Episode #1913

Music from the Hartt School, Part I

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

This week, the Young Artists Showcase visits The Hartt School in Connecticut, the performing arts conservatory wing of the University of Hartford, for a return performance by Egyptian pianist Mohamed Shams. The program also includes an introduction to a string quartet called 20/20.

Two years ago, we first met Shams as the soloist in Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety Symphony". Tonight we drop in on performances at the Hartt School and at a concert in Glasgow.

For the opening movement to Schumann's Piano Quintet, Shams is joined by a string quartet formed by friends in The Hartt School's innovative honors program called Performance 20/20. To close this week's show, another in-concert recording of the 20/20 Quartet in Connecticut, performing Mozart's Quartet No. 21.

Program Details:
Franz Liszt: Dante Sonata
— Mohamed Shams, piano. Recorded live at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Robert Schumann: First movement of Piano Quintet in E-flat, Op. 44
—  Mohamed Shams, piano, with the 20/20 String Quartet.

W. A. Mozart: String Quartet in D, K. 575
— 20/20 String Quartet: Gary Capozziello and Fernando Vizcaino, violin; Gregory Markus, viola; Ignacy Grzelazka, cello. Recorded live at The Hartt Schoool.

Produced by:

Aaron Dalton

Comments [1]

Susan Picard

Mohamed Shams is a wonderful pianist -- sensitive but powerful and always moving. A very talented young man with a bright musical future. I look forward to hearing him again often in the future.

Oct. 31 2014 05:41 PM

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