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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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In between the hourly live performances, 91Classical Radio Fest is celebrating the music that means a lot to our listeners. We asked our audience to call in and tell us about particular pieces that are special — and why. We've also been interviewing people in our community on that topic for a podcast that's currently in development. Throughout the day, we'll be sharing the comments we received and playing the music that inspired them.

Airing in the 9:00 hour:

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Nashville Public Radio's first-ever broadcast-only music festival is highlighting Nashville's classical music-makers all day today. Tune in for live performances at the start of every hour, and keep listening between those sets to hear recordings by talented Midstate soloists and ensembles. Here's a rundown of who you can expect to hear today in Studio C:

In the 9:00 hour:

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The Kruger Brothers are an ensemble from two continents (brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger are Swiss, their partner Joel Landsberg is from New York) and their music for banjo, guitar and bass draws from musical traditions on both sides of the Atlantic. For this performance in Studio C, they brought a collection of pieces that meld bluegrass and classical sounds, some of which were written to be performed with string quartet.

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As 91Classical, Nashville Public Radio's classical music service is adding several regular programming elements to each weekday's playlists.

After more than a year of quiet changes, Nashville Public Radio's classical service is now 91Classical.

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Every summer, the singers of I Madrigali gather under the direction of John Perry to form a seasonal choir, culminating in preshow performances at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare in the Park. They brought a sampler of Renaissance madrigals for their performance in Studio C.

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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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