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Remembering Grete Sultan

On 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 celebrates the legacy of a true piano legend, Grete Sultan (1906-2005). Trained in the classical traditions of her native Germany, Sultan became known for championing visionary American composers of her time, such as Henry Cowell, Alan Hovhaness, Ben Weber, Tui St. George Tucker and John Cage, who wrote his monumental Etudes Australes especially for Sultan.

Distler's special guest is Roger Tréfousse, who shares memories of his studies and friendship with Grete Sultan. Musical selections will include works by Cage, Weber, Beethoven, Schubert, Schoenberg, Bach , Debussy, Copland and Hovhaness.

Tune in Tuesday night at 10, with a rebroadcast Wednesday at noon, exclusively on The Classical Network and WWFM.org

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Jed Distler is Artist-in-Residence for The Classical Network and program host of Between the Keys, Tuesdays at 10 pm.