Live in Studio C

Tuesdays at noon and rebroadcast Thursdays at 6:06 pm on Classical 91.1 FM

Live classical music performances from Nashville Public Radio's Studio C, hosted by Will Griffin. Listen live on Clasical 91.1 FM,  Tuesdays at 12:06 p.m., catch the rebroadcast Thursdays at 6:06 p.m., or scroll down and hear archived performances below:

Schedule of appearances

June 6 Chloe Harvel, violin and Nolan Harvel, guitar

June 13 Governor's School for the Arts faculty

June 20 Ben Creighton Griffiths, harp

June 27 Governor's School for the Arts students

July 11 Jessica Dunnavant, baroque flute

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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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As dads across the country open homemade macaroni cards this Father's Day, take a look at some of the fathers throughout classical history that influenced—for better or for worse—the musical lives of their children. Some are famous composers themselves, others are best remembered for fostering musical talent in their kids. All were probably equipped with at least a few good dad jokes.   

Leopold Mozart

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For the second week in a row, we're featuring talented young musicians. Chloe Harvel recently graduated from high school and is headed off to study violin performance in college. Her 16-year-old brother Nolan plays classical guitar and attends Ravenwood High School. The pair returned to Studio C this week with music that moves a traditional Latin dance into the concert hall. 

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Nashville high schooler Clara Warford has had quite a senior year: the harpist earned a spot in the Carnegie Hall National Youth Orchestra and an acceptance letter from Juilliard. Fresh off her senior recital, Warford brought a selection of music from her recital program to play in Studio C.

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This week's Live in Studio C featured three Midstate freelance musicians and friends. French horn player Jennifer Kummer and pianist Alessandra Volpi joined clarinetist Emily Bowland on several of her recent recitals to play a trio, which they played in full for us in Studio C.

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Portara Ensemble is ending its season of choral concerts with a program benefiting Nashville's street newspaper, The Contributor. In choosing the music, Director Jason Shelton took inspiration from the poetry that homeless and formerly homeless vendors submit to the paper and the stories of the vendors lives. The concert From Beginning to End: Music of Live, Love and Loss is at 4pm Sunday at Downtown Presbyterian Church, which has long housed The Contributor's vendor office. About 30 members of the choir gathered in Studio C to give us a preview.

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For their Spring Concert, the women of Vox Grata are using music to speak out against an abuse suffered by girls and women around the world: human trafficking. Under the direction of Jeanette MacCallum, they've crafted a program that both questions why slavery still exists and seeks to give hope for the future. They'll perform the show at 7:00 pm, May 18th at Nashville's Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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The Nashville Symphony and Chorus will soon perform and record a requiem written by American composer John Harbison around the time of the 9/11 attacks. A portion of the chorus and their director, Tucker Biddlecombe, used their visit to Studio C to give examples of how Harbison's music works in the context of the long tradition of requiems, plus some insight as to how the music is constructed.

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Matt Combs plays old-time fiddle and violin with a variety of Nashville musicians and teaches at Blair, as well as composing and producing. Nate Strass, who recently moved here, composes and arranges music for films and television. The two have co-written a concert piece they describe as a "cinematic overview of the history of fiddle music." 

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