Zlatomir Fung on Front Row Washington
The first American in four decades and youngest musician ever to win First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition Cello Division, Zlatomir Fung is poised to become one of the preeminent cellists of our time. Astounding audiences with his boundless virtuosity and exquisite sensitivity, the 23-year-old has already proven himself to be a star among the next generation of world-class musicians. Front Row Washington presents Fung performing from Bender JCC of Greater Washington Monday at 9 PM ET. One of the works in this performance is Unlocked by Judith Weir, described by the composer: UNLOCKED arises out of my interest in the magnificent collection of American folksongs in the Library of Congress, Washington, collected by John and Alan Lomax in the 1930s. A significant proportion of the songs were collected from prisoners - mostly Black prisoners in Southern jails.
Celebrating Women Composers
In celebration of Women's History Month, Classical Breakdown looks at six works by six living women composers. John Banther and Evan Keely each share works that have inspired them and notable composers of today.
Lord Nelson Mass
Franz Joseph Haydn's Missa in Angustiis, or "Mass in Troubled Times," became known as the "Lord Nelson Mass" following the Battle of Trafalgar. We'll hear it on this week's Choral Showcase, followed by one inspired by Haydn's model: the Mass in C Major by Ludwig van Beethoven. Sunday at 9PM ET.
Opera Matinee presents Verdi's La Traviata. Intimate and heartfelt, Verdi's masterpiece and audience favorite includes some of his most profound and heartfelt music in a story of doomed love and sacrifice between the courtesan Violetta and Alfredo. This production features soprano Angel Blue in the title role and Dmytro Popov as Alfredo, conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Saturday at 1PM ET.
Pianist Joyce Yang
Join us for a recital by Grammy-nominated pianist, Joyce Yang on Center Stage from Wolf Trap. Hailed by the Washington Post to possess "“poetic and sensitive pianism,” she presents a program of solo piano works by Beethoven and Schumann. Saturday at 9PM ET.
Terrific Trumpeter, Award-Winning Trio, & More
This week's From the Top features young musicians studying at the Colburn School in LA. They range from a 14-year-old cellist who shares a mature performance of Beethoven to the winners of a major chamber music competition whose secret to success just might be their musical handshake. We also hear from an incredible trumpeter, a globe-trotting teen violinist, and a 15-year-old pianist performing Mendelssohn. Sunday at 6PM ET.
Put a Spring in your mornings with Classical Sunrise
The days are getting longer, and spring is certainly in the air! Put a spring in your step each morning with Classical Sunrise, the perfect musical pairing to the start of your day. Here are this week's offerings:
- Monday 6:34AM Ravel - General Dance from Daphnis and Chloe
- Tuesday 6:33AM Ravel - Empress of the Pagodas from Mother Goose
- Wednesday 6:31AM CPE Bach - Sinfonia in C Major: III. Allegro
- Thursday 6:30AM Tchaikovsky - Valse Scherzo
- Friday 6:28AM Handel - Dances from Almira
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