He's not 40 yet, but Jason Moran is a 2010 MacArthur Fellow, the Artistic Advisor for Jazz at the Kennedy Center, and a Resident Artistic Director at SFJAZZ in San Francisco. He grew up in Houston, teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music and lives in New York, home to an early 20th century piano tradition of which he is more than aware. Moran has led this trio, The Bandwagon, for more than a dozen years.
Come on along for the forthcoming edition of All This Jazz, beginning at 10pm on Saturday the 30th, right here on Public Radio 89.5-1. (We'll also gladly offer, as always, a 7pm re-airing of ATJ on Sunday the 1st on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's terrific all-jazz HD Radio channel.)
For our Sense of Place: Toronto series, we welcome the duo of Whitehorse to the WXPN studio. The members of the band — Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland — happen to be married. The two had successful and separate solo careers in Canadian folk and rock, but decided to join forces musically in 2011. Their self-titled debut record came out shortly afterward.
Praised for its breathtaking performances, flawless technique, and visionary interpretations, the Meccorre Quartet won second prize – and three additional special prizes – at the London International String Quartet Competition at Wigmore Hall in April 2012. Formed by four of Europe’s most celebrated young string players in 2007 the Quartet now performs extensively throughout the continent. The Quartet’s debut tour in North America is taking place in November 2013 and their first stop was in Oklahoma City as guests of Chamber Music in Oklahoma.
With the holidays upon us, our friends at member station WQXR invited me along with Washington Post chief classical critic Anne Midgette and Sony Masterworks producer Steven Epstein, the winner of 17 Grammy Awards, to sit down with host Naomi Lewin for a Conducting Business podcast on the topic.
An extended ovation greeted conductor James Levine last May when he returned to performing after a two-year absence. In 2011, he resigned as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and cancelled his performances at the Metropolitan Opera. He'd been plagued by health problems, injuries and operations, and it was painful for him to move. Many of his admirers, even he himself, feared he might never conduct again.