Classical Music

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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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Looking for the perfect classical soundtrack to bask in the most romantic day of the year? Look no further. Think Valentine’s Day is a shallow excuse of a holiday, invented by greeting card companies to cash in on the delusions of lovesick fools? We’ve got something for you, too! Regardless of your relationship status or feelings about February 14th, listen up:   

For the True Romantic: Franz Liszt, Liebestraum No. 3

Shervin Lainez / Wu Fei

The first Halloween after Beijing-born composer, performer and instrumentalist Wu Fei relocated with her family to Nashville, her young daughter Viola made a unique costume request: she wanted to be a “Batman Queen.”

Always up for a creative challenge, Fei scoured the internet to curate the perfect getup for her daughter, who was busy proclaiming everything she could accomplish as Batman Queen: rocket to outer space, defeat bad guys—you know, the usual undertakings of a three-year-old. 

Heather Thorne / Nashville Ballet

This weekend, the Nashville Ballet performs a dance about immigrants that began in the pubs of London. Sergeant Early’s Dream delves into the difficulties that drove so many Irish and Scottish in the 18th and 19th centuries to leave their homes and forge new lives in America.

Javier Perianes

Spanish pianist Javier Perianes makes his Nashville debut this weekend, playing a somewhat unusual concerto with the Nashville Symphony. Camille Saint-Saens’s Second is now the most performed of the composer’s piano concertos, but early audiences weren’t sure what to make of it.

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This season, Clarksville's Gateway Chamber Orchestra is using music to examine elements that make Middle Tennessee what it is. In a nod to both nearby Fort Campbell and the impact of the Civil War on the region, the performance coming up this weekend focuses on the military. The orchestra will play the military symphony by Haydn, Ravel's Le Tombeau du Couperin, which was inspired by friends of the composer lost in World War I, and John Adams's setting of Walt Whitman's poem about caring for Civil War wounded.

Black musicians have been making their mark on classical music for centuries, even if they haven't always been afforded the spotlight they deserve. As Black History Month begins, here's a look back at a few of the black composers who made significant contributions to the genre. 

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The Blakemore Trio is preparing to go on the road. The ensemble, made up of faculty from Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music, will soon go on a tour of California, with performances in San Diego, Los Angeles and Desert Springs. In Studio C, pianist Amy Dorfmann, violinist Carolyn Huebl and Felix Wang shared a taste of the program they'll be taking to the West Coast.

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