One Symphony with Devin Patrick Hughes
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!

Holly Mulcahy, Violinist and Classical Music Catalyst

Holly Mulcahy, Violinist and Classical Music Catalyst

September 24, 2021

Holly Mulcahy, violinist and thought leader in classical music speaks with conductor Devin Patrick Hughes. They discuss what classical music can learn from the wine industry, programming for modern audiences, playing for prisoners, pandemic revelations, and tools to create classical music accessibility, including when to clap, and bringing kids to the symphony. Also featured on the show is Holly’s performance of George Clinton’s Rose of Sonora! 

Holly Mulcahy is an in-demand American violin soloist, concertmaster of the Wichita Symphony and Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, a thought leader in the symphonic music field and non-profit world, and a true classical music entrepreneur. She has collaborated with many exciting living composers like Jennifer Higdon, Philip glass, and Hollywood composer George Stanley Clinton on the Rose of Sonora, a violin concerto and epic western adventure story inspired by love and revenge. 

Holly founded Arts Capacity, which brings live interactive performances and art to prisons, is the author of Neo Classical, and is constantly brainstorming, advocating, and acting to make the orchestra more assessable to all.  

Thank you for joining us on One Symphony and thanks to Holly Mulcahy for sharing her passions, performances, and insights. George S. Clinton’s Rose of Sonora was performed by Holly Mulcahy. 

You can learn more about Holly’s advocacy, leadership, and performances at https://www.hollymulcahy.com and at https://insidethearts.com/neoclassical/ and her nonprofit https://artscapacity.org. 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!

Siwoo Kim Violin Virtuoso & Entrepreneur

Siwoo Kim Violin Virtuoso & Entrepreneur

September 14, 2021

Siwoo Kim, violinist and Devin Patrick Hughes, conductor speak about the violin virtuoso’s early life, his mindset instilled from his mother, Siwoo’s approach to phrasing, singing, and repertoire, as well as VIVO Music Festival, composers that excite us, and the music that make’s us cry. Other topics include teachers and collaborating with composers and musicians.

 

Violinist SIWOO KIM has been described as “incisive” and “compelling” by The New York Times and playing with “stylistic sensitivity and generous tonal nuance” by the Chicago Tribune.

Siwoo performs as soloist and chamber musician, and as a multifaceted entrepreneur, co-founded the VIVO Music Festival in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

Siwoo made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Juilliard Orchestra, and has performed with orchestras around the world including the Staatsorchester Brandenburgisches Frankfurt, Houston Symphony, Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic, in venues like Walt Disney Concert Hall, and many more!

And I should say that very soon he’ll be returning to the Salina Symphony!

He has collaborated with world-renown artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Jeremy Denk, Joyce DiDonato, Mitsuko Uchida, and string quartets such as Guarneri, Julliard, and Takács.

He has been featured as a guest artist at international festivals including those at Tivoli, Bergen, and Ensemble Ditto in South Korea and has taken top prizes in many competitions including Crescendo, Juilliard, and youngArts.

Siwoo welcome to One Symphony, I’m so excited to be speaking with you today!

 

Thank you for joining us on One Symphony and thanks to Siwoo Kim for sharing his performances and insights. Thank you to all the incredible performers and record labels that made this episode possible including Sony and Linn records.

 

Bach’s Second Violin concerto was performed by Siwoo Kim and the New York Classical Players conducted by Dongmin Kim.

Mozart’s 5th Violin Concerto was performed by Siwoo Kim and the Orchestra Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, with Jean-Jacques Kantorow conducting.

Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy was performed by Jascha Heifetz and the Boston Symphony conducted by Charles Munch

Samuel Adler’s Violin Concerto was performed by Siwoo Kim and Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, conducted by Emily Freeman Brown.

 

You can check out Siwoo’s website and schedule online at http://www.siwookim.com and his upcoming music festival at https://www.vivofestival.org. 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!

Fire and Light with composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate

Fire and Light with composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate

September 7, 2021
Composer Jerod Tate and conductor Devin Patrick Hughes discuss Chickasaw musical culture, Jerod’s influences and how composers are plugged into ethnicity and national identity, along with growing up with Stravinsky, Bartok, Barber, and Liszt. They also chat about Jerod’s compositional process for some of his most performed works, American Indian hymns and much more. 
 
Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate is a classical composer, citizen of the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma and is dedicated to the development of American Indian classical composition. He has recently worked as Guest Artist for the San Francisco Symphony Currents program Thunder Song: American Indian Musical Cultures and was recently Guest Composer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Balcony Bar program Home with ETHEL and Friends, featuring his commissioned work Pisashi (Reveal) for String Quartet.
His commissioned works has been performed all over North American, including the National Symphony, Dallas and Detroit Symphonies, the Minnesota Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony, South Dakota Symphony and many more! Jerod Tate has held the Composer-in-Residency for Music Alive, a national residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA, and brings music instruction and inspiration to the next generation through his work with the Chickasaw Summer Arts Academy, and has taught composition to American Indian high school students in Minneapolis, the Hopi, Navajo, and Lummi reservations, and to Native students in Toronto.
Jerod has some amazing recordings available on the Grammy Award winning label, Azica Records, including Iholba’ (The Vision) for solo Flute, Orchestra and Chorus, and Tracing Mississippi, a Concerto for Fute and Orchestra. He earned his music and composition degrees from Northwestern University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and also performed on keyboard for the Broadway tours of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon. 

Thank you for joining us on One Symphony and thanks to Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate for sharing his music and insights. Thank you to all the incredible performers and record labels that made this episode possible!

Lowak Shoppala’ (Fire and Light) was played by the Nashville String Machine and conducted by the composer, with the Chickasaw Nation Children’s Chorus and Dance Troupe. Vocal Soloists are Stephen Clark, Chelsea Owen, Meghan Vera Starling, and Narrators are Lynne Moroney, Wes Studi, and Richard Ray Whitman. It’s available on Azica Records.
Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony was played by the Oslo Philharmonic and conducted by Mariss Jansons on the Chandos label.
Pisachi was performed on Documerica, by ETHEL String Quartet with Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello), Kip Jones (violin) and Corin Lee (violin) on the Innova label.
Heloha Okchamali was played by Elizabeth Hill, Piano and Anastasia Christofakis, Clarinet.
Tracing Mississippi was recorded by the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Symphony Chorus conducted by Edwin Outwater and is available on Azica Records.
You can check out Jerod’s music online at https://jerodtate.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!
Anna Clyne Composer, The Sound of Beauty

Anna Clyne Composer, The Sound of Beauty

August 25, 2021

Composer Anna Clyne joins conductor Devin Patrick Hughes on One Symphony. They discuss Anna’s influences like Stravinsky, Steve Reich, and Arvo Part, composing based on poetry from Rumi to Shakespeare, along with silence in music, symphonic programming, repurposing material from others or yourself, and a way for a composer to be in the room with an orchestra from anywhere in the world!
Anna Clyne is a GRAMMY-nominated composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music. 
Described as a “composer of uncommon gifts and unusual methods” by the New York Times and as “fearless” by NPR, Clyne is one of the most acclaimed and in-demand composers of her generation, connecting her music across art forms with innovative collaborations with choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, and musicians. 
Also the winner of the 2016 Hindemith Prize, Anna Clyne is currently the Associate composer for the Sottish Chamber Orchestra, and has held composer residencies with the Chicago Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and the National Orchestra of France. 
Some of Anna Clyne’s most amazing works that have been performed by the top orchestras, soloists and conductors around the world, include Dance for cello and orchestra, Night Ferry, Rewind, This midnight Hour, Prince of Clouds, The Seamstress, Sound and Fury and Within Her Arms. 
Marin Alsop said it best by describing Anna’s music as “always emotional and driven by her heart, and skillfully composed”.

Thank you for joining us on One Symphony and thanks to Anna Clyne for sharing her music and insights. Thank you to all the incredible performers and record labels that made this episode possible!

Cornelius Dufallo and Amy Kauffman played Tea Leaves from The Violin. 

Dance was performed by Inbal Segev, and the London Philharmonic conducted by Marin Alsop.

Masquerade was performed by the BBC Symphony conducted by Marion Alsop. 

A Wonderful Day was performed by Anna Clyne and Willie Barbee from Bang on a Can All-Stars on the Cantaloupe Music label.

 
Rewind was performed by the BBC Symphony and Andre de Ridder.

Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring was performed by the London Symphony and Rafael Frübeck de Burgos. 

Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge was performed by the Takács Quartet. 

Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra was played by the Hungarian State Symphony and Adám Fischer.

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

Composer Jack Frerer’s Musical Wit

Composer Jack Frerer’s Musical Wit

July 29, 2021

Composer Jack Frerer joins conductor Devin Patrick Hughes on One Symphony today. They speak about the secret sauce to writing great music, conducting and composing teachers, comedy in music, how rock guitar and music theory make a great classical composer, and much more!
The music of Australian composer Jack Frerer has been performed around the world, including the Arapahoe Philharmonic, Nashville Symphony, and Albany Symphony.

Although still a young composer at the age of 26, Jack has received numerous awards, including a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Morton Gould Composers Award from ASCAP, the Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composers Award, the Brian Israel Prize from the Society for New Music, and was winner of both the Juilliard Orchestra and Gena Raps Chamber Music competitions. He was a Tanglewood fellow for 2019, a composer for New York City Ballet’s, and is currently Composer-in-Residence with the Arapahoe Philharmonic. Jack studied with John Corigliano and Robert Beaser at Juilliard, and is currently a graduate student at the Yale.

Thank you for joining us on One Symphony and thanks to Jack Frerer for sharing his music and insights. Thank you to all the incredible performers that made this episode possible. Downloads was played by KJ Mcdonald, Philip Sheegog, Ning Zhang, Viola Chan and Joey Chang. On-Again, Off-Again was performed by The Juilliard Orchestra. Spiral Sequences by the Azure Quartet: Kj McDonald, Brenden Zak, Hannah Geisinger and Yifei Li. Stutter Step was played by Kevin Zhu, Philip Sheegog and Tengku Irfan. The Present Hour was performed by The Albany Symphony’s ‘Dogs of Desire’ ensemble, featuring vocalists Lucy Dhegrae and Lucy Fitzgibbon, and texts by Ayla Sullivan, Dominic Huey, Emily Brontë and Amy Ludwig VanDerwater.  Brahms’s Symphony no. 1 was performed by Paavo Berglund and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe on the Ondine label.  

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

It’s Legendary: Rapper Lightskin Legend in conversation with Conductor Devin Patrick Hughes

It’s Legendary: Rapper Lightskin Legend in conversation with Conductor Devin Patrick Hughes

July 9, 2021
Conductor Devin Patrick Hughes interviews rapper Lightskin Legend on One Symphony today. Change is a mission statement for the charismatic 21 year-old Lightskin Legend, whose high aspirations to change the genre of hip hop and create social movement around the world drive his creative inspiration. A graduate of Rhodes College and master’s student at the University of San Diego but originally from Colorado, Grayson Walker is the grandson of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Walker and son of renowned concert violinist Gregory T.S. Walker, who is also with us today. 
 
Lightskin Legend has become a cult favorite with hits like “My Shot”, “Pretty Faces”, and “Main Thang”, and continues to expand in popularity as his unique lyricism and signature sound makes its way around the world. “My Shot” reached the top 25 in the U.K. iTunes Hip Hop Charts, and his latest album Commitment Issues seeks to build off that success. Lightskin Legend recently made his Symphonic debut on Gregory T.S. Walker’s dream n the hood, and I’m excited to bridge the symphony and r&b worlds together.
 
There is a Parental Advisory warning on the music featured in this episode. If you have kids in the room please make appropriate adjustments.

Thank you for joining us on One Symphony with Devin Patrick Hughes and thanks to Lightskin Legend for sharing his amazing gifts and insights, and to his father Gregory T.S. Walker for joining in the conversation. Musical selections were performed and produced by Lightskin Legend and included Pretty Faces, Id, Commitment Issues, & Costa Rica. Ponce De-Leioun also performed on Pretty Faces.

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

Michelle DeYoung, Mezzo & Musical Enchantress

Michelle DeYoung, Mezzo & Musical Enchantress

May 5, 2021

I am so excited today to be speaking with the globetrotting mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung. One of the most exciting artists of her generation, Michelle appears frequently with the world’s top orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sao Paulo Symphony, and the Concertgebouw orchestra. 

She has also appeared in the top music festivals around the world including Ravinia, Tanglewood, Aspen, Salzburg, and Lucerne. She’s worked with the most legendary conductors in classical music including Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Bernard Haitink, Seiji Ozawa, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mariss Jansons, and many more.

Michelle has performed in the worlds great houses in works across the operatic spectrum from Wagner and Strauss to Bartok and Berlioz, and also regularly presents recitals across the world. Her recordings of Mahler’s 3rd symphony and Kindertotenlieder with the San Francisco Symphony and Berlioz’s Trojans with the London Symphony both received the Grammy for Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recordings. While not touring the globe and during the pandemic, Michelle can be found in Broomfield, CO, and I’m very honored to have her on the show today!

Thank you for joining us on One Symphony and thanks to Michelle DeYoung for sharing her amazing musical gifts and insights. Thank you to all the incredible performers and labels that made this episode possible. All vocal performances you heard feature Michelle DeYoung. 

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no. 2, the Resurrection, was performed by the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Pierre Boulez on Deutsche Grammophon. Esa-Pekka Salonen led the Philharmonia Orchestra in Bela Bartok’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle on Signum Records. Der Abschied from Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde was played by the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Eiji Oue on Reference Recordings.

You can experience Michelle’s work and upcoming concerts online at MichelleDeYoung.com. You can always find more info at OneSymphony.org including a virtual tip jar if you’d like to support the show. Please feel free to rate, review, or share the show! Until next time, thank you for being part of the music!

Edgar Girtain, Composer in Isolation

Edgar Girtain, Composer in Isolation

May 3, 2021
I’m excited to share with you my interview with the fantastic composer and educator Edgar Girtain. I had a blast recording this interview, and I’m sure you’ll get a kick out Edgar’s passions and insights. I wanted to give all my listeners a heads up on this episode that there is some more colorful language and a depiction of a historical murder during the show. So if you have kids in the room or may find this content at all offensive, you may want make necessary adjustments.  That being said, I hope you enjoy the interview! 
 
Edgar Girtain is a traditional american composer with dozens of orchestral, chamber, and vocal works to his name. His music is regularly performed by a quantity of name-droppables in more places than even the composer can be sure of, and he holds beyond a reasonable number of degrees in music from several august institutions of higher education. His teachers include some composers you've probably heard of, but he learned the most from the teachers whose names you haven't, such as Charles Fussell, america's greatest forgotten composer. (He also owes deep gratitude to that elder statesman of eccentric american composers, David Felder). Edgar is regularly featured in his local newspaper, occasionally mentioned in bigger ones, and carves out his living as the head administrator of a minuscule university music department in cold, rainy Puerto Montt, Chile. Born in 1988, he's a married father of more than one daughter.
 
Thank you for joining us on One Symphony and thanks to Edgar Girtain for sharing his music and insights. Thank you to all the incredible performers that made this episode possible. Music was excerpted from Edgar’s Isolation Day 253, his Trios and Barbara Allen for voice and violin. You can check out Edgar’s music online at edgarfgirtainiv.com You can always find more info at OneSymphony.org including a virtual tip jar if you’d like to support the show. 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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