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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.

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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.

Susan Johann

We’re featuring Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Del Tredici. We’ll hear some recent releases of his music, and speak with him on today’s What’s New.

christinaandmichellenaughton.com

Christina and Michelle Naughton have been hailed by the San Francisco Examiner for their “stellar musicianship, technical mastery, and awe-inspiring artistry”. The sisters perform Friday evening in Loeb Playhouse for Purdue Convocations. WBAA's John Clare spoke to them about the concert, about recording, and social media.

Find out more about the concert here. There is a 7pm pre-concert talk by WBAA's John Clare in Stewart 206 that is free and open to the public.

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The 35th release by violinist Anne Akiko Meyers features music by Maurice Ravel, Karol Szymanowski, and Einojuhani Rautavaara. Fantasia is not only a musical delight, it is a incredible collaboration between soloist, orchestra, and conductor. Each work presents different moods and challenges, graciously met by all, and a perfect vehicle for Meyers and her legendary violin.

WBAA's John Clare spoke to Anne Akiko about playing Ravel again, performing Szymanowski in Poland, and commissioning the final work by Rautavaara.

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Mexican pianist Citlalli Guevara and Bulgarian pianist Slavina Zhelezova began their musical collaboration in 2008 in Brussels. Working closely under the tutelage of Philippe Entremont and Nelson delle Vigne Fabbri, the two "immediately bonded based on their shared vision for the unique artistic potential of the music for piano duo." Their debut as GZ Piano Duo the next February at the Palm Beach International Piano Festival drew critical praise and standing ovations.

Their new release is called Midnight Conversations, and features music from Schubert to their own arrangements of tangos. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Citalli and Slavina about the new Centaur recording.

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A quartet of chamber works with Music From Copland House are on a new release, Secret Alchemy, written by Pierre Jalbert. Jalbert is a professor at Rice University, and serves as one of the artistic directors of contemporary chamber ensemble Musiqa. Three world premiere recordings of Secret Alchemy, String Trio, and Crossings, joined by a new recording of his Piano Trio No. 1 are on this Copland House Blend Recording. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Pierre about this stunning release.

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Troika is an all-Russian Pentatone release featuring sonatas by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev, along with new arrangements of Russian-themed music from Paul McCartney to Pussy Riot. The cello/piano duo Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O'Riley perform a substantial and creative program based on repression of artists. WBAA Music Director John Clare spoke to Haimovitz and O'Riley about their arrangements, politics, and learning repertoire for the first time.

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