The Akropolis Reed Quintet performs for the Friends of Music of Stamford. Saxophonist Matt Landry joins us to talk about this new kind of ensemble and how it differs from the traditional wind quintet, and how composers are writing new music specifically for this combination, and arranging existing music.
The Friends of Music of Stamford, NY present the ensemble Invoke in an outdoor concert on Sunday, August 14 in Rexmere Park. We hear from one of the members of the multi-instrumental band, Zach Matteson
The Friends of Music of Stamford, NY welcome the Ulysses Quartet for a concert of music by Germaine Tailleferre, Felix Mendelssohn, and Leos Janacek. We hear from violinist Christina Bouey and cellist Grace Ho about the program, and about their historic instruments
The Friends of Music of Stamford present the wind quintet WindSync on Sunday, June 17 at 3 in the Stamford United Methodist Church, 88 Main Street, Stamford. We hear from Kara LaMoure, the bassoonist of the Houston-based ensemble, about music that has been written especially for them, and the great amount of touring and educational work they do.
The Stamford Friends of Music present the New Asia Chamber Music Society on Sunday, August 20 at 3pm in the Stamford United Methodist Church. Violist and erhu player Andy Lin took a break from running errands in his additional capacity as Artistic Director to speak with us about the program, and about his other duties. http://wskg.org/audio/newasia.mp3
The Friends of Music of Stamford, New York welcome the Tesla Quartet. We hear from quartet founder Ross Snyder about the program, founding the quartet, and how he began studying violin because a trumpet was too heavy for a three-year-old. http://wskg.org/audio/tesla2.mp3
The Friends of Music of Stamford present pianist Steven Lin. Steven Lin is familiar to Public Radio listeners from his appearances on From the Top and Performance Today. He talks about his program of two sonatas by Beethoven, a selection of Gershwin’s song arrangements, and Liszt’s ‘Reminiscences of Don Juan’. http://wskg.org/audio/stevenlin.mp3
The Friends of Music of Stamford presents the Lysander Trio in a concert of music from Eastern Europe. The Lysander Piano Trio, a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, has been praised by the Strad for its “incredible ensemble, passionate playing, articulate and imaginative ideas and wide palette of colours.” They bring a program of music for piano trio by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Antonin Dvorak, and Latvian composer Peteris Vasks. http://wskg.org/audio/lysander.mp3
The Friends of Music of Stamford, NY welcome the Bacheler Consort for a Musical Banquet on Sunday, August 21 at 3pm in the Stamford United Methodist Church, 88 Main Street in Stamford. Director Christopher Morrongiello tells about the music on the program and about Daniel Bacheler, the lutenist and composer who thrived during the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. We also hear about Bacheler’s association with a historical figure whose life came to a famously bad end. “The Bacheler Consort is named after the late-Elizabethan lute virtuoso Daniel Bacheler (1572–1619), a most imaginative composer of mixed consort music whose genius is becoming more widely known today. The Consort varies its ensemble size and instrumental lineup to offer a variety of music shows, from intimate recitals of lute music to fully-staged Jacobean masques and dramatic works. The Consort has been together since 2003 and has acquired a reputation for combining scholarly research with cutting-edge historical performance practice. It is in this alchemy that the Consort aspires to conjure up the more elusive aesthetics of Renaissance music-making.
The Stamford Friends of Music welcome the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble in a concert of ‘Love Songs of the American Songbook’. We hear from trumpeter Gabriel Medd, who not only leads the ensemble, but also works with a group called Music for Autism. http://wskg.org/audio/meddmix.mp3
The Friends of Music of Stamford are presenting an outdoor concert by the Klezmer Ensemble Big Galut(e). No, that’s not a typo, and we’ll find out why that “e” is important. Clarinetist Robin Seletsky talks about the meaning of the work “klezmer”, the history of the genre, and why Father’s Day is the perfect day for this concert. http://wskg.org/audio/galutemix.mp3
The Friends of Music of Stamford welcome Curtis piano student Daniel Hsu performing music by Schubert, Liszt, and Mussorgsky. We spoke to him as he was en route to the Gilmore Keyboard Festival in Michigan
The Friends of Music of Stamford, NY present the Verona Quartet performing music of Haydn, Bartok, and Mendelssohn in a concert on Sunday, April 17 at 3 in the Stamford United Methodist Church. http://wskg.org/audio/verona.mp3
Photo credit: Joseph Ong/Brittany Florenz for the Verona String Quartet
The Friends of Music of Stamford, NY present an afternoon of vocal music at the Stamford United Methodist Church with mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis, baritone Robert Mellon, and pianist Thomas Muraco. Ms. Bryce-Davis lived in Binghamton as a child and was a member of the Treble Choir at Trinity Episcopal Church, and Maestro Muraco recently conducted Tri-Cities Opera’s production of Gounod’s Faust. It’s a wide-ranging program of songs by American composer Amy Beach and German composer Hugo Wolf, along with some Broadway and zarzuela selection, capped by a stormy duet from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. http://www.wskg.org/audio/stamfordfriends.mp3
The Alexander String Quartet performs on Saturday, September 19 at 7pm in the West Kortright Center in East Meredith. Then on Sunday, the 20th, the Stamford Friends of Music presents the Lark Quartet at 3pm in the United Methodist Church at 88 Main St. in Stamford. Cellist Caroline Stinson from the Lark Quartet talks about their “sunny” program for Sunday, and balancing quartet performances with teaching and home life. http://wskg.org/audio/lark4tet.mp3