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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

November 21: Matt Davich woodwind ensemble

November 28: Timbre Cierpke, harp with ensemble

December 5: Portara Ensemble

December 12: Carlos Enrique Gonzalez, guitar and Dierdre Emerson, cello

December 19: Joel Treybig and Gil Long brass ensemble

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This week's show features a trio of Midstate musicians making traditional Balkan and Bulgarian music, very similar to the folk melodies that influenced composers like Dvorak, Brahms and Bartok.

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For the 16th year in a row, Roger Wiesmeyer is organizing a birthday celebration for one of music's greatest geniuses: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This year's annual Mozart Celebration will feature several vocal selections as well as Wiesmeyer playing the solo part in a piano concerto (all by Mozart, of course.) 

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Members of the Belmont, MTSU and Blair School faculties came together to play a holiday edition of Live in Studio C on brass instruments: Joel Treybig and Patrick Kunkee, trumpets; Leslie Norton, horn; Jeremy Wilson, trombone; Gilbert Long, tuba.

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These days, Carlos Enrique makes Nashville his base of operations, but the music of the guitarist and composer is infused with the sound of his first home: Puerto Rico. Enrique is a native of San Juan and a graduate of the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico. For his performance in Studio C, Enrique brought a mix of his own compositions and other works from Latin and French traditions, accompanied on cello by Dierdre Emerson.

Director Jason Shelton brought Portara Ensemble back to Studio C in advance of the choir's concert on winter and holiday themes, drawing from classical and American folk traditions. The full performance is at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 10 at Belle Meade United Methodist Church. 

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Timbre Cierpke grew up in Nashville in a very musical family (her name is a musical term, even) and she's carrying on the family tradition as a very active harpist and vocalist. 

Each year she organizes a Christmas concert with her band and the acapella choir Sonus; this year that performance is at 7:00 pm Friday, December 8 at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Brentwood. For her performance in Studio C, Cieprke brought her own arrangements of holiday music to perform with cellist Lindsey Smith-Trostie.

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Matt Davich usually brings his saxophone to performances in Studio C, but this time we got to hear him playing the instrument that was his focus in music school: the clarinet. Davich brought along two other great woodwind players, oboist Stephanie Bettig and Andy Witherington on bassoon. The trio played a handful of rather contemporary pieces that often take a playful approach to chamber music.

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Former Tennessee Tech professor Wonkak Kim is back in Middle Tennessee for a visit, so of course we made sure to have him swing through our studios for a performance. Kim, a clarinetist, brought with him the Parker String Quartet. The ensemble is currently on tour and is serving a residency at Harvard.

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Mozart wrote his opera, The Marriage of Figaro, in the late 18th century, long before reality television. However, a new production featuring Blair School of Music students highlights the similarities between the over-the-top antics and scheming of the classical-era plot and modern-day shows like Big Brother and The Bachelor. Ahead of their very contemporary production, singers from the Vanderbilt Opera Theater came to sing highlights from the show.

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In their individual careers, husband and wife Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have each used the banjo to both explore the bluegrass tradition and build bridges between a variety of other genres. They come from different schools of banjo technique (she's a clawhammer player, he plays three-finger style) and she's a skilled singer. Since the birth of their son, they've been performing as a duet, blending their approaches to craft a new take on a classic American sound. At the same time, Fleck has written two banjo concertos — the first composed in partnership with the Nashville Symphony — and is working on a third. 

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