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Red River Radio
8:38 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Cliburn memorial concert marks anniversary of pianist's death

Exactly one year ago, legendary pianist and Shreveport native Van Cliburn died. Tonight in downtown Fort Worth, where the International Piano Competition named for him is held every four years, past winners will pay tribute by performing at a free, outdoor concert.

A month ago, Cliburn Foundation President and CEO Jacques Marquis says the emails went out to all past finalists of the competition. It was an invitation to play for tonight’s anniversary.

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Notes from New Orleans
3:41 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

LPO Opens 23rd Season With Mussorgsky And Barber

This coming Saturday, the LPO performs Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," with guest violinist Gil Shaham.
Credit wikipedia/creativecommons

This coming Saturday evening is the beginning of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra's 2013-2014 concert season.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with LPO Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto about what's in store for music-loving New Orleanians.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:39 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Gods And Monsters: 5 Unforgettable Wagner Moments

The Valkyries, led by Brunnhilde (soprano Debra Voigt, lower left), are the warrior maidens of Richard Wagner's epic Ring cycle.
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 3:02 pm

How much do you know about Richard Wagner? Probably two unfavorable facts: He wrote very long, grandiose operas and was Hitler's favorite composer. As true as they are, those simple examples barely hint at the complexity of this endlessly creative and confounding artist.

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Features
8:35 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Albinas Prizgintas to be Presented with Classical Arts Lifetime Achievement Award

Albinas Prizgintas at the grand organ in Trinity Church.
Credit Marie Lovejoy / Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education

The 2013 Big Easy classical arts awards will be handed out next week. A highlight of the event will be the Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to Albinas Prizgintas, musical director at Trinity Church. He’s renowned for his classic training at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. But he has a surprising range — and techniques.

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Classical Music
7:02 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Video: Watch Tonight's Philippe Entremont Concert Live

French maestro Phillipe Entremont joins the Loyola Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Beethoven's Triple Concerto tonight, and you can watch live right here on WWNO.org.

Deceptive Cadence
4:23 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Beethoven's Famous 4 Notes: Truly Revolutionary Music

An autographed portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 10:00 am

A new book, a new recording and some old instruments, all addressing the most memorable phrase in music: the opening of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

Matthew Guerrieri has written a book about this symphony, called The First Four Notes: Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination. Guerrieri writes about how Beethoven's piece resonated with everyone from revolutionaries to Romantics, and German nationalists to anti-German resistance fighters.

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interview
7:00 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

WWNO's Farrar Hudkins talks with New Orleans Friends of Music Board President Margaret Shields about Monday night's concert by the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Piano Trio.

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Interview
2:00 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Vance Woolf and Symphonic Brass

Vance Woolf.
LPOMusic.com

Vance Woolf, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra's Principal Trumpet, talks with WWNO's Farrar Hudkins about this week's "Symphonic Brass" concerts.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:11 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Exercise Your 'Rite' To Vote

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 10:56 am

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

Classical Music
2:23 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

French maestro Philippe Entremont joins Loyola orchestra for powerhouse performance

Philippe Entremont.
Loyola University

Philippe Entremont, internationally renowned pianist and conductor, is well-known throughout New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region for his exceptional career and his time spent as music director of the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra from 1980 to 1986.

On Friday, Dec. 7, the maestro returns to New Orleans to perform the “Triple Concerto,” one of Beethoven’s most celebrated compositions, at Loyola University.

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