, and inspirations on social media.

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When Ora, a choral group founded in 2014, began recording their Many Are the Wonders release in February 2016, they were sadden by the death of composer Steven Stucky. They included his Motet originally premiered in 2006, O sacrum convivium.

Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov's intention for his clarinet quintet, The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, was to fuse elements of Jewish klezmer tradition and themes with the forms of classical chamber music.

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Have you ever been surprised to run into someone you know while travelling or not where you normally expect to see them? Coincidence can be a real delight. These days you might expect to see someone or even plan it, with social media tagging our location.

Long before facebook or yelp, composers and performers connected in person and through letters. We’ll hear some cool connections, made in the salon of Heinrich von Herzogenberg, and talk with violinists Renaud Capuçon and Cecilia Zilliacus on today’s What’s New.

What's New: New Baroque

Sep 13, 2017
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You've heard of old wine in new bottles...in the Gospel according to Luke: "And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better."

We’ll hear some new music for old ensembles, and talk with composer and soprano Majel Connery from Oracle Hysterical on today’s What’s New.

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PostClassical Ensemble celebrates Lou Harrison with a new Naxos recording that is stellar. Harrison was born 100 years ago and it is delightful to have some fresh releases and performances. Tim Fain is the main featured soloist, in Harrison’s Violin Concerto and Grand Duo. Pianist Michael Boriskin (of Copland House) collaborates brilliantly in the gamelan-esque 1988 work with Fain.

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Alma Espanola is the latest from guitarist Sharon Isbin and soprano Isabel Leonard. "Spanish Soul" doesn't even begin to describe the beauty and depth of this new Bridge Records release! The exciting repertoire, new arrangements, and detail to phrasing are truly exquisite. WBAA's Music Director John Clare spoke to Sharon Isbin about the new recording.

What's New: Memorials

Sep 6, 2017
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We remember and keep in mind people we hold dear. Memorials these days can be online, as well as landmark objects, or art objects. There are sculptures, statues, fountains, and even entire parks! We’ll hear some audio memorials from composers Stephen Edwards and Karl Jenkins on today’s What’s New.

What's New: Broadway

Aug 30, 2017
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Broadway is a main thoroughfare in New York City AND refers to the Theater District along Midtown Manhattan. The district is a popular tourist attraction and according to The Broadway League, over 13 million people saw a show, bringing in $1.4 billion to the NYC economy in the 2016–2017 season! We’ll hear some theater favorites and new releases, and talk with star Rebecca Faulkenberry from Ground Hog Day the Musical on today’s What’s New.

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Named after King’s College in Cambridge, The King’s Singers is a vocal sextet formed in 1968. There have been 24 members of the King's Singers since the original group was established, and the average length of tenure is around 12 years. They sing all genres of music, accapella and with guest instrumentalists. We’ll hear the King’s Singers in a wide range of music, and talk with their bass singer Johnny Howard on this episode of What’s New.

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Medals have historically been given as prizes: Gold, Silver, and Bronze…They represent the first three Ages of Man in Greek mythology: the Golden Age, when men lived among the gods; the Silver Age, where youth lasted a hundred years; and the Bronze Age, the era of heroes! The custom of awarding gold, silver, and bronze medals for the highest achievers dates from at least the 18th century.

We’ll hear from award winning pianists Piotr Anderszewski, Yekwon Sunwoo, and Martina Filjak on this episode of What’s New.

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