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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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Talk to most longtime Columbians about what they like about the city and the cultural landscape is likely to come up. A wide range of performing acts come through Columbia each year, but one local performing arts series draws largely from local talent.

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Scott Joplin left a major mark on the musical history of the Show-Me State during his 13 years in Sedalia. Next weekend, Richard Dowling comes to Columbia for a pair of recitals in which he will perform Joplin's entire piano output. Classical 90.5's Trevor Harris interviewed Dowling for a recent episode of Mizzou Music.

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There are several new faces in the MU School of Music for the new school year that started two weeks ago. A recent episode of Mizzou Music introduced listeners to a pair of new faculty in the school and a post doctoral fellow familiar to attendees of the recent Mizzou International Composers Festival.

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The new Assistant Professor of Orchestra in the MU School of Music is no stranger that program. Barry Ford earlier earned his masters from the institution for which he now works. On a recent episode of Mizzou Music, the Ford visited with Classical 90.5 host Trevor Harris about his memories of and mentors at MU, his conducting favorites and his upcoming work leading the University Philharmonic.


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Amy Knopps is the new director of Marching Mizzou. She was a recent guest on Mizzou Music where she talked about her Missouri roots and looked ahead to her new role at MU.

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Meet Pete Zambito. He is the new assistant professor of band and percussion in the MU School of Music. He was a guest on this week's Mizzou Music discussing his influences, his new role on campus and his weekly podcast.

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Austrian-born, New York-based composer Georg Haas was in Columbia last week as a Guest Composer at the Mizzou International Composers Festival. Haas was a guest on a recent episode of Mizzou Music.


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Last week, the composer Robert Sirota was in town for the premiere of a new work. He sat down with painter and long-time friend Simon Dinnerstein to discuss 'The Fulbright Triptych', a three panel work on display now through the end of the year at Columbia's MU Museum of Art and Archaeology.


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American composer Amadeus Regucera is in Columbia this week for a world premiere of his new work, CRVD. Alarm Will Sound premieres Regucera's new work and that of seven other Resident Composers this Saturday. On a recent episode of Mizzou Music, Regucera discussed his experience with the gateway drug that is contemporary music, his influences and technology in his music.


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Toronto-based composer Christopher Mayo is influenced by a range of diverse sounds including bluegrass, electronic music and architecture. Mayo is one of eight resident composers who will be in Columbia this week for the Mizzou International Composers Festival. He was a recent guest on Mizzou Music.

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