Classical Music

Our guest is Daniel Hege, who will tomorrow night (Saturday the 11th) conduct the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra in its next concert. The program, titled "Strauss and Schumann," will offer an evening of lush, ornate, wholly gorgeous music. The night opens with J.S. Bach's "Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor," as orchestrated by Sir Edward Elgar. Next comes Richard Strauss' "Four Last Songs," featuring the acclaimed soprano Sarah Coburn. And finally: "Symphony No. 2" by Robert Schumann. Details are posted here

Courtesy Jason Heilman

      “It’s a story – it’s like reading a novel” is how British conductor Timothy Brown describes George Frideric Handel’s oratorio, Messiah. “As a novel, it has no poor moments. It’s a page-turner.”

Our guest is the esteemed pianist, Robin Sutherland, who's known for his long, well-regarded tenure with the San Francisco Symphony. He'll join the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra onstage on Saturday night, the 16th, in a concert led by Gerhardt Zimmermann. Sutherland will perform Mozart's Piano Concerto in C Minor; also on the program will be works by Berlioz and Lutoslawski. More information, including ticket details, is posted here.

Mindy Ratner fell hopelessly in love with radio as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she volunteered at an on-campus student station.  Lucky for us, her love affair with radio continues, and we hear her most afternoons on KWTU Classical 88.7!

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less
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It took him 20 years to compose his First String Quartet, but just a few weeks to write his last: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Johannes Brahms's String Quartet No. 3, Op. 67. You can hear this piece live when Chamber Music Tulsa presents the Harlem Quartet at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center November 10th.

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less
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In order to escape the influence of Germany, he looked east – much farther east: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Claude Debussy's String Quartet. You can hear this piece live when Chamber Music Tulsa presents the Harlem Quartet at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center November 10th.

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less
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Sometimes you just need a little more time to get a better perspective on the thing you're working on: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Johannes Brahms's Piano Trio No. 3, Op. 87. You can hear this piece live when Chamber Music Tulsa presents the Lysander Trio at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center October 13th.

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less
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Charming and genteel may not be the first words to come to mind when you think of Beethoven, but they are in this case: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op. 70, No. 2. You can hear this piece live when Chamber Music Tulsa presents the Lysander Trio at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center October 13th.

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Our guest is Ron Spigelman, who will conduct the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra during its next concert (happening tomorrow night, Saturday the 5th, at the Tulsa PAC). Opening with Rimsky-Korsakov's vivid "Capriccio Espagnol," the evening will also feature Mozart's "Posthorn Symphony" (or Serenade No. 9) and Debussy's swirling and colorful "Images." More info is posted here.

Our guest on ST is the widely acclaimed mandolinist and composer, Jeff Midkiff. He will soon perform his "Concerto for Mandolin and Orchestra: From the Blue Ridge" with the Signature Symphony at TCC. The concert happens on Saturday night, the 28th, at the TCC Van Trease PACE (at 10300 E. 81st Street in Tulsa). It begins at 7:30pm; ticket information is posted here. The evening will also feature Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony as well as the Overture from "Ruslan and Lyudmila" (the opera by Mikhail Glinka).

Tomorrow night, Saturday the 14th, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra will present a special gala concert at the Tulsa PAC (beginning at 8pm). The guest artist will be the world-renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine, who will play Samuel Barber's soulful and lyrical Violin Concerto. Also on the program will be Rossini's "Barber of Seville" and Mussorgsky/Ravel's "Pictures at an Exhibition." Our guest on StudioTulsa is the TSO's Principal Guest Conductor, Daniel Hege, who will lead the orchestra.

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less: Season 1

Sep 11, 2019
Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less
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Chamber Music Tulsa and Public Radio Tulsa present Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less Season 1, six new podcasts from musicologist and Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman.

Signature Symphony Conductor to Step Down in 2020

Jun 10, 2019
Conductor Andrés Franco leading the Signature Symphony at TCC
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Tulsa's Signature Symphony has announced that music director Andrés Franco will step down at the end of their upcoming 2019-20 season. The orchestra, which is affiliated with Tulsa Community College, expects to launch a search for a new music director quickly, with candidates leading concerts as early as the 2020-21 season.

 

Our guest is Keith Elder, who has recently been named the new executive director of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. Elder, who will assume his new job in August, comes to the TSO from the Aspen Music Festival and School, which is widely seen as one of America's top classical music festivals. A tuba player by training, Elder was the general manager and vice president in Aspen; he's also worked with the Eastman School of Music and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

On this edition of ST, we learn about the nonprofit Harmony Project, a long-running (and highly successful) music-based mentoring program that provides academic tutoring, instruments, and music lessons to at-risk students (in grades K through 12) nationwide. The program was begun in 2001 in Los Angeles -- as a "public-health intervention" -- by Dr. Margaret Martin, who is our guest today. There are by now several different Harmony Project Affiliates -- in New Orleans, Kansas City, East St.

We chat with the acclaimed English conductor Matthew Halls, who will be the Guest Conductor for the next Tulsa Symphony Orchestra concert, happening tomorrow night (the 13th) at the Tulsa PAC. The program will feature Rachmaninoff's "Symphonic Dances" as well as works by Strauss and Piazolla. More on this concert is posted here.

Our guest on StudioTulsa is the noted classical/crossover/experimental cellist and activist Amanda Gookin, who'll play a pair of interesting shows here in Tulsa this coming weekend as part of the 2019 OK Electric Festival. Gookin will be at Living Arts on Friday night (the 22nd) and at Duet Jazz on Saturday night (the 23rd). She'll be performing pieces from her newly created Forward Music Project 2.0, for which five female composers crafted cello-plus-electronics-and-multimedia works addressing such timely topics as body shaming and women's rights in Iran.

Photo by Bernie Guzik

Our guest is the locally based musician and photographer, Bernie Guzik. As a tuba player, the Ohio-born Guzik, who attended Julliard, has peformed with the New York Philharmonic, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Kansas City Philharmonic, the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Tulsa Symphony, and so forth. Now retired from music, he devotes more and more time to his other longtime passion: photography. Guzik tells us about this passion, which has led him to travel all over the world, documenting vanishing cultures with his camera.

Our guest on StudioTulsa is Rubén Rengel, the 22-year-old Venezuelan violinist who won the 2018 Sphinx Competition, which is held annually for talented Black and Latino string players. Rengel will appear in Tulsa on Saturday night, the 16th, with the Signature Symphony at TCC. (More info and details on tickets are here.) On the program, Tchaikovsky's Concerto for Violin in D major, op. 35, which is a feature for Rengel, as well as Amy Beach's Symphony in E minor (a/k/a "the Gaelic").

Our guest is John Jeter, the longtime Music Director and Conductor of the Fort Smith Symphony. That symphony has a new CD out, which Jeter tells us about. It's a widely acclaimed recording of the work of Florence Price (1887-1953), who was a pioneering African-American classical composer. Indeed, Price, who was originally from Little Rock and spent many years in Chicago, was the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer, and the first to have her music played by a major U.S. orchestra.

On this edition of ST, we learn about The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, which is scheduled to open on the campus of OSU in Stillwater in October of this year. And although it's not yet open, the McKnight Center will soon offer -- from February 25th through March 3rd, with performances in Stillwater, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Dallas -- its second Chamber Music Festival. This festival will feature intimate soirée performances, a youth concert for area students, master classes for OSU student musicians, and a free community concert (happening in Stillwater on Saturday the 2nd).

Our guest on StudioTulsa is Gerhardt Zimmermann, who will be the guest conductor for the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra tomorrow night, Saturday the 2nd, at the Tulsa PAC. On the program will be the famous, intense, controversial, and overtly political Symphony No. 7 by Dmitri Shostakovich -- also known as the "Leningrad Symphony." For more information, including ticket details, please go to tulsasymphony.org.

Lenny Lives! Our guest on StudioTulsa is Bob Santelli, the founding executive director of the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum. That museum is currently presenting a special new (traveling) exhibit here in Tulsa at two different venues: "Leonard Bernstein at 100" is on view at both the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art and the Woody Guthrie Center. It closes at each of these locations on April 29th.

Our guest on StudioTulsa is the Music Director for the Signature Symphony at TCC, Andrés Franco, who also serves as the Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony. As the Signature Symphony continues to celebrate its 40th-anniversary season, Franco joins us to promote this organization's next concert. That concert -- titled "Bach & Sons, Inc." -- will happen on Saturday the 26th at the VanTrease PACE, beginning at 7:30pm, and it will feature works by C.P.E. Bach, J.S. Bach, and P.D.Q. Bach.

Our guest today on ST is Jeffrey Zeigler, the well-regarded cellist who is known for his work with Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, John Zorn, Kronos Quartet, Laurie Anderson, and others. A supremely gifted "crossover" musician whose work draws upon classical, jazz, pop, rock, folk, and a variety of other sources, Zeigler will soon perform here in Tulsa. His concert, presented by Choregus Productions, happens at the Tulsa PAC's Doenges Theater on Friday the 25th.

On this edition of ST, we learn about this weekend's upcoming Tulsa Symphony Orchestra concert, happening tomorrow night (Saturday the 5th) at 7:30pm in the Tulsa PAC. Our guest is Daniel Hege, who will conduct an exciting evening of Mozart (Overture from "The Magic Flute"), Gandolfi (Impressions from "The Garden of Cosmic Speculation"), and Prokofiev (Selections from "Romeo and Juliet"). For more information and tickets, please go here.

Our guest is Tim Sharp, who has for several years now served as both Artistic Director and Conductor of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus. He tells us about the newest TOC concert, "Russian Choral Classics," which will happen on Friday night (the 14th) at 7:30pm in Holy Family Cathedral (in downtown Tulsa). The evening will offer a cappella choral works -- both sacred and secular -- by Chesnokov, Grechaninov, Rachmaninov, and others. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please go here.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we're discussing a special presentation of George Frideric Handel's Messiah. The beloved Baroque-era masterwork -- a timeless holiday favorite -- will be presented this coming Saturday and Sunday, the 8th and 9th, at Saint John's Church in Tulsa (at 4200 South Atlanta Place). Our guests are the special visiting conductor for this concert, Timothy Brown, and the organist and choirmaster at Saint John's, Joseph Arndt.

Holiday Specials 2018

Dec 5, 2018

Join Public Radio Tulsa as the holidays approach for the music and stories of the season. We have yearly staples, along with a few new broadcasts and festive local programs! Bookmark our 2018 Holiday Guide, as below, so you won't miss a special! 

Hanukkah Ligths 2018
Wednesday, December 5 | 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.        
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(Note: This interview first aired back in June.) Our guest is Allen Gannett, the founder and CEO of TrackMaven, a software analytics firm whose clients have included Microsoft, Marriott, Home Depot, Aetna, and Honda.

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