Carl Hemmingsen

Program Host

Carl Hemmingsen is program host, and host of Half Past which airs Sundays at 11 pm and Curtis Calls which airs Mondays at 10 pm and Wednesdays at noon.

Carl and his wife Roberta enjoy walking their dog "Brio."  In earlier careers he was a high school math teacher in New Jersey and a budget analyst for the Defense Department in Washington.  He plays violin or viola in chamber music ensembles and community orchestras.

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Wednesday, 8-15 on Curtis Calls we'll hear Curtis students in the String Quartet No. 6 by Bela Bartok, NoaNoa for flute by Kaija Saariaho & selections from Richard Danielpour's brass quintet, Urban Dances.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evening at 10.

This Sunday evening (8-12) at 11 we'll hear the romantic Symphony No. 12 by George Lloyd with the composer conducting the Albany Symphony Orchestra.  Also on Half Past this week: William Bolcom's Inventing Flight for orchestra. Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

Thursday's (8-9) Noontime Concert titled North & South: Music from Norway to Argentina was recorded at this year's Raritan River Music Festival.  We'll hear duo a Corda on violin & guitar and the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo in music by Bogdanovic, Moravec, Ungar, Lhoyer, Vivaldi, Piazzolla and more.

Wednesday, 8-8 at noon we'll hear students from the Curtis Institute of Music in wind quintets by Lee Hoiby, Samuel Barber and Curtis student Chelsea Komschlies along with a trio by Heinrich Molbe and a quartet by Saint-Saens.  Curtis Calls, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

This Sunday (8-5) evening at 11 we'll hear the Houston Symphony in the 2nd Symphony by Christopher Rouse.  Also on the program: Sonata for Trumpet by James Stephenson & Renascence (Flute Concertino) by Lita Grier.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past, Sundays at 11 PM. 

Thursday's (8-2) Noontime Concert from Cutting Edge Concerts in Symphony Space presents the quartet Hub New Music in pieces by Victoria Bond, Laura Kaminsky & Robert Honstein.

This Wednesday (8-1) at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Romanze by Richard Strauss, Poeme by Ernest Chausson, and Brahms' Sonata No. 1 for piano & cello.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at nooon and Monday evening at 10.

This Sunday evening (7-29) at 11 on Half Past we'll hear the 1st piano concerto by Australian composer Bryan Brumby (1939-2018) and Dennis Riley's trio The Household Muses for clarinet, viola and piano.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past. 

Thursday's (7-26) Noon Concert from the Baruch Performing Arts Center (BPAC) features soprano Kate Mangiameli and pianist William Hobbs in "From the Baltic to the Danube: Finland & Hungary - Musical Neighbors?"

Wednesday 7-25 at noon and Monday 7-30 at 10 pm on Curtis Calls we'll hear Debussy's Image, Book 1, a sonata by Domenico Scarlatti and Felix Mendelssohn's 2nd string quartet.  Performances by students at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evening at 10. 

This Sunday (7-22)  evening at 11 on Half Past we'll hear the 4th Symphony by Krysztof Penderecki, the Quintet for Horn & Strings by Richard Wernick and a song for soprano, Spring by Dominic Argento.  Music composed in the past half-century. 

The Noontime Concert this Thursday, 7-19 features members of the Lenape Chamber Ensemble in a piano trio by Haydn, Poulenc's Sonata for Cello & Piano and Schubert's Death and the Maiden String Quartet.  The performers: violinists Cyrus Beroukhim & Emily Daggett Smith , violist Danielle Farina, cellist Arash Amini and pianist, Marcantonio Barone.

This Sunday (7-15) evening at 11 on Half Past we'll hear Peter Maxwell Davies conduct his 2nd Symphony, commisioned for the 100th anniversary of the Boston Symphony. 

This Wednesday, 7-11 at noon on Curtis Calls we present Prokofiev's Flute Sonata and Mendelssohn's 2nd Piano Trio.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evening at 10. 

Thursday's (7-12) Noontime Concert from the Lenape Chamber Ensemble features chamber music by Mozart, Menotti & 19th Century Polish composer Julius Zarebski.

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