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Michael Mizrahi and the Music of Now

Michael Mizrahi and the Music of Now

June 13, 2022

Devin Patrick Hughes sits down with pianist and new music pioneer Michael Mizrahi. Praised as "intrepid" (Philadelphia Inquirer), "engaging" (Houston Chronicle), and "endlessly fascinating" (WQXR New York), pianist Michael Mizrahi has won acclaim for his compelling performances of a wide-ranging repertoire and his ability to connect with audiences of all ages. He’s appeared as concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and teaching artist across the United States and abroad.

 

Michael Mizrahi has performed in the world’s leading concert halls including Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and has soloed with orchestras such as the Houston Symphony and the National Symphony. He has won first prize at competitions such as the Ima Hogg International Competition and the Bartok-Kabalevsky Competition. 

 

Michael Mizrahi is a founding member of NOW Ensemble and also a member of Decoda, ensembles on the forefront of premiering and championing new classical music, has recorded extensively for New Amsterdam Records, including Currents which was featured as one of NPR’s best albums of the year and album of the week on WQXR. Michael is on faculty at the Lawrence University Conservatory, where he trains a new generation of musical Jedi. 

 

Thank you for joining us on One Symphony, My apologies for the hiatus, I had a bad case of COVID in May, but am happy to be back in action!  Thanks to Michael Mizrahi for sharing his music and wealth of knowledge. Thank you to NOW Ensemble and New Amsterdam records for making this episode possible! 

Computer Wave by William Brittelle and 4 Pieces for Solo Piano by Ryan Brown can be found on the album, The Bright Motion. Dreamfall by Mark Dancigers and Cradle from Before and After by Sean Friar were performed by NOW ensemble. 

 

You can check out the music of Michael Mizrahi and NOW Ensemble wherever you listen to your music, and online at michaelmizrahipiano.com and nowensemble.com. You can always find more info at OneSymphony.org including a virtual tip jar if you’d like to support the show. Thank you to new supporters Robin and James for making this show possible! Please feel free to rate, review, or share the show! Until next time, thank you for being part of the music!

Sean Friar, Composing on the Frontier with Devin Patrick Hughes

Sean Friar, Composing on the Frontier with Devin Patrick Hughes

May 3, 2022

Conductor Devin Patrick Hughes is joined by composer Sean Friar. Friar grew up in Los Angeles, and has been described by Slate Magazine as having a sensibility that is "refreshingly new and solidly mature… and instead takes joy in the process of discovery and in the continual experience of suspense and surprise that good classical music has always championed." A winner of the Rome Prize, Friar composes for ensembles of all stripes from orchestra and chamber ensembles to a junk car percussion concerto, a laptop orchestra, and a microtonal piano duo. He’s been commissioned by ensembles the world over including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra, and Alarm Will Sound. 

Thank you for joining us on One Symphony and thanks to Sean Friar for sharing his music and insights. Thank you to all the incredible performers and record labels that made this episode possible! Velvet Hammer and Before and After were performed by the NOW Ensemble on New Amsterdam Records. 

You can check out the music of Sean Friar wherever you listen to your music, and online at https://www.seanfriar.com. You can always find more info at OneSymphony.org including a virtual tip jar if you’d like to support the show. Thank you to Sam, Jenny, and Alicia for making this show possible! Please feel free to rate, review, or share the show! Until next time, thank you for being part of the music!

Tõnu Kõrvits Composer of Light with Devin Patrick Hughes

Tõnu Kõrvits Composer of Light with Devin Patrick Hughes

April 14, 2022

Devin Patrick Hughes interviews Tõnu Kõrvits, an Estonian composer who’s music has been performed the world over.  

His works belong to the repertoire of the most important Estonian orchestras, choirs, and artists, and have been performed globally by groups such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Choir, The Sixteen Choir, Southern Chorale, and many more. 

As a talented and prolific creator, he has garnered numerous recognitions from Estonian state and cultural institutions.  

Tõnu’s recording "Moorland Elegies" was given the Estonian Music Award in the category of The Best Classical Album of the Year in 2017. 

In 2015, Tõnu Kõrvits became an honorary citizen of Clarksdale, Mississippi for his music which he created as a tribute to Clarksdale, the Delta, and to the preservation of the Blues. He is composition professor at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. 

 

Thank you for joining us on One Symphony and thanks to Tõnu Kõrvits for sharing his music and insights. Thank you to all the incredible performers and record labels that made this episode possible! Hymns to the Nordic Lights, Silent Songs, Tears-Fantasy, and Elegies of Thule were performed by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Risto Joost on the Ondine Label.

Tasase Maa Laul was performed by Kadri Voorand, Tönu Kaljuste, and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra on ECM Records and Deutsche Grammophon. Moorland Elegies was performed by Marianne Pärna, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra conducted by Risto Joost.

 

You can check out the music Tõnu Kõrvits wherever you listen to your music, and online at https://www.emic.ee/tonu-korvits. You can always find more info at OneSymphony.org and at DevinPatrickHughes.com including a virtual tip jar if you’d like to support the show. Thank you to John and Christina, and Jacob and Owen for making this show possible! Please feel free to rate, review, or share the show! Until next time, thank you for being part of the music!

 

Laura Tunbridge Pieces Together Beethoven’s Life, with conductor Devin Patrick Hughes

Laura Tunbridge Pieces Together Beethoven’s Life, with conductor Devin Patrick Hughes

March 29, 2022

Author and scholar Laura Tunbridge and conductor Devin Patrick Hughes discuss the historical Beethoven in rehearsals, as the entrepreneur, the conductor, the early adopter of technologies, the family man, his controversial metronome markings, and the authenticity behind historically informed performance practice. Tunbridge is a Professor of Music at the University of Oxford, UK and the author of books about Robert Schumann, art-song, and Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces, and is currently working on a book about string quartets. 

 

The book is Laura Tunbridge’s Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces, published by Yale University Press. Thank you Laura for sharing your amazing passion and wealth of knowledge about Beethoven’s life and music. Thank you to all record labels and performers that made this episode possible, musical excerpts came from Fidelio, the Third Sonata for Cello and Piano, the Choral Fantasy, Symphonies Three and Seven and the Piano Trio in C minor, performed by Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, Angela Denoke, Jon Villars, Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Cleveland Orchestra, Andre Previn and the Royal Philharmonic, Henryk Szeryng, Pierre Fournier, Wilhelm Kempff, Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and Sony Classical.

You can find the book wherever books are sold, and follow Laura Tunbridge on Twitter. You can check out more info about One Symphony or lend your support for the show at OneSymphony.org.  Thank you to our most recent supporters Jessica, Bonnie, Carl, Lauren, and Steven. Please feel free to rate, review, and share the show on all platforms. Until next time, thank you for being part of the music!

Robin Fountain, Conductor and Ensemble Musician with Devin Patrick Hughes

Robin Fountain, Conductor and Ensemble Musician with Devin Patrick Hughes

March 22, 2022

Devin Patrick Hughes sits down with Conductor Robin Fountain, who is the Professor of Conducting at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. He’s worked with orchestras around the world including the Singapore Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, L’Orchestre Philharmonique Sainte Trinité (Haiti), Traverse City Symphony, and the Southwest Michigan Symphony where he transformed the orchestra’s performance level, repertoire, and scope, creating a summer series, a Chorus, and Music Makers, a teaching program for underserved students.

 

Robin was educated at Oxford, the Royal College of Music in London, Carnegie Mellon University, was an Aspen Conducting Fellow, and also trained with members of the Berlin Philharmonic at The Conductors Lab in Aix-en-Provence, which he translated their world class style of music-making to develop his 6th Principals for a More Rewarding Life in Music, in his recent book The Ensemble Musician, co-written with Thomas Verrier.

 

The book is The Ensemble Musician, Six Principles for a More Rewarding Life in Music, by Robin Fountain and Thomas E. Verrier. You can find it wherever books are sold! Thank you to Robin Fountain for sharing his insights for a more successful and rewarding ensemble experience, and to Robin and music students of the Vanderbilt University Orchestra for their exciting rendition of Gustav Holst’s the Planets. 

 

You can find more info about Robin and his book at RobinFountain.com. You can check out more info about One Symphony or lend your support for the show at OneSymphony.org.  Thank you to our most recent supporters Kim, Susan, Christian, Anthony, and Sarah. Please feel free to rate, review, and share the show on all platforms. Until next time, thank you for being part of the music!

Carpe Diem String Quartet, Beyond the Classics

Carpe Diem String Quartet, Beyond the Classics

March 2, 2022

Charles Wetherbee and Korine Fujiwara of Carpe Diem String Quartet chat with conductor Devin Patrick Hughes on One Symphony. The Carpe Diem String Quartet is a boundary-breaking ensemble who’s mission is to forge a new identity for chamber music by championing living composers, undertaking daring projects with other art forms, and promoting the healing power of music. They’ve earned widespread acclaim for their performances of standard repertoire, new music, genre-bending collaborations, and community engagement. 

Carpe Diem defies classification with programming and collaborations that encompass and blend new and old, including classical, Romani, tango, folk, pop, rock, jazz, and multicultural music. Their outreach performances, including MusiCare, Music Goes 2 School, and Music from the Start, incorporate diverse and eclectic repertoire tailored to specific audience demographics, bringing their inspiring performances and outreach to diverse audiences such as the Apache Nation to families at the Columbus Museum of Art, and residents at the Ohio Women’s Reformatory.

Thank you to Carpe Diem String Quartet members Charles Wetherbee and Korine Fujiwara, and all the amazing artists who made this episode possible! Korine Fujiwara’s Cherry Blossom from the album Montana was played by the Carpe Diem String Quartet, and Fujiwara’s The Storyteller, a Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra was performed by Charles Wetherbee, conducted by Chosei Komatsu and the Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra. For Reza Vali’s The Book of Calligraphy Carpe Diem was joined by Darius Saghafi on Albany Records. Erbek Eryilmaz’s Insistent Music was performed by the composer and Carpe Diem String Quartet. 

You can follow Carpe Diem at CarpeDiemStringQuartet.com, and go to OneSymphony.org for more info, or if you’d like to donate to keep the music playing and support the show. Please feel free to rate, review, and share the show! Until next time, thank you for being part of the music!

Classical Holiday Film Scores with Devin Patrick Hughes

Classical Holiday Film Scores with Devin Patrick Hughes

January 4, 2022

The holidays are a great time to catch up on all our favorite movies, and many of these films wouldn’t enjoy the popularity they do without their amazing soundtracks! Today on One Symphony, I wanted to share with you some of my Holiday Film Score favorites!  I’d like to thank our new sponsors including Kevin, Kim, Dana, Dennis, and Sound Espressivo Online Global Music Competition for their support to make One Symphony possible. Join conductor Devin Patrick Hughes as he explores some classical films scores including Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas from Meet Me in St. Louis, Gremlins by Jerry Goldsmith, Home Alone by John Williams, and Danny Elfman's Nightmare Before Christmas. Along the way we explore how these mammoth scores were influences by composers and works like Aaron Copland, Hector Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Kurt Weill, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Franz Schubert, and many more! 

Thank you for listening, I hope your holidays are filled with love, joy, and a bit of entertainment from some of these great films and soundtracks. 

Thank you to all the amazing performers and record labels who made this episode possible including Danny Elfman, Disney, Judy Garland, UMG Recordings, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Geffen Records, the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Silva Screen Records, Warner Brothers, Orchestra of the Marinsky Theatre and Valery Gergiev, Universal Music, Atlanta Symphony and Louis Lane, Alessio Randon and Naxos, the Boston Symphony and Charles Munch, Valentina Lisitsa, Michael Francis and the London Symphony, Ute Lemper, Jeff Cohen and the RIAS Sinfonietta Berlin, with John Mauceri on Decca, Everest Records, Katherine O’Hara, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Daniel Barenboim, and Mel Torme.

You can always find more info at OneSymphony.org including a virtual tip jar if you’d like to lend your support to the podcast. Please feel free to rate, review, or share the show! Until next time, thank you for being part of the music!

Tchaikovsky‘s Nutcracker - A Guided Tour

Tchaikovsky‘s Nutcracker - A Guided Tour

December 6, 2021

Back by popular demand!  Devin breaks down Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker. It wouldn’t be the Christmas Holiday in the western world without the magical sounds of the Nutcracker, composed by the great Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and centering around Clara, a young girl who falls in love with a Nutcracker Prince and conjures an epic battle against a Mouse King with Seven Heads.
We’ll travel into the fantastical worlds of Tchaikovsky, writer and musician E.T.A. Hoffmann, and choreographer Marius Petipa as we bring this marvelous ballet to life. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of holiday sweets to keep you focused!

Thank you to all the incredible record labels and performers who made this episode possible.

Ensembles:
Orchestra of the Kirov Opera, Apotheosis Orchestra, Ensemble Musica Nigella, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Oslo Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic

Conductors:
Valery Gergiev, Korneel Bernolet, Takénori Némoto, Jan Koetsier, Gustavo Dudamel, Mariss Jansons

Soloists: Éléonore Pancrazi, Rita Streich, Melitta Muszely, Raimund Grumbach, (singers);
Philippe Bianconi, pianist

Labels: Philips, Apotheosis, Klarthe, La Dolce Volta, Classical Moments, Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos, Decca

Thank you for joining us. you can always find more info at OneSymphony.org. Please feel free to rate review or share the show! Until next time, thank you for being part of the music!

Matthew Detrick & Apollo’s Muse

Matthew Detrick & Apollo’s Muse

November 19, 2021

Conductor Devin Patrick Hughes interviews Matthew Detrick, who is a violinist and entrepreneurial leader in the professional arts world, and founded and serves as executive and artistic director of the Apollo Chamber Players, which is an internationally-acclaimed chamber music ensemble serving millions around the world in the realm of creative, programmatic performance, and through commissions of multicultural new music. 

Apollo Chamber Players includes Matthew J. Detrick, violin, Founder, Artistic & Executive Director, Anabel Ramirez Detrick, violin and Content and Outreach Manager, Whitney Bullock, viola and Education Coordinator, and Matthew Dudzik, cello and Chief Financial Officer.

In addition to Apollo, Matthew also is a frequent guest speaker on leadership in the arts, awards funding through the Texas Commission for the Arts, and runs Detrick Arts, which contracts ensembles for charity and corporate events.  He serves as concertmaster of the Symphony of Southeast Texas and has served as soloist and musician for ensembles including Houston Grand Opera and Ballet, and the period ensemble Mercury, and was awarded the Chamber Music America Residency Award. Matt and Apollo can be heard on Navona Records, Azica Records, and Parma Recordings.

Thank you for joining us on One Symphony and thanks to Matt Detrick for sharing Apollo’s music and story. All works were performed by the Apollo Chamber Players. 

You heard Seremoj es Romanca from the album European Folkscapes. We Will Sing One Song by Eve Beglarian includes Arsen Petrosyan, Pejman Hadadi, and Joan DerHovsepian. With Malice Towards None by Kimo Williams features electric violinist Tracy Silverman. String Quartet no. 6, Nostalgia de las montañas is by Leo Brouwer. Imágenes de Cuba is by Arthur Gottschalk. Themes of Armeninan Folksongs by Komitas Vardapet was arranged by S. Aslamazyan and Matthew Detrick, and Apollo was joined by Joan DerHovsepian. Mây for Đàn bầu & String Quartet was composed by Van-Anh Vo.

You can check out Apollo’s performances, and donate to the cause at apollochamberplayers.org.  You can always find more info at OneSymphony.org including a virtual tip jar if you’d like to lend your support to the podcast. Please feel free to rate, review, or share the show! Until next time, thank you for being part of the music!

Tracy Silverman, electric violinist and classical music Rock-Star

Tracy Silverman, electric violinist and classical music Rock-Star

October 28, 2021

Tracy Silverman, electric violin virtuoso and pioneer, and conductor Devin Patrick Hughes speak about “The Agony of Modern Music,” the history of how many strings came to be on the violin, Tracy’s debut with the Chicago Symphony, his stint as a musical Olympian, how to not achieve perfection, playing like Ray Charles, Jascha Heifetz, and Jimi Hendrix. He also discusses his collaborations with Terry Riley, John Adams and his Electric Violin Concerti, and his album Between the Kiss and the Chaos.

 

Described as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin” by the BBC, pioneering violinist and composer Tracy Silverman believes “strings must evolve or they will perish” and his mission is to reconnect strings with our popular culture and to teach string players to groove. His groundbreaking work incorporating rock, jazz, Americana, hip-hop, and other popular genres with the 6-string electric violin has upended the contemporary classical genre, and his strum bowing method has been adopted by performers all around the world. 

Terry Riley described Tracy’s violin playing as being like an orchestra itself. John Adams said:
“When I heard Tracy play I was reminded that in almost all cultures other than the European classical one, the real meaning of the music is in between the notes.  No one makes that instrument sing and soar like Tracy, floating on the cusp between Heifetz and Jimi Hendrix.”

Tracy was first violinist in the Turtle Island String Quartet, and was named one of the 100 distinguished alumni by the Juilliard School, and as a composer has 3 Electric Violin concerts among other works, and has performed concertos written for him by John Adams, Terry Riley, Nico Muhly, and Kenji Bunch. The violin virtuoso and humanitarian was recently featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, Performance Today, CBS Sunday Morning, and A Prairie Home Companion, and is an internationally in-demand clinician and currently teaches at Belmont University in Nashville. 

Thank you for joining us on One Symphony and thanks to Tracy Silverman for sharing his performances and works. You heard Between the Kiss and the Chaos, Hundred Percent Forever, the Beatles Here Comes the Sun, Axis and Orbits, Crazy Times, John Adams’s the Dharma at Big Sur, all performed by Tracy Silverman.  

Additional performances were by the Beatles, Fanny Clamagirand, Sinfonia Finlandia, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Berlin Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony, and John Adams. Thanks to the record labels Delos, Naxos, Acewonder, and Nonesuch for making this episode possible! 

You can check out Tracy’s music and books at  tracysilverman.com and strumbowing.com. You can always find more info at OneSymphony.org including a virtual tip jar if you’d like to lend your support. Please feel free to rate, review, or share the show! Until next time, thank you for being part of the music!

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