Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Classical Spotlight: Tip Top

This week we'll have great interviews and classical music with musicians on Classical Spotlight, Thursday afternoon at 2pm with host John Clare.

We start with Thomas Steigerwald (left), a 15 year old pianist from Uvalde, who is going to play on From the Top this Saturday. Thomas won first place in the San Marcos Young Pianist State Competition this year and first in the Texas Music Teacher’s Association State Piano Competition in 2007. Hear him live on From the Top (Saturday mornings at 10am on KPAC and KTXI) with Christopher O'Riley. It is Saturday, September 13th at 7pm in Trinity University's Laurie Auditorium. Tickets are $27, $22 for TPR Members, $17 students and $12 children 12 and under. Get them at 224-9600 or ticketmaster.
Here's a video of Thomas playing Balakirev's Islamey in the KPAC Studios:

Next we'll hear from Ken Freudigman (right) with Camerata San Antonio. Their program, Romantic Beginnings, takes place in Kerrville September 11 at 7:30pm, in Boerne September 12 at 7:30pm and in San Antonio September 14 at 3:00 pm. They'll play Chopin's Polonaise Brillante in C Major, Op. 3; Krasa's Three Movements for String Trio; Turina's Scene Andalouse for Viola, Piano & String Quartet; and Brahms' String Quintet in G Major, Op. 111.

Next the Texas Bach Choir led by Daniel Long performs Saturday, September 13, at 5:00 pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 3:00 pm at Woodland Baptist Church. They'll have Quantz's Flute Concerto in a minor with Lee Lattimore (seen left), Baroque Flute; Johann Michael Bach's Sacred Concerto, “Herr, der K├Ânig freuet sich”; Schutz's “So fahr ich hin”; Johann Sebastian Bach's Cantata BWV 82a - “Ich habe genug”; Harpsichord Concerto in g minor; and Cantata BWV 45 – “Es ist dir gesagt, Mensch, was gut ist”. John speaks with Lattimore about the discovery of this Flute Concerto.

The Olmos Ensemble plays Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM, on September 16th at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio. The program includes Joseph Canteloube's Trio; Philippe Gaubert's Fantasie; Shulamit Ran's East Wind; Joseph Schwantner's Black Anemones; Maurice Ravel's Jeux D’eaux; and Jean Francaix's Quintet for winds. Oboist Mark Ackerman (right) discusses the program called Autumn Winds.
Finally, Jessica Mathaes (left), concertmaster of the Austin Symphony talks about her program at St. Edward’s University in Austin at 2pm Sunday, September 14th and Saturday September 27th at 7:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Austin. On the program is Brahms' Sonata #1; Beethoven's Sonata #9, Kreutzer; and Kathryn Mishell's Elegy. There's more at Jessica
Hear the show and archives on the TPR website,

Next week we'll learn more about the Symphony of the Hills and the opening of the Austin Symphony with violinist Leila Josefowicz and a world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis.

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