Podcasts: Classical & Jazz Highlights Archive

Jazz Performance - Michael Royal - October 30, 2014
Michael Royal has been at the heart of the Bay Area jazz scene for many years. He leads a reunion of his trio from the 90s in concert presented by the Tampa Jazz Club at HCC/Ybor City. And Michael stops by All Night Jazz with Bob Seymour. He plays some solo piano pieces, and we’ll hear recordings of that trio, featuring Richard Drexler and Tracy Alexander. Listen to this live studio visit and performance from WUSF 89.7.
Classical Performance - Perlman Music Program Suncoast - October 21, 2014
The Perlman Music Program Suncoast alumni have come to Sarasota to perform for local schools as part of their Education Outreach Program, and they stop by our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance Studio for a live performance! Hear Classical WSMR's Bethany Cagle and her guests; violinist Areta Zhulla and pianist Michael Bukhman as they play music by Ravel, Elgar, and Bartok on Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9.
Saturday Night Jazz - Meet Whitney James
WUSF, 89.7 has a decades-long tradition of bringing you the best in jazz all night, every night. Listen as we welcome Whitney James to the WUSF family and listen to some of her favorite tunes.
Saturday Night Jazz - Meet Mark Feinman
WUSF, 89.7 has a decades-long tradition of bringing you the best in jazz all night, every night. Listen as we welcome Mark Feinman to the WUSF family and listen to some of his favorite tunes.
Saturday Night Jazz - Meet Richard Jimenez
WUSF, 89.7 has a decades-long tradition of bringing you the best in jazz all night, every night. Listen as we welcome Richard Jimenez to the WUSF family and listen to some of his favorite tunes.
Saturday Night Jazz - Remembering Kenny Drew, Jr.
Kenny Drew, Jr. was a one-of-a-kind artist, a virtuoso at home in jazz and classical music, with a sound at the piano that was instantly recognizable. He made his home in St. Petersburg for many years, and passed away this week at age 56. Bob Seymour devotes this week’s Saturday Night Jazz to Kenny Drew, Jr.’s artistry, including a few pieces on air for the first time.
Classical Performance - Sarasota Music Festival - June 4, 2014
It’s that time of year again for the Sarasota Music Festival to bring some of the finest student musicians to Sarasota to study with world renowned faculty members. And as in years past, some of those faculty members stop by our Sarasota broadcast and performance studio to play for you live! Join Bethany Cagle and her guests; pianist Susan Starr; bassoonist Bill Winstead; and clarinetist Frank Cohen, as they play together a trio by Glinka on Classical WSMR.
Classical Performance - Omri Shimron - July 22, 2014
Join Bethany Cagle for wonderful live music! The Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival is underway at USF - and one of the acclaimed faculty members, pianist Omri Shimron, will stop by our Tampa studio to talk about this exciting festival and play music from the French Suite by Bach, as well as selections by Bartok and CPE Bach.
Classical Performance - Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival - July 28, 2014
The Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival continues at USF in Tampa and three student participants stop by our Tampa studio to talk about this exciting festival and play music for you live. Join Russell Gant and pianists Alfonso Hernandez from Guatemala, Natasha Stojanovska from Macedonia, and 13 year old Nattawat Luxsuwong from Thailand. It’s an international showcase of music making on Classical WSMR!
Classical Performance - Sarasota Music Festival - June 12, 2014
The Sarasota Music Festival is underway, and Classical WSMR features two faculty members in another live performance. Artistic director, Mozart scholar, and Harvard professor, Robert Levin and the acclaimed violinist James Buswell stop by our Sarasota broadcast and performance studio to play for you live!
Classical Performance - Sarasota Music Festival - June 17, 2014
The Sarasota Music Festival is in its final week, and Classical WSMR features two faculty members in another live performance. Violinist Noah Bendix Balgley and pianist Ya-Fei Chuang stop by our Sarasota broadcast and performance studio to play for you live!
Classical Performance - Sarasota Opera House - June 6, 2014
Classical WSMR and the Sarasota Music Festival present a live broadcast from the Sarasota Opera House. Russell Gant is on stage interviewing performers during a concert that explores the various facets of love with music by Glinka, Richard Strauss and Johannes Brahms. Celebrate the 50th anniversaries of both WUSF Public Media and the Sarasota Music Festival with this special live broadcast!
Jazz Performance - Byron Stripling - March 26, 2014
Byron Stripling stops by for a visit on All Night Jazz. The charismatic trumpeter and singer gained acclaim years ago portraying Louis Armstrong in the musical ‘Satchmo,’ and was featured with most of the top big bands. He’s performed with more than 50 symphony orchestras and is in town to play with the Sarasota Orchestra in a show called ‘Satchmo, Fats, & The Duke’. Byron Stripling and pianist Kenny Drew, Jr. join Bob Seymour for conversation and an exciting live studio performance on WUSF 89.7.
Classical Performance - Jeffrey Siegel - April 1, 2014
Join Russell Gant for some live music as he welcomes back to our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance Studio, pianist Jeffrey Siegel. Siegel plays highlights from his upcoming “Keyboard Conversations” called Mistresses and Masterpieces featuring works of passion, love, and longing inspired by “significant others” in the lives of Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, and Liszt.
Classical Performance - La Musica - April 4, 2014
La Musica International Chamber Music Festival is underway and three of the festivals very well-known musicians stop by our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance Studio for a live performance on Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9! Bethany Cagle speaks with acclaimed violinist Federico Agostini, the great violist Bruno Giuranna, and new to the festival this year; cellist Antonio Menesses. They also play selections from the Beethoven String Trio in c minor, a work that Bruno Giuranna recorded in the early ‘90’s and received a GRAMMY nomination. Live music and conversation on Classical WSMR 89.1 in Sarasota, 103.9 in Tampa, and online at wsmr.org.
Classical Performance - Olga Kern - March 3, 2014
Pianist Olga Kern is coming to Sarasota for a performance with the Detroit Symphony, but first she stops by our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance studio to play for you on the radio! Olga Kern is the striking young Russian Gold Medal winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition - whose performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 made her the first woman to achieve this distinction in over 30 years. Join Bethany Cagle and her special guest Olga Kern on Classical WSMR 89.1 in Sarasota and 103.9 in Tampa.
Jazz Interview - Pat Metheny - February 7, 2014
One of the all-time greats in jazz, and one of just four guitarists in the Downbeat Hall of Fame, Pat Metheny, is on WUSF's All Night Jazz. He joins Bob Seymour to talk about his new record, and new 150-city tour that opened this week, and comes to The Mahaffey.
Classical Performance - Curtis Institute of Music’s Opera Theatre - February 10,2014
Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9 welcomes the Curtis Institute of Music’s Opera Theatre to town with the acclaimed coach and accompanist Mikael Eliasen. Before their concert, they stop by our Sarasota broadcast and performance studio to sing for you live! Join Bethany and the artists from the Curtis Opera Theatre including students, alumni, and celebrated Faculty members.
Classical Performance - Robert Aitkin - February 17, 2014
Flutist Robert Aitkin is in town performing with the Venice Symphony and stopped by our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast Studio to talk with Russell Gant and play for you live on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9.
Classical Performance - Ray Chen - February 18, 2014
Violinist Ray Chen is in town performing with the Sarasota Orchestra and stopped by our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast Studio to talk with Bethany Cagle and play for you live on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9.
Classical Performance - Sarasota Opera - February 14, 2014
The Sarasota Opera’s Winter Festival is underway, and some of the cast of this year’s production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore stops by our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance Studio to sing for you live on the radio! We also talk about the opera that tells the story of a troubadour’s quest for love, a soldier's lust, and a mother's undying thirst for vengeance. Live music and conversation with the Sarasota Opera on Classical WSMR 89.1 in Sarasota, 103.9 fm in Tampa, and online at wsmr.org.
Classical Performance - Sarasota Opera - February 19, 2014
The Sarasota Opera’s Winter Festival is underway, and some of the cast of this year’s production of Wagner’s Flying Dutchman stop by our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance Studio to sing for you live on the radio! Live music and conversation with the Sarasota Opera on Classical WSMR 89.1 FM in Sarasota, 103.9 FM in Tampa, and online at wsmr.org.
Classical Performance - Sarasota Opera - February 25, 2014
The Sarasota Opera’s Winter Festival is underway, and some of the cast of this year’s production of Verdi's Jérusalem stop by our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance Studio to sing for you live on the radio! Live music and conversation with the Sarasota Opera on Classical WSMR 89.1 FM in Sarasota, 103.9 FM in Tampa, and online at wsmr.org.
Classical Performance - Calidore String Quartet - January 6, 2014
Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9 welcomes the Calidore String Quartet! They’ve left sunny warm So Cal. to visit not so sunny & warm Tampa. They’re in town for a concert at the Paladium theatre, but they’re visiting our Tampa studio first to play for you! So listen as they talk about their concert and play highlights from the Schubert String Quartet No. 14, and Mozart’s Quartet in C.
Classical Performance - John O’Conor - January 9, 2014
Irish pianist John O’Conor is in town for a performance with the Florida Orchestra as soloist in the powerfully dramatic Piano Concerto No. 3. John O’Conor also pays a visit to the WSMR Tampa studio to play for you live on the radio! Join Bethany Cagle and her guest, John O’Conor for some good music and conversation on Classical WSMR 89.1 in Sarasota, and 103.9 in Tampa.
Classical Performance - Jeffrey Siegel - January 22, 2014
Join Classical WSMR's Russell Gant for some live music as he welcomes back to our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance Studio, pianist Jeffrey Siegel. Siegel has highlights from his upcoming “Keyboard Conversation”, this time focusing on the music of Chopin.
Classical Performance - Mak Grgic - January 24, 2014
Slovenian guitarist Mak Grgic is one of the rising stars of the classical guitar and he opens Guitar Sarasota’s 2014 International Concert Series. But he stops by our Sarasota broadcast and performance studio first to play for you live! Live music and conversation on Classical WSMR 89.1 in Sarasota, and 103.9 in Tampa.
Classical Performance - Giora Schmidt - January 29,2014
Violinist Giora Schmidt is in town for a performance with the Sarasota Ochestra, but he stops by our Sarasota broadcast & performance studio first to give you a sneak peek! Giora will be playing the tango influenced “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” with the orchestra, and he has a few selections from that work live in our studio, along with some Bach, and Fritz Kreisler too! Join Russell Gant and his guest Giora Schmidt on Classical WSMR 89.1 in Sarasota, 103.9 fm in Tampa, and online at wsmr.org.
Classical Performance - Jeffrey Siegel - November 18, 2013
Join Russell Gant for some live music as he welcomes back to our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance Studio, pianist Jeffrey Siegel. Siegel has highlights from his upcoming “Keyboard Conversation” called Popular Piano Classics featuring gems of the piano repertoire by some of the world’s best loved composers including Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, and others.
Classcal Performance - If Music Be the Food - November 22, 2013
USF music professor Scott Kluksdahl is hosting a chamber music concert called "If Music Be The Food..." at the Carrollwood Cultural Center in Tampa. This is a classical chamber music outreach concert, that helps the hungry in Tampa Bay. Instead of purchasing a ticket, audience members are asked to bring whatever non-perishable food items or cash donations they can offer for Tampa Bay Harvest as the price of admission. Learn more about this concert and get a sneak preview as Russell Gant welcomes performers that will be featured, including musicians from the Eastman School of Music, USF, the Florida Orchestra and the Naples Philharmonic. Live music on Classical WSMR 89.1 in Sarasota, and in Tampa at 103.9.
Classical Performance - David Greilsammer - December 3, 2013
Pianist David Greilsammer is conducting the Sarasota Orchestra, but he pays a visit to Classical WSMR’s Sarasota Broadcast and Performance Studio first! Greilsammer has a passion for exploring contrasting musical worlds, and his programs frequently juxtapose works from the past and present. His Sarasota Orchestra concert features composers from four musical eras who stretched the boundaries of classical tradition. Learn more about the concert, as Russell Gant welcomes David Greilammer who plays the piano for you live on Classical WSMR 89.1 FM in Sarasota and 103.9 FM in Tampa.
Classical Performance - Sarasota Opera - October 30, 2013
The Sarasota Opera presents Johan Strauss Jr.’s Die Fledermaus this November, but you can get a sneak peak as Bethany Cagle welcomes Maestro Victor De Renzi and singers from the Sarasota Opera for a live performance from our Sarasota broadcast and performance studio. They singing excerpts from the operetta, which is full of hidden identities and amorous intrigues all in an operetta where champagne is king! Die Fledermaus with the Sarasota Opera, live on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9.
Classical Performance - Eunmi Ko - July 29, 2013
Join Russell Gant for live music from our Tampa studios! Pianist Eunmi Ko is in town for the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival at USF. Eunmi performs Dreaming by Amy Beach, three pieces for Piano by Lili Boulanger, and a piece called “Light from the Cliffs” by Hilary Tann. Live music on Classical WSMR 89.1 and in Tampa at 103.9 FM.
Classical Performance - Noah Bendix-Balgley - June 18, 2013
Join Russell Gant for another live performance from the Sarasota Music Festival. Violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley is currently the concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He’s a former student of the Sarasota Music Festival and now he’s on the faculty. Listen as Noah Bendix-Balgley plays music by Bach, Bloch, and some Klezmer selections from our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance Studio on Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9.
Classical Performance - Johnandrew Slominski - July 22,2013
Listen to some great music performed live from our Tampa performance studio! Bethany Cagle talks with pianist Johnandrew Slominski, who’s in town for the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival at USF. They speak about this exciting festival and Johnandrew plays music by Franz Liszt, Beethoven, his own arrangement of some Schumann, and a little Gershwin too on Classical WSMR.
Classical Performance - Christina Jennings & Cristina Valdes - June 5, 2013
Join Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9 for some live music from our Sarasota Broadcast & Performance Studio. Bethany Cagle welcomes two Sarasota Music Festival alum, and now faculty members; flutist Christina Jennings, and pianist Cristina Valdes. They talk about the 2013 festival and play some great music!
Classical Performance - Sarasota Music Festival Quartet - June 11, 2013
The Sarasota Music Festival is underway and we have another live performance featuring musicians from the festival. Join Bethany Cagle as she welcomes faculty members violinists James Buswell, and Dan Jordan, violist Barbara Westphal, and cellist Desmond Hoebig, as they play selections from the String Quartet by Verdi on Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9.
Classical Performance - La Musica - April 9,2013
Join Classical WSMR’s Russell Gant for a live performance from our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance Studio as he welcomes musicians from the 2013 La Musica International Music Festival. Each year the festival brings outstanding European and American chamber musicians to Sarasota to present exciting programs of familiar and seldom-heard chamber music. Russell welcomes pianist Derek Han, violinist Laura Zarina, and cellist Dmitri Atapine to talk about this year’s festival and play live!
Classical Performance - Musica Sacra Cantorum - April 24, 2013
Join Classical WSMR's Russell Gant and his guests from the Musica Sacra Cantorum led by Robert Parrish for some highlights from a work that hasn’t been performed in the Sarasota area for over 25 years. Dr. Parrish says that not hearing Ernest Bloch’s choral work “Sacred Service” for 25 years is like not hearing Handel’s Messiah for that amount of time. The “Sacred Service” along with selections from Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms will be performed at Sarasota’s St. Boniface Episcopal Church, but you’ll get a sneak preview on Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9.
Jazz Special - Chuck Owen's 'River Runs' Premier - April 25, 2013
Chuck Owen, Distinguished Professor of Jazz Studies at USF, has released a fascinating new disc that was long in the making. ‘River Runs’ is a 5-movement concerto for jazz saxophone and guitar, performed by an orchestra of 60 musicians and featuring the solo work of USF’s Director of Jazz Studies Jack Wilkins and the school’s guitar instructor, La Rue Nickelson. Released nationally by Summit Records, the concerto is already receiving considerable acclaim for its blending of jazz with classical and American folk/roots elements. Bassist and Guggenheim Fellow Rufus Reid has called it ‘a tour de force in contemporary orchestral composition.’ A Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009 gave Owen the time and resources needed to compose the concerto, each movement of which depicts one or more rivers on which he has traveled. Originally composed for the two soloists and string orchestra, the piece was re-written over a period of several weeks to include the Jazz Surge, the big band Owen founded in 1995. While that band’s recordings have featured some of the world’s great jazz artists as guests, Owen chose to feature founding Surge members and fellow USF faculty as the soloists on the new concerto.
Classical Performance - Violin & Harp Trio
Join WSMR's Bethany Cagle as she welcomes musicians from the Sarasota Orchestra for some live music. Violinists Dan Jordan and Chung-Yon Hong, and harpist Cheryl Losey stop by our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance studio to play for you! Listen as they play music from Bach's "Double Concerto," with the harp playing the role of the orchestra, and Massenet's, "Meditation," from the opera "Thais”.
Classical Performance - Sarasota Opera
Join WSMR's Russell Gant for some live music as he welcomes singers from the Sarasota Opera to our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance Studio. Maestro Victor DeRenzi talks about this years’ season, and you hear live performances from this years’ repertoire including selections from Turandot, The Pearl Fishers, and Verdi’s A King for a Day.
Classical Performance - Chroma Quartet - March 4, 2013
Join Classical WSMR's Russell Gant for some live music as he welcomes the Chroma Quartet to our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance Studio. The local ensemble performs their second concert in the series "First Tuesdays at First Church", featuring music of Astor Piazzolla and Alberto Ginastera. Here a preview of that concert at meet this new ensembles members; Christopher Takeda, Jennifer Best, Michael McClelland, and Abe Feder.
Classical Performance - William Wolfram - March 12, 2013
Join Classical WSMR's Bethany Cagle for some live music as she welcomes the famed American pianist William Wolfram to our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance Studio. William Wolfram was a silver medalist at both the William Kapell and the Naumburg International Piano Competitions, a bronze medalist at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow and finalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He’s appeared with many of the greatest orchestras of the world and he’s making a stop in Sarasota to play Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F with the Sarasota Orchestra. Live music and good conversation with William Wolfram from Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9.
Classical Performance - David John Pike
International baritone David John Pike has just released a new CD of English Songs called “Whither Must I Wander”. The acclaimed conductor Sir Neville Marriner recently said the recording is a most enjoyable program of old favorites. Hear David John Pike sing some of those enjoyable songs as he joins Russell Gant.
Classical Performance - Jeffrey Siegel
Internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel is in town for another one of his acclaimed “Keyboard Conversations”. Mr. Siegel will perform a program called “The Romantic Music of Chopin” at the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Jewish Federation Campus on McIntosh Road in Sarasota. WSMR's Russell Gant talks with Mr. Siegel about his concert and about Chopin.
Classical Performance - Rebecca Penneys
WSMR's Russell Gant welcomes “Steinway Artist” Rebecca Penneys. Rebecca stops by our Tampa studio to play our Steinway and tell us about the new Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival at USF. Featured selections during the interview and performance include some of the Bartok Hungarian Peasant Songs, the Mozart Rondo in D, and the Schumann Romance no 2.
Classical Performance - Philippe Quint
Join Classical WSMR's Bethany Cagle for live music with violinist Philippe Quint. He is in town to play the Barber Violin Concerto with the Sarasota Orchestra. He stops by our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast studio to play live! Philippe plays some Bach and even some of his own music from a film called “Downtown Express”…a movie he acted in! Learn more about this GRAMMY nominated violinist and enjoy his music and conversation.
Classical Performance - Leonidas Lipovetsky
Leonidas Lipovetsky is professional Steinway Artist who stopped by for a live performance and conversation with Classical WSMR's Bethany Cagle. He played all the Mozart sonatas for the 250th anniversary of his birth and is now performing all the Beethoven sonatas. He taught piano at FSU for 35 years; one of his former students is jazz pianist Marcus Roberts. Leonidas started the project “Music and the Arts,” an exploration of how music, art and history are interlaced. He gives us a brief example during this live performance.
Classical Performance - Ryan MacEvoy McCullough
WSMR's Russell Gant is joined by a former Sarasota Music Festival student. Pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough returns to the Festival this year as a soloist and showcases the melding of the popular and classical, with Gershwin’s much loved Rhapsody in Blue in concert at the Sarasota Opera House. But before that, Ryan stops by our Sarasota Broadcast and Performance studio to play for you and talk about his experiences with the Sarasota Music Festival.

 

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