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​Teodor Currentzis is a Greek born conductor who trained in Moscow. Today he lives and works in the city of Perm, in the Ural mountains.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra
Chris Lee

It's a bel canto opera bonanza on Classical 101 Friday evening at 7.  The "Carnegie Hall Live" series that we have been presenting on Classical Showcase, will feature a concert performance from the Philadelphia Orchestra and  vocal soloists for music of Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Crafa, and Pacini.

image of a portrait of Mozart in which he wears a bright red coat

More than 200 years after its premiere, Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro remains one of the best-loved comic operas in the repertoire. And if you think people like Figaro today, you should have seen - and heard - the audiences in Mozart's day.

Guitartist Anton Baranov
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This week on Fretworks,  I'll start the hour with a British group, the Pro Arte Guitar Trio in a recording from the early 1990s.  They'll play Le Grand Tango by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla.  This Grand Tango was originally written for cello and piano and dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich.

American guitarist Brandon Yip has, Sakura, Theme and Variations by Yuquijiro Yocoh.  It's a beautiful setting of the popular Japanese folk song "Sakura," or "Cherry Blossom."

Zubin Mehta
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On Symphony @ 7 this week, you can hear some thoughtful music from Franz Joseph Haydn and a poetic piano concerto from Frederic Chopin.  Haydn's Symphony No. 22 in E flat, The Philosopher, begins the hour and Chopin's longer Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor meanders through more emotional realms on Classical 101 Thursday evening beginning at 7 pm.

Symphony No. 22 in E flat from 1764 by Haydn is probably his most popular early symphony.  Keep in mind this comes from a man who has 104 numbered symphonies to his name.  


If your answer to the question posed above was, "He was in Showboat," you have one part of the answer. Yes, Paul Robeson performed THE version of Old Man River by which all others must be measured. Whether you believe Robeson or William Warfield, or someone else sings it better is not so much the point as all of the turmoil and intrigue which surrounded Paul Robeson during his life.

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Stinney tells the story of George Stinney, Jr. who was fourteen years old when he was executed in North Carolina's electric chair on June 16, 1944.

George was five feet tall and weighed 90 pounds. He was too small for the adult sized electric chair, and had to be propped up on books including his own bible. Stinney remains the youngest person to be executed in the United States. 

Thomas Hampson
Dario Acosta

American Baritone Thomas Hampson will present a recital with pianist Wolfram Rieger called "War Cries and Lamentationsons" on Classical Showcase Friday evening at 7pm on Classical 101.  It's part of the "Carnegie Hall Live" series recorded earlier this year in New York City.

portrait of Mozart in which he wears a bright red coat

Picture it: Mozart at a masquerade ball gussied up as an ancient Middle Eastern prophet and spouting a made-up philosophy of riddles and off-color aphorisms.

Too silly even for Mozart? Nope.


The Johnstone Fund for New Music presents Olivier Messiaen’s Hawari, with Liz Pearse, soprano and Karl Larson, piano, Wednesday, May 27 at 7pm at the Short North Stage.