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Guitarist Conjures The Sound Of The Kora From Thousands Of Miles Away

Derek Gripper was a musician with a problem. He'd been playing classical music since he was 6 years old — violin, then piano and finally guitar. He was poised for an international career as a classical guitarist. But he remembers going to the homeland of one of his favorite composers, Johann Sebastian Bach."It felt kind of strange," he says. "It felt strange to be in Germany playing Bach to them."What could a South African tell Germans about German music? So Gripper decided to write his own...
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What defines America? There's been a lot of talk about that this election season. Pianist Lara Downes has a musical answer in her upcoming album America Again. To be released Oct. 28, it's a smartly programmed, wide-ranging anthology of solo piano works by American composers past and present; male and female; straight and gay; rich and poor; white, black and Latino.

In 1963, Duke Ellington and his orchestra participated in a State Department "jazz diplomacy" tour of the Middle East. Inspired by the experience, Ellington and composer Billy Strayhorn wrote a collection of songs called The Far East Suite.

In a season of relentless shouting, the best antidote might be singing. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato's new album with conductor Maxim Emelyanychev and the ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro, In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music, uses Baroque arias to explore the pain and possibilities of these troubled times. A companion website invites anyone and everyone to answer the simple but loaded question, "In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?"

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MU School of Music

When she goes to work at Faurot Field, Erin Cooper coaxes the biggest possible sound out of her Marching Mizzou student-musicians. Cooper was a guest on this week's Mizzou Music in advance of her conducting the MU Symphonic Band in a performance of dance music.

Also, on the program this week: New music never rests and Stefan Freund represents a large part of the force behind the compositional culture happening at MU.

University of Missouri School of Music

A recent episode of Mizzou Music featured faculty guests Edward Dolbashian, Neil Minturn, Steven Tharp and Brian Silvey.

MU School of Music faculty Peter Miyamoto and Timothy Howe have recitals coming up. they were guests on a recent episode of Mizzou Music.

MU School of Music

Mizzou Music recently featured pianist Janice Wenger and violinist Julie Rosenfeld exploring performing Mozart on period instruments. Also, MU Director of Choral Activities Paul Crabb introduced a new choral group at MU and a look ahead to the new school year with the MU Concert Jazz Band.

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Each year, Columbia's Odyssey Chamber Music Series selects a pair of fellows. These young artists learn the ropes of classical performance both on and off-stage. The 2016-2017 Odyssey fellows are Anna Provo and Ryan Koesterer. They visited the Classical 90.5 studios recently and talked with Classical 90.5's Trevor Harris about their expectations for the coming season.

University of Missouri School of Music

MU School of Music trumpet faculty Iskander Akhmadullin, voice professor Julia Bentley and post-doctoral fellow Phillip Sink were guests on a recent episode of Mizzou Music.

University of Missouri School of Music

A recent episode of Mizzou Music featured interviews with two newcomers to the MU School of Music and one longtime educator in the school.

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Eli Lara is the new cello professor at the University of Missouri. She is also one-fourth of the string ensemble in residence in the School of Music's Esterhazy Quartet. Trevor Harris talked with Lara on a recent episode of Mizzou Music.

University of Missouri School of Music

The MU School of Music has a new professor of clarinet. Columbia native Wes Warnhoff discussed his education, his travels and some musical inspirations on a recent episode of Mizzou Music.

University of Missouri School of Music

Jacob Gotlib was recently hired by the MU School of Music as the managing director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative. Gotlib talked with Trevor Harris from Classical 90.5 on a recent episode of Mizzou Music.