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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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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.

When we invited Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov to play a Tiny Desk concert, we rolled out the big guns. In place of the trusty upright, we wedged a 7-foot grand piano behind Bob Boilen's desk in preparation for the artist who The Times of London called "without question the most astounding pianist of our age."

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Last summer the pianist Kyle Orth joined the Missouri Symphony Orchestra to perform works by Serge Prokofiev and Richard Strauss. During a recent interview with Classical 90.5, Orth reflected on making music with childhood friend Chloe Trevor, his rigorous training and his Columbia experience. 

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The Legion of Black Collegians Gospel Choir presents their spring concert this weekend in Whitmore Recital Hall. the choir's president Tyra Woods and faculty advisor Stephanie Shonekan dropped by Classical 90.5 with a preview of Sunday afternoon's 'Old School vs. New School' program.

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Maria Duhova Trevor is the librarian and harpist with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra. On this week's episode of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra Radio Hour, she highlighted the calming nature of the harp and how her library work is stress-free compared to her other duties with the MSO.

MU School of Music

The MU Director of Athletic Bands Erin Cooper was a guest on this week's Mizzou Music. She previewed this Friday's University Wind Ensemble Missouri Theatre concert.

Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale

Scott Millichamp is the Missouri Symphony Orchestra's Personnel Manager and first horn. He was a guest on this week's Missouri Symphony Orchestra Radio Hour discussing what kind of work goes on behind the scenes of an MSO performance.

Missouri Symphony Society

Missouri Symphony Orchestra principal bassist Sean O'Hara and violinist Algis Staskevicius were guests during intermission on this week's MSO Radio Hour.

MU School of Music

This week's Mizzou Music featured interviews with three faculty in the MU School of Music each with an upcoming performance.

MU School of Music

Guests on this week's episode of Mizzou Music included MU percussion faculty Megan Arns and CalArts faculty Nani Agbelli. They were featured in advance of Friday's Mizzou World Percussion Ensemble concert at the Missouri Theatre. Also on the show, soprano Christine Seitz previewed Saturday's Program of Staged Arias.

Helen Keithahn

Four years ago, a group of young, Columbia chamber musicians came together to make music. The Emerald Quartet is still playing together. They were guests on a recent episode of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra Radio Hour. The members are violist Trentynne Davis, violinist Helen Keithahn, cellist Hope Keithahn and violinist Betsy Schlimme.

MU School of Music

This week was the annual Chancellor's Arts Showcase, an annual expression of art at MU. Dr. Julia Gaines previewed the collaboration between the MU School of Music, the Departments of Art and Theater and the MU Botanic Garden. She also discussed her MU School of Music's upcoming building project.

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