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.

Listen to What's New Monday mornings at 10am (Pacific) on KHSU, Tuesday nights at 8pm (Eastern) on WBAA, Thursday mornings at 7am (Eastern) on WETS, and Thursday nights at 10pm (Eastern) on WGTE!

What's New: Max Richter

Apr 18, 2018
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Moms and composers have calmed listeners for centuries. Singing, lilting melodies…even inducing sleep – on purpose! Most composers write a lullaby, and may or may not believe you might fall asleep while listening. We’ll hear from a composer who wrote a work with the express intention for the audience to sleep! Ahead Max Richter’s Sleep, plus more of his music for the stage and screen on this episode of What’s New.

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We’ll hear 3 Bs: Brahms, Beethoven, and Bartok, for Four Voices: new releases from the Miro and Ariel String Quartets on today’s What’s New.

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The original version of Ole King Cole goes like this:

Good King Cole,

And he call'd for his Bowle,

And he call'd for Fidler's three;

And there was Fiddle, Fiddle,

And twice Fiddle, Fiddle,

For 'twas my Lady's Birth-day,

Therefore we keep Holy-day

And come to be merry.

We’ll hear three incredible fiddlers: Rachel Barton Pine, Johnny Gandelsman, and Augustin Hadelich on today’s What’s New.

What's New: Samuel Adler

Mar 28, 2018
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Nineties: the numbers, years, degrees, from 90 through 99. They can refer to numbered streets, warm temperatures, or indicate the years of a lifetime or of a century.

Samuel Adler was born March 4, 1928, in Mannheim, Germany and came to the United States in 1939. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in May 2001, and then inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in October 2008. He has composed of over 400 published works...including 5 operas, 6 symphonies, 12 concerti, 9 string quartets, and 5 oratorios!
We’ll hear music and new releases from 90 year old composer Samuel Adler on today’s What’s New.

Jamie Jung

Tones and Colors is a new piano album inspired by artwork. Liza Stepanova presents music by Bach, Martinu, and Gyorgy Ligeti among others. Ligeti's original idea had been to compose twelve Études, in two books of six each, ala Debussy, but the scope of his etudes grew...one of our favorites from this new collection is the Infinite Column etude that Ligeti composed. You can hear it on What's New.

WBAA's John Clare had a chance to speak with Liza Stepanova about her CAG album Tones and Colors.

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Tickling the ivories – what a wonderful phrase to describe playing the piano! We’re amazed about how many keyboard artists are on the rise, and how many recordings are around of the great masters.

We’ll hear from piano players young and old, and music from Bach to Adams on today’s What’s New.

Sol Hurok

The Iron Curtain, U-2 and Gary Powers, and culture all came together for pianist Byron Janis in 1960 as a United States cultural ambassador to the Soviet Union. While the US enjoyed pianist Sviatoslav Ritcher performing concerts in America, Janis performed in Moscow and Leningrad in 1960. While it has often been thought that officials and citizens were "bugged" and recorded for espionage, it came as quite a surprise that a concert had been recorded without the artist's knowledge.

Fast forward 48 years, and that historic performance by Byron Janis is now released by the artist himself. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Janis about the concert.

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We're for sure you're going to love this new release! 

Pianist Lara Downes celebrates Leonard Bernstein with her new album For Lenny that includes "special friends and family tribute to the man behind the music." Lara has quite a diverse group of artists: beatboxer and Pentatonix member Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, folk/roots singer Rhiannon Giddens, baritone Thomas Hampson, and clarinetist Javier Morales-Martinez.

WBAA's John Clare spoke to Downes about the new release, and how she put together the music and the musicians.

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People throughout the world are familiar with and treasure Ludwig van Beethoven's Nine Symphonies. We'll feature not one, but TWO new sets of Beethoven’s symphonies: Peter Stangel with the Pocket Philharmonic AND Anima Eterna with conductor Jos Van Immerseel.

What's New: Avner Dorman

Feb 27, 2018
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A native of Israel, Avner Dorman has collected a number of international awards throughout his distinguished career. He is a respected educator, conductor and composer. Over the last several years, Dorman’s compositions have been performed by the New York, Los Angeles, and Munich Philharmonics. We’ll hear music and new releases from composer Avner Dorman on today’s What’s New.

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