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Conversations With Conductors

JoAnn Falletta

JoAnn Faletta

From her website: "Acclaimed by The New York Times as 'one of the finest conductors of her generation', JoAnn Falletta serves as the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center. In this podcast which originally aired on My Life In Music in February 2019, Rob Kennedy speaks with JoAnn about her life as a musician and conductor. The musical selections which are readily available on Spotify and other streaming services are omitted from this podcast in accordance with performing rights regulations.

Photo: JoAnn Falletta/Mark Dellas

Karina Canellakis

Karina Canellakis

Karina Canellakis was our guest on the October 2019 edition of My Life In Music. A native of New York City, Maestra Canellakis is the Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Principal Guest Conductor of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. The 2018/2019 season saw her conducting the First Night of the Proms in London and the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm. In this podcast, Karina and Rob Kennedy chat about her life as a musician and conductor. The musical selections which are readily available on Spotify and other streaming services are omitted from this podcast in accordance with performing rights regulations.

Photo: Karina Canellakis/Mathias Bothor

Sir Stephen Cleobury

Sir Stephen Cleobury

From their website: "A double-disc set of orchestral, choral and organ music by one of the most distinguished English composers of the 20th-century. Herbert Howells' An English Mass is presented by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge with the Britten Sinfonia, recorded in the sublime acoustic of King's College Chapel. Alongside the work is the magnificent orchestrated Te Deum from the Collegium Regale service, and a premiere recording of the Magnificat from the same service, orchestrated by John Rutter. For both these recordings, the Choir and orchestra are joined additionally by the King's College mixed voice choir, King's Voices." Rob Kennedy and Sir Stephen Cleobury chat about the recording which you can listen to on Spotify.

Photo: Sir Stephen Cleobury/Benjamin Ealovega

Barnaby Smith

Neave Trio

From their website: "A glorious journey through the musical landscape of Britain. The album features a broad range of music from John Tavener and Thomas Adès to Radiohead and Enya, interspersed with folk tunes, world premiere recordings and music from hit TV shows Game of Thrones and Harry's Game." Rob Kennedy and Barnaby Smith, Artistic Director of Voces8, chat about the recording which you can listen to on Spotify.

Photo: Barnaby Smith/Voces8

Nicholas McGegan

Nicholas McGegan

From the record label's website: "In a stunning world premiere recording, music director and conductor Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, and an international cast of French Baroque opera stars present Jean-Philippe Rameau's original 1745 version of Le Temple de la Gloire, with libretto by Voltaire. Presented as a fully staged opera in April 2017, the three sold out performances enjoyed universal critical acclaim from some of the world's leading publications." Rob Kennedy and early music specialist and conductor Nicholas McGegan discusses his recording of Le Temple de la Gloire which is available on the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra label. You can also listen to it on Spotify.

Photo: Nicholas McGegan/Steve Sherman

Philip Cave

Philip Cave Photo by Bob Barkany

From Linn Records website: "The Cantiones sacrae is an unusual work that stands quite apart from Schütz's other published sacred music in both scale and style. The collection comprises forty Latin motets for four voices, plus a figured bass for continuo accompaniment (realized on this recording by lute, violone and organ), which was added later by the composer." Choral conductor Philip Cave speaks with Rob Kennedy about this critically acclaimed recording.

Photo: Philip Cave/Bob Barkany

Fred Scott

Fred Scott

From Chanticleer's website: "Then and There, Here and Now, recorded at Skywalker Sound, features recordings of longtime ensemble favorites including works by Palestrina, Victoria, Stucky, Sametz, and Bates, and popular arrangements by Jennings, McGlynn and others. The recording represents the expansive aesthetic of Chanticleer's repertoire, from the earliest music to the most recent, some of its favorite composers and arrangers, and the blend of male voices from soprano to contrabass that makes it unique." Rob Kennedy and Chanticleer's Music Director, Fred Scott, talk about the group and its 40th anniversary plans. You can listen to the CD on Spotify.

Photo: Fred Scott/Lisa Kohler

Anne Azéma

Anne Azema

From Boston Camerata's website: "French-born vocalist, scholar and stage director Anne Azéma has directed The Boston Camerata since 2008 and the French ensemble Aziman, which she founded, since 2005. Intensely engaged since her student days with the song repertoire of the Middle Ages, she is esteemed as a charismatic solo performer. But she is also widely admired for her creative skill in building and directing complete musical productions of varied styles and periods, both for her recital programs and for larger ensemble forces (concert and stage) in Europe and the United States." In this podcast Rob Kennedy and Anne Azéma discuss the Camerata and its CD Free America.

Photo: Anne Azéma/Simone Poltronieri

Drostan Hall

Drostan Hall

From their website: "Camerata Chicago is a chamber orchestra serving Chicago and its surrounding communities with performances of great music featuring musicians of global distinction. We are committed to providing an incomparable concert experience which enriches the community and inspires the next generation of musicians and concert-goers." Camerata Chicago recently released an innovative recording of Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Dan McHugh and Drostan Hall, Music Director and Founder of Camerata Chicago, discuss the CD and more.

Photo: Drostan Hall/Camerata Chicago

Cory Evans

Cory Evans

Dr. Cory Evans is Director of Choral Activities at Utah State University. From the University's website: "The Utah State University Chamber Singers consists of versatile and dedicated undergraduate student musicians. The ensemble has garnered an international reputation of artistic integrity, exciting programming, and musical precision, performing to critical acclaim throughout the United States, Russia, Spain, Mexico, Austria, Italy and, most recently, for the Beijing International Choral Festival in Beijing, China. Performances by the USU Chamber Singers have been featured on American Public Media's Performance Today and at national conferences of ACDA, UMEA and NCCO. The ensemble was a featured choir in the July 2015 La Via dei Concerti Music Festival as part of the World Fair in Milan, Italy." In this podcast Rob Kennedy speaks with Cory about the choral music program at Utah State University.

Photo: Utah State University Music Department

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