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Classical Music

Rebecca Bauer / Gateway Chamber Orchestra

School is in session, we've felt the first hints of autumn's chill in the air — it's the time when new performance seasons traditionally begin. While Middle Tennessee’s professional ensembles and venues don’t all hold to that calendar, now’s still a good time to look at what some of them have in store for the city’s audiences.

Courtesy of Kip Winger

Kip Winger has a career that many aspiring rockers dream of. Early on, he toured as a bassist with Alice Cooper and performed and recorded with rock legends like Alan Parsons, Bob Dylan and Roger Daltrey. In the late 80s, he struck out on his own, forming the eponymous band Winger and selling millions of albums worldwide.

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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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Even though Johann Sebastian Bach died centuries before rocket launches and space exploration began, he has still managed to travel farther from earth than any astronaut. Or, at least his music has.

40 years ago, NASA launched Voyager 1 and 2, spacecraft meant to explore the outer reaches of our solar system and beyond. Launched September 5th, 1977, Voyager 1 became the first human-made object to cross into interstellar space in 2012. It is now nearly 13 billion miles from Earth.

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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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