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7:56 am Clifton Webb (tenor) with Leo Reisman's Orchestra (recorded in 1933): 'Easter Parade' 4/17/2014
7:55 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
7:15 am The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir and soloists conducted by Ton Koopman: 'Easter Oratorio BWV 249 (first performed April 1, 1725)' 4/17/2014
7:14 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
7:08 am The Choir of St. Peter's Evangelical Church (Manhattan) conducted by organist Thomas Schmitt: 'Seven Stanzas at Easter (1995)' 4/17/2014
7:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
7:01 am BBC News: 'News' 4/17/2014
6:59 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
6:56 am The New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Charles Pelz, conduction: 'In Memoriam Messiaen (2006)' 4/17/2014
6:55 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
6:40 am The Stephane Caillat Vocal Ensemble: 'Four Motets for a Time of Penitence' 4/17/2014
6:39 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
6:32 am Insurgent Radio Kiosk: 'Kiosk' 4/17/2014
6:32 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
6:08 am The Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Pierre Boulez: 'Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum (for wind, brass & percussion) (1964)' 4/17/2014
6:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
6:01 am BBC News: 'News' 4/17/2014
5:59 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
5:51 am The Choir of Saint Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church (New York City) and a musical ensemble led by Gregg Smith: 'Songs from a Liberal Heart (2005)' 4/17/2014
5:50 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
5:23 am Sarah Chang (violin) and Lars Vogt (piano): 'Violin Sonata in A Major (1886)' 4/17/2014
5:22 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
5:09 am The NBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arturo Toscanini (recorded November 4, 1939): 'Leonore Overture No. 3 (1806)' 4/17/2014
5:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/17/2014
5:00 am Insurgent Radio Kiosk: 'Kiosk' 4/17/2014
7:59 am Rich Samuels: 'Show Close' 4/10/2014
7:50 am The Wisconsin Brass Quintet (1993): '"Spring" from Seasons, a Symphony for Brass Quintet' 4/10/2014
7:48 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/10/2014
7:31 am The Chicago Symphony Orchestra- Daniel Barenboim conducting: 'Symphony No. 1 (1988-89) 3: Chaconne; 4: Epilogue' 4/10/2014
7:30 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/10/2014

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Welcome to the Blog of Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 | Rich Samuels

On the left is a photo of me (snapped by April 14, 2009, by Chicago Sun-Times photographer Brian Jackson) seemingly yelling at Rod Blagojevich. The former Illinois governor had just exited Chicago’s Dirksen Federal Building where he had entered a “not guilty” plea to a wide variety of corruption charges, including the allegation that he had attempted to market, for personal gain, the seat in the U.S. Senate left vacant when Barack Obama was elected President.

I was part of the media scrum (a correspondent for the “Chicago Tonight” show which airs on WTTW, one of Chicago’s public television stations) that pursued Blago that day: and, to be quite frank, I only appear to be yelling at the disgraced former governor: in reality, I was trying to locate my camera operator who had disappeared into the crowd, nowhere to be seen.

A month short of three years after that picture was taken (it’s recently been recycled as the cover art for Natasha Korecki’s book “Only in Chicago”), Rod Blagojevich began serving a 14 year sentence at the Federal Correctional Center Englewood near Denver. I wasn’t around to witness the denouement of his prosecution: I retired from television journalism at the end of 2009 and, as Garrison Keillor once put it, “moved up to radio”.

Since November of 2010 I’ve been hosting WORT’s “Anything Goes” show, bringing my listeners classical music every Thursday morning between the hours of 5 and 8.

To the greatest extent possible, I try to feature the work of local artists and composers, especially those who are younger. When necessary, I have the capability of recording interviews and performances in the field.

I hope you’ll be able to join me each week. I also hope you can continue to provide WORT with the financial support that makes this kind of programming (which is obviously not for everyone) possible.

When I’m not on the air you can follow me via this blog, via Twitter, Facebook or my personal website.


The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning June 20, 2013 Compiled By Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”

06/18/13 4:33 PM | Rich Samuels

Thursday June 20, 7 pm at Rennebohm Park, 115 North Eau Claire Ave., Madison The Capitol City Band. June 21, 7:30am to 9 pm at 110 venues in the Madison Area The Make Music Madison Festival Information on performers and locations at Friday June 20 and Sunday June 23 at the Stoughton Oeraa House and the Hillside Theater, Taliesin, Spring Green; Saturday June 22nd at the Playhouse, Overture Center. The Bach Dancing and Dynamiter Society presents the second week of its three week season titled “Deuces are WIld” More information at “Stacked Deck,” 7:30 pm, 6/21, Stoughton Opera House; and 2:30 pm, 6/23, Taliesin-Hillside Theater, Spring Green; “Put Your Cards on the Table,” 7:30 pm, 6/22, Overture Center-Playhouse; and 7:30 pm, 6/23, Hillside Theater. STACKED DECK Friday, June 21, 7:30PM Stoughton Opera House Sunday, June 23 2:30PM Hillside Theater, Taliesin, Spring Green Ferdinand Ries Flute Quartet in D Minor (Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello) Ned Rorem War Scenes for Bass/Baritone and Piano Frank Martin Sonnets to Cassandre Flute, Viola, Cella, Soprano Faure Piano Quartet in g Minor When you face a Stacked Deck, the cards have been unfairly arranged to your advantage or disadvantage. It’s a situation that many composers faced in their lifetimes. Our program begins with Ferdinand Ries’s Flute Quartet in D minor, a great work by a great composer who languished in the shadow of his illustrious teacher Beethoven. Ned Rorem’s War Scenes are settings of excerpts from Walt Whitman’s Civil War diaries, in which Whitman chronicles the stacked deck faced by both Union and Confederacy soldiers. Gabriel Fauré faced long odds against political opposition in pursuit of his career. We conclude with Fauré’s great Piano Quartet in G minor, a breakthrough work that helped establish his reputation. PUT YOUR CARDS ON THE TABLE Saturday, June 22, 7:30PM The Playhouse, Overture Center Sunday, June 23, 7:30PM Hillside Theater, Taliesin, Spring Green Clara Schumann Romances, op. 22 Transcribed for Flute and Piano Robert Schumann Romances, op. 94 Brahms Variations on a Theme of Schumann for 4-Hands Readings from Various Letters When you Put Your Cards on the Table, you show the world the thoughts and feelings you’ve been playing close to your chest. Our musical version of this expression revolves around the complicated relationship between Robert Schumann, Clara Wieck Schumann, and Johannes Brahms. These three great composers, rarely able to express their feelings in their own words, put their cards on the table in the form of incredibly expressive songs. Our program links together songs, readings from ….

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Music Featured on the June 20, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin

06/18/13 4:32 PM | Rich Samuels

  5:09 am: Pianist Vladimir Askenazt performs Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in G major and Prelude and Fugue NO. 4 in E minor by Dmitri Shostakovich 5:23 am: Concerto No. 23 in G minor RV 495 for Bassoon by Antonio Vivaldi. Nadina Mackie Jackson is the bassoon soloist. 5:32 am: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor (“Appassionata”) by Ludwig van Beethoven. James Brawn is the soloist, 5:57 am: :Liebesbotschaft by Franz Schubert. Performed by soprano Amy Haworth and fortepianist Trevor Stephenson. 6:08 am: The ZOFO Duet (pianists Eva-Maria Zimmerman and Keisuken Nakagoshi) performs Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps 6:49 am: The US Marine Band performs “Santa Fe Saga” by Morton Gould 7:08 am: Mikko Uteveksy, Diedre Buckley and Eugene Purdue talk about the 6/21 concert by the Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchesrra (MAYCO) at Madison’s Music Hall. 7:23 am: Francois Couperin’s “The Apotheosis of Lully” performed by the Bach Dancing and Synamite Society. 7:51 am: The Modern Mandolin Quartet performs a “Bill Monroe Medley”.  

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Music Featured on the June 13, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes”, Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT, 89.9 FM, Madison, Wisconsin.

06/10/13 9:30 AM | Rich Samuels

5:10 am: “Serenade for Three” by Peter Schickele, performed by the Ekaterinburg Trio. 5:33 am: “Prelude of the Night” and “Feria” from Maurice Ravel’s “Rapdodie Espagnol”, performed by Stanislava Varshcki and Diana Shapiro. Recorded in concert at Farley’s House of Pianos of Madison, WI in July of 2012. 5:53 am: “Asturias” from the Suite Espanola of Isaac Albeniz, performed by pianist Daniel Del Pino. Recorded in concert at Farley’s House of Pianos of Madison, Wisconsin January 25, 2013. 6:10am: Symphony No. 85 in B Flat (The Queen) of Joseph Haydn performed by the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society. Recorded in concert July 1, 2012 at the Hillside Theater, Taliesin, Spring Green. 6:47 am: Three Pieces for Musical Clocks by Joseph Haydn. Performed by organist Bruce Bengston on the instrument of Madison Wisconsin’s Luther Memorial Church. Recorded May 15, 2013. 6:54 am: Pianist Christopher Taylor performs “Eroica”, one of Franz Liszt’s Transcendental Estudes. 7:10 am: Maestro Jim Latimer discusses the 45th season of the Capitol City Band which begins this evening. 7:21 am: Stephanie Jutt and Jeffrey Sykes discuss the the 2013 chamber music series of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society.

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The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning June 6, 2013, Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”.

06/5/13 7:01 PM | Rich Samuels

Friday June 7, 7:30 pm at the Soughton Opera House, 361 E. Main, Stoughton. The Stoughton Chamber Singers present Music and the Human Experience All music is rooted in Human Experience but some music has a very strong connection to the everyday lives of people, whether it be a song of freedom that becomes a rallying cry for a nation, a song of lament for a loved one lost at sea, or a text dealing with everyday events in one’s life. The Stoughton Chamber Singers, under the direction of John Beutel, will feature music that is drawn from or is drawn to the human experiences of all people. The Bel Canto String Ensemble will also participate in the program. Sunday, June 9 at 8 pm in Mills Concert Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison. UW Faculty Concert: A Tribute to Janos Starker featuring Uri Vardi (UW Madison ) and Timothy Eddy (Julliard) with members of the National Summer Cello Institute.

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Music Featured on the June 6 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes”, Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT Madison, Wisconsin

06/4/13 7:40 AM | Rich Samuels

5:10 am: Movement IV of Symphony No, 10 in E minor Op. 93 by Dmitri Shostakovich. Performed by the Madison symphony Orchestra conducted by John DeMain. 5:23 am: Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C major and Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in A minor by Dmitri Shostakovich. Performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy. 5:38 am: The Pacifica Quartet pefroms String Quartet No. 1 by Dmitri Shostakovich. 5:58 am: American March performed by the University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra conducted by Victor Gorodinsky. 6:10 am: Pianist Christopher Taylor performs Franz Liszt’s “Wild Hunt”. 6:19 am: The Perlman Trio performs Joseph Haydn’s Piano Trio No. 39 in G major. 6:55 am: A Brazilian surprise. 7:10 am: Organist Bruce Bengston performs the choral prelude “By the Rivers of Babylon” by J.S. Bach 7:19 am: The Black Marigold Woodwind Quintet performs Anton Reich’s Quintet No, 2 in E flat major. 7:44 am: The Clocks in Motion percussion ensemble performs Movement IV of Lou Harrison;s Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra. Evan Kleve is the violinist. 7:51 am: The Madison Area Concert Handbells performs Johann Strauss II’s Tritch Tratsch Polka. 7:56 am: A Brazilian surprise.

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The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning May 30, 2013 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”.

05/27/13 6:40 PM | Rich Samuels

Thursday, May 30, 7:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison Clocks in Motion percussion ensemble presents “Vertical Thoughts” featuring the world premiere of mallet quartet piece by Marc Mellits and works by Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Phillip Glass and Morton Feldman. For more information about the Marc Mellits Mallet Quartet Consortium you can visit: For more information about Clocks in Motion: Friday May 31, 8 pm at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 326 S. Segoe Rd. , Madison Madison Chamber Choir presents its “Bach and Beach” concert. A lively evening of choral music to welcome the summer season. Saturday June 1, 7:30 pm at t. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 5700 Pheasant Hill Rd. , Monona The Wisconsin Chamber Choir presents “Benjamin Britten and Friends” with special guests, the Britten Boy Choir conducted by Randal Swiggum. Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) was perhaps the greatest choral composer of the twentieth century. In celebration of Britten’s 100th anniversary this year, the Wisconsin Chamber Choir has assembled a delightful program featuring Britten’s quirky cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb, along with his rapturously beautiful Five Flower Songs. Complimenting Britten’s works are pieces by his “friends” (both figuratively and literally), including music by Arvo Pärt, Henry Purcell, Percy Grainger, and Frank Bridge. The Britten Boy Choir of Madison, conducted by Randal Swiggum, will make a special appearance performing music by Britten and others. Organist and pianist Mark Brampton Smith joins the WCC performing the virtuoso keyboard parts in Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and in several of Percy Grainger’s boisterous folksong arrangements. Founded in 1999, the Madison-based Wisconsin Chamber Choir has established a reputation for excellence in the performance of oratorios from the Baroque and Classical eras, a cappella masterworks from various centuries, and world premieres. Dr. Robert Gehrenbeck is the WCC’s Artistic Director. For more information cal 273-4609.

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The WORT Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning May 23, 2013 Prepared by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”

05/20/13 10:57 AM | Rich Samuels

Sunday May 26 11 am-7 pm at the Spring Green General Store and Cafe, Spring Green BobFest. This 16th annual free outdoor Music Festival will be celebrating the music of Bob Dylan with local bands performing from 11am to 7pm. A Special Festival menu will be served, and hometown brewer Furthermore Beer will be on tap. BobFest 2013 Performance Schedule 11:00 a.m. Bob Weinswig 11:20 a.m. Old Gray Cats 11:35 a.m. Hannah Ruth Adams 11:50 a.m. Jesse Patrick 12:05 p.m. Dead Fortune 12:25 p.m. Wade Pronschinske 12:45 p.m. Janna Johnson 1:15 p.m. Jodi Jean Amble 1:45 p.m. The McDougals 2:15 p.m. Ten Minute Break 2:25 p.m. Lost Conversation 2:55 p.m. Troye Shanks 3:15 p.m. Redneck Victim 3:45 p.m. Don Greenwood 4:00 p.m. Cupola 4:15 p.m. Blue Shield Band 4:45 p.m. Ida Jo 5:15 p.m. River Willows 5:45 p.m. Better Daze 6:15 p.m. Rick Harris and the Cozys Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day), 10 am in Monona. 58th annual Monona Memorial Day Parade. From the 5400 block of Monona Drive to Edna Taylor Parkway (via Femrite Drive), with 100+ units, followed by brief ceremonies at Blooming Grove, Highland Memory Gardens & Roselawn cemeteries More Information: Monona Memorial Day Parade Date: May 27, 2013 Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Monday, May 27 1 pm at James Madison Park, 622 East Gorham St., Madison Annual Veterans for Peace event, with talks by Eileen Ahern, Jeff Goldstein, Will Williams, moderator David Giffey, music by Old Cool, Sean Michael Dargan. Also: Veterans For Peace, Clarence Kailin Chapter 25 Memorial Mile. A visual display of the ultimate cost of war. Olbrich Park beach side. Set-up of the Memorial Mile will take place on Saturday, May 25, at 9:00 AM. All all welcome to help assist. The take-down will be on June 2, at 3:00 PM. 437-5478 Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day), 2 pm at Sunset Memory Gardens, 7302 Mineral Point Road, Madison. Memorial Day Observance. invocation, veterans roll call, military officer gives an address,firing squad and buglers. sponsored by American Legion Post 151. Wednesday, May 29, 7:30 pm at the Miodleton-Cross Plains area Performing Arts Center, Middletron High School, 2100 Bristol St, Middleton. The Middleton Community Orchestra presents works by Saint-Saens, Schumann & Tchaikovsky, with guest cellist Mark Bridges. The concert features rising star, cellist Mark Bridges in the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto. Other works on the program are: Schumann Julius Caesar Overture Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Mark Bridges, Cello Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 Pathetique Mark is a graduate student at ….

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Music Featured on the May 23, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM, Madison, Wisconsin.

05/18/13 8:53 AM | Rich Samuels

5:09 am: Nocturne no 6 by John Field; Nocturne in D-flat Major by Frederic Chopin. Performed by David Hays, violin and Peter Collins, piano. 5:23 am: Concerto No. 12 in A Minor for Bassoon RV 499 by Antonio Vivaldi. Performed by bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson and an ensemble conducted from the harpsichord by Nicholas McGegan. 5:32 am: Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major by Ludwig Van Beethoven. Performed by pianist James Brawn. 5:58 am: Der Juengling an der Quelle by Franz Schubert (text by Johann Gaudenz) performed by soprano Amy Haworth with Trevor Stephenson, fortepiano. 6:08 am: Concerto for Orchestra Op. 61 by Alfredo Casella performed by the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma conducted by Francesco La Vecchia. 6:48 am: Gargoyles for piano by Lowell Lieberman performed by pianist Pola Baytelman. 7:08 am: The Modern Mandolin Quartet performs Antonin Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 12 in F major op. 96. 7:38 am: Music from the ballet “Frankie and Johnny” by Jerome Moross. Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta. 7:57 am: Cowboy’s Breakdown by Edward Joseph Collins. Performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop.

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The WORT Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning May 16, 2013 Prepared by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”.

05/15/13 9:27 AM | Rich Samuels

Thursday, May 16 10 am at Attic Angel Place, 8301 Old Sauk Rd. , Middleton. (Also at Oakwood Village West, 7 pm on Friday, May 17). Concert by the Black Marigold Woodwind Quintet. Black Marigold is honored to be featured in the pilot year of Overture EngAGES, a new program for the senior community of Madison. This program is designed to help the elders in our community connect and create with art in various ways. Concerts are open to the public. Please check for more info. Friday May 17, 12:15 at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison. The Noon Musicale presents soprano Rachel Eve Holmes and Thomas Kasdorf, piano. Music of Verdi, Copland, Mozart, Gounod, Puccini, Gilbert & Sullivan and more… Friday May 17, 6:30 pm at the Overture Center-Promenade Hall 201 State St. , Madison. Nathaniel Bartlett/Sound-Space Audio Lab. Nathaniel Bartlett and Electronic Music of Karlheinz Stockhausen Nathaniel Bartlett/Sound-Space Audio Lab presents a performance featuring the multi-channel (surround) electronic compositions GESANG DER JUNGLINGE (SONG OF THE YOUTHS, 1955-1956), routinely described as “the first masterpiece of electronic music,” and KONTAKTE (CONTACTS, 1958-1960) by German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007). This event will also include a performance of Autumn Island (1986) for solo marimba, by Roger Reynolds, performed by Nathaniel Bartlett. Friday, May 17, 7:30 pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1609 University Ave. , Madison Con Vivo. Chamber music concert featuring works by Mozart, Corelli, Bach, Tchaikovsky & Gliere The performance will feature an evening of diverse chamber music by Mozart, Corelli, Bach, Tchaikovsky, and Gliere. The magnificent organ will be featured with none other than Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in b minor, BWV 544. The famous Kegelstatt trio by Mozart, and works for strings by two Russian composers, Tchaikovsky, and Gliere will also be performed. As part of their student outreach, con vivo! has invited some outstanding musicians from WYSO to join them in performing Corelli’s Concerto Grosso No. 3 in C Minor. Audience members are invited to join con vivo! musicians after the concert for a free reception to discuss this chamber music literature and to hear about their Carnegie Hall debut this past December. Saturday May 18 at noon at Grace Episcopal Church, 118 W. Washington, Madison.Grace Presents Ukrainian Pianist Yana Groves. Yana will play works by Bach, Debussy, and Schubert. The concert, as always, is free and open to the public. Feel free to bring in your lunch from the Farmer’s Market to enjoy during the concert. Saturday ….

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Music Featured on the May 16, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes”, Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM, Madison, Wisconsin.

05/11/13 7:03 PM | Rich Samuels

5:08 am: Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1795) performed by James Brawn. 5:32 am: Suite No. 7 in D minor (originally written for hsrpsichord in G minor) by George Frideric Handel, performed by guitarist Robert Gruca. 5:57 am: John Rafoth, organist at Madison’s Christ Presbyterian Church, performs “The Cuckoo” by Louis-Claude d’Aquin. 6:08 am: The NDR Philharmonie under the direction of Eiji Ouse performs Symphony No. 4 Op. 54 in C by Dmitri Kabalevsky. 6:57 am: Soprano Amy Haworth, accompanied by Trevor Stephenson, harpsichord, performs Franz Schubert’s song “Heidenroeslein”, 7:08 am: Interview with pianist Yana Groves who presents a concert at noon on 5/18 at Madison’s Grace Episcopal Church. The interview includes her performance of Bela Bartok;s “Allegro Barbaro: and Franz Liszt’s “Remembrance”. 7:26 am: Interview with percussionist Jacob Wolbert who performs the 3rd movement of Joseph Schwantner’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra with the UW Madison Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Smith. 7:43 am: Concerto for Orchestra No. 2 (1986) by Ivan Karabits performed by the Nournemouth Symphony Orchesrtra conducted gy Kirill Karabits.  

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