Episode #1954

Summer Encore: A Return to Round Top

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Festival Concert Hall at the Round Top Festival Institute in Texas

In July 2014, host Bob Sherman devoted two shows to in-concert recordings from the Round Top Festival in Texas. This week's show returns for an encore presentation of festival fun.

The Round Top Festival Institute is an intensive six-week course of coachings, masterclasses and rehearsals held on a beautiful 210-acre campus between Houston and Austin. Students at Round Top give up to 30 concerts each summer in the 1,000-seat Festival Concert Hall.

These concert recordings feature sparkling orchestral and chamber music readings from emerging artists, including a string quartet by Dmitri Shostakovitch, and a recent work for brass octet by Anthony Plog. To start off the show, flutist Ransom Wilson took up his baton to conduct the Round Top Festival strings in a work by Edward Elgar.

Program playlist:
Elgar: Introduction and Allegro
— Round Top Festival Strings; Ransom Wilson, conductor.

Anthony Plog: Music for Brass Octet
— Round Top Festival Brass.

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp minor, Op. 108
— Round Top Festival String Quartet.

Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel
— Round Top Festival Orchestra; Christoph Camprestini, conductor.

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