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British Pianist Peter Donohoe and Vox Ama Deus: A Musical Match!

Pianist Peter Donohoe

British pianist Peter Donohoe has been a guest soloist with Philadelphia's Renaissance, Baroque and Classical chamber ensemble, Vox Ama Deus, for several years - performing in one concert per season. Valentin Radu, music director of the ensemble, told us that audiences have loved Donohoe's performances so much, that he asked him to perform in two concerts this season.

Donohoe will perform in the 28th season finale concert for Vox Ama Deus. Usually, he plays American contemporary classical music (think Gershwin, Ellington, etc.). But this time, the program is "The Three Bs" - Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, and includes the Bach Piano Concerto in D minor, Beethoven's Concerto No. 5, known as the "Emperor" concerto, and the Brahms First Piano Concerto. The concert takes place in the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater on May 15th. 

Jill Pasternak speaks to the pair about how they decided on this program, and their take on the works to be performed. And we'll listen to some of Peter's recordings as well.

Crossover with Jill Pasternak airs Saturday morning at 11:30 am on WRTI-FM, with an encore Friday evening at 7 pm on WRTI-HD2.  Both airings can be heard on the All-Classical web stream at wrti.org.

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