This Friday, Feb. 8th at S.U., the Faculty of the Music Department will present a recital in conjunction with the opening reception of an Art Dept. Faculty show. Kara Dahl Russell talks with the Dean of the Music Department, Dr. William Folger about this, and other upcoming departmental collaborations on the S.U. campus.
An internationally renowned pianist performing since the age of 8, who performed with the London & Berlin Symphonies, Martin Berkofsky’s recording of Beethoven’s Fantasie for piano, orch & chorus has been a big favorite with our audience. Knowing this, and passing through Salisbury while traveling, he sent an email to Kara Dahl Russell and really wanted to “make it work” for us to have an interview together to be able to thank you, our audience for your enthusiastic support.
Just before the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra’s Dec. 8th, 2012 Holiday Concert, Kara Dahl Russell sits down with the SSO Concert Master, Sachi Murasugi to discuss what the position of leader or Concert Master is all about. They talk about the differences in the position within an orchestra, a chamber group, with a guest soloist and when her own students are part of her violin sections.
Kara Dahl Russell obviously had a lot of fun interviewing Colin Maier (pronounced MYer). He has very interesting things to say about music education, creativity and serendipity. His "path" as an oboe-accrobat has been so unique, and charmed, and his resolve to take the stuffiness out of classical music so good-hearted, that he is a joyous new note in classical music.
Internationally esteemed Viola virtuoso Roberto Diaz, and current Director of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music performs in recital on Sept. 29th, 2012. Kara Dahl Russell talks to him about the mystique of the Viola, the repertoire for the instrument, his upcoming performance and recordings, and whether “classical” music can hope for a more melodic future.
Kara Dahl Russell says, “I believe that Beata is a prime example of both where classical music is now, and definitely of where classical music is going.” Beata Moon was a child prodigy, went to Juliard, then paused to re-evaluate her place in music and it’s place in her life. The result was a turn to composition. Her work is inventive and fresh, as is her way of approaching the production side of music. In an extended interview (with some of her music playing underneath) we have a wide ranging discussion of music production, family influences, a musician’s “side gigs” and new definitions
Singers take note: Kara Dahl Russell explains and demonstrates various vocal styles as an introduction to a risky new CD release by Celine Ricci, "Les Bestaires." Ricci is a renowned French Baroque Opera singer who brings this very particular mode of vocal approach to a collection of art songs from the early 1900s. This clip ends with about 2 mins of the song being introduced from the CD. See the WSCL Classical Blog for more information about this CD.
It will be at the Cape Henlopen High School Theatre in support of two local organizations. Our listeners heard her last season singing at the Met, in both “Dialogues des Carmelites” and “Il Trovatore.” She’ll sing a program of both opera and jazz & broadway hits, and we were fortunate to get to talk to her before she arrives in town.
On Friday February 3rd, Kara had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Everett McCorvey, Director of the American Spiritual Ensemble. He and the Ensemble were conducting Choral workshops and masterclasses that week, culminating in performances held at Asbury United Methodist Church. Dr. McCorvey spoke about the definition of and continued relevance of American Spiritual music. Click this link to hear a streaming version of the interview.
American-born piano virtuoso Ivan Ilic has just released a CD of Godowsky's transcriptions of Chopin's etudes... for the left hand alone. Considered some of the most difficult works in piano repertoire, Ilic has made the rare release of the entire 22 work set of works. Released Wednesday in Paris, not yet released here in the U.S., Kara Dahl Russell had a laughter-filled chat with Ivan about the works, the life of a musician, and a philosophy of art... and life.