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Carlos@18

Classical Sessions: Caroline Shaw: Through the Looking Glass

Composer Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte is a refreshing blend of traditional harmony, contrasting dissonance, and impressive string effects. Shaw wrote Entr’acte after hearing a string quartet play Haydn’s Op. 77 No. 2. As she describes it, “I love the way some music (like the minuets of Op. 77) suddenly takes you to the other side of Alice’s looking glass, in a kind of absurd, subtle, technicolor transition.”

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Classical Sessions: Osvaldo Golijov: A Tribute to the Tango

During the 18th century, serenades were played to honor an important person, and usually performed in the background at large, festive gatherings. The unique scoring for strings and timpani sets 1776’s “Serenata Notturna” apart from Mozart’s other serenades, as does its three movements, instead of the usual six to eight. Its playful writing transforms music expected to be in the background into foreground listening pleasure.

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Classical Sessions: Mozart’s “Serenata Notturna,” Serenade No. 6

During the 18th century, serenades were played to honor an important person, and usually performed in the background at large, festive gatherings. The unique scoring for strings and timpani sets 1776’s “Serenata Notturna” apart from Mozart’s other serenades, as does its three movements, instead of the usual six to eight. Its playful writing transforms music expected to be in the background into foreground listening pleasure.

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Classical Sessions: Carlos@18 – New World and Old: Folk from Still and Vaughan Williams

Experience the world of folk-inspired music in the latest episode of Carlos@18. Wonderful rhythms and lush sounds are featured in American composer William Grant Still’s Danzes de Panama, along with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Variants on Dive and Lazarus.

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Classical Sessions: Carlos@18 – Montgomery and Rossini: Stars and Storms

Composer, violinist, and educator Jessie Montgomery, whose music the Washington Post calls “turbulent, wildly colorful and exploding with life,” wrote Starburst in 2012. Her piece is paired with Rossini’s String Sonata No.6, a joyful, stormy, and spirited early work by the Italian composer in which you can hear the beginnings of his later masterwork The Barber of Seville.

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Classical Sessions: Carlos@18 – Seeger and Strauss: American Modern and German Romantic

The celebration of Carlos Kalmar’s 18-year legacy as Music Director continues with Seeger and Strauss: American Modern and German Romantic. Carlos conducts members of the Oregon Symphony as they play pioneering modernist Ruth Crawford Seeger’s rarely performed mini-masterpiece, along with Richard Strauss’s rewarding string sextet.

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Classical Sessions: Carlos@18 – Mendelssohn's String Symphony No. 9

Between the ages of 12 and 14, Felix Mendelssohn wrote 12 string symphonies, and Music Director Carlos Kalmar says “they are all such an enormous display of talent, it is pretty much unbelievable.” In Symphony No.9, “you hear darkness and you hear light at the same time-it’s astonishing.”

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Classical Sessions: Carlos@18 – Britten's Simple Symphony

Our premiere episode of Classical Sessions: Carlos@18, honoring Carlos Kalmar’s 18-year legacy as Music Director.

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Classical Sessions: Pianist Stephen Hough Performs Schumann, Liszt, Bach, and Busoni

Celebrated pianist Stephen Hough shares the thrilling recital recently recorded in London, which begins with Busoni’s majestic reimagining of Bach’s Chaconne. From Robert Schumann, Hough plays the famously dreamy Träumerei, along with the emotional Fantasie in C major, Op. 17, one of the canon’s greatest works for solo piano. The performance concludes with two captivating works from Liszt.

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Classical Sessions: Phaos

A world premiere by percussionist Sergio Carreno, featuring Intel's Curie chip technology.

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