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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Last week, two students of Jerome Reed at Lipscomb University played in Studio C. This time, we hear Reed himself playing music by two living American composers, one of whom is a former student who wrote the piece specifically for Reed.

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This week, we get a preview of two upcoming student recitals at Lipscomb University. Christian Johnson grew up in Dickson; Jeriel Jorguenson is from Belize but now  lives in Nashville. Both have studied with Jerome Reed since they were students in high school. Now, the pair are finishing their last year of college.

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Richard Todd is a member of two music faculties here in Nashville; his main job is teaching guitar at Tennessee State University, but he's also an adjunct at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music. The selections he brought to his Studio C performance are just some of what he prepared to perform in a recital at Blair.

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Guitarist and composer Jonathan Sargent has a new album of his own music on the Naxos label, called Little Cathedrals. The melodies are inspired by the music of Spain and Latin America and the great cathedrals of Europe. It's a mix of guitar solos of and pieces for chamber ensembles; for Live in Studio C, all accompaniment was provided by Jeff Taylor on accordion.

Nashville Repertory Theatre

Nashville playwright Nate Eppler's comedy about a tabloid queen who used to be a champion figure skater is on the shortlist for American Theatre Critics Association's New Play Award.

Studio Tenn

Franklin-based theater company Studio Tenn announced next season's shows today. The lineup features the return of an original work and new productions of stories audiences may find familiar.

September 7-17, 2017: The Battle of Franklin: A Tale of a House Divided

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Cellist Eli Lara and clarinetist Mingzhe Wang, both former faculty members at Austin Peay who've since moved away, came back to Middle Tennessee this week with pianist Ilya Polataev. Trio Selene made its Tennessee debut with a concert in Clarksville, with a program that includes music they recorded for an album that will be released soon.

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In August, Tennessee Tech University clarinetist Wonkak Kim traveled to Seoul, South Korea to perform Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time with the Mirus Trio. Now, the chamber group is returning the favor, playing the piece with Kim here in Middle Tennessee. They'll perform it Wednesday evening at Tech, then at Nashville's Cathedral of the Incarnation on Thursday night.

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Pianist Agnes Wan left Nashville for a faculty position at Virginia State University, but she's back in Middle Tennessee this week for a private recital in Brentwood and a performance and master class at Tennessee Tech. She brought an assortment of music from both the keyboard and vocal repertoire to Studio C.

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Pianists Heather Conner and Caleb Harris primarily perform as soloists, but the married couple also makes beautiful music together from time to time. On this Valentine's Day, they gave us a preview of their concert next month at the Blair School of Music, where both of them teach. 

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