young artists

Maryland Lyric Opera this month kicks off its 2018-2019 season, which will include its first fully-staged production since its founding in 2014. The season includes a concert performance of La Fanciulla del West in September and a staged production of Lucia di Lammermoor in January, as well as expanded opportunities to young singers through its Young Artist Institute. A Tempo this Saturday (9/8 at 7 pm) features a conversation with Music Director Louis Salemno about these programs and Maryland Lyric Opera's mission. 

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Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra program launched its first-ever jazz program this summer, and this Saturday (8/4 at 7 pm) A Tempo takes a look at this new opportunity for young musicians. Host Rachel Katz will chat with pianist Brooke Wyatt from Houston, TX, and Wyatt Forham, a bass trombonist from St. Louis, MO. She will also speak with Joanna Massey, Director of Learning and Engagment Programs at Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute.

WWFM had several visitors on May 18 as part of the Mercer County Teen Arts Festival, sponsored by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission and held at Mercer County Community College. Production Manager and A Tempo host Rachel Katz led a workshop showing students what goes into creating a show and being on the air. As always, it was great to meet these students who appreciate music and the arts!

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A Tempo wraps up its commencement series this Saturday (5/19 at 7 pm) with a conversation with Joseph W. Polisi, who is stepping down this year after 34 years as President of The Juilliard School. The Curtis Institute of Music presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award "in recognition of his extraordinary influence on the lives and development of actors, dancers, and musicians as performers, creators, and artist-citizens," and he was invited to deliver the Commencement address.

With graduation season underway, A Tempo this week begins a short series of conversations with accomplished musicians who are giving back to young artists or imparting their wisdom at Commencement ceremonies. This Saturday (4/5 at 7 pm) host Rachel Katz chats with Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim, who frequently performs with youth and community orchestras and will be the soloist in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with West Windsor, NJ-based Sinfonietta Nova on Sunday May 6.

This Wednesday (1-31) at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Curtis students perform Mendelssohn's 2nd Piano Trio and Sergei Prokofiev's Flute Sonata.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Celebrating Our Musical Future this Monday (11/13) presents a performance of Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers by Westminster Choir College's Westminster Kantorei under the direction of Dr. Amanda Quist. The Italian master who straddled the Renaissance and Baroque periods was always progressive and innovative, combining the worlds of early opera with the music of the church, and this monumental Vespers is a testament to his genius and stunning compositional skill. Join host David Osenberg for this broadcast at 8 pm.

This Week (11-8 at noon & 11-13 at 10 PM) on Curtis Calls, from the graduation recital of violinist Timmy Chooi:  Beethoven's "Spring" Sonata and Edvard Grieg's Sonata No. 3 in c minor.  Then Timmy's brother Nikki, a 2012 Curtis graduate, joins him for Pablo de Sarasate's "Navarra."  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Having recently graduated from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, clarinetist Lotte Leussink and french horn player Craig Hansen are not just looking to perform with orchestras and other ensembles in their future - they hope to help change them for the better.

Enjoy an extended evening of performances from the Curtis Institute of Music this Monday (10/23) on Celebrating Our Musical Future at 8 pm.  The program includes Beethoven's Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20, a sonata from Georg Philip Telemann's Tafel-Musik, and Luciano Berio's 11-song cycle "Folk Songs."

This Monday's Celebrating Our Musical Future presents the Princeton University Orchestra in works by Hindemith and Mahler.

Celebrating Our Musical Future this Monday (10/9) features the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra in a program that includes El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla, the Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor by Frederic Chopin and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 in B Minor 'Pathetique.'

On  Curtis Calls, pianist Bolai Cao plays Prokofiev's Sonata No. 8 and the Brahms Trio in a minor, op. 114 is performed by Tianyi Shen, clarinet, Sang-Eun Lee, cell0 and Tianxu An, piano.  Music from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon, repeated Monday evening at 10.

Celebrating Our Musical Future takes you to the Manhattan School of Music for concerts by the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia and Chamber Orchestra Monday at 8 pm.

This Wednesday (9-27) at noon, from the graduation recital of violinist Shannon Lee, we hear Bach's Sonata in E, BWV 1016, Beethoven's Sonata in A, op. 30, no. 1 and the 1st Rhapsody by Bela Bartok.  Music from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon, repeated Monday evening at 10.

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