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John Williams, Classical Guitar's Standard-Bearer, Still Recording In Retirement

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdrmZmRyKAM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iIz2pw2oFM Classical guitarist John Williams reached millions of ears and even hit the charts when he played the main theme to the Oscar-winning 1978 film The Deer Hunter . But by then, Williams was already a classical star on a major record label who'd toured the world many times over. He released his latest album, On The Wing , earlier this year. And although he announced a retirement from touring a few years ago,...

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Fred Hersch is no stranger to the art of introspection. As a pianist, a composer, a bandleader and a sideman, he has always combined clarity of projection with a willingness to go deep. His latest expression of interiority is a graceful and revealing memoir, Good Things Happen Slowly, which takes shape as a gradual declaration of selfhood, in personal as well as artistic terms.

To create her wide-ranging music, New York-based artist Lea Bertucci has used a wealth of instruments and compositional techniques. But her primary creative tool is the saxophone, and on her new album, Metal Aether, she delves into it perhaps further than she ever has.

By 1938, clarinetist Benny Goodman was already known as "The King of Swing" — the leader of the most popular dance band in America at a time when swing jazz was America's most popular music. But nobody knew how it would be received in Carnegie Hall, America's temple to classical music.

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Three members of the Missouri Quintet were guests on Mizzou Music. Alice Dade, Leigh Munoz and Dan Willett shared the group's history on campus and looked ahead to Monday's recital.


Michiko Saiki

Tubist Aaron Hynds performed with electro-acoustic tuba in MU's Whitmore Recital Hall earlier this week. Hynds and MU New Music Initiative Managing Director Jacob Gotlib previewed the recital for this week's episode of Mizzou Music.

Rachel Hahn

Every semester, the Community Music Program of the MU School of Music ushers in a new cadre of students eager to experience piano. On a recent episode of Mizzou Music PhD student Rachel Hahn discussed the range of new students she sees and hears each semester.


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On this week's Mizzou Music, Paul Crabb talked the University Singers winter tour that kicks off next week here in Columbia.


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Students everywhere are busy wrapping up their fall semester. The current semester has been an especially busy one for scholars and faculty in the MU School of Music. The director of the school, Julia Gaines, was a guest on Mizozu Music recently. She recalled highlights from the current semester.


Kerry Hirth

Thanks to local painter Kerry Hirth, we are able to offer you our new mug featuring original art inspired by classical music. The mug is a cool, new thank-you gift available during our fall membership drive!

Peter Ferry

Alarm Will Sound returns to Columbia's Missouri Theater for a free concert this Wednesday evening at 7:00 Their music director Alan Pierson was a recent guest on Mizzou Music. He shared the sinfonietta's origin story, his clarity about where the band is headed and addressed classical listeners' fears of modern music.

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The program for next Sunday's Mizzou New Music Ensemble features recent works from MU students and faculty. Dr. Stefan Freund previewed the annual concert on last week's Mizzou Music.


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Dr. Thomas McKenney retired (again) this year as a professor of composition at Mizzou. As the MU School of Music celebrates its centennial this school year, Mizzou Music visited with McKenney who - after 50 years teaching at MU - has a personal awareness of exactly half of the now 100-year history of the MU School of Music.


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A recent episode of Mizzou Music featured a preview of the Choral Union's fall concert and a look ahead to this weekend's Missouri Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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