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Classical Classroom, Ep 140: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! Follow The Leader W...

In our second annual Classical Classroom Summer Music Festival Series, we hit the (sound)waves at the Music Academy of the West in sunny Santa Barbara, California! All good things must come to an end, and...here we are. The final installment of our summer music mini-series features New York Philharmonic concertmaster (who used to be Houston Symphony concertmaster), Frank Huang. He talks about the job of a concertmaster, and about his own story of a life in two cities with two orchestras. Frank also discusses first being a student and then being a teacher and visiting artist at the Music Academy of the West, and he talks about what he's been doing at the MAW festival this summer. At the end of the interview, we kidnap him and bring him back to Houston. It's an action-packed thrill-ride! JK. There's no kidnapping. That's illegal! But we think you'll enjoy the conversation anyway. Music in this episode: - "We're Going to Be Friends," by the White Stripes. From White Blood Cells. - String Sextet in D minor "Souvenir de Florence", Op. 70 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Audio production by Todd "Triple Double" Hulslander with editing by Mark DiClaudio and three-wheel motion by Dacia Clay. Copious thanks to the Music Academy of the West for all of their help with this mini-series and for letting us crash their summer music festival, with special thanks to Kate Oberjat (oh-bur-yacht) who has not missed a spot and who's done an awful lot, and to Emma Levine, Barbara Hirsch and Anthony Paggett. Thanks to Scott Reed, Richie Hawley, Matthew Sinno, Jeremy Denk, Bill Williams, Matthew Aucoin, Cynthia Phelps, Thomas Hampson, and Frank Huang without whom these interviews would have been monologues. Thanks to KCRW in Santa Barbara and to engineer Kathryn Barnes. May the Force be with you on your way back to school!

Classical Classroom, Ep 140: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! Follow The Leader W...

Classical Classroom, Ep 139: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! Finding Our Voices ...

In our second annual Classical Classroom Summer Music Festival Series, we hit the (sound)waves at the Music Academy of the West in sunny Santa Barbara, California! Library of Congress "Living Legend" and Grammy Award-winning baritone Thomas Hampson has reached a point in his life and career at which one might use the term "venerable" to describe him. "Wise" is another word that music journalists probably throw down when talking about him. And they would not be wrong. But even Thomas Hampson got his start somewhere. In this interview, he talks about his classical music beginnings at the Music Academy of the West, and about conveying the grand meaning of music as a teacher to young people in master classes there now. Music in this episode (all performed by Thomas Hampson): Three Songs Op. 10: No. 1, Rain Has Fallen by Samuel Barber Sechs Lieder aus "Lotosblatter," Op. 19, 6 Mein Herz ist stumm, mein Herz ist kalt by Richard Strauss Vier Lieder, Op. 27: 3. Heimliche Aufforderung by Richard Strauss. Audio production by Todd "Toddsong" Hulslander with editing by Mark DiClaudio and lipsyncing by Dacia Clay. Thanks to the Music Academy of the West for their help with these interviews, especially to Emma Levine and Kate Oberjat, who's quite frankly, done a lot.

Classical Classroom, Ep 139: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! Finding Our Voices ...

Classical Classroom, Ep 138: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! Sympathy For The Vi...

In our second annual Classical Classroom Summer Music Festival Series, we hit the (sound)waves at the Music Academy of the West in sunny Santa Barbara, California! Laugh all you want at the viola - Cynthia Phelps, the New York Philharmonic's Principal Viola, ignores the haters. She doesn't even bother to hold up a hand and tell them to talk to it. She just produces beautiful music on the viola and lets it speak for itself. In the fourth installment of our MAW series, learn all about the viola, why people make fun of it, and why they are wrong, so wrong. Phelps introduces us to the instrument's repertoire, and talks about what she's been doing to spread the gospel of the viola at the Music Academy of the West this summer. Music in this episode: - Duo for Violin and Viola in G, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Performed by the Grumiaux Trio. Philips. - String Quintet Op. 39 in A minor, Alexander Glazunov. Performed by Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble. Chandos. - Harold in Italy, Hector Berlioz. New York Philharmonic (Cynthia Phelps, viola), Lorin Maazel conducting. Deutsche Grammophon. - Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, Ralph Vaughan Williams. Performed by New Zealand Symphony Orchestral, James Judd conducting. Naxos. - Concert Piece for Viola and Piano, George Enescu. Cynthia Phelps, viola; Judith Gordon, piano. Cala Records. Audio production by Todd "Two-Bit" Hulslander with staying gold by Dacia Clay and assistance from Mark DiClaudio. Thanks to the Music Academy for their help with this series, and special thanks to Kate Oberjat (oh-bur-yacht) who we appreciate a lot. Thanks also to Cynthia Phelps' manager, Elizabeth Dworkin, and to Pamela Walsh at the New York Philharmonic for their help.

Classical Classroom, Ep 138: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! Sympathy For The Vi...

Classical Classroom, Ep 137: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! The Second Nature O...

In our second annual Classical Classroom Summer Music Festival Series, we hit the (sound)waves at the Music Academy of the West in sunny Santa Barbara, California! The third installment of our MAW series features composer, conductor, and pianist, Matthew Aucoin. Aucoin is a resident at that Music Academy of the West, and a sort of serial residentialist elsewhere (like the Peabody Essex Museum and soon, the Los Angeles Opera). He talks about what a "residency" is, how it informs a composer's creative process; plus, he gives us a sample of what he's been busy creating while at the Music Academy. Music in this episode: - Selections from Matthew Aucoin's "Second Nature", performed at the Music Academy of the West Audio production by Todd "The Bartered Todd" Hulslander with pirouettes by Dacia Clay and assistance from Mark DiClaudio. Thanks to the Music Academy for their help with this series, and special thanks to Kate Oberjat (oh-bur-yacht) without whom this series would simply not.

Classical Classroom, Ep 137: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! The Second Nature O...

Classical Classroom, Ep 136: Summer Music - Music Academy Of The West! Being Present With ...

In our second annual Classical Classroom Summer Music Festival Series, we hit the (sound)waves at the Music Academy of the West in sunny Santa Barbara, California! The second installment of our MAW series features trumpet player, performance coach, and educator, Bill Williams. Williams initially spent his career as principal trumpet for orchestras like San Francisco, Santa Fe, and Barcelona. But when performances began to induce anxieties and other distractions, he started seeking ways to regain focus. As it turns out, Bill wasn't alone: many musicians perform in spite of the fear of doing so. Williams' research led him to meet sport psychologist Dr. Don Greene. Eventually, Williams honed a series of techniques to help improve musicians' focus, and with it, their performance. In this episode, Williams talks all about common mental blocks that come up for classical musicians and how he now spends much of his time helping people overcome them, one psychological bear at a time. Music in this episode: - "Pipeline" as recorded by the Ventures - Glen Gould: Bach Goldberg Variations - San Francisco Symphony Mahler Symphony No. 5 Audio production by Todd "Triple Lutz" Hulslander with perfect landing by Dacia Clay and editing by Mark DiClaudio. Many thanks to the Music Academy for their help with this series - especially to Kate Oberjat, whose name rhymes with "clover yacht," and who has helped us an awful lot.

Classical Classroom, Ep 136: Summer Music - Music Academy Of The West! Being Present With ...

Classical Classroom, Ep 135: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! Ragging On Jeremy Denk

It's time for the second annual Classical Classroom Summer Music Festival Series! This year, we hit the (sound)waves at the Music Academy of the West in sunny Santa Barbara, California. In the first installment of our MAW series, pianist Jeremy Denk talks about teaching the enormousness of Beethoven to young artists, ragging classical music, whether or not classical music today exists outside the bounds of style, and about what makes the Music Academy of the West unique to him. Throughout the MAW Summer Series, we'll also hear from the Academy's president and CEO Scott Reed, faculty clarinet Richie Hawley, and viola fellow Matthew Sinno about the festival experience from their perspectives. It's going to be rad. Music in this episode: - "Pipeline" as recorded by the Ventures - "Pilgrims Chorus," Tannhäuser, Wagner. (from Youtube) From Jeremy Denk's recital: - Stravinsky, Piano-Rag-Music - Byrd, The Passinge Mesures: the Nynthe Pavian - From My Ladye Nevells Booke of Virginal Music - Lambert, "Pilgrim's Chorus" from Tannhäuser (after Wagner) - Bach,English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808, Gigue - Mozart Gigue In G Major, K 574 - Tea For Two by Art Tatum Audio production by Todd "Two-Shirts" Hulslander with overlording by Dacia Clay. Thanks to the Music Academy of the West for their help with this series, especially to Kate Oberjat, the coolest coordinator in the West, for her assistance with basically everything.

Classical Classroom, Ep 135: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! Ragging On Jeremy Denk

Classical Classroom, MusicWorks, Ep 134: Classical Out Of The Blue, With Jherek Bischoff

How strange (and awesome) it is to be Jherek Bischoff at all. This composer, arranger, performer, and producer began his musical journey playing prog rock on bass guitar. After spending years of his youth on a boat, which his family sailed around the world playing music with locals as they went, he toured and recorded with indie rock and experimental bands. Then one day, he heard a piece of classical music that changed his life forever. Suddenly, he found himself composing for chamber groups and orchestras, learning a whole new musical and cultural language. Hear all about his journey into classical music, his interview with Terry Gross, and his new album (which was born inside of a cistern), in this episode. Music in this episode from Bischoff's upcoming album Cistern (release: July 15, 2016). For more about his new album, visit www.jherekbischoff.com Audio production by Todd "Tiramisu" Hulslander with doggy paddling by Dacia Clay and editing by Mark DiClaudio. Thanks to George Heathco for the MusicWorks theme music. For more about his music: www.soundcloud.com/george-heathco

Classical Classroom, MusicWorks, Ep 134: Classical Out Of The Blue, With Jherek Bischoff

Classical Classroom, Ep 133: Final Fantasy And The Evolution Of Video Game Music

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Classical Classroom, Ep 133: Final Fantasy And The Evolution Of Video Game Music

Classical Classroom, Ep 132: Tchaikovsky's Dilemma, With Mei-Ann Chen

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Classical Classroom, Ep 131: Totally Totentanz With Tamara McCoy

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