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7:08 am The Chicago Symphony Orchestra- Daniel Barenboim conducting: 'Symphony No. 1 (1988-1989) 1: Apologue; 2: Tarantella' 4/10/2014
7:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/10/2014
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6:53 am Jeffrey Biegel, piano: 'Caprice Espagnol Op. 17' 4/10/2014
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6:38 am Insurgent Radio Kiosk: 'Kiosk' 4/10/2014
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6:08 am The Gregg Smith Singers (directed by Gregg Smith) and the New York Choral Society (John Daly Goodwin, conductor): 'Of Time and the River (1945)' 4/10/2014
6:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/10/2014
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5:56 am Carol Rosenberger (piano): 'Poissons d'or' 4/10/2014
5:54 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/10/2014
5:39 am The Malmö Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Mogrelia: 'Four Dances from "Love's Labour's Lost" Op. 167 (1953: Sarabande, Gavotte, Spanish Dance, Russian Dance' 4/10/2014
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5:09 am The NBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arturo Toscanini (recorded in 1948): 'Academic Festival Overture Op. 80 (1880)' 4/10/2014
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Welcome to the Blog of Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 | Rich Samuels

On the left is a photo of me (snapped by April 14, 2009, by Chicago Sun-Times photographer Brian Jackson) seemingly yelling at Rod Blagojevich. The former Illinois governor had just exited Chicago’s Dirksen Federal Building where he had entered a “not guilty” plea to a wide variety of corruption charges, including the allegation that he had attempted to market, for personal gain, the seat in the U.S. Senate left vacant when Barack Obama was elected President.

I was part of the media scrum (a correspondent for the “Chicago Tonight” show which airs on WTTW, one of Chicago’s public television stations) that pursued Blago that day: and, to be quite frank, I only appear to be yelling at the disgraced former governor: in reality, I was trying to locate my camera operator who had disappeared into the crowd, nowhere to be seen.

A month short of three years after that picture was taken (it’s recently been recycled as the cover art for Natasha Korecki’s book “Only in Chicago”), Rod Blagojevich began serving a 14 year sentence at the Federal Correctional Center Englewood near Denver. I wasn’t around to witness the denouement of his prosecution: I retired from television journalism at the end of 2009 and, as Garrison Keillor once put it, “moved up to radio”.

Since November of 2010 I’ve been hosting WORT’s “Anything Goes” show, bringing my listeners classical music every Thursday morning between the hours of 5 and 8.

To the greatest extent possible, I try to feature the work of local artists and composers, especially those who are younger. When necessary, I have the capability of recording interviews and performances in the field.

I hope you’ll be able to join me each week. I also hope you can continue to provide WORT with the financial support that makes this kind of programming (which is obviously not for everyone) possible.

When I’m not on the air you can follow me via this blog, via Twitter, Facebook or my personal website.

 

The WORT Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning October 3, 2013 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”

10/1/13 4:38 PM | Rich Samuels

Thursday October 3, 7:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street The UW Faculty Concert Series presents the Pro Arte Quartet Parry Karp, cello Suzanne Beia, violin Sally Chisholm, viola David Perry, violin Presenting String Quartet in D Major, K. 575 (1789), Mozart String Quartet in A Minor, (1922) Fritz Kreisler String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1 (1873) Brahms Friday October 4, 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison The Noon Musicale presents Shannon Farley, viola, Christopher Annen guitar and Greg Punswick, piano Friday October 4, 7:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison. The UW Wind Ensemble conducted by Scott Teeple. Presenting Above and Beyond Gerard Schwartz Amazing Grace Traditional/arr. Maldonado Lincolnshire Posy Percy Grainger/arr. Fennell In Wartime David Del Tredici Rolling Thunder Henry Fillmore Saturday October 5 Sound Ensemble Wisconsin has a kick-off party for its 2013-14 season Hear about SEW’s upcoming season, take in poetry by our season Artist-in-Residence, enjoy wine and hors d’ouvres, win a raffle prize, and hear music by unique local band, Arp of the Covenant. Saturday, October 5th 8-10pm. Near West side location disclosed upon ticket purchase. $50/person. To purchase tickets, e-mail: soundensemblewisconsin@gmail.com 646-872-5155 Saturday October 5 7:15 pm ay First Unitarian Society, Atrium Auditorium 900 University Bay Drive, Madison WI 53705 (repeated Sunday October 6 2:45 pm at Madison Christian Community Church, Blessing Room 7118 Old Sauk Road, Madison The Madison Bach Musicians begins its 10th season. Chamber Music with guest violinist Marilyn McDonald Marilyn McDonald, guest artist – baroque violin Kangwon Kim, Brandi Berry, Mary Perkinson – baroque violins Nathan Giglierano – baroque viola Anton TenWolde – baroque cello Trevor Stephenson – harpsichord Telemann – Concerto in G major for Four Violins Handel – Violin Sonata in G minor, HWV 364 Trio Sonata in E major, Op. 2, No. 9, HWV 394 Leclair – Violin Duo in G minor Pachelbel – Canon and Gigue in D major Bach – Contrapunctus 19 from Art of Fugue (with B-A-C-H Fugue) Vivaldi – Concerto in A minor for Two Violins, RV 522 Tuesday October 8 8 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street Experimental pianist Thollem McDonas in concert with $2 Broom. (On Wednesday Oct. 9 McDonas will appear at The Frequency with his project called Keyngdrum Overdrive with guest artist Todd Hammes (percussion), along with Mark Hetzler’s band, Sinister Resonance.) Wednesday October 9, noon at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Avenue, Madison Organ concert featuring organist Bruce Bengston Wednesday October 9, ….

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Music Featured on the October 3, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin

09/27/13 8:43 AM | Rich Samuels

5:09 am: David Neely (violin) and Catherine Herbener (piano) perform the SOnata for Violin and Piano in D Op 17 by Harry Newton Redman. 5:31 am: The Ceruti String Quartet performs Claude Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor Op. 10. 5:58 am: Rachel Barton Pine (violin) and Matthew Hagle (piano) perform the Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms. 6:08 am: Wendy Warner (cello) and the Camerata Chicago conducted by Drostan Hall perform the Cello Concerto in C major by Franz Josef Haydn. 6:41 am: Cellist Caroline Stinson performs Six Pieces for Cello by Roger Sessions. 6:51 am: Abschiedserenade by Valentin Silvestrov performed by the Bournmoth Symphony conducted by Kirill Karabits. 7:08 am: Jorge Federico Osorio performs the Piano Concerto by Carlos Chavez 7:50 am: Violinist Caroline Goulding performs the Red Violin Caprices by John Corigliano.

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The WORT Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning September 26, 2013 Compiled by Rich Samuels Host of “Anything Goes”.

09/25/13 1:38 PM | Rich Samuels

Thursday September 26 4:30 pm at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 North Orchard Street, Madison. SoundWaves: The Eye and Ear of the Beholder What is Beauty? What does it look like, and sound like? Why? Two scientists, two artists, and three musicians will explore Beauty at the first of eight SoundWaves. This event, part of the Wisconsin Science Festival, will feature SOM visiting voice professor Elizabeth Hagedorn with pianist Martha Fischer, performing selections from Mahler’s Rückertlieder. SOM horn professor Daniel Grabois (who is the curator of SoundWaves) will speak about the beauty of dissonance. Other speakers will include Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Prize winner and professor of chemistry at Cornell, speaking about beauty in science. Thursday September 26, 8:30 pm at Morphy Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison. The UW Black Music Ensemble Friday September 27, 7:30 pm at UW Humanities Building-Eastman Organ Recital Hall Association of Church Musicians Organ Recital Annual scholarship benefit concert with John Chappell Stowe, Robert Eversman, Ken Stancer, Elijah Cynric, Michael Mills, Max Yount, Adrian Binkley, Bruce Bengtson, Hazel Holden Members of the Madison Area Association of Church Musicians and their students will present a public organ recital at the Eastman Organ Recital Hall, Mosse Humanities Building, UW – Madison, 455 N. Park St. The program will showcase a wide variety of music performed on the 54-rank Austin pipe organ. Monies raised by freewill donation at the event will go to the Association’s Ruth Pilger Andrews Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund was initiated by and honors the memory of Ruth Pilger Andrews, a long time organ teacher and organist in Madison. Scholarship funds are used to award those interested in pursuing organ studies. Performers at the recital will include John Chappell Stowe, Robert Eversman, Ken Stancer, Elijah Cynric, Michael Mills, Max Yount, Adrian Binkley, Bruce Bengtson, and Hazel Holden. Friday September 27, 7:30 pm at Overture Center-Overture Hall, 201 State Street, Madison (repeated Saturday 8/28 at 8 pm and Sunday 9/29 at 2:30 pm). The Madison Symphony ORchestra begins its 2013/1014 concert season with works of Copland, Wagner, and Rimsky-Korsakov. Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite will open the concerts with its uniquely American sound. DeMain then celebrates Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday with the passionate music of the Prelude and Liebestod from the opera, Tristan und Isolde. And the finale will be Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade with its exquisite violin solo for MSO Concertmaster Naha Greenholtz in the role of the great storyteller, Princess Scheherazade. John DeMain said, “I have chosen to open this season with an ….

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Music Featured on the September 26, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin

09/20/13 9:00 AM | Rich Samuels

5:09 am Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor Op. 5 No. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven, performed by Colin Carr (cello) abd Thomas Sauer. 5:34 am: The Pacifica Quartet performs the String Quartet No. 6 in G major Op. 101 by Dmitri Shostakovich. 6:08 am: The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Antoni Wit performs the Taras Bulba Rhapsody by Leoš Janáček. 6:40 am: The Sinfonia Varsavia conducted by Ian Hobson performs George Walker’s Antifonys for String Orchestra. 6:48 am: The Los Angeles Percussion Ensemble performs “Occasus” by Jeffrey Homes. 7:08 am: An interview with John DeMain, artistic director of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. The MSO’s 2013-2014 concert season begins tomorrow. Music featured in this segment includes selections from DeMain’s 1996 Grammy winning recording with the Houston Grand Opera of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess”; Tine Thing Helseth’s recording of Astor Piazzolla’s “Libertango”; plus samplings of performances by violinist Augistin Hadlich, soprano Emily Birsan and pianist Garrick Olsen.

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The WORT Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning September 19, 2013 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”.

09/18/13 7:40 AM | Rich Samuels

Saturday September 21, 3 pm at Mills Hall, 455 N. Park Street, Madison. The Clocks in Motion Percussion Ensemble presents music pif John Cage and Henry Cowell in a program titled ” PERCUSSION IS REVOLUTION, AN INTERACTIVE SOUND TAPESTRY” Featuring the revolutionary pieces that fearlessly moved percussion from the back of the orchestra to the front of the stage, Clocks in Motion, Madison’s cutting edge new music ensemble, will perform a FREE interactive concert at 3:00 pm Saturday Sept 21 in Mills Hall, Humanities, UW Madison. Audience participation will be a central focus in the performance, resulting in a seamless sound tapestry that will transform the concert experience into a fully immersive event. Clocks in Motion’s ability to use virtually any object as an instrument will be extended to the audience, who will be encouraged to use their cell phones, keys, voices, hands, and other objects to contribute musical sounds throughout the performance. Hailed as “nothing short of remarkable” (ClevelandClassical.com), Clocks in Motion is a group that performs new music, builds rare instruments, and breaks down the boundaries of the traditional concert program. Formed in 2011, Clocks in Motion now serves as the ensemble in residence with the UW-Madison percussion studio. The individual members of Clocks in Motion’s unique skill sets and specialties contain an impressive mix of musical styles including, rock, jazz, contemporary classical music, orchestral percussion, marching percussion, and world music styles including Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Middle Eastern, West African, and Indian. Among its many recent engagements, the group served as resident performers and educators at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Rhapsody Arts Center, University of Michigan, Baldwin-Wallace University, and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. For more information on Clocks in Motion, including repertoire, upcoming events, biographies, and media, visit www.clocksinmotionpercussion.com Saturday September 21m 7 pm at the Oakwood Center for Arts & Education (repeated Sunday September 22m, 1:30 pm at the UW-Arboretum Visitor Center) The Oakwood Chamber Players present a program titled “Mediterranean Music springing from the sun-infused countries that border the same sea” The program will include: Enrique Fernandez Arbos (Spain), Three Original Pieces for Piano Trio, Op. 1 Vincent Gambaro (Italy), Wind Quartet in E flat Major, Op. 4 No. 1 This is the first concert in the Season Series titled “Origination: Exploring Musical Regions of the World.” Upcoming concerts include: Celebration! – November 29th and December 1st Nordic – February 1st and 2nd Russian Radius – March 22nd and 23rd Down Under – May 17th and 18th The Oakwood Chamber Players is a group of ….

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The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning September 12, 2013 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anthing Goes”

09/11/13 5:45 PM | Rich Samuels

Friday, September 13, 7:30 pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 1833 Regent St. , Madison. The Saint Andrew’s Concert Series presents The Ancora String Quartet (with guests), Works by Pleyel, Baermann, and Danzi. The Ancora String Quartet is a Madison based chamber ensemble established in the year 2000. The members all hold advanced degrees and performed all across the United States and Europe. Three performers from the quartet will be joined by UW-Whitewater professors of flute, clarinet and bassoon Sunday, September 15, 1 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park St., Madison The UW Faculty Concert Series presents Les Thimmig (flutes), Jennifer Hedstrom (keyboards) and Sean Kleve (percussion) in the first of three lecture-performnces: The Feldman Trios. Part One. Three lecture-performances of the late-period work of American composer Morton Feldman. (See also Oct 27 & Feb. 2) First concert: “Why Patterns?” American composer Morton Feldman (1926-1987) was first noted for his inclusion in the “Cage School,” a group of four composers, the others being Earle Brown and Christian Wolff, associated with the composer John Cage. The three trios for flute, piano, and percussion included in this series were written for the members of this group during the last nine years of Feldman’s life. During this period, his works radically increased in length, lasting from 30 minutes to multiple hours of single-movement, very slowly unfolding development. At issue were the distinction of “form” and “scale.” Sunday, September 15, 2:30 pm at Edgewood College-St. Joseph Chapel, 1000 Edgewood College Dr., Madison. A faculty recital featuring Kathleen Otterson, mezzo soprano. Ms. Otterson is a Senior Instructor of Music, teaching studio voice, diction, and vocal pedagogy. Ms. Otterson also serves as director of the Edgewood College Women’s Choir. Sunday, September 15, 3 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison, The Opera Props Showcase Concert. Opera Props annual fall Showcase Concert will introduce University Opera’s extraordinary singers in a program of celebrated arias. This benefit event includes several new singers who will be featured in the upcoming season’s productions. Please join us for an afternoon of music, fine food, and conversation. Proceeds will help recruit and fund young artists for the University Opera program. FOR TICKETS: Call Dan Shea at (608) 836-6911 or e-mail him at dshea@chorus.net. Wednesday, September 28, noon at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Avenue, Madison. Organ recital by organist Bruce Bengston. Wednesday, September 18, 5:30 pm at the University Club, 803 State Street, Madison. Dinner and Concert with the Wisconsin Brass Quintet. 5:30 Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres ….

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Music Featured on the September 12, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin

09/6/13 4:45 PM | Rich Samuels

5:09 am: Pianist Vladimir Askenazy performs the Prelude and Fugue No. 13 in F-sharp major and Prelude and Fugue in E-flat minor by Dmitri Shostakovich. 5:23 am: Colin Carr (cello) and Thomas Sauer (piano) oerform the Cello Sonata in F major Op. 69 by Ludwig van Beethoven. 5:48 am: The New York Philharmonic conducted by Willem Mengelberg performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Air on a G String”. Recorded in January, 1929. 5:53 am: Rachel Barton Pine (violin) and Matthew Hagle (piano) perform the Berceuse Op. 40 by Ernesto Camillo Sivori and the Lullaby for a Little Queen by G. Frank Blackbourne. 6:08 am: The Academy of Saint MArtin in the Fields conducted by Joshua Bell performs the Symphony No. 7 in A major Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven. 6:55 am: Pianist Daniel del Pino performs “El Pelele” by Enrique Granados. 7:08 am: Composer/trombonist Mark Hetzler of the UNiversity of Wisconsin Madison introduces the Summit recording of his “Three Views of Infinity”. 7:40 am: Violist Paul Neubauer and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Ohio perform “Purple Rhapsody” by Joan Tower,  

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The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning September 5, 2013 Prepared by Rcih Samuels Host of Anything Goes.

09/3/13 9:05 AM | Rich Samuels

  Thursday September 5, 7 pm at The Frequency, 121 W. Main Street. The Color Field Festival presents TIGUE, Clocks in Motion and the Color Field Ensemble. The first of three days of concerts in Madison. Works by Robert Honstein, Aaron Siegel, and more. More information at 608-397-4407 and colorfieldensemble.com Friday September 6 7 pm at Audio for the Arts, 7 S. Blair Street, Madison The Color Field Festival presents Clocks in Motion and the Color Field Ensemble. Clocks in Motion and the Color Field Ensemble perform works by Chris Cerrone, Ravi Kittappa, Ryan Carter, John Cage, and more. More information at 608-397-4407 and colorfieldensemble.com Saturday September 7m noon at Capitol Square. The Color Field Ensemble performs the world premier of a new work by Tony Marasco. Saturday September 7, 7 pm at The Frequency, 121 W. Main St., Madison. The Color Field Festival presents the Brothers Grimm performing works by Donatoni, Reich and more. Saturday, September 7, 7:30 pm at Farley’s House of Pianos, 6522 Seybold Rd., Madison Four Hands, One Piano Varshavski-Shapiro Duo Returns to Farley’s The duo will perform works by Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Mozart, and Stravinsky. Program Franz Schubert Lebensstürme Sergei Rachmaninoff Six Pieces Intermission Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata in D Major Igor Stravinsky Rite of Spring The concert is part of the Salon Piano Series, a new non-profit founded by Tim and Renée Farley to continue the tradition of concerts at Farley’s House of Pianos. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 the day of the concert. Tickets can be purchased at Farley’s House of Pianos and Orange Tree Imports on Monroe Street, or by calling 608-271-2626 to reserve tickets by credit or debit card. A lecture by Tim Farley will precede the concert at 7:00 pm, and an artists’ reception will follow the concert. Varshavski and Shapiro are laureates of prestigious national and international competitions and have appeared in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Poland, Russia and the U.S. The duo has performed with orchestras including the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, and the “New World” Symphony Orchestra of Miami. Their live performances have been broadcast throughout the world. Both Varshavski and Shapiro hold Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where they studied under Israeli duo Alexander Tamir and Bracha Eden. They continued their studies under American pianist Victor Rosenbaum. In 2011, the duo received Doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where they studied with Martha Fischer. The duo appeared together ….

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Music Featured on the September 5, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin

08/31/13 8:56 AM | Rich Samuels

  5:09 am: The Pacifica Quartet performs the Strong Quartet No. 5 in B-flat major Op. 82 by Dmitri Shostakovich. 5:42 am: Eric Berlin (trumpet) and Nadine Shank (piano) perform “Chamber Music VII: Ceremonies for Tumpet and Piano” by Robert Suderburg. 6:08 am: The Martingale Ensemble directed by Ken Selden with Robert Breault (tenor) and Richard Zeller (baritone) perform parts I-IV of Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in an arrangement by Arnold Schoenberg. 6:45 am: Violinist Katie Wolfe performs “Sonata for Solo” violin (1992) by Laura Elise Schwendinger. 7:08 am: The Martingale Ensemble directed by Ken Selden with Robert Breault (tenor) and Richard Zeller (baritone) perform parts V and VI of Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in an arrangement by Arnold Schoenberg. 7:45 am: Tenor Albert Lee and the Sinfonia da Camera conducted by Ian Hobson perform George Walker’s “Lilacs”. 7:58:am: Pianist Cecil Lytle (piano) plays his arrangement of the traditional hymn “Glorious, Glorious”.  

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The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Musical Calendar for the Week Beginning August 29, 2013 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”.

08/28/13 7:47 PM | Rich Samuels

Thursday August 29 7 pm at Rennebohm Park, 115 N. Eau Claire Ave. , Madison. The final free summer concert for the 2013 season by the Capitol City Band. Saturday August 31 at 8 pm (repeated Sunday September 1 at 4 pm) at the Token Creek Festival Barn, 4037 Highway 19, DeForest. The final concerts of this year’s Token Creek Chamber Music Festival “Improvisations on a Theme”. Token Creek Festival FINALE Features World Premieres of New and Old Works: Mozart, Purcell, Harbison It’s not a contradiction. In a program titled “The Old and Unfamiliar” the Token Creek Festival will offer world premieres, both of a new work and of completions of old works never heard before. What composer is more beloved and performed than Mozart? Yet he was in the habit of leaving pieces unfinished, to be taken up later. He was above all practical and pragmatic – if he was working on a violin sonata when a commission for a wind piece came in, he’d suspend work on the sonata, planning to return to it later. There is now conclusive evidence that some of his pieces lay unfinished for ten years. His early death prevented the completion of many of them. Can they be recovered, “new” Mozart works that add to our sense of his prolific variety? We think so. Three Mozart completions anchor the last concerts of the Festival: – The violin sonata in C, K.403 (1784-85), in which Mozart composed the first two movements and the first twenty measures of the last; the final movement was completed by John Harbison in 1968; – The Allegro in A major (K. Anh. 48), the opening 35 measures of this violin sonata first movement written by Mozart, the remainder completed in 2012 by Harvard scholar and classical period keyboard expert and improviser Robert Levin; and – The Allegro in G Major (K. Anh. 47), another sonata first movement begun by Mozart (the first 31 measures), also completed by Levin last year. “Revisiting these pieces I think is interesting,” says Levin. “The idea of course is not to suggest to people that you’re going to write something which is as audacious, as inspired, as pleasurable to listen to as what Mozart would surely have done had he lived to complete these pieces but it gives you an idea. It’s like an artist’s conception of an idea before the building is actually constructed.” “And of course there is this combustible attitude of improvisation in which one realizes that no text that Mozart ….

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