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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Mickey Dobo / Nashville Symphony

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.

photographer unknown, circa 1939 / Wikimedia Commons

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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Nashville harpist and teacher Carol McClure's fine album of Christmas favorites is often heard on Classical 91.1 during December. She brought student Clara Warford in to Studio C to give us a live performance of music spanning this month of holidays and feast days.

The Brass Arts Quintet is a faculty ensemble at a university known for its stellar brass program, Tennessee Tech. The group brought us selections from their annual holiday concert, including several of the members' own arrangements of Christmas classics. Raquel Rodriguez and Chris McCormick play trumpet. Greg Danner is on French horn. The trombonist is Joshua Hauser, and Jesse Chavez plays tuba.

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Portara Ensemble will look beyond Christmas in its concert this week, with choral music about Advent and the deep night of Winter. The full program starts at 7pm Friday evening at Brentwood's Church of the Good Shepherd, and again at 7pm Saturday night at Christ the King Church in Nashville. Artistic director Jason Shelton, pianist Horacio Guendulain and a portion of the choir gave us a taste of the music to come in Studio C.

Set List:

traditional chant: Veni, Veni Emmanuel

15th century carol: Nova! Nova!

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