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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Friday, 1-18 on the Noon Concert we'll hear the Dryden Ensemble with soloists, Kristen Dubenion-Smith, Andrea Salazar, Jason McStoots & William Sharp in Cantatas 87 & 154 and selections from other J.S. Bach works.

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.

Thursday, 1-17 at noon we'll hear the Prism Quartet and percussionists Susie Ibarra and Tyshawn Sorey in  music mostly composed in 2018.

This Wednesday (1/16) at noon we'll hear Fantasy Pieces, op. 12 for piano by Robert Schumann, Andrew Hsu's dahlianum for harp, 3 lieder from Schubert's Die Schöne Müllerin and Haydn's Sonata in C Hob.XVI:48.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music Wednesdays at noon and Monday evening at 10.

On Friday 1-11 the Noontime Concert from Concerts on the Slope features Sandbox Percussion and flutist Melissa Baker in music by Victor Caccese, Caroline Shaw, Thomas Kotcheff, Allison Loggins-Hull, Viet Cuong and Steve Reich.  

This Sunday evening (1-13) at 11 we'll hear the Lincoln Trio in Jennifer Higdon's Piano Trio and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in Evening Prayers by Giya Kancheli.  Gerard Schwarz conducts pianist Richard Good and Music Today Ensemble in Serenade No. 3 by George Perle.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

On Thursday, 1-10 the Noontime Concert program includes Introduction & Allegro by Maurice Ravel, Mozart's String Quintet in G minor, K 516 and the String Sextet in G, op. 36 by Johannes Brahms.

On Friday, 1-4 the Noontime Concert from Merkin Hall in NYC features the MultiPiano Ensemble and the Tremolo Percussion Ensemble in Ravel's Rapsodie Espanol and Frontispiece, Mussorgsky's St. John's Night on Bald Mountain and The Planets by Gustav Holst.

Thursday's (1-3) Noontime Concert from Collage New Music includes David Horne's Splintered Instruments, The Bairns of Brugh by Peter Maxwell Davies, the 2017 Piano Concerto by Helen Grime with pianist Christopher Oldfather and soprano Tony Arnold in Raising Sparks by James MacMillan.

Join us Sunday evening (12-30) at 11 for William Schuman's Symphony No. 10 "American Muse," TARO by Dieter Mack and a tuba octet called The Liberation of Sisyphus by John Stevens.  Music from the past half-century.

Wednesday 12-26 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Domenico Scarlatti's Sonata in b minor, K. 87, Images, Book 1 by Debussy and Felix Mendelssohn's String Quartet in a minor, op. 13.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Sunday night, 12-23 at 11 we'll hear Leo Brouwer's Guitar Concerto No. 5, Panta Rhei by Ursula Mamlok and Libretto on a Dreamy Vision by Takayoshi Yanagida.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

Wednesday, 12-19 at noon we'll hear students from the Curtis Institute of Music in Sonata No. 3 by Chopin, Tomaso Vitali's Chaconne in g and pieces for guitar by Albeniz and Paul Lansky.  Curtis Calls, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evening at 10.

Sunday (12-16) at 11 PM join Carl Hemmingsen for music from the half past century.  We'll hear the NY Chamber Symphony in Aaron Jay Kernis's Symphony in Waves and the 6 pianos of Piano Circus in Loud by Grahman Fitkin.

On Wednesday, 12-12 at noon we'll hear students from the Curtis Institute of Music in Brahms' Piano Quintet in f minor and Alan Shulman's Theme & Variations for Viola.  Curtis Calls, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10. 

Thursday, 12-13 at noon we'll hear The Thirteen Choir in a Christmas program titled Northern Lights.  Artistic Director Matthew Robertson directs a program of music from over four centuries.

Sunday evening, 12-9 at 11 we'll present Eric Ewazen's Flute Concerto, Ned Rorem's Four Poems Without Words and the String Quartet No. 12 in D-flat by Shostakovich.  Music composed in the past half-century.

Join us Friday, 12-7 at noon for a holiday program from the NJ MasterChorale which includes John Rutter's Gloria, Christmas carols and William Gorton's Festive Te Deum.

This Thursday (12-6) on the Noontime Concert from Astral Artists in Philadelphia pianist Henry Kramer plays music by Schumann: Kreisleriana, Ravel and Hannah Lash: Six Etudes & A Dream.

Photo by Matt Dine

Thursday evening, 12-6 at 8:00 we present The Orchestra Now under the direction of Leon Botstein in Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, Frank Martin's Six Monologues from Jedermann and the 3rd Symphony by Tchaikovsky.

Wednesday, 12-5 at noon we'll hear Curtis Institute students in Bela Bartok's String Quartet No. 5 and Mozart's Piano Sonata in F, K 332.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Sunday evening, 12-2 at 11 we'll hear the Trumpet Concerto No. 2 by Anthony Plog, Steve Mackey's Physical Property for guitar and string quartet and Dos Danzas Latinas by Nancy Galbraith.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past. 

Friday, 11-30 at noon we present Cantus Novus in concert with a program titled "A Perfect Light."  The progam includes traditional carols, John Rutter's Gloria  and songs  by Eric Whitacre, Guy Forbes and others.

Thursday's (11-29) Noontime Concert from Merkin Concert Hall in NYC features pianist Daniel Lebhardt in the Italian Concerto  and the Prelude & Fugue, BWV 867 by J.S. Bach, and selections from Rachmaninoff's Sonata No. 2.

Tuesday's Noontime Concert (11-27)  from Concerts on the Slope is titled Voices of Latin America.  We'll hear a piano quartet in Tania Leon's A Tres Voces and Fuego de angel by Roberto Sierra & a piano trio version of Beethoven's Symphony No. 2.

(Note: This broadcast was rescheduled from Nov. 16).

Friday Evening's (11-16) concert broadcast from the Princeton Symphony Orchestra features pianist Simone Dinnerstein in J.S. Bach's Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in G minor and the Piano Concerto No. 3 by Philip Glass.  Music Director Rossen Milanov conducts a program that also includes Mason Bates Auditorium and Le tombeau de Couperin by Ravel.

Thursday's (11-15) Noontime Concert from Freehold's Downtown Concert Series features tenor James Valenti with pianist Mark Hyczko.

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.

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.

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!

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