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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On Friday, 9-21 the Noontime Concert presents Big Jim and the Small-time Investors from the Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival.  Eric Salzman is the composer with lyrics by Ned Jackson.

Sunday Night (9-23) at 11 on Half Past we'll hear the Concerto for Marimba & Orchestra by Tomas Svoboda, Homage for Frame Drum & Viola by Glen Velez and two short pieces by Beata Moon: Dinner is West and Wood, Water & Land.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past, Sundays at 11 PM.

Wednesday, 9-19 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Chopin's Cello Sonata and Joseph Schwantner's Wild Angels of the Open Hills with words by Ursula Le Guin for soprano, flute and harp.  Performances from Curtis Institute student recitals, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Sunday evening (9-16) at 11 on Half Past we'll hear the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in Leo Brouwer's Cuban Landscape with Rain.  Also on the program of music from the past half-century: Allen Shawn's Sextet for Piano & Winds and Alberto Ginastera's String Quartet No. 2.  

This Wednesday at noon we'll hear violinist Stephen Tavani and pianist Michelle Cann in music by Beethoven, Britten and Sibelius from Tavani's graduation recital at the Curtis Institute last year.  He was  appointed Assistant Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra earlier this year.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Beethoven: Kreutzer Sonata op. 47

Sibelius: Danses champetres, op. 106

Britten: Suite for Violin & Piano, op, 6 (selections)

Sunday evening 9-9 at 11 on Half Past we'll hear JoAnn Falletta lead the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in the Cello Concerto by Iranian composer Behzad Ranjbaran.  Also on the program, the Lydian String Quartet performs John Harbison's 2nd  String Quartet. Music composed in the past half-century on Half Past.

Join us Wednesday, 9-5  at noon to hear students from the Curtis Institute of Music in Mozart's Hunt Quartet (String Quartet in B-flat, K. 458) and the Sonata in b minor for violin & piano by Ottorino Respighi.  Curtis Calls, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10. 

This Thursday's Noon Concert by the Cygnus Ensemble recorded in April at Symphony Space includes music by David Del Tredici, Morris Rosenzweig and Anna Weesner.  Victoria Bond briefly talks to the composers before the performances.

This Sunday evening (9-2) at 11 we'll hear Moishe Weinberg's 19th Symphony, Bright May and Le Legendaire by Laurent Petitgirard.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past. 

Thursday's (8-30) Noontime Concert from the Cape May Music Festival includes music by Sam Reider, Leonard Bernstein, Bob Dylan and Daniel Bailen.  The performers are Sam Reider, accordion & piano, Alex Hargreaves, violin Dominick Leslie, mandolin, Susan Rotholz, flute, Eliot Bailen, cello and Daniel Bailen, double bass.

Wednesday, 8/29 at noon hear students from the Curtis Institute of Music in Mozart's Piano Trio No. 4 and Glinka's Trio pathetique for clarinet, bassoon and piano.  Also on the program are a Praeludium for organ by Dietrich Buxtehude and selections from Siete canciones populares espanoles by Manuel de Falla.  Curtis Calls, Wednesday at noon, repeated Monday evening at 10. 

This Sunday evening (8-26) at 11 we'll hear Birds in the Morning for flute & orchestra by Finnish composer Erik Bergman (1911-2006) and the 2nd string quartet, musica instrumentalis by Aaron Jay Kernis performed by the Lark Quartet.  Music from the past half century on Half Past.

Wednesday, 8-22 at noon we'll hear Curtis student Kodi Meyer in Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death.  Also on the program is Mozart's String Quartet in E-flat, K. 428.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Sunday evening (8-19) at 11 we'll hear the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Spanish born composer Leonardo Balada, Triptico for guitar by Venezuelan Antonio Lauro and the Cello Concerto No. 2 by Spanish composer Jesus Villa-Rojo.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past. 

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. 

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