Firsts and Lasts

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New Years Eve has passed and with the New Year comes a sense of renewal. It brings to mind other firsts and lasts in life: There are last calls, last songs, last dances. There are also first kisses, first grades, first loves, first places, the first record we ever bought...


All these things are continual life experiences that start and stop.  So, tonight on the show we explore these firsts and lasts.

Last Song by Meredith Monk evokes renewal in an abstract yet transparent song.  The eclectic mix of Glenn Gould, Robert Een and Osvaldo Golijov thread together a tapestry of instruments as well as innovative dreams and hopes. Amazing Grace sends us off soaring into a blank canvas.

Farewell to 2011 and let us welcome the first of the New Year.


Amazing Grace

Mark O’Connor

Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Marin Olsop, conductor

Mark O’Connor, violin

Omac Records


Last Song

Meredith Monk

Meredith Monk, voice and piano



Schwanengensang: ‘Die Taubenpost,’ D. 957 (Carrier Pigeon)

Franz Schubert

Wolfgang Holzmair, baritone

Imogen Cooper, piano



Easy Winners

Scott Joplin

Canadian Brass



String Quartet No. 1: “Between the National and the Bristol”

Gavin Bryars

Balanescu String Quartet



Youth Without Youth: Last Walk to Cafe Select

Osvaldo Golijov

Bucharest Metropolitan Orchestra

Radu Popa, conductor

Deutsche Grammophon


The Seven Last Words: Sonata IV, Largo

Franz Joesph Haydn

Le Concert des Nations

Jordi Savall, conductor

Rafael Taibo, recitation


The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

Ewan MacColl

Roberta Flack, piano, vocals



Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846

Johann Sebastian Bach

Glenn Gould, piano



Photo Shoot

Robert Een

Robert Een, voice, cello, Chinese gong

Jeff Berman, lap dulcimer, vibraphone, marimba, percussion

Bill Ruyle, hammer dulcimer, Tibetan singing bowl



Fantasie for Oud and String Quartet

Simon Shaheen

Simon Shaheen, oud

Mark Pisconoff, violin

Ashley Horne, violin

Midhat Serbaji, viola

Tomas Ulrich, cello

Jamie Haddad, mongolian frame drum


String Quartet No. 16 in F, Op. 135

Ludwig van Beethoven

Takacs Quartet



Last Round

Osvaldo Golijov

St. Lawrence String Quartet

Ying Quartet

Mark Dresser, bass