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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The banjo was originally made by Africans in America, adapted from instruments of similar design in Africa. It is often associated with country, folk, Irish traditional and bluegrass music. But did you know the five-string banjo was been used in classical music - since before the turn of the 20th century?

Lacy Clare

Approximately one-third of adults describe their relationship with siblings as rivalrous or distant. One definition of sister “is the girl that will always be there for you – she may or may not be related to you, and could just be an amazing friend, but no matter what, is always slow to judge and quick to forgive.”

We’ll hear from two amazing sisters, Katia and Marielle Labeque on today’s What’s New.

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Conductor, pianist, composer, and pedagogue Robert Spano is known worldwide for his artistry and his distinctive communicative abilities. Spano, who leads the Atlanta Symphony, creates “a sense of inclusion and warmth among musicians and audiences that is unique among American orchestras.” As Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, he oversees the programming of more than 300 events and educational programs (the 2017 season starts June 29th). WBAA’s John Clare spoke to Robert about his compositions on an ASO Media new release.

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Tuesday, June 27th marks the 70th birthday for composer/teacher/trumpeter Jack Gallagher. Jack's music has been performed around the world, featured on stages and in broadcasts. His most recent release is piano music with Frank Huang. Host John Clare spoke with Gallagher about his birthday, returning to genres, and juggling composition with teaching.

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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.

Reference Recordings

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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