Episode #1951

An All-American Line Up

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

(Isaak Liptzin/WNYC)

With Independence Day upon us this weekend, this week’s Young Artists Showcase highlights an all-American roster of composers. Host Bob Sherman reaches into the archives to replay some distinctive performances.

Prior to winning the 2014 Concert Artists Guild competition, trumpeter Brandon Ridenour, spent seven years as a member of Canadian Brass. As a result, he has become an exceptional arranger. We share his own setting of three Piano Preludes by George Gershwin.

Other pieces on the program include the 1989 Suite Gargoyles by New Yorker Lowell Liebermann, and some American music for saxophone and spoken word written by Pierre Jalbert. Leonard Bernstein closes out the program.

Program playlist:

Gershwin (arr. Brandon Ridenour): Three Preludes
— Brandon Ridenour, trumpet; Rich Ridenour, piano.

Lowell Liebermann: Gargoyles
— Fei-Fei Dong, piano.

Lee Actor: Second movement from Saxophone Concerto
— Ashu, saxophone; Mission Chamber Orchestra; Emily Ray, conductor.

Pierre Jalbert: The Invention of the Saxophone
— Ashu, saxophone; Billy Collins, narrator; Bernadette Balkus, piano.

David Del Tredici: Virtuoso Alice, for piano
— Andrea Lam, piano.

Leonard Bernstein: Song from Peter Pan, "My House”
— Kathryn Guthrie, soprano; Andrea Lam, piano.

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