Airs Saturday, July 21 at 3:00 p.m. Join us for Part one of an exploration of the piano music of Rachmaninoff with commentary by Valery Gergiev, Alexander Toradze, Gianandrea Noseda and Joseph Horowitz. All performances on this program are live except for Rachmaninoff's 1929 performance. In this hour we'll hear four works by Rachmaninoff: Excerpts from Second Piano Concerto (Rachmaninoff, piano - 1929) Etude Tableau in E-Flat Minor, Op. 39 (Vakhtang Kodanashvili, piano) Variations on a Theme by Chopin (Alexander Korsantia, piano) Excerpts from Preludes, Op. 32 (Ketevan Badridze, piano)
Airs Friday, July 20 at 12:00 noon. Spring for Music showcases some of North America’s most exciting orchestras at Carnegie Hall. In Program 1, the Houston Symphony performs an all-Shostakovich program including a rarity, Anti-Formalist Rayok, a protest piece that was not performed publicly until the Soviet Union was self-destructing. Also on the program is Shostakovich’s iconic Symphony No. 11. Music director Hans Graf conducts, with bass soloist Mikhail Svetlov.
Airs Thursday, July 19 at 8:00 p.m. When the family band Cherryholmes burst onto the scene seemingly out of nowhere during the first few years of the new millennium, they quickly developed a loyal audience, followed by a wealth of honors and awards. On January 12, 2011, after more than a decade together, Cherryholmes surprised the music world by announcing that they had decided to disband the group and would be performing their last show in May of 2011. In this episode, we listen to Cherryholmes' performance at the Savannah Music Festival.
Airs Monday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m. Stochasticity (a wonderfully slippery and smarty-pants word for randomness), may be at the very foundation of our lives. To understand just how big a role it plays, we look at chance and patterns in sports, lottery tickets, and even the cells in our own body. Along the way, we talk to a woman suddenly consumed by a frenzied gambling addiction, meet two friends whose meeting seems to defy pure chance, and take a close look at some very noisy bacteria.
Airs, Monday July 16 at 11:00 a.m. The city of Jackson Hole, Wyoming sits surrounded by the natural wonder of some of the world’s most spectacular snowcapped mountains, the Grand Tetons. The spirit of the American West is alive here, and the town serves as a gateway to two of the most beloved national parks – Yellowstone and Grand Teton. With an overwhelming abundance of natural beauty, it is no wonder that musicians have claimed this place as their own with the Grand Teton Music Festival. The festival celebrates its fiftieth year in 2011 with eight weeks of concerts.