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's Noon Concert (5-24) from Concerts on the Slope in Brooklyn  we'll hear a Wind Quintet in Summer Winds by Aaron Copland.  Also on the program are pieces by Maurice Ravel, John Harbison, Isang Yun and Reena Ismail.

Sunday evening (5-26) at 11 on Half Past we'll hear selections from the operas Desire Under the Elms by Edward Thomas, Gimpel the Fool by David Schiff, and The Greater Good by Stephen Hartke.  Music composed in the past half-century on Half Past.

On Thursday, 5-23 the Noontime Concert is a Baroque Fest from Lenape Chamber Ensemble.  We'll hear music by JJ Fax, Jean-Marie Leclair, F Couperin, Telemann and Vivaldi.

At noon on Wednesday, 5-22 we'll hear Henri Vieuxtemps' Viola Sonata, Loop by Gyorgy Ligeti and the Viola Sonata by Rebecca Clarke.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Friday, 5-17  on the Noontime Concert Tempesta di Mare performs incidental music from Congreve's The Double Dealer by Henry Purcell, La Musette by Telemann, Pascal Collasse's Ballet des Quatre Saisons and the Suite from Pygmalion by Jean-Philippe Rameau.

On Sunday evening (5-19) at 11 we'll hear Changes (sextet for winds & piano) by Marcelo Zarvos, Winter Music by Alexina Louie, the Second Hungarian Gyspy Romance by Edmond Agopian and William Bolcom's Violin Sonata No. 4.  Music composed in the past half-century on Half Past. 

Thursday, 5-16 on the Noontime Concert from Freehold's Downtown Concert Series we'll hear pianist Jenny Q Chai in music by Schumann, Ravel, Messiaen and Kapuscinski.

Friday's Evening Concert (5-17 at 8PM) from the Princeton Symphony Orchestra includes Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 and the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Johannes Brahms with soloist Dominic Cheli.  Music Director Rossen Milanov conducts.

Wednesday (5/15) at noon on Curtis Calls we present Beethoven's "Spring" Sonata, Grieg's Sonata No. 3 in C minor and Navarra by Pablo de Sarasate.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Sunday evening, 5-12 at 11 on Half Past we'll hear Symphony No. 10 by Edmund Rubbra, Michael Torke's Charcoal and the Cello Concerto by Philip Glass.  Music composed in the past half-century on Half Past.

Friday's (5-10) Evening Concert from The Orchestra Now includes performances of Decoration Day from A Symphony: New England Holidays by Charles Ives, William Grant Still's Symphony No. 1. Afro-American, Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland and the Double Concerto for Violin & Cello by Krzysztof Penderecki.  Joann Falletta and Leon Botstein are the conductors in this program airing at 8:00 Friday evening.

Friday's Noontime Concert from the Bach Choir of Bethlehem presents Bach's Cantata 140, Wachet Auf! (Sleepers Wake) and the Concerto for Oboe & Violin BWV 1060.  Artistic Director Greg Funfgeld directs.

Wednesday, 5-8 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll present students from the Curtis Institute of Music in Five Bagatelles by Gerald Finzi, the song cycle Mädchenblumen by R. Strauss and music for violin and piano by Mozart and Wieniawski.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Sunday (5-5) evening at 11 on Half Past we'll hear the Viola Concerto No. 3 by William Thomas McKinley, Ian Krouse's Labyrinth for guitar quartet and the Orchestra Hall Suite by James Lentini.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

Thursday's (5-2) Noontime Concert from Lenape Chamber Ensemble includes Beethoven's String Quartet, op. 18 no. 6, the Violin Sonata No. 2 by Gabriel Fauré and Dvorak's Dumky Trio, op. 90.

Wednesday, 5-1 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Mozart's Quintet in A for clarinet & strings, a Tema con variazioni for cello and guitar by Czech guitarist and composer, Wenzel Matiegka, and the song cycle Betrothal for Laughs by Poulenc. Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evening at 10.

Sunday evening, 4-28 at 11 on Half Past we'll hear string quartets by Irwin Swack and Jefferson Friedman and the Symphony No. 4 by Victor Kalabis.  Music composed in the last half-century on Half Past.

Wednesday at noon (4-24) on Curtis Calls, from the graduation recital of harpist Heloise Carlean-Jones, we'll hear Sonata for Harp by Hindemith, a Fugue by J.S. Bach, an Impromptu by Faure, the Trio for violin, cello and harp by Ibert and Ravel's Introduction et allegro.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evening at 10.

On Friday, 4-26 at 8 PM the evening concert from The Orchestra Now includes Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Symphony No. 1 from the 1860s and Rheinhold Gliere's 3rd Symphony "Ilya Muromets" from the first decade of the 20th century. Music Director Leon Botstein conducts this program recorded last December.

On Thursday, 4-18 the Noon Concert called LENNY and tbe Boys from Cantus Novus chamber choir includes music by Sondheim, Bernstein, Hammerstein, Rheinberger and more. W. Edward McCall conducts.

Wednesday, 4-17 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Mozart's Rondo, K 511, Six Piano Pieces by Johannes Brahms and two pieces by Henryk Wieniawski: Fantaisie Brillante on Themes from Gounod's Faust, op, 20 and Etude-caprice in D, op. 18, no. 3. Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Sunday evening (4-14) at 11 we'll hear the Clarinet Concerto by Einojuhani Rautavaara and the Sinfonietta by his student, Kimmo Hakola.  Also on the program is Fisher Tull's Symphonic Treatise. Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

Friday's (4-12) Noon Concert from Baruch Performing Arts Center includes Brian Mulligan singing Walden by Gregory Spears & Dominick Argento's From the Diary of Virginia Woolf.

Music in the Age of Tinoretto-Artist of Renaissance Venice is the title of the program we hear from Parthenia on Thursday's (4-11) Noon Concert. We'll hear music by Maschera, Tromboncino, Ruffo, Cara, Willaert, a half dozen or so other 16th to 17th century composers and Tomb Sonnets for countertenor & viol consort by contemporary composer Martin Kennedy.

Wednesday 4-10 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear violinist Christine Lim and pianist Xiaohui Yang in Clara Schumann's Three Romances, op. 22, Robert Schumann's Sonata No. 1 and Beethoven's Sonata No. 7, op. 30, no. 2.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Sunday evening, 4-7 at 11 on Half Past we present An Elizabethan Songbook by Eric Ewazen, the Viola Quintet (Unquiet Parables) by Carson Cooman and György Ligeti's Violin Concerto.  Music composed in the past half-century on Half Past.

On this Friday's (4-5) Noon Concert we'll hear pianist Zhenni Li in music by Claude Debussy, Beethoven, Mussorgsky and Samuel Szyman.  Violist Matthew Cohen joins her for York Bowen's Phantasy.

Thursday's (4/4) Noontime Concert from the ensemble Mélomanie features chamber music by three living composers: Matthias Maute,  Liduino Pitombeira & Roberto Pace, and Schiefendecker (1679-1732), Delalande (1657-1726) and  Guillemante (fl. 1750s) from the Baroque era.

Wednesday, 4-3 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson for soprano and piano by Aaron Copland and Beethoven's Sonata in D major, op. 102, no. 2 for cello & piano.  Performances by students at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Sunday evening, 3-31 at 11 on Half Past we'll hear: Fratres by Arvo Pärt, the Triple Concerto by John Biggs, The Eight Houses of I Ching by Udo Kasemets and Morten Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

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