Interviews

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the Municipal Auditorium in 1967,
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Records, Special Collection and Archives, Georgia State University Library

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra last month announced that it had transferred its archives to Georgia State University Library's Special Collection and Archives. The collection includes programs, newspaper clippings, photographs, business documents and a host of other memorabilia tracing the orchestra's 73-year history.

Houston's Theater District, the second largest in the U.S. in terms of seats in a concentrated area, is home to the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet and Alley Theater, and has faced severe flooding during Hurricane Harvey.  A Tempo this Saturday at 7 pm looks at some of the initial reports of damage to this area and these institutions, as well as how these organizations are looking ahead to their recovery.

A six-year initiative by the Houston Grand Opera will explore human and universal themes in operas new and old, and this week on A Tempo (Saturday 8/12 at 7 pm), host Rachel Katz touches base with the opera company to learn more. She'll speak with HGO's Assistant Artistic Director, Paul Hopper, about the themes that will be covered in the initial years of "Seeking the Human Spirit", plans for new commissions, and community partnerships with hospitals, museums and other organizations to bring members of the broader community along on this operatic journey.

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts recently held its annual meeting, awarding more than $15 million to arts organizations around the state and outlining its plans for the coming year. A Tempo host Rachel Katz will speak with Nicholas Paleologos, executive director of the Arts Council, about the grants, the state of arts organizations and arts education in New Jersey, and the Council's plans as it sets about creating its next strategic plan. Tune in Saturday (8/5) at 7 pm.

It's a rare opportunity when an emerging composer gets extended rehearsal time with a symphony orchestra to work through a new piece. So the chance to spend a week preparing a new work with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and hearing feedback directly from musicians offered an unusual learning experience for a select group of composers earlier this month. 

Andrea Avery had just begun to entertain the possibility that playing the piano would figure prominently in her career path when, at the age of 12, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

With graduation behind them, many young musicians and performers have begun heading out on their career paths, and this week, A Tempo looks at two books addressing some of the issues these aspiring artists will face. Host Rachel Katz (7/1 at 7 pm) will interview Bernhard Kerres, CEO and founder of Hello Stage and author of Be Your Own Manager:  A Career Handbook for Classical Musicians, and dancer and financial professional David Maurice Sharp, author of The Thriving Artist: Saving and Investing for Performers, Artists and the Stage & Film Industries.

Allison Vulgamore, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra, this week announced her plans to step down at the end of December, when her contract expires. During her tenure, she led the orchestra through bankruptcy proceedings and oversaw the expansion of community engagement initiatives, including its HEAR (Health, Education, Access and Research) program. This week on A Tempo (6/24), host Rachel Katz interviews Vulgamore about her legacy and the orchestra's next steps.

A Tempo: June 17

Jun 17, 2017

A Tempo begins an occasional series about challenges and opportunities facing young musicians. This week, host Rachel Katz speaks with Ed Yim, president of the American Composers Orchestra. Also on this show - an interview with Jonathan Palant, founder and conductor of the Dallas Street Choir, which recently made its Carnegie Hall debut, and choir member Carmelo Cabrera.

The effort to keep Westminster Choir College intact and on its Princeton campus as Rider University seeks a buyer for the institution received a boost this week, as former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean Sr. stepped up as an honorary chairman of the movement.

Westminster Choir College Professor James Jordan presents some of the recent research about the science of the human voice and how it can be applied to choral singing and teaching in the new book, The Anatomy of Tone, written together with some of his colleagues, and this week on A Tempo (Saturday 7 pm), host Rachel Katz will chat with him about some of these findings. Jordan will also discuss two of his other upcoming books - The Conductor as Prism, and Inside the Choral Rehearsal.

Sounds Choral: May 28 - The Mystic Trumpeter

May 28, 2017

It's a very special Sounds Choral this Sunday as host Marjorie Herman focuses on a work by conductor and composer Anthony Maglione and his magnificent setting of verses by Walt Whitman called The Mystic Trumpeter. Join Marjorie for this work and insightful conversation with the composer about how such a work comes to be.

When Linda Grenis was diagnosed with breast cancer, one of the things that kept her going following surgery and through treatment was her yoga class. 

Two and a half years later, Grenis stands in tree pose on a yoga mat midstage with several dancers from Roxey Ballet, re-enacting that experience through music in an upcoming production of We Vs C: Personal Stories of Triumph, which weaves together the words, stories and emotions of 22 survivors through music, art and dance.

Music schools and conservatories face constant challenges, from attracting students and offering relevant curricula to seeking out funding to support their endeavors. This week on A Tempo (5/13), host Rachel Katz takes a look at an upcoming leadership conference sponsored by the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, featuring a roundtable with some of the conference participants: Jamal J.

This week on A Tempo, host Rachel Katz interviews Theodore Ziolkowski, Princeton Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature, about his new book, "Music into Fiction" (Boydell and Brewer). The book explores the relationship between the musical and literary arts as displayed by figures such as Robert Schumann, ETA Hoffman and Anthony Burgess, and also examines literary works whose structures were based on musical forms, or featured a musical work as its main theme.

Cadenza programs in May are featuring great conductors leading top American orchestras. This Thursday (5/25) the series concludes with an interview with Angel Gil Ordonez, music director of PostClassical Ensemble in Washington DC, Principal Guest Conductor of New York’s Perspectives Ensemble, and Music Director of the Georgetown University Orchestra in DC. That's Thursday at 10 pm.

Cadenza: Gail Archer

Apr 27, 2017

Join Dr. Lewis Baratz and his guests cornettist, Nathaniel Cox and early bassoonist, Allen Hamrick, both considered rising stars of the early music world, as they discuss their journey into the realm of historical performance.  

Click here to listen to Cadenza

Click here to listen to February 24, 2017 broadcast of Music from the Institute of Advanced Study featuring Evan Ziporyn and the Galak Tika Gamelan Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2017-2018 season includes a crowd-sourced project called Philadelphia Voices, a Leonard Bernstein centenary and more. A Tempo host Rachel Katz interviews Jeremy Rothman, the orchestra's vice president of artistic planning.

This week's show also includes the week's news highlights and an interview with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Gabriel van Aalst about the role NEA funding plays in its programming and community engagement programs.

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