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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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The newest release from Jorge Frederico Osorio is sumptuous music by Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms. On Osorio's first Schubert recording, Final Thoughts, he performs the composer's final two Piano Sonatas, D. 959 and D. 960, hailed as "epic in scale and brimming with melodic invention." Jorge's Cedille Records albums of Mexican and Spanish music have "introduced the pianist to new audiences worldwide, but Osorio can now heard in more of the core German repertoire that has been central to his concert life for decades." WBAA Music Director John Clare spoke with Osorio about Final Thoughts.

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In the early 20th Century we started using term ‘melting pot’ more widely, even though it was used to describe America in the 1780s. That is mostly due to a play titled The Melting Pot. In it, the protagonist writes a symphony ‘expressing hope for a world in which all ethnicity has melted away.’ Years later, the movie Mr. Holland’s Opus tells the story of a dedicated but frustrated teacher who composes The American Symphony. Fast forward to 2011 and Adam Schoenberg writes American Symphony, inspired by the 2008 US election. 

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Mariel Roberts' sophomore release is Cartography dropping Friday, May 19 on New Focus recordings. It is magical to say the least, and filled with complicated and engaging works. Tailor-made pieces include New York composers Cenk Ergün, Davi∂ Brynjar FranzsonGeorge Lewis, and Eric Wubbels. If you're curious, a new music fan, or just looking for astonishing music making, you'll want to check Cartography out. John Clare spoke to Mariel about the album.

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A fantastic new recording features the Kansas City Symphony and music director Michael Stern in the music of Schoenberg: no, not Arnold but Adam Schoenberg. [He's not related to Arnold but actually is related to another famous composer, George Gershwin!] Three world premiere recordings of American Symphony, Finding Rothko, and Picture Studies are on the Reference Recording. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Adam about this release.

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Contests and competitions can be popular! The first game show on commercial TV was Truth or Consequences – but hundreds of years before that, Antonio Vivaldi wrote a work called The Contest Between Harmony and Invention – that included his Four Seasons!

We’ll hear about a contest with the five finalists for the APA - the American Pianists Association on this episode of What’s New!

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It's a new way for chamber music fans, and for prog rock fans to unite: a 'stand up' new release from Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson. Jethro Tull - String Quartets is a collaboration with the Carducci String Quartet, Anderson, and John O'Hara. While Anderson has worked in the classical realm with A Classic Case, and An Orchestral Jethro Tull before, this March 2017 recording is a creative and clever re-imagining of Jethro Tull (and sometimes Bach!) WBAA's John Clare spoke to Anderson about the new release.

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TenThing (pronounced "ten TING") performed at Purdue University on Thursday, March 30th, and stopped by the WBAA studios. Trombonist Froydis Aslessen, horn player Lena Wik, and leader Tine Thing Helseth spoke with WBAA's John Clare about the tour, recording, and being an all female brass ensemble from Norway.

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Passionate Pilgrim is a "rock-infused song cycle" with Baroque instrumentation created by composer/performer collective Oracle Hysterical. This new release, out on VIA Records March 17, features Oracle Hysterical with Juilliard-trained period ensemble New Vintage Baroque. While texts from the album are drawn from The Passionate Pilgrim, a poem cycle once attributed to “W. Shakespeare,” WBAA Music Director John Clare thinks Keats is appropriate to describe this amazing new album: "with voice sweetly bland." Clare spoke to Majel Connery from Oracle Hysterical about Passionate Pilgrim.

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Kodo, a professional taiko company, has popularized modern taiko drumming. They performed in Indiana this last month, and are on a 22 U.S. tour through March 25th. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Yosuke Kusa from the group, with assistance from translator and tour manager Yui Kawamoto.

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Co-commissioned by the Canton, Colorado, South Carolina, and Louisville Symphony Orchestras, Juno Concerto was composed in 2015 by Béla Fleck. Named for his son Juno, “every note of the concerto is colored by the experience of being a new father, and how that has changed what is important to me as a person, as well as what I wish to express through music,” says Fleck, who became a father for the first time at 55, with his wife, musician Abigail Washburn.

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