AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #82: TAKE ME TO THE RIVER… Tonight’s radio show features poetry of Natasha Trethewey and Hafiz, and music of Florence Price, Virgil Thompson, and the Talking Heads. In this episode of American Highways, pianist Guy Livingston brings us music of the American Landscape, including three majestic (and bombastic) portraits of the Mississippi River:
AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #80: MEN AND MOUNTAINS The mountain is a handy metaphor – for the insignificance of man perhaps, for the attainment of spiritual wisdom, for the conquering of our fears; and a reminder that ours is a planet built on nature’s awesome strength. This is music about mountains.
AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #80: MEN AND MOUNTAINS
14 april 18:00 uur. AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #80: MEN AND MOUNTAINS The mountain is a handy metaphor – for the insignificance of man perhaps, for the attainment of spiritual wisdom, for the conquering of our fears; and a reminder that ours is a planet built on nature’s awesome strength.
AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #78: NEW OPERAS – As I was preparing this show, composer Ned McGowan said to me over the phone: “It’s hard to live up to the expectations of opera.” But here are some marvelous attempts to do just that. Among highlights, I perform a one-minute dadaist operatic tour de force by Moritz Eggert, and we hear excerpts from the premiere of Eggert’s new opera Caliban last week in Amsterdam (Opera Forward Festival) which also featured The New Prince by Mohammed Fairouz.
The name “Eighth Blackbird” derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens’s poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird: “I know noble accents; And lucid, inescapable rhythms; But I know, too, That the blackbird is involved; In what I know.” Eighth Blackbird is “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). Launched by six entrepreneurial Oberlin Conservatory undergraduates in 1996, this Chicago-based group is a fine example of how contemporary music is evolving and changing – daily!