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Coventry Carol arrO’Riley @Kentucky PAC, From the Top, Louisville, KY, 2016.02.03

Just wrapped From the Top Show #317 in Louisville, KY with the participation of the Louisville Symphony (with their music director and From the Top bassethorn alum, Teddy Abrams performing on the 1st, non-broadcast half, selections from Stravinsky’s Firebird and one movement of Christopher Theofanidis’ Dreamtime Ancestors), Louisville Youth Orchestra (performing another movement from the…

Anton Garcia-Abril ~ Tres piezas Alejandrinas I and Balladilla del rio blanco

A large part of the mission and magic of TippetRise, the 11,500 acre home to large-scale sculpture and musical performance in Montana outside of Fishtail, MT, is the confluence of art and music. As work is being installed and performance spaces are being constructed prefatory to the first season of concerts in Summer 2016, we…

Eunice Kim plays Ashokan Farewell and Sun Kil Moon ~ Bay of Skulls

Even though we’re still nearly a year til the first season of concerts takes place in the Summer of ’16 at TIppetRise, the Arts Centre on 11.500 acres just outside Fishtail, MT, large-scale sculptures are being installed on the grounds, and I’ve been commemorating those installations with private events for installation and local construction crew…

Backstage Pass @ WXXI, Rochester w/Julia Figueras_2015.10.16

Loving my return to Rochester with the Philharmonic this week with Maestro Christopher Seaman for Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 in Eb Major, K. 482. What an incredible collaborator he is, and what a revelation is his Brahms: Symphony #4; what an astonishing instrument the Phil, and such a great hall the Kodak. Also had…

Philip Glass ~ Four Movements for Two Pianos, Mvt. 4 @ Bravo!Vail

From the Top recorded Show #309 at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek, CO on Thursday night as guests of Bravo!Vail. I had a jam-packed week of activities at the festival, beginning with a two-piano, multi-pianist concert on Tuesday night, for which Bravo!Vail Artistic Director and dear friend and esteemed colleague, Anne-Marie…

Erik Satie ~ Je te veux

From the Top returned to the Chautauqua Institution for Show #308 tonight in its opulent and resonant amphitheatre. Despite our vigilant monitoring of impending thunderstorms, the rains held off and our audience was rapt and attentive for spectacular performances by all our kids: my fave performance ever of Chopin’s Andante Spianato & Grand Polonaise by…