Celebrated violinist Hilary Hahn returns to Philadelphia to perform Korngold's Violin Concerto. The concerto was dedicated to Alma Mahler, the widow of Korngold's childhood mentor Gustav Mahler. It was premiered on February 15, 1947 by Jascha Heifetz.
This month Peter Richard Conte and Jill Pasternak welcome virtuoso organist Isabelle Demers, Organ Professor and Head of the Organ Program at Baylor University in Texas, where she teaches organ and courses in the organ curriculum. Ms. Demers recently performed on the Wanamaker Organ and it's music from that concert we'll hear this week.
He's only 18 years old, but has experience way beyond his years. He's a virtuoso pianist, a composer and an accomplished violinist. And now he's a music festival founder and curator. He's Conrad Tao. As comfortable with Ravel and Rachmaninoff as with Reich, Eno and Meredith Monk, it seems he can do anything he wants to, and do it with excellence. Did we say he's only 18?
Early on May 29th, the jazz world lost a true legend, pianist Mulgrew Miller. Miller, known for being top-notch sideman and versatile leader, lost his life to a stroke. His work with artists like Ron Carter, Steve Nelson and Russell Malone allowed him to pass on his musical legacy to young lions like Derrick Hodge and Karriem Riggins, who appear on some of Miller's later trio albums. He was staunchly committed to mentoring new generations of musicians and shared his immense talent by working with students at William Paterson University where he served as the Director of Jazz Studies.