Norman welcomes three ensembles from the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras to the WPR studios before a live audience. He talks to Karl Lavine, director of WYSO's chamber music program. Then we hear a piece from each group:
- Maynie Bradley, violin; Spencer Koscik, cello; Isabella Wu, piano, play the first movement from the Mendelssohn Piano trio in d minor.
- David Cao, Mae Leigh Patchin, violins; Julia Tibbetts, viola; Emily Schmidt, cello, play the Beethoven String Quartet in F major, Op. 18 No.1.
- Jamie Warner, violin; Ross McElroy, cello; and Sophia MuSacchio, piano, play Beethoven's Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70 No. 1.
Violinist Andrew Dunlap and pianist Wayne Wildman join Norman for live music in Buck Studio. Dunlap is one of the 2013 Final Forte winners and Wayne Wildman is the Music Director of the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra.
Dunlap is finishing his senior year at Lincoln High School in Manitowoc. He plans to either attend college at Lawerence University or at Eastman School of Music. This summer, Dunlap plans to attend the Castleman Quartet program in Fredonia, New York, to study under violinist Charles Castleman.
Harpist Chloe Tula, one of the 2013 Final Forte winners, joined Norman in Buck Studio for live music and discussion of the inner workings of the modern harp.
Tula was first introduced to the harp when she was 9-years-old while attending a festival. By the time she was 10 she started taking lessons and her love of the instrument was cemented. In addition to playing the harp, Tula also plays the piano. Tula is currently finishing high school and will be attending Rice University in the fall.
Violinist Heather Wittels and pianist Craig Terry join Norman on the Midday for live music and conversation. Heather Wittels has served as concert master such groups as the New World Symphony, the Pacific Music Festival, and the Chicago Beethoven Festival Orchestra.
Wittels works permanently with the Chicago Lyric Opera. When the Chicago Lyric Opera is not in session, Wittels works as associate concert master at the Glimmer Glass Opera Festival and also plays chamber music.
Pianist Jeremy Denk joins Norman on the Midday to talk about his upcoming solo performance at Mills Concert Hall on April 11th at 8pm. His blog, Think Denk, has received high praise and is frequently cited by many in the music industry.
Denk graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory in piano and chemistry, he also earned a master's degree in music from Indiana University and a doctorate in piano performance from the Juilliard School.
Norman welcomes soprano Susanna Phillips to the WPR studios. She will be singing with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra at the Capital Theater in Madison as part of their Masterworks series. Included in the performance will be Mozart's "Non mi dir, bell'idol mio" from Don Giovanni and Bella mia fiamma, addio - Resta, oh cara.
Ms Phillips is the recipient of the Metropolitan Opera's 2010 Beverly Sills Artist Award. She regularly performs at the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall.
Oboist Marc Fink joins Norman on the Midday to celebrate his retirement from teaching for 40 years with UW-Madison. Fink will be playing a farewell concert on April 14th at 2:00pm at Mills Concert Hall on the UW campus; admission is free.
Fink has taught oboe and has coached chamber music for the last 40 years. After his retirement, Fink still plans to retain his role as principal oboe with the Madison Symphony. On May 5th, Fink will also be performing on Live from the Chazen.
Conductor Robert Gehrenbeck joins Norman on the Midday to discuss his upcoming performance with the Wisconsin Chamber Choir on April 13th and April 14th. The April 13th performance will be held at the Luther Memorial Church at 7:30pm in Madison, and the April 14th performance will be held at the Young Auditorium at 3:00pm in White Water.
Leckrone received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Butler University and has been the director of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band since 1969. He has composed or arranged many pieces, and over 200 of his compositions for marching and concert bands have been published.
Violinist and concert master Naha Greenholtz and pianist Vincent Fuh join Norman on the Midday for live music and conversation. Greenholtz will be performing with the Madison Symphony Friday, April 4th at 7:30pm, Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 2:30pm.
Greenholtz studied under concert master Bill Preucil, who is currently with the Cleveland Orchestra. A concert master's duties include ensuring rehearsals go smoothly and are intricately involved in the process and collaboration between the different artists and the pieces they are playing.
Kasik started playing the piano at age 4, and has become one of the foremost Czech pianists of his time. He studied at the Jan cek conservatory in Ostrava with Monika Tugendliebova, and also with Ivan Kl nsk at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Prague.
Pianist Ariela Bohrod joins Norman on the midday for live music. Bohrod will be finishing her fourth year at the Interlochen Arts Academy, where she attends high school, and intends to attend college in the fall.
Bohrod was the winner of the 2011 Bolz Young Artist Competition and was also the winner of the 2011 Interlochen Arts Academy Concerto Competition.
Violinist Henning Kraggerud joined Norman in the studio to discuss his upcoming performance with the Madison Symphony, and work with Mozart's Concerto No. 4. Kraggerud will be playing with the Madison Symphony at the Overture Center for the Arts on Friday, March 8 at 7:30pm, Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 2:30pm.
Norman sits down with Alice Bartsch, Concert Master of the Middleton Community Orchestra, to talk about their Winter Concert performance on Wednesday, February 27th at the Middleton Performing Arts Center.
The Winter Concert begins at 7:30 pm and general admission is $10, students enter free. The concert features 20-year-old Bartsch on violin. She is a member of the first violin section in the Madison Symphony and studies with Felicia Moye, Professor of Violin at UW Madison
Tasmin Little joined Norman to discuss her project, The Naked Violin, to introduce a wider variety of people to music, as well as to listen to some of her recordings. Little played with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra on February 22.
The Naked Violin is Tasmin Little's side project; it's a website where she hosts a variety of different violin solo pieces intended to introduce people of all ages to the beauty of violin music. It's aim is to grow a greater appreciation of orchestral and violin music by allowing people to download violin music for free.
Alban Gerhardt joins Norman in the studio for music and conversation. Gerhardt will be performing with the Madison Symphony on Friday February 8th at 7:30pm, February 9th at 8:00pm and February 10th at 2:30pm.
Norman is joined by the 2012 Final Forte winner Garrick Olsen for conversation and music. Olsen recently spent six weeks in Tanglewood for a music festival, where he was able to play to play Ozawa Hall. Olsen will be graduating from high school in the spring and will be auditioning at Curtis Institute of Music, where he would like to attend college.
Pianist Daniel del Pino joins Norman in the studio to discuss his performance at Farley House Pianos on Friday January 25. Daniel del Pino was born in Lebanon, but moved when he was 3-years-old. His musical influences come from living in Spain and the United States.
As a child, del Pino listened extensively to Frederic Chopin and learned how to read music using his sheet music. del Pino said he enjoys the focus that Chopin put into writing music for piano, and remains one of his favorite composers to play.
Pianist Gabriela Montero joined Norman in the studio to discuss her performances with the Madison Symphony Orchestra on January 18, 19, and 20 to play Jennifer Higdon's Blue Cathedral, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1, and Dvorak's Symphony No. 6.
Montero started playing the piano when she was 7-months-old. Despite having started playing the piano at such an early age, Montero says she has managed to maintain her love of the instrument by focusing on artistic projects rather than career driven motivations.
Saxophonist Claude Delangle joins Norman on the Midday for conversation and live music. Delangle played with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra on Friday January 11, 2013 at 8 p.m. at the Capitol Theater.
Norman is joined by Neale-Silva winner Austin Larson for live music and conversation. Larson started playing the horn as a freshman in high school, and was inspired to continue playing by the Richard Wagner opera Siegfried when the titular character plays his hunting horn to wake a dragon. Piano player Joe Hauer accompanied Larson for his performance.
Larson will be playing in the Horns A Plenty Christmas concert Saturday December 22 at UW Fox Valley at 3:00 p.m.
Norman is joined by soprano Emily Birsan, who will be performing with the Middleton Community Orchestra December 19th at the Middleton Performing Arts Center. Birsan is halfway through her internship with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and is covering the role of Gretel in their production of Humperdink's Hansel and Gretel from December 2012 - January 2013.
Writer and composer Raymond Benson joins Norman in Buck Studio to celebrate the 50th anniversary of James Bond films. Benson is the author of six original James Bond novels, and three movie novelizations. He is the third continuation author and first American to write for the James Bond series.
Benson and Norman also discuss the history of several composers who helped create the iconic theme music for the James Bond movies.
Michael Daugherty joins Norman on the Midday for music and discussion. Daugherty was in Madison for a collaboration performance by UW-Madison and Sun Prairie High School String Quartet at Mills Hall at 8:00 pm.
Daugherty told Norman he uses his travels, antiques and books as inspiration for his creativity when composing. He is currently working on a string concerto which draws inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright.