Keeping Score Nashville's backstage pass to classical music. Host Colleen Phelps interviews composers, conductors, and instrumentalists for an in-depth look at their repertoire and life in the orchestra. Get closer to classical music in Music City.
Keeping Score

Keeping Score

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Nashville's backstage pass to classical music. Host Colleen Phelps interviews composers, conductors, and instrumentalists for an in-depth look at their repertoire and life in the orchestra. Get closer to classical music in Music City.

Most Recent Episodes

Keeping Score: A Fiddle Has Strings

This Keeping Score mixtape walks across the fine line between classical music and American folk music.

Keeping Score: Roller Coaster In G Minor

Robert Schumann was just 20 years old when he started composing his Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 in 1830. It took him eight years to complete it, and over the course of that time Schumann experienced both major setbacks and tremendous joy – emotions you can feel in the contours of the sonata.

Keeping Score: Rhiannon Giddens Hath Her Wish, Hast Thy Will

While thoughts of love, sex and power dominate Nashville Ballet's Lucy Negro Redux, for Rhiannon Giddens the work is about uncovering a hidden part of history.

Keeping Score: The Youngest Organist In Methodism

Wilma Jensen, soon to turn age 90, has come a long way since the first mention of her playing in print, calling her "the youngest organist in Methodism." Although, given that she was 11 years old at the time, the author was probably correct.

Keeping Score: That Sounds Different

Not every instrument you hear on 91Classical can be found in the orchestra.

Keeping Score: Love, Magic And A Mechanical Tree

Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling says that Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker is all about magic.

Keeping Score #6: Jun Iwasaki

The Violins of Hope took residence in Nashville in early 2018. For months, they were displayed, discussed, and even played.

Keeping Score #5: Giancarlo Guerrero

There's an unspoken rule in classical music that 5th symphonies are not to be taken lightly.

Keeping Score #4: Joshua Hickman

There is a section of the orchestra that is not always in the same place. Sometimes they are up, sometimes down. Sometimes they sit on stage for a half hour before they play a single note. But when it's their turn, you definitely hear them: it's the percussion section.

Keeping Score #3: Chorus Director Tucker Biddlecombe

In 1795 composer Franz Josef Haydn was handed a libretto — something for which a symphonist would have no need. The title was "The Creation of the World." Nashville Symphony Chorus director Tucker Biddlecombe describes the piece it became, Haydn's Creation , as a gateway piece of orchestral music for choral singers.

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