Classical Music

Airs Thursday, June 18, at 8 p.m. A SMF performance of the Ebene's Quartet critically-acclaimed French program. The string quartets written in the late 19th and early 20th century by Debussy and Ravel both dazzled and disturbed people in their first performances. Debussy's fantastic, spiraling variations were shocking, but the exotic beauty of his writing excited many (including the young Ravel). Over time, passionate arguments by music aficionados over the relative merits of the compositions of Debussy and Ravel would eventually lead to the termination of their friendship. In this episode, we listen to two French masterworks by Debussy and Ravel respectively, played by the Ebene Quartet during the Savannah Music Festival.

John-Henry Crawford website

A Shreveport cellist is in St. Petersburg, Russia this week competing in the most prestigious classical music competition in the world.

Of the 25 cellists invited to perform in the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, only three are from the US. One of them is 22-year old Shreveport native John -Henry Crawford.

Airs Tuesday, February 10, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Tom Hundemer, principle horn with the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Shreveport Symphony Orchestra about the next concert with the South Arkansas Symphony and the Seasons of Love featuring music by Holst, Britten, and Copland which takes place Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium. More info can be found online at South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra or call 870-862-0521.

Airs Monday, January 26 at 11 a.m. This week on our Pittsburgh Symphony radio broadcast Leonard Slatkin conducts music by Ravel, including the Bolero and his Pavane. Then Michel Camilo performs his own Piano Concerto No. 2, and you’ll hear the  Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas. Jim Cunningham will host the next concert by the  Pittsburgh Symphony from Public Radio International.

Aired Friday, January 23 at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling talks with Shreveport Symphony Orchestra Music Director Michael Butterman and guest Cellist John-Henry Crawford about their next concert, which takes place Saturday, January 24, with a pre-concert conversation starting at 6:40 p.m. and the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Riverview Theater. The program features Liadov's The Enchanted Lake, Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra.  

After completing his studies at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, cellist John-Henry Crawford returns to Shreveport to perform one of the best-loved masterpieces in the repertoire. For more information visit them online at Shreveport Symphony Orchestra or call 318-222-7496.

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