Posted by Kimberly Powell on 02/10/2014

The OKC Philharmonic with Conrad Tao!

Wednesday, February 5th on KCSC

Dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by the New York Times, Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist, composer, and violinist.  This past November,  the Dallas Symphony Orchestra premiered Conrad’s new orchestral composition, “The World Is Very Different Now”, commissioned in observance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  And during the 2013-14 season, Conrad travels on several tours to South America and Europe, offers performances on the ARTE network, a recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, his third consecutive annual recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, and performances across  North America.

On Saturday, January 11, Conrad joined the OKC Philharmonic for the ensemble’s first concert of the new year, the guest soloist in Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op 26.  Also featured on this Classics 4 program:  David Diamond’s Rounds for String Orchestra and Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op 90 (Italian) of Felix Mendelssohn.  Conrad talks about the special place of the concerto in his career and answers questions submitted by young Oklahoma pianists.  Tune in Wednesday evening at 8pm on KCSC!


Chamber Music from the OK Mozart Festival

Saturday, February 8th on KCSC & KWTU

Performance Oklahoma presents editions 7 & 8 of the 2012 OK Mozart Chamber Music Broadcast Series!  In the first hour violist Paul Neubauer joins pianist Orion Weiss to play the Marchenbilder Op 113 and the Romance Op 94 No. 2 by Robert Schumann, offering the audience a richly hued glimpse into the composer as child and genius and kicking off the Festival’s morning concert series.  Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and pianist Orion Weiss join Paul to present songs by Sergei Rachmaninov,  written at various points in his career and full of some of his most deeply felt and masterful music.  And violist Andy Lin shares his second passion, the Chinese erhu and enchants the audience with his beautiful and virtuosic performances of two works for the 500 year old traditional instrument.

And in the second hour, cellist Peter Wiley and pianist Anna Polonsky offer the 12 Variations on a theme from the Magic Flute by Ludwig van Beethoven, one of four sets of variations celebrating his affection for Mozart’s music.  And duo pianists Orion Weiss and Anna Polonsky in turn offer an homage to Beethoven with the Variations on an original theme by Franz Schubert.  Baritone Kelly Markgraf, and violist Paul Neubauer join Anna to present songs by Bernard Molique and John Larchet and we’ll hear the third work offered by Andy Lin on the erhu. Tune in at 8 Saturday morning here on Classical KCSC/KBCW and on Saturday evening on KWTU Classical 88.7 Tulsa!