Classical Music

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In 1986, Edgar Meyer made his first solo appearance with the Nashville Symphony, performing Bottesini’s Double Bass Concerto No. 2. Now, 30 years later, Meyer will play the piece with the orchestra again. This time, however, the accompanying program will include the world premiere of a new piece composed by Meyer himself.

This isn't the first time the Nashville Symphony has premiered a new work by Meyer, but it does signal a new approach to writing music for the award-winning composer and instrumentalist. 

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Richard Todd is a member of two music faculties here in Nashville; his main job is teaching guitar at Tennessee State University, but he's also an adjunct at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music. The selections he brought to his Studio C performance are just some of what he prepared to perform in a recital at Blair.

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To get a sense of some of the most unique vocal practices from around the globe – Tuvan and Inuit throat singing, yodeling, Korean P’ansori, heavy metal vocal styles, and Sardinian cantu a tenore, just to name a few—you’d need a hefty amount of airline miles and an extended vacation to travel the world in search of such diverse traditions. 

Or, you could listen to a performance by Roomful of Teeth.

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Guitarist and composer Jonathan Sargent has a new album of his own music on the Naxos label, called Little Cathedrals. The melodies are inspired by the music of Spain and Latin America and the great cathedrals of Europe. It's a mix of guitar solos of and pieces for chamber ensembles; for Live in Studio C, all accompaniment was provided by Jeff Taylor on accordion.

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In 1940, prominent American psychologist and educator Carl Seashore published an article in Music Educators Journal titled “Why No Great Women Composers?” It was a marked improvement over 19th century academic writings that detailed the general inferiority of the female gender.

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Cellist Eli Lara and clarinetist Mingzhe Wang, both former faculty members at Austin Peay who've since moved away, came back to Middle Tennessee this week with pianist Ilya Polataev. Trio Selene made its Tennessee debut with a concert in Clarksville, with a program that includes music they recorded for an album that will be released soon.

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Two of the most buzzed about films of 2016, Moonlight and La La Land, have garnered a collective 22 Academy Award nominations between them, including nods for Best Original Score.

On the surface, the music couldn’t be more different: The soundtrack for Moonlight is an amalgam of classical piano, strings, and hip-hop chopped and screwed techniques; while La La Land offers a modern yet starry-eyed homage to Hollywood’s golden age of musicals.

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On May 29, 1913, the premiere of The Rite of Spring was infamously met with a cacophony of boos, hisses and jeers from the audience.

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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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