For this week's episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler invited his Toronto-based colleague Stephen Cera to curate and co-host a program devoted to the music of Alexander Scriabin. Cera explores the composer's brief, tumultuous life and far-reaching creative journey through recorded performances by with performances by Vladimir Sofronitzky, Vladimir Horowitz, Mikhail Pletnev, Sviatoslav Richter and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
"In many ways, Stephen is sort of like my Canadian counterpart, in that he wears many hats," says Distler. An active and highly distinctive concert pianist, who has performed as soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Philharmonic, and other orchestras across Canada and the US, Stephen Cera served as the Artistic Director of Toronto’s Ford Centre for the Performing Arts. Before that he was a producer with CBC Radio Music, and also produced CDs for the CBC label. In addition, Cera's writings on music have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Musical America, The Huffington Post, and The Baltimore Sun, where he served as that paper’s music critic for seven years.
Tune in this Tuesday January 8th at 10 PM for Between the Keys, only here on The Classical Network and WWFM.org