Sound Bites From the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra
Seven Last Words: Joel Thompson’s Seven Last Words of the Unarmed

Seven Last Words: Joel Thompson’s Seven Last Words of the Unarmed

May 26, 2021

Seven Last Words: Joel Thompson's Seven Last Words of the Unarmed takes the last words of unarmed Black Men (Kenneth Chamberlain, Trayvon Martin, Amadou Diallo, Michael Brown, Oscar Grant, John Crawford, Eric Garner and George Floyd) before they were killed.  According to Thompson, the composition was "an effort to humanize these men and to reckon with my identity as a black man in this country in relation to this specific scourge of police brutality". Join me in exploring this powerful work this week.  

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Ineffable Grief:  Exploring Berio’s ”O King” and Messien’s “Quartet for the End of Time”

Ineffable Grief: Exploring Berio’s ”O King” and Messien’s “Quartet for the End of Time”

May 19, 2021

Ineffable Grief: How many times have we witnessed or personally experienced an event too great for words, when we can neither muster the words nor find the "right" words to fully express how we feel? This week we explore the ways Berio's  "O King" and Messien's "Quartet for the End of Time" respond to the specific tragic events of their time and attempt to "find the right words" through their music.

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What is the role of the conductor?: With Dwight-Pile Gray, UK-Based Conductor

What is the role of the conductor?: With Dwight-Pile Gray, UK-Based Conductor

May 12, 2021

What is the role of the conductor?: I interview UK-based conductor Dwight-Pile Gray this week as we cover a range of topics such as the history of the role of the conductor; how a conductor approaches and prepares for a rehearsal, as well as the question: is there a place for modern values to be expressed in classical music? Dwight also shares some of his favorite compositions by nationalist composer Antonin Dvorak.  

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Who was Louis Ballard?: With Pianist Nathan Carterette

Who was Louis Ballard?: With Pianist Nathan Carterette

May 5, 2021
Who was Louis Ballard?: Pianist Nathan Carterette joins me in speaking about the legacy of Native American composer Louis Ballard, known as the "father of Native American composition".  Nathan guides us through a few of Ballard's solo piano pieces and shares Ballard's fascinating biography.

Tchaikovsky’s Ballet Music: With Violist, Wei Wei Tan

Tchaikovsky’s Ballet Music: With Violist, Wei Wei Tan

April 28, 2021

Tchaikovsky's Ballet Music: This week we speak with London-based violist, Wei Wei Tan, who has performed the music to every major ballet in the Classical music repertory.  She tells us about the brief history of ballet music with a special focus on Tchaivkosky's Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.  

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The Lark Ascending | Discussion and Performance

The Lark Ascending | Discussion and Performance

April 22, 2021

Join Maestro Steven Byess, Choreographer, David Justin, Soloist, Er-Gene Kahng, and Principal Dancer, Carmen Felder in a discussion about APO and NWA Ballet's collaborative performance of Ralph Vaughan William's, The Lark Ascending. This episode contains the audio recording of the performance, for video, visit APO's YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVboWRTn6eU_BlY3zVKE-jg

 

 

Lyrical Modernism, Light and Timbre: We explore the music of German-Korean composer, Unsuk Chin

Lyrical Modernism, Light and Timbre: We explore the music of German-Korean composer, Unsuk Chin

April 20, 2021

Lyrical Modernism, Light and Timbre: We explore the music of German-Korean composer, Unsuk Chin, the third woman to win the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for her Violin Concerto no. 1.  Listen as we explore her sonic world of lyrical modernism, centered around concepts of light, texture, and etherealism in a modernist classical music tradition.  

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Exploring the Hyphen: With Korean-American Composer, Jean Ahn

Exploring the Hyphen: With Korean-American Composer, Jean Ahn

April 14, 2021

Exploring the Hyphen: Korean-American composer Jean Ahn stops by to speak with me about her compositions, many of which incorporate Korean folk songs (such as the Arirang) and/or Korean cultural themes (such as "Haan" - collective trauma and deep grief). We explore how her music, which is in the Western European classical music tradition, houses elements of Korean folk culture.

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What is New Contemporary Classical Music?: With Composer & Cellist, Matt Magerkurth

What is New Contemporary Classical Music?: With Composer & Cellist, Matt Magerkurth

April 7, 2021

What is New Contemporary Classical Music?: Composer and Cellist, Matt Magerkurth stops by to speak with me about his compositions and the musical values that guide his works and practice. Though informed by traditional classical frameworks, he aims to leverage contemporary technologies and interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary languages to explore new modes of sonic self expression.

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Finding the new in the old: With BBC Concert Orchestra’s Principal Cellist, Benjamin Hughes

Finding the new in the old: With BBC Concert Orchestra’s Principal Cellist, Benjamin Hughes

March 31, 2021

Finding the new in the old: BBC Concert Orchestra's Principal Cellist, Benjamin Hughes, stops by to speak about how he fell in love with the cello, Bach's second cello suite, and the many ways building a relationship with history and his practice deepens his love of music everyday. 

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