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Live in Studio C: Wu Fei On The Guzheng

Aug 11, 2017
Ed Lambert

Wu Fei, a native of Beijing and current Nashville resident, is known as much for her genre bending as for her mastery of the guzheng, a traditional 21-string Chinese zither. To Western eyes, the instrument looks like a cross between a harp and a hammer dulcimer — but sounds like neither. She made extraordinary music with it in Studio C this week. 

Flutist Deanna Little has a knack for pulling together interesting music and woodwind ensembles. For this Studio C performance, the MTSU professor brought three more flutists — Rebecca Murphy, Maureen Moeller and Sarah Hoff — pianist Windell Little and a variety of music by British composers.

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Guitarist Stanley Yates has a long relationship with the music of Renaissance composer John Dowland. As a teenager, Yates made his own arrangements of all of Dowland's lute music. In this Studio C performance, Yates shares one of those favorites plus pieces he's been pleased to discover in recent years.

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One of the most beloved classical music festivals in the world is midway through its eight-week run. The BBC Proms features nightly concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London. From the beginning in 1895, the spirit of the festival has been clear: an informal atmosphere, affordable ticket prices and concert programming that was at once accessible and challenging and that makes live classical music more available to audiences.

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The Nashville Symphony has selected a new conductor to handle the orchestra’s community, pops and educational concerts. Enrico Lopez-Yañez has served in a similar role with the Omaha Symphony since 2015.  

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Cellist Nicholas Gold put his own spin on 19th century music during this week's Live in Studio C. First, he and Brian Eades followed the tradition of violin virtuoso Paganini as they improvised additions to a set of variations. Then fellow cellist Elizabeth Browne filled in for the orchestra in a reduction of music by Schumann.

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The notion of the traveling musician is nothing new. From the transient troubadors of the 13th century to modern touring artists, musicianship and travel have gone hand in hand for centuries. 

With summer in full swing and families making pilgrimages to favorite beach spots and mountain retreats, spend some time with a few composers that found musical inspiration in their travels.  

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Jessica Dunnavant, Sheri Hoffman and Yvonne Kendall play trios by Joseph Boismortier and Johann Quantz.

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Two weeks ago, we heard performances by faculty teaching music students at the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. On this program, we get a taste of the talented high school juniors and seniors who have come from all over the state. 

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Yes, you read the headline correctly — since 1989, June has been designated as National Accordion Awareness Month. Chances are, if you’ve ever been around an accordion, it’s difficult to not be aware of it; the instruments (and its many variants) are unique in both physicality and timbre. So why a whole month dedicated to them?

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