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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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West Virginia native Nate Strasser has been writing music for films since his college days in California. He recently relocated to the Midstate and teaches at Belmont, while he continues working with film studios. He brought several piano reductions of his scores to play for us in Studio C — and he also treated us to an improvisation.

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A program to foster young musicians with the potential to become professional classical players is entering a new phase. Four midstate middle schoolers were named as the second class of participants in the Nashville Symphony's Accelerando initiative.

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Guitarists Robert Thompson and Joey Butler met as members of a Latin music ensemble, and that musical tradition is at the heart of their work as Duo Sudeste. They returned with a program of selections from their upcoming recording.

Flutist Deanna Little has a knack for pulling together interesting music and woodwind ensembles. For this Studio C performance, the MTSU professor brought three more flutists — Rebecca Murphy, Maureen Moeller and Sarah Hoff — pianist Windell Little and a variety of music by British composers.

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Guitarist Stanley Yates has a long relationship with the music of Renaissance composer John Dowland. As a teenager, Yates made his own arrangements of all of Dowland's lute music. In this Studio C performance, Yates shares one of those favorites plus pieces he's been pleased to discover in recent years.

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The Nashville Symphony has selected a new conductor to handle the orchestra’s community, pops and educational concerts. Enrico Lopez-Yañez has served in a similar role with the Omaha Symphony since 2015.  

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Cellist Nicholas Gold put his own spin on 19th century music during this week's Live in Studio C. First, he and Brian Eades followed the tradition of violin virtuoso Paganini as they improvised additions to a set of variations. Then fellow cellist Elizabeth Browne filled in for the orchestra in a reduction of music by Schumann.

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Two weeks ago, we heard performances by faculty teaching music students at the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. On this program, we get a taste of the talented high school juniors and seniors who have come from all over the state. 

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This week, a versatile young harpist from Wales stopped by Studio C on his way between a festival in New Orleans and a workshop in Louisville. At just 21, it would be impressive enough if Ben Creighton Griffiths only held the principal harp position for one professional orchestra, but he's got that job with two ensembles, plus parallel careers as a touring soloist in both the classical and jazz genres. Griffiths gave us a taste of the wide range of music he can tease out of a single instrument, from impressionistic classical and traditional Welsh to walking bass and modal jazz.

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Each summer, talented high school students from around the state gather in Murfreesboro to hone their visual art, theater, dance or music skills with college-level teachers at the Governor's School for the Arts. We got a taste of how much fun the faculty get to have, as professors from the music division performed lively selections together with their peers.

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