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 Sunday evening, 3/24 at 11 we'll hear the Symphony No. 5 by Rumanian composer Anatol Vieru and Richard Wilson's Gnomics for wind trio.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

Friday evening at 8 we present the Princeton Symphony Orchestra with soloist Rachel Barton Pine in Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1.  Music Director Rossen Milanov also leads the orchestra in Janacek's Sinfonietta and the Divertimento from the Fairy's Kiss by Igor Stravinsky.  The Friday Evening Concert from the PSO at 8 on March 22nd on the Classical Network.

Wednesday at noon (3-20) on Curtis Calls we'll hear Mozart's Quintet for Piano & Strings, K. 452, two arrangements for cello and guitar of JS Bach's music & Brahms' Trio in A minor for clarinet, cello & piano.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Half Past this Sunday at 11 PM is entirely dedicated to Music by Toru Takemitsu: Towards the Sea II, "Vers, l'arc-en ciel,Palma,"  Air, To the Edge of Dream and I Hear the Water Dreaming.  Music of the past half-century on Half Past.

The Friday Evening Concert (3-15) from The Orchestra Now and music director Leon Botstein features Joseph Joachim's Overture to Hamlet and the Symphony No. 1 by by Edward Elgar.

Leon Botstein conducts The Orchestra Now in the Friday Evening Concert. (3-15)  We'll hear them in Edward Elgar's Symphony No. 1 and Joseph Joachim's Overture to Hamlet.

On Wednesday 3-13 at noon we'll hear Lachrymae by Benjamin Britten, Per questa bella mano by Mozart, Ferruccio Busoni's transcription of Bach's Chaconne and Rachmaninoff's Sonata No. 2.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Sunday evening, 3-10 on Half Past we'll hear the Bochmann String Quartet in Alan Bush's Suite of Six, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet in Cuban Landscape with Rumba by Leo Brouwer and the Kansas City Symphony in Formosa Seasons by Gordon Shi-Wen Chin.  Music composed in the past half-century on Half Past.

Friday's (3-8) Noontime Concert presents American Modern Ensemble performers in music by William Kenter Anderson, Stephen Cabell, Kevin McCarter, Robert Paterson, Jonathan Posthuma, Joseph Rebman & Ari Sussman

Thursday's (3-7) Noontime Concert from Baruch Performing Art Center features cellist Joshua Roman & pianist Gilles Vansattel in music of Beethoven, Janacek and Elliot Carter and violinist Tessa Lark & pianist Andrew Armstrong in Stravinsky's Suite Italienne and Lark's own Appalachian Fantasy.

At noon on March 6th we'll hear students from the Curtis Institute of Music in Mozart's Sonata in B-flat major, K. 333, Chopin's Scherzo No. 2, the Sonata for Cello & Guitar by Radames Gnattali and Abyss Lustre for flute & harp.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evening at 10.

Sunday night (3-3) at 11 on Half Past we'll hear string quartets by Samuel Adler and Shulamit Ran along with Regular Sets of Elements for orchestra by Einojuhani Rautavaara.  Music composed in the past half-century on Half Past.

On the Noontime Concerts this Thursday and Friday (February 28 & March 1) we'll hear Lenape Chamber Ensemble performances from last year's Summer Gala Concerts.  Thursday's program includes the Cello Quintet, op. 11, no. 5 by Luigi Boccherini, Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 1 & Ernest Chausson's Concerto for Violin, Piano & String Quartet.  On Friday we'll hear the String Trio, D 471 by Schubert, Vaughan Williams' Sonata for Violin & Piano from 1954 and Dohnányi's Piano Quintet

On Wednesday, 2-27 at noon Curtis Calls will present a recital by violinist Ania Filochowska and pianist Michael Davidman.  We'll hear Tartini's Sonata in g minor "Devil's Trill," the Sonata No. 1 in G major by Johannnes Brahms and Curtis student Steven Franklin's Passacaglia and Rondo. Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Sunday evening (2-25) on Half Past we'll hear the Piano Concerto by American James Yannatos and the Harp Concerto by Dutch composer Roel van Oosten.  Music composed in the past half-century on Half Past.

The Noontime Concert on Friday, 2-22 features Melomanie on Baroque or modern strings and winds in pieces by Francois Couperin, Georg Philipp Telemann, Yuko Uebayashi, Christopher Cook, Luciano Berio, Cynthia Folio, Jean Daniel Braun & Carl Friedrich Abel.

On Thursday, 2-21 the Noontime Concert from Astral Artists includes:

Schumann’s Arabeske for piano, Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Quintet in B-Flat Major and Dvorak’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81. The performers are

Violinists Nikki Chooi & Soovin Kim, violist Sam Quintal, cellist Timotheos Petrin, clarinetist Igor Begelman and pianist Sejoon Park.

Sunday evening, 2-17 at 11 on Half Past we'll hear A Grecian Festival by James Cohn, Nights in Timisoara and The Morning Trumpet by Barbara Harbach, Laura Karpman's Rounds for viola & piano & the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet in Genesis V by Janika Vandervelde. Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

On Friday, 2-8 the Noontime Concert from Astral Artists feautures mezzo-soprano Chrystal E. Williams with Laurent Philippe, piano and Felipe Hostins, accordion in music of Lorca, Hostins, Margaret Bonds, Ravel, H. Leslie Adams, Harry Burleigh and Hall Johnson.

Sunday evening at 11 on Half Past we'll hear Alan Hovhaness's Symphony No. 60, 3 Bagatelles by Nikolai Kapustin and Jazz Dances for Violin & Piano by Howard Blake.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

Thursday, 2-7 at noon we'll hear Matthew Robertson direct the Thirteen in a program called From Tree to Shining Tree.  The choir sings nature poems set by Williametta Spencer, Robert Ramsey, Johannes Brahms, Charles Stanford, David Lang, Benjamin Britten, Claudio Monteverdi, Daniel Elder, Walter Lambe, Eriks Esenvalds & Frank Ticheli.

Wednesday, 2-6 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Mozart's Sonata in F major, K 533/494 and the Sonata No. 2 by Dmitri Shostakovich.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10. 

On Friday  evening (2-1) at 8 pianist Inon Barnatan joins the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and conductor Marcelo Lehninger in Beethoven's  1st, 2nd and 4th Piano Concertos. 

At 11  on Sunday evening, 2-3 we'll hear Richard Danielpour's Concerto for Orchestra, String Quartet No. 2 by Daniel Kessner and Raptures of Undream for percussion by Bruce Hamilton. Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

On Thursday, 1-31 the Noontime Concert from Concerts on the Slope in Brooklyn features Nanci Belmont, bassoon, Rosie Gallagher, flute, Stuart Brezcinski, oboe, Bixby Kennedy, clarinet & Patrick Jankowski, horn in music by Francis Poulenc, Tania Leon, George Rochberg, & Gyorgi Ligeti.

Wednesday at noon( 1-30) on Curtis Calls we'll hear pianist Chelsea Wang in Mendelssohn's Fantasy in F-sharp minor, En-Chi Cheng and Elena Jivaeva in the Viola Sonata by George Rochberg, Youjin Lee in Ysaye's Violin Sonata, op. 27, no. 6, harpist Abigail Kent in Hindemith's Sonata and percussionist Neil Rao in Humunculus by Nich DiBerardino. Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Sunday evening, 1-27 at 11 we'll hear Alberto Ginastera's Sonata for Cello & Piano and Sinfonia a Granada by Spanish composer and conductor Lorenzo Palomo.  Music fromt the past half-cnetury on Half Past.

Wednesday, 1-23 on Curtis Calls we'll hear Bela Bartok's String Quartet No. 6, selections from Urban Dances for trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba by Richard Danielpour and NoaNoa for solo flute by Kaija Saariaho.  Performances from recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wedesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

On Thursday, 1-24 the Noontime Concert comes to us from the Zimmerli Art Museum.  Mark Hyczko and members of the NBCO present music by Antonin Dvorak, David Lang, Gabriela Lena Frank, Alexander Glazunov and John Adams.

Sunday evening, 1-20 at 11 on Half Past we'll hear:

Sonata for Viola & Piano, op. 147 by Dmitri Shostakovich

Trumpet Concerto by Thomas Sleeper

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, setting of the Wallace Stevens poem by Louise Talma

Music composed in the past half-century.

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