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Savannah Music Festival LIVE 325 – The One and Only Garrick Ohlsson

Original air date: week of October 3, 2010 Pianist Garrick Ohlsson is an interpreter of great originality, whose playing combines supreme elegance with extraordinary tonal projection. These qualities have placed him among the ranks of the world’s foremost pianists. On this edition of the Savannah Music Festival LIVE, we listen to Mr. Ohlsson playing a…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 324 – Shostakovich

Original air date: week of September 26, 2010 As one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century, Dmitri Shostakovich was a child prodigy as both a pianist and composer. Born in 1906 in St. Petersburg, Russia, he first achieved national fame in the early 20s, but he would eventually have a complex and…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 323 – Ruthie Foster

Original air date: week of September 19, 2010 If you were born in the 1960s, you could grow up just about anywhere in America and be exposed to gospel, jazz, blues, soul, folk and rock music on the radio and television. Such was the case of Ruthie Foster, who was raised in South Texas and…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 322 – Piano Showdown 2010 – Part Two

Original air date: week of September 12, 2010 When new styles of American music began to emerge at the end of the 19th century, the primary instrument at the center of these creations was the piano. Virtuosos such as ragtime stylist Scott Joplin created works like the “Maple Leaf Rag” that would sell over a…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 321 – 20th Century Beauties

Original air date: week of September 5, 2010 The term “20th Century Classical Music” often conjures up the notion of sounds that are not very appealing to classical music purists. However, many 20th century composers never strayed from writing beautiful music that attracted a broad array of people, no matter how sentimental or sappy it…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 320 – Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing! Trio

Original air date: week of August 29, 2010 Violinist Mark O’Connor spent ten days at the 2010 Savannah Music Festival playing in a variety of projects. His Hot Swing! Trio at SMF featured guitarist Julian Lage and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi. Inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli (O’Connor’s mentor), the group played…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 319 – Vienna in the Late 18th Century

Original air date: week of August 22, 2010 In the late 18th century, Vienna was the major musical center in Europe and a city where the great triumvirate of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven made their homes. Beethoven’s first appearance in Vienna as a youthful musician of promise came in the spring of 1787, where he…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 318 – Two 19th Century Sonatas

Original air date: week of August 15, 2010 A sonata in music literally means a piece that is played, as opposed to a cantata, which is a piece that is sung. The sonata has naturally evolved through the history of music, and it took on increasing importance by the early 19th century when it came…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 317 – Dick Hyman Plays Fats Waller

Original air date: week of August 8, 2010 Born in New York City in 1904, Fats Waller played the organ and sang in the choir of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, where his father was the minister. By the time he was a teenager, the lure of playing in the theatre and accompanying silent…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 316 – Schubert’s E-flat Piano Trio

Original air date: week of August 2, 2010 While it’s hard to give a satisfactory definition of “genius,” it nearly always happens that artistic genius expresses itself in youth. With the greatest of geniuses there follows an extended period of prodigious activity at the highest level, which seldom sustains its fire throughout a long life….

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 315 – Mark O’Connor’s American Journey

Original air date: week beginning July 25, 2010 In 2010, Mark O’Connor came to the Savannah Music Festival and spent ten days pursuing his American music journey. He taught master classes, played solos and duos, and performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. He played original compositions with the US Army…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 314 – Sarah Jarosz

Original air date: week of July 18, 2010 Few musical communities have proven more nurturing of emerging talent than bluegrass and its acoustic tributaries. In part this is because precocious youth has proved a wise investment, as evidenced by former teenage virtuosos such as Marty Stuart, Alison Krauss and Chris Thile. But mostly this is…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE – 313 – Daniel Hope & Friends

Original air date: week of July 12, 2010 Each year during March and April, violinist Daniel Hope invites some of his favorite colleagues to spend 17 days performing chamber music with him at the Savannah Music Festival, where he serves as Associate Artistic Director. Utilizing a blend of the finest players from around the world,…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 312 – Bill Charlap Trio – Part Three

Original air date: week of July 4, 2010 When pianist Bill Charlap arrived in Savannah with his trio to play three sets of music over the course of one evening, he made it emphatically clear that he had no intention of repeating himself. possessing a profound knowledge of music and the American songbook, he delivered…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 311 – Kathy Mattea

Original air date: week of June 28, 2010 Though her childhood was steeped in the culture of mining and Appalachia, Kathy Mattea wasn’t really exposed to much traditional mountain music. But after the 2006 Sago mining disaster in her home state of West Virginia, she took her collection of mining and mountain songs and embarked…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 310 – Henry Butler Solo

Original air date: week of June 21, 2010 Pianist Henry Butler was born in New Orleans and has developed a sound that Dr. John refers to as the “pride of the Crescent City.” As an extension of the great piano lineage that includes Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair, James Booker and Tuts Washington, Mr. Butler…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 309 – Emerson String Quartet Plays Dvorak – Part Two

Original air date: week of June 14, 2010 During his career, Czech composer Antonin Dvorak wrote 14 string quartets, all between 1862 and 1895. His final two quartets, with their mastery of form, color and expression, are a fitting summation of Dvorak’s exceptional achievement in this genre. During March of 2010, the Emerson Quartet performed…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 308 – Piano Showdown 2010 – Part One

Original air date: week of June 7, 2010 The piano has been an integral part of the jazz idiom since its inception. Due to its combined melodic, harmonic and rhythmic possibilities, it has been the one instrument that allowed the greatest jazz players to use their creativity to address all of these elements of musical…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 307 – Emerson String Quartet Plays Dvorak

Original air date: week of May 31, 2010 In December of 1891, Czech composer Antonin Dvorak accepted the offer of Jeanette Thurber to become the director of the National Academy of Music in New York City. Mrs. Thurber hoped that the conservatory, which she founded in 1885, would foster the development of American concert music….

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 306 – Yefim Bronfman

Original air date: week of May 22, 2010 As one of the most revered pianists in our time, Yefim Bronfman bucks the stereotype of the Russian soloist as merely a technical wizard of large sound and emphatic personality. Though he has technique to burn, he also has a chameleon-like ability to subsume himself in the…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 305 – The Assad Brothers

Original air date: week of May 17, 2010 Ever since their childhood concerts in Brazil and their New York appearances as teenagers in 1969, Sergio and Odair Assad have been touring the world and recording as The Assad Brothers. They have followed a fascinating path of musical development utilizing the traditional repertoire of the guitar…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 304 – Chris Thile, Mike Marshall & Caterina Lichtenberg – Part Two

Original air date: Week of May 10, 2010 At the turn of the 20th century when the mandolin became popular in America, a man named Orville Gibson changed its shape and marketability. What had primarily been a fad instrument would soon fall into the hands of players that would forever alter its musical direction. This…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 303 – Chris Thile, Mike Marshall & Caterina Lichtenberg

Original Air Date: Week Beginning May 3, 2010 When mandolins began evolving from the lute family in Italy during the 17th and 18th centuries, they were designed with a round back or bowl back in what was known as the Neopolitan style. By the end of the 19th century, a new style with a carved…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 302 – Roby Lakatos Ensemble

Original Air Date: Week of April 26, 2010 Hungarian fiddle playing is known the world over for its passion, romance and virtuosity. To most non-Hungarians, the music is synonymous with the campfire, the open road and the Gypsies. But is Hungarian fiddle music actually Gypsy music? Within the country you will find considerable resentment towards…

Savannah Music Festival LIVE 301 – Kahane/Knauer

As the Industrial Revolution progressed in the 19th Century, an educated middle class arose with the means and cultural aspirations to invest in a new form of domestic art: the family piano. Since there were no means to reproduce music automatically, people played. Along with this new instrument came new methods and styles of music,…