Airs Thursday, January 29 at 8 p.m. A recital given by Nikolai Lugansky at the Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences. Players who win piano competitions don't always become great pianists but, now in his late 30s, Nikolai Lugansky has all the makings of a modern virtuoso. Born in Moscow in 1972 to a couple of research scientists, Mr. Lugansky was just five years old when his innate musicality first appeared. He went to a neighbor's home, sat down at the piano, and played a Beethoven sonata from memory, having learned the music by ear. In this episode, we hear Nikolai Lugansky's interpretations of the Fantasie in F minor by Chopin, followed by Chopin's "Heroic" Polonaise in A-flat Major and Rachmaninoff's Sonata No. 1 in D minor, performed at the Savannah Music Festival.
Airs Thursday, January 22 at 8 p.m. Ardently exploring the origins of American music in jazz, blues, country and western swing, singer and guitarist Pokey Lafarge seems like a throwback, yet the music he plays never sounds old-fashioned. In this episode, we listen to Pokey Lafarge's final performance of four given at the 2014 Savannah Music Festival.
Airs Thursday, January 15 at 8 p.m. When your personal goal as a musician is to pull the audience in so that they feel like they're a part of the ride, then you're making what Christian McBride calls "people music." That's the mantra that McBride has lived by throughout his career, which combined with his abundant virtuosity, has made him the most in-demand bassist of his generation. In this episode, we listen to a lunchtime performance given by Christian McBride's Trio at the 2014 Savannah Music Festival, including Ulysses Owens, Jr. on drums and Christian Sands on piano.
Airs Thursday, January 8 at 8 p.m. Legend has it that when Coleman Hawkins squared off against Lester Young in a late night jam in the late 1930s at a Kansas City nightclub, a new saxophone king was crowned who would forever be known as "Prez." Each year, SMF presents a late night jam to wrap up a week of Swing Central Jazz, typically with a "house band" that holds the bandstand, inviting a variety of soloists to participate throughout the evening. The 2014 late night jazz jam featured the Christian McBride Trio with special guests including Wycliffe Gordon, Terell Stafford, Marcus Roberts, Cyrus Chestnut, Etienne Charles and many more.
Airs Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 8 p.m. In the ten festivals since 2005, one of our favorite and regularly featured artists has been pianist Sebastian Knauer, who plays in our chamber music series curated by his friend and colleague Daniel Hope. In this episode we listen to Mr. Knauer's opening day recital at Savannah Music Festival 2014, recorded live at the Trinity United Methodist Church.