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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Sunday (11-11) evening at 11 we'll hear David Diamond's Flute Concerto, Aulis Sallinen's Introduction & Tango Overture and the Quintet for Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & String Trio by Robert Simpson. Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

Friday evening, November 9 at 8 we will present a concert by The Orchestra Now (TON) with Gerard Schwarz conducting.  The program includes Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 and Eugene Goossens Jubilee Variations.  Ten American composers each wrote a variation for Goossens!

On Wednesday, 11/7 at noon we'll hear bass Kodi Meyer in Johannes Brahms' Vier ernste Gesaenge.  Also on the program are Domenico Scarlatti's Sonata in B minor, K 87 and Mozart's String Quartet in C, "Dissonance."  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Sunday (11-4) evening at 11 on Half Past we present William Bergsma's Quintet for Flute & Strings along with Banana/Dump Truck by Steven Mackey.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

Friday's (11-2) Noontime Concert from the viol consort Parthenia presents music by a dozen or so composers from the 16th and 17th centuries whose works preceded those of Henry Purcell (1659-1695).  The program ends with music by Purcell himself.

Thursday, 11/1 at noon we'll hear violinist Itamar Zorman and pianist Kwan Yi in: Mozart's Adagio, K 287, the Rhapsody No. 2 by Bartok, Kreisler's Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta, the Sonata No. 1 by Johannes Brahms and Homage to Charlie Chaplin by  Chaplin and Zorman.

Wednesday (10-31) at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear the Sonata for Viola & Piano by George Rochberg and the Piano Trio No. 1 in d minor by Anton Arensky.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Sunday evening, 10-28  at 11 we'll hear Mediteranean Dances by Charles Camileri, Joaquin Rodrigo's Sonata Pimpante and the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Turkish composer Ahmed Saygun.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

On Friday (10-26) evening at 8 Rossen Milanov leads the Princeton Symphony Orchestra in A Bernstein Celebration.  The program includes 'Three Dance Episodes from On the Town", the "Overture to Candide" and the "Candide Suite".  Daniel Rowland joins the PSO for the "West Side Story Suite for Violin and Orchestra".

Sunday evening at 11 (10-21) we'll hear Boris Tishchenko's String Quartet No. 4 and Phaeton by Christopher Rouse.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

Wednesday, 10-17 at noon we'll hear Tianxu An in Beethoven's Sonata No. 4 in E-flat major, op. 7 and Avery Gagliano in the Sonata No. 6 in F major, op. 10 no. 2.  Also on the program: Legende by Wieniawski.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of  Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

The Noontime Concert on Friday, 10-19 from The Thirteen and its artistic director Matthew Robertson includes choral pieces by Thomas Tallis, J.S. Bach, David Lang, J.C. Bach, Stephen Paulus and more.

On Thursday evening, 10/18 at 8 pm James Bagwell leads The Orchestra Now in Jennifer Higdon's blue cathedral, Gershwin's An American in Paris, and Symphony No. 2, op. 61 by Robert Schumann.

Sunday evening, 10-14 at 11 we'll hear Russian composer Alla Pavlova's Symphony No. 3 and Farewell Finland by Czech guitarist and composer Stepan Rak.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

Friday's Noontime Concert (10-12) from Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra Chamber Players is titled Holiday in Paris - Telemann's musical vacation.  We'll hear 18th Century music by Guignon, Forqueray, Blavet and Telemann.

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