Nina Cardona

Music Director / Host

Nina Cardona holds a degree in music history from Converse College. Just two days after graduation, she started playing classical music as a part-time host on Nashville Public Radio.  She was WPLN’s All Things Considered host for eleven years, during which time her reporting focused on arts and culture stories.

Nina is a classically trained singer and open water swimmer who dabbles in photography and a variety of needle crafts.

 

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Javier Perianes

Spanish pianist Javier Perianes makes his Nashville debut this weekend, playing a somewhat unusual concerto with the Nashville Symphony. Camille Saint-Saens’s Second is now the most performed of the composer’s piano concertos, but early audiences weren’t sure what to make of it.

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This season, Clarksville's Gateway Chamber Orchestra is using music to examine elements that make Middle Tennessee what it is. In a nod to both nearby Fort Campbell and the impact of the Civil War on the region, the performance coming up this weekend focuses on the military. The orchestra will play the military symphony by Haydn, Ravel's Le Tombeau du Couperin, which was inspired by friends of the composer lost in World War I, and John Adams's setting of Walt Whitman's poem about caring for Civil War wounded.

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The Blakemore Trio is preparing to go on the road. The ensemble, made up of faculty from Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music, will soon go on a tour of California, with performances in San Diego, Los Angeles and Desert Springs. In Studio C, pianist Amy Dorfmann, violinist Carolyn Huebl and Felix Wang shared a taste of the program they'll be taking to the West Coast.

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The Nashville Symphony's next season offers quite a bit of familiar music — like Beethoven's Fifth, Verdi's Requiem, Stravinksy's Firebird and Also Sprach Tharathustra. Those warhorses are balanced out by new music from contemporary composers, including one world premiere. 

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Each year, students at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music compete to earn their place in a student showcase. Blair's Kristin Whittlesey brought a few of this year's performers in for a sneak peak of the show, which takes place Friday night at 8:00.

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The broad strokes of Etty Hillesum’s life before World War II were not particularly remarkable. Her father was a Dutch school master, and her mother was one of many Russian Jews who fled the pogroms of their homeland to make a new life Western Europe.

Hillesum herself wasn’t a particularly good student, although she was interested in languages. Her brother was a very skilled pianist, but she showed no particular aptitude for music. She worked as a housekeeper. She had a romantic relationship with her boss.

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Spaceflight was just a theoretical possibility when Gustav Holst wrote his musical exploration of our solar system. 

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On this week's program, we got the rare treat of hearing a group of musicians try on a new ensemble for size. Matt Davich, who we often hear on saxophone, brought his clarinet to Studio C along with friends Jeff Lisenby (accordian, piano) and Emily Nelson (cello). They played a handful of tunes with echoes of European and South American folk traditions, along with one of opera's greatest hits.

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Roger Weismeyer visited Studio C once again to preview his 15th annual Mozart Birthday Concert, a yearly event that brings together performers from various Music City ensembles to celebrate the music of the ultimate classicist. The 2017 edition features a Weismeyer's performance of a piano sonata and a bassoon concerto played by Gil Perel. The shows begin at noon Friday, January 13th at St. George's Episcopal Church and 7pm Monday, January 23 at Edgehill United Methodist, to benefit those churches and the Mary Parrish Center for Victims of Domestic Violence.

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Teenagers Nolan and Chloe Harvel are a pair of siblings that share a love of music and a talent for playing. For their visit to Studio C, the Harvels were accompanied by Maeve Brophy, a pianist on the staff at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music.

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