Stephen Hough's U.S. Radio Debut and John Hersey High School

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Stephen Hough (Andrew Crowley)

Tune in Wednesday at 9 pm, as this showcase features the symphonic band from John Hersey High School, located an hour north of Chicago in Arlington Heights. Conducted by Scott Casagrande, the symphonic band performs works by Bach, Bernstein, Barnhouse, Debussy and Daugherty. Students from John Hersey’s ensembles have performed at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. On Friday, April 1, these young musicians return to Carnegie Hall for a concert with soloists from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

Then we dip into the archives to hear the American radio debut of a then relatively unknown 21-year-old British pianist, Stephen Hough. Now an international and award-winning performer, Hough visited the WQXR studios on Sept. 28, 1983, the day after he won the Naumburg International Competition.

Program Playlist:

Charles Lloyd Barnhouse: "The Battle of Shiloh"
John Hersey Symphonic Band; Scott Casagrande, conductor

J.S. Bach: Fugue in C minor, BWV 847 (arr. Casagrande)
John Hersey Symphonic Band; Scott Casagrande, conductor

Leonard Bernstein: Symphony No. 1, Jeremiah, II. Profanation
John Hersey Symphonic Band; Scott Casagrande, conductor

Claude Debussy: "The Sunken Cathedral" (transcription by Robert Longfield)
John Hersey Symphonic Band; Scott Casagrande, conductor

Michael Daugherty: "Niagara Falls"
John Hersey Symphonic Band; Scott Casagrande, conductor

Leopold Godowsky: "Gardens of Buitenzorg" from Java Suite
Stephen Hough, piano

Franz Liszt: Transcendental Etude No. 10 in F minor, “Appassionata”
Stephen Hough, piano

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