Work Hard, Play Harder

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Saturday, October 01, 2011

Being employed is a good thing, and being able to do what you love is icing on the cake. Working as an artist is like the popular Gershwin tune, it's "nice work if you can get it." This week's All Ears celebrates the multifaceted career of the working musician.

Two brothers working collectively on an artistic endeavor can be cooler than some might think. While George and Ira Gershwin both made a name for themselves individually, they have gone down in history for their phenomenal collaborative work as songwriters. With George as composer and Ira as lyricist, the dynamic duo created such classics as "Nice work if you can get it," performed this week by Thelonious Monk, and Joan Morris. 

Another example of brotherly collaboration is the Brooklyn-based ensemble, The Knights. The group formed as a result of two brothers, Colin and Eric Jacobsen, hosting chamber music parties in their home. From their living room, to international tours, the fiery ensemble recently landed a residency at WQXR, sharing their contagiously exciting music making right here in our studios. We hear them in a performance of Ljova Zhurbin's Garmoshka.

The timeless J.S. Bach also enjoyed life as an artist-in-residence, being employed in the courts of both Weimar and Köthen. During his tenure in Köthen, Bach was treated extremely well by Prince Leopold, and relished in the opportunity to compose and perform freely. Bach wrote some of his most celebrated compositions while in Cothen including the Cello Suite No. 3 in C, BWV 1009, heard this week by the legendary Pablo Casals.

Also up this week, collaborations between Phillip Glass and Foday Musa Suso, composer Clarice Assad and conductor Marin Alsop, and much more.


Ljova Zhurbin
The Knights
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Jonny Gandelsman, violin; Colin Jacobsen, violin

The La La Song

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)
Thirsty Ear

Nice Work If You Can Get It
George and Ira Gershwin
Monk's Classic Recordings
Thelonious Monk, piano; Al McKibbon, bass; Art Blakely, drums
jazz life

Nice Work If You Can Get It
George Gershwin
Joan Morris, mezzo-soprano; William Bolcom, piano

Cello Suite No. 3 in C, BWV 1009
Johann Sebastian Bach
Pablo Casals, cello

Lamentations: Black/Folk Song Suite for Solo Cello
Coleridge Taylor Perkinson
Tahirah Whittington, cello

Orion: The Gambia

Philip Glass
Philip Glass Ensemble
Michael Riesman, conductor
Foday Musa Suso, kora
Orange Mountain Music

Last Round
Osvaldo Golijov
St. Lawrence String Quartet
Ying Quartet; Mark Dresser, bass

Artists Ought to Be Writing
Jason Moran
Jason Moran, piano; Marvin Sewell, guitar; Tarus Mateen, bass; Nasheet Waits, drums

Etchings for solo violin
Ralph Shapey
Miranda Cuckson, violin

Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35
Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
NSS Music

Violin Concerto No. 8 in G Minor, Op. 8 (RV 332)
Antonio Vivaldi
Il Giardino Armonico
Giovanni Antonini, conductor
Enrico Onofri, violin

Comments [2]

gina ballinger from Graz, Austria

what i am struck by listening to "all ears" is the quiet, calm and intention of purpose between music selections : ) thank you1

Oct. 15 2011 06:15 AM
Deborah Gonderil from 60611

Work Hard, Play Harder
All Ears with Terrance McKnight
Working as an artist is like the popular Gershwin (tune no), lyric (yes), it's "nice work if you can get it." This week's All Ears celebrates the multifaceted career of the working musician, with works by Bach, Gershwin, Glass and others.

Oct. 01 2011 12:10 PM

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