What's New on WBAA Classical

Tuesday nights at 8pm

What's New is a look at classical music today. The two hour weekly show takes an in-depth look of composers, artists, and themes. New releases, new music, and rising stars range from George Li and Augustin Hadelich to John Luther Adams and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Host John Nasukaluk Clare finds connections and shares enthusiasm for this amazing art form.

What's New: Elena Ruehr

Feb 20, 2018
Christian Steiner

Her work has been described as “sumptuously scored and full of soaring melodies” by The New York Times, and “unspeakably gorgeous” by Gramophone! Composer Elena Ruehr is known for her lyrical and rhythmically vibrant music.  Her music "has an organic, breathing flow, derived from its origin in the movement of the body and the vitality of the natural world; her melodies often incorporate details and figurations of improvised performance, sometimes with exotic touches." Elena says her music that “the idea is that the surface be simple, the structure complex.”

We’ll hear chamber music from MIT composer Elena Ruehr on today’s What’s New.

goldenhornet.org/string-quartet-smackdown

A smackdown is a bitter contest or confrontation, often associated with wrestling – not chamber music! But there’s an annual competition in Austin, Texas that pits string quartet versus string quartet for one night only.

We’ll hear two evening length quartets in a new release smackdown of sorts – Michael Hersch versus John Luther Adams with two incredible groups, the FLUX and JACK Quartets on today’s What’s New.

What's New: Jake Heggie

Jan 30, 2018
Karen Almond, The Dallas Opera

Adam Sandler fans know one of his characters, Opera Man who debuted in April 1992. He sang silly lines, and over the next two years appeared in Saturday Night Live newscasts, and even in a stand alone sketch. We’ll hear someone who could easily be called Opera Man in real life, not because of made up arias, but his incredible output of operas, composer Jake Heggie on today’s What’s New.

Kousaku Nakagawa

You might have the world on a string according to Harold Arlen, or the world could be your oyster, as Shakespeare wrote in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Composer Gustav Mahler said "A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything." We’ll hear symphonies that contain everything, including a wonderful new release of the Symphony of a Thousand by Gustav Mahler on today’s What’s New.

Jiji 1/26 Preview

Jan 23, 2018
Franci Virgili

Guitarist Jiji is a young performer and composer who plays diverse styles and creates amazing sound worlds. The First Prize Winner of the 2016 CAG Victor Elmaleh International Competition, she performs Friday night in Loeb Playhouse for Purdue Convocations. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Jiji about her program and her guitar(s).

Learn more about the program here.

What's New: John Adams

Jan 17, 2018
Lambert Orkis

About sixty miles and a few hundred years separate John Adams, president, and John Adams, composer. We’ll focus on John Coolidge Adams, Pulitzer Prize winning composer from Worcester, Massachusetts. During the 2016/2017 season, Adams served as their composer in residence for the Berlin Philharmonic. The orchestra performed well-known works and new discoveries – which are now available in an exclusive edition on CD and Blu-ray.

Dr. Michael Levi

A cultural icon can be an object, place, person or symbol which members of a group or country recognize as important to them in some way. Setting an icon to music might seem impossible or incredibly simple – but one composer has taken 20th and 21st century American icons and made them his own.

We’ll hear some major icons that have been depicted in music from award winning composer Michael Daugherty on today’s What’s New.

http://olagjeilo.com/albums/winter-songs/

It's a new winter and Christmas-inspired album on Decca Classics that has music for choir, piano and strings, with performances by the Choir of Royal Holloway, 12 Ensemble and composer/pianist Ola Gjeilo. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Gjeilo about Winter Songs.

Barbara Krafft

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart doesn’t need a pop song to make him cool. His music is performed around the world! We’ll hear some new releases of the Salzburg master on today’s What’s New.

Michael Daugherty

The GRAMMYS® sprouted from the Hollywood Walk of Fame: music executives wanted to create an award similar to the Oscars and the Emmys. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences was born…they thought about calling their award “Eddie,” to honor the inventor of the phonograph, Thomas Edison. They finally settled on “GRAMMY®” using the name of the invention, the gramophone, first given in 1958.

We’ll hear from a five time GRAMMY® award winner, conductor Giancarlo Guerrero on today’s What’s New.

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