On the eve of America’s birthday, the Young Artists Showcase presents a potpourri of American fare culled from previous broadcasts.
First up, from Doug O’Conner’s live performance in 2004, a saxophone sonata by New York-born composer Paul Creston. Then an excerpt from a live studio session last year with the Zodiac Trio of Paul Schoenfield’s delightful Eastern European Freylakh.
For the meat of the program, a broadcast from 2007, one of the many visits pianist Michael Brown has made to the Young Artists Showcase. To close, we go to the Manhattan School of Music for Souvenirs, a 75th birthday gift to conductor Philipe Entremont from American composer Richard Danielpour. The piece starts in New York, then journeys to Tokyo, New Orleans, Paris, and Vienna — five important cities if the career of Maestro Entremont.
Paul Creston: Sonata for Saxophone and Piano
— Doug O'Connor, saxophone; Sonya Ovrutsky, piano.
Paul Schoenfield: Freilach
— The Zodiac Trio (Kliment Krylovskiy, clarinet; Vanessa Mollard, violin; Riko Higuma, piano).
Federico Mompou: Cancion e Danza No. 9
Michael Brown: Homage to Mompou
Aaron Copland: Piano Sonata, finale
Michael Brown: Homage to Copland
— Michael Brown, piano.
Richard Danielpour: Souvenirs
— Manhattan School Sinfonia; Philippe Entremont, conductor.