24 episodes

Go behind the scenes of classical music in Nashville. Musician Colleen Phelps takes you backstage at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center for interviews with composers, conductors, and instrumentalists to give you an in-depth look at life in the orchestra. Get closer to the music and musicians behind classical music in Music City.

Classically Speaking Nashville Public Radio

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Go behind the scenes of classical music in Nashville. Musician Colleen Phelps takes you backstage at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center for interviews with composers, conductors, and instrumentalists to give you an in-depth look at life in the orchestra. Get closer to the music and musicians behind classical music in Music City.

    Clara Schumann's 200th Birthday Party, Part 1

    Clara Schumann's 200th Birthday Party, Part 1

    To celebrate the bicentennial of one of the most important musicians of the Romantic era, 91Classical held a two-week festival of concerts, broadcasts, and storytelling in her honor. Join Vanderbilt history professor Jim Lovensheimer to learn all about the remarkable life of Clara Schumann in a special two-part episode. 

    • 26 min
     Stephen Hough And The Seven “Con Fuoco”

     Stephen Hough And The Seven “Con Fuoco”

    On the eve of a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Piano Concerto No.1” pianist Stephen Hough finds the fire in the piece – implied by the seven times the composer indicates it should be played “con fuoco” (“with fire”). Hough even describes how the pianist chooses which instrument to play on a givenweekend, anddescribes playing it on Queen Victoria’s piano at Royal Albert Hall.

    • 23 min
    For Rhiannon Giddens, There Is No Other

    For Rhiannon Giddens, There Is No Other

    When Rhiannon Giddens returned to Nashville to accept the Legacy Award from the Americana Association in thefall of 2019she once again spoke with Classically Speaking. This time she gave exclusive insight into her recent album with FrancescoTurrisi“There is no Other,” as well as a sneak peek at her upcoming opera about Quran scholar Omar Ibn Said.

    • 23 min
    Cristina Spinei’s Music For Dance

    Cristina Spinei’s Music For Dance

    Looped and layered rhythmic lines give Cristina Spinei’s music an amazing amount of motion. This is what has put her work in demand with choreographers. For Nashville Public Radio’s Podcast Party, Spinei wrote a brand new piece of music, which was choreographed by Nashville Ballet company member Gerald Watson. Hear the full piece, and what drew Cristina to Nashville in the first place. Edited by Anita Bugg. Engineered by Carl Pedersen and Cameron Adkins. Recorded live at Nashville’s Children’s Theatre. Includes the world premiere of “In Between” by Cristina Spinei, performed by Alicia Enstrom and Sari Reist. Other music includes “Bootleg Sugar Lips” and “Relics” by Cristina Spinei. 

    • 18 min
    The Tearjerkers

    The Tearjerkers

    Since being used to commemorate the funerals of the likes of FDR, JFK and Albert Einstein, Samuel Barber's famous, lush tearjerker Adagio for Strings has become an unnoficial anthem of communal mourning. But the work has also elicited some very different emotions by appearing in some unexpected places, like an episode of Seinfeld or the floors of a dance club. Take a deep dive into the piece itself.

    • 25 min
    After Inspiration, Before Notation

    After Inspiration, Before Notation

    For every piece of music that's ever been notated there's a moment, however brief, where the composer has the inspiration, but nothing is yet written down.

    That's where the conversation begins with TJ Cole. She visited Nashville in 2018 to get to know Intersection and Nashville in Harmony. The two groups had co-commissioned a piece of music on the theme of gender identity. Cole discussed her ideas, and agreed to meet us again when the piece was set to premiere.

    When she came back? She had something completely different than what she had planned. Mostly due to how inspired she was by individual testimonials from members of Nashville in Harmony.

    • 23 min

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