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'Cello Bae' Sheku Kanneh-Mason Wins Worldwide Fans After Royal Wedding

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeDB27cq3fE The British-born, 19-year-old prodigy Sheku Kanneh-Mason was a standout at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this weekend. Kanneh-Mason performed three pieces during the ceremony, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed the register (out of view of guests and cameras) just after their exchanging of vows. Kanneh-Mason performed Maria Theresia von Paradis' Sicilienne, Gabriel Fauré's Après un rêve and Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria." But,...

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Don Byron On Piano Jazz

Jul 13, 2018

Pulitzer Prize finalist and 2007 Guggenheim Fellow Don Byron is a prodigious multi-instrumentalist and composer. One of the most inventive and compelling musicians of his generation, he is credited for reviving interest in the jazz clarinet, his primary instrument. He has presented projects at major music festivals around the world and is known for playing in a wide variety of genres.

The first "destination" jazz festival took place in Newport, R.I., in 1954 — multiple days, one stage and gorgeous scenery. These days, Newport is going strong, as is Monterey in California, and the festival model has expanded to multiple stages and far beyond big-brimmed hats and lawn chairs.

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Alfredo Rodriguez left Cuba for the United States seven years ago. The classically-trained pianist and composer has been mentored and produced by music legend Quincy Jones.

Widely influential conductor and early-music specialist Nikolaus Harnoncourt has died at age 86 in the Austrian village of St. Georgen im Attergau, near Salzburg.

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On this episode of Mizzou Music, Trevor Harris visits with MU School of Music faculty members Darry Dolezal, Megan Arns and Fuller Lyon about their upcoming performances.

This interview was originally broadcast on Classical 90.5FM on February 24, 2016.

Listen to Classical 90.5 each Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. for new episodes of Mizzou Music.

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On this episode of Mizzou Music, Trevor Harris interviews MU School of Music violin faculty member Julie Rosenfeld about this Sunday's Esterhazy Quartet recital. Also on the show are interviews with School of Music chairperson Julia Gaines and alumni Grant Fonda. Music featured on this program includes works by the Esterhazy Quartet and a composition from MU Graduate Student Erin Hoerchler.

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On this week's Mizzou Music, Trevor Harris from Classical 90.5 talks with four MU School of Music faculty including Eva Szekely, Bill Kalinkos, Stefan Freund and Anthony Glise about upcoming recitals and performances.

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During his heyday, Italian born composer and cellist Luigi Boccherini had a reputation approaching that of his contemporary Franz Joseph Haydn. Today, Boccherini is remembered for but a few virtuoso works for strings. That's a shame because his influence on the string quartet may be his most lasting gift to classical music.

Jon Batiste On Piano Jazz

Feb 12, 2016

Pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste hails from Louisiana, the cradle of jazz.

Eric Lewis' career has circulated both in and out of what he calls "the jazz republic." Performing under his given name in the 1990s, Lewis was a powerful up-and-coming pianist who toured in the bands of Wynton Marsalis and Elvin Jones. As his career progressed — or failed to, from a business perspective — he found that a lot of contemporary rock music also spoke to him deeply.

This tune comes from a demo tape of a band's first-ever public gig. The recording engineer was a 19-year-old college radio kid scrambling to capture 18 musicians in a tiny basement club. But half a century later, that kid now runs a record label and deemed his work good enough to re-touch and issue as part of a deluxe 2-CD package. After all, this was no ordinary band. Within three months of that first gig, this group started making "real" albums — five LPs worth in the next four years, plus two album-length collaborations with singers.

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