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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,…