Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins offers a mix of folk-flavored pop songs in a special, midday concert from NPR station WXPN in Philadelphia, Pa. Mullins is on tour to promote his upcoming album, 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor.
Shawn Mullins in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 10/27/2006
Sir Roger Norrington joins NPR's Fred Child in Salzburg for Mozart's birthday celebration. He conducts a selection of Mozart masterpieces, including the slow movement of Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G Minor and the famous duet "Bei Maennern" from the opera The Magic Flute.
NPR's Fred Child hosts Performance Today from Salzburg, Austria, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mozart. The celebration includes performances from the Juilliard Quartet and Shai Wosner.
Despite being one of the most successful composers of all time, Mozart could rarely find a job. We hear some of the pieces he composed while attempting to receive commissions or job offers, including the Dominicus Mass, K. 66, the Piano Sonata in B-flat, K. 281 and his famous G minor Symphony, No. 40.
Performance Today features music from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the glee clubs of Morehouse and Spelman colleges and others, as well as sections of famous speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It's a King Day celebration.
This brief but stirring work was one of ten fanfares commissioned by conductor Eugene Goossens for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1942. Three years later Copland elaborated it and incorporated it into the finale of his Symphony No. 3.
The poetry and lyricism in songs by George Gershwin have universal appeal. The Lark Quartet plays three songs by Gershwin, arranged for string quartet by Stanley Silverman. "He Loves and She Loves," "Do It Again," and "Sweet and Lowdown," with a touch of Ella Fitzgerald.
To accompany a concert performance of a seldom-performed piano concerto by Bela Bartok, NPR's Fred Child tells the story of the music's inception in the summer of 1945. Zoltan Kocsis is the pianist, with Sakari Oramo conducting the Finnish Radio Symphony in the Bartok Piano Concerto No. 3.
Much fuss has been made over how much Mozart hated having to write mostly church music during his teenage years as an organist in Salzburg. And much of the music is ordinary. But these selections helped earn him a memorial at Mozartplatz.
Performance Today's annual tradition of holiday concerts features a range of beautiful holiday music from a variety of sources: the Baltimore Consort from NPR's Studio 4A; the Empire Brass from Florida; Canticle from Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Chanticleer from Petaluma, Calif.
Legendary pianists mix with promising newcomers at the Jazz Piano Christmas, recorded live at the Kennedy Center. The 16th edition of the annual concert features Hilton Ruiz, Marcia Ball and others playing jazzy renditions of holiday classics.
Once one of pop music's most distinctive and controversial stars, Sinead O'Connor returns for a night of Jamaican roots music with reggae legends Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, recorded live at Washington, D.C.s 9:30 Club.