18 episodes

Has there been a time in your life where you’ve looked to someone to guide you? Grammy-nominated flutist Karen Kevra is a musician whose life was changed by her mentor. Join her for engaging interviews of artists as they share personal stories of deep connection that will warm your heart and inspire you....whatever you do and wherever you are on your path.

Muse Mentors Karen Kevra

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    • 4.9 • 38 Ratings

Has there been a time in your life where you’ve looked to someone to guide you? Grammy-nominated flutist Karen Kevra is a musician whose life was changed by her mentor. Join her for engaging interviews of artists as they share personal stories of deep connection that will warm your heart and inspire you....whatever you do and wherever you are on your path.

    Violinist Nicholas Kitchen and his mentor Szymon Goldberg ~a beautiful musical paradox of old technology and new...

    Violinist Nicholas Kitchen and his mentor Szymon Goldberg ~a beautiful musical paradox of old technology and new...

    Nicholas Kitchen, one of the country's leading violinists is a founding member of the Boston-based Borromeo String Quartet. Nick is perhaps the most important protégé of the great Polish violinist Szymon Goldberg. Nick has been loaned his teacher's violin-- the Giuseppe Guarneri, Cremona, ca. 1730, "Goldberg-Baron Vitta" to play throughout his career. In his musical life, Nick was first nurtured by his musically hands-on parents and later through his mentorship with Goldberg.  Nick's rich and profound musical life is a beautiful paradox of old and new technology.
    Music credits:
    Schubert, Death and The Maiden String Quartet, Borromeo Quartet
    JP Sousa, Semper Fidelis, The President's Own Marine Band
    Beethoven, Violin Sonata, Op. 24 "Spring", Szymon Goldberg-violin, Lili Krauss-piano 
    JS Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565, Hans-André Stamm-organ
    Beethoven, Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, mmt. 3 Rondo,  Henryk Szeryng-violin, Hans Zender-conductor
    Schubert, Mass No. 5 in A Flat Major, D.678 - 4. Sanctus Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge
    JS Bach,  Fantasia and fugue in G minor BWV 542 - Van Doeselaar
    Beethoven, String Quartet, Op. 18, No. 1, Borromeo Quartet
    JS Bach, Adagio, BWV 1110, Nicholas Kitchen
    Kreisler, Liebeslied, Fritz Kreisler
    Handel, Op. 1, No. 13 mmt. 1 D Major Sonata, Szymon Goldberg-violin, Gerald Moore-piano
    Polish folksong for mandolines
    JS Bach, Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042: I. Allegro, Syzmon Goldberg-violin
    Beethoven, Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, mmt. 1, Syzmon Goldberg-violin
    Mozart, Sonata for Piano and Violin in E Minor, K.304 - Tempo di minuetto, Syzmon Goldberg-violin and Radu Lupu-piano
    Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K219, mmt. 1
    Beethoven, String Quartet, No. 13, Op. 130,  Borromeo Quartet
    Louis Moyse, Second Sonata, Scherzo, Karen Kevra-flute, Paul Orgel-piano
    Strauss, Don Juan, Op. 20, Berling Philharmonic, Von Karajan
    Beethoven, Symphony No. 9, mmt. 3 , Adagio molto e cantabile, Furtwängler


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    • 37 min
    Tony Barrand: Sing Me A Story/Dance Me A Song

    Tony Barrand: Sing Me A Story/Dance Me A Song

    Tony Barrand was born in England in 1945 but has lived most of his life in southern Vermont in the vibrant town of Brattleboro—a place that shines all the more brightly because of him. This Cornell PHD and Professor Emeritus of Boston University is not just an academic, but also a singer, dancer, and story-teller. What first grabs you is his way with words—he can give them weight, or make them sparkle depending on the point he is trying to make, but he uses words to greatest effect when he sings. His handsome  tenor voice really shines when joined by his singing comrades (John Roberts, Fred Breunig and Andy Davis) from the band Nowell Sing We Clear. This is top-notch exuberant music-making in a traditional style that will have you singing along, dancing, and entranced by the magic of the story-telling. Tony Barrand offers tales of his mentors and mentees, and plenty of music in this episode. Guaranteed to brighten your days during this darkest time of year. This is an encore episode from Christmas eve 2020.

    Special thanks to:
    Andy Davis, Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy, Amanda Witman, Peter Amidon, Sue Dupre, Kari Smith, Carol Compton, Carole Crompton, and Rachel Bell

    Music, courtesy Golden Hind Music
    Click here to order  Nowell Sing We Clear: Songs & Carols for Midwinter & Christmastide


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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Muse Mentors celebrates first anniversary with a reflection on Beethoven's transcendent Op. 132 string quartet

    Muse Mentors celebrates first anniversary with a reflection on Beethoven's transcendent Op. 132 string quartet

    In this short anniversary episode, Muse Mentors host Karen Kevra looks back on a year with a podcast, and a year without concerts.  She previews an upcoming concert by Boston's Borromeo Quartet and discusses Beethoven's transcendent Op. 132 A minor string quartet with Nicholas Kitchen, the first violinist of the Borromeo quartet.

    Credits:
    Kuhlau, Fantaisie in D major, Adagio - Karen Kevra-flute
    Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
    Beethoven, Hymn Of Thanksgiving (String Quartet Op. 132, Movement III) - Borromeo Quartet  - Nicholas Kitchen, Violin; Kristopher Tong, Violin; Mai Motobuchi, Viola; Yeesun Kim, Cello)
    Beethoven party hat image:  Sharon Su 
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    • 9 min
    The Circus of Life: Rob Mermin and his mentor Marcel Marceau

    The Circus of Life: Rob Mermin and his mentor Marcel Marceau

    Encore episode:  Rob Mermin ran off to join the circus in 1969 at the age of 19. He clowned with renowned European circuses, including England’s Circus Hoffman, Sweden’s Cirkus Scott, Denmark’s Circus Benneweis in the famous Circus Building by the Tivoli, and many more. It was his long mentorship with the iconic French mime Marcel Marceau that shaped him as a performer and inspired him to dream and make plans.  In 1987 he founded Circus Smirkus, the embodiment of Rob -- the touch of wonder, the charm, the story line, the mime and the humor. An enthralling story-teller, Rob Mermin  make you laugh and he'll make you cry with his stories of discovery and loss, and of course mentoring--first as a protégé and later through his own rich legacy of mentorship of some of the greatest circus performers on earth.   


    *****
    The accordion music was provided by Rachel Bell and includes Susan Kevra-clarinet, and Karen Axelrod-keyboards.


    Mozart PianoConcerto #21 licensed by Creative Commons.


    Rob Mermin's Parkinson's Pantomime Project.
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    • 49 min
    Happy Birthday Leon Fleisher!

    Happy Birthday Leon Fleisher!

    In this encore episode of Muse Mentors, pianist Jeffrey Chappell reflects on his life and his formative relationship with his mentor the legendary Leon Fleisher. He addresses overcoming challenges and adversity through the lens of his teacher's career-altering medical condition. The episode closes with the voice of Leon Fleisher who offers powerful words to live by. 
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    • 37 min
    Kerrin McCadden is a Poem

    Kerrin McCadden is a Poem

    Kerrin McCadden's new collection of poems called American Wake is made of the stuff of life --subjects like family, divorce, raising children, love and even her brother's tragic death by drug overdose are poignantly bound together by her strong Irish Heritage and her family's immigrant story. American Wake, is an actual term that refers to a kind of "Irish wake-style" farewell party that was thrown for Irish families the night before before they set sail for America. A lot of us dabble in ancestry and build family trees, but Kerrin McCadden has made it a way of life.  Kerrin is a National Endowment for the Arts fellow and has received the Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award, the Vermont Book Award, the New Issues Poetry Prize, and the Button Poetry  Prize.  Her poems have appeared in Best  American Poetry, American Poetry Review, New  England Review, and more. Her books are American Wake (2021), Keep This To Yourself (2020), Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes (2014).  Her mentors are poets David Budbill and Ellen Bryant Voigt.

    MUSIC CREDITS:
    Liz Carroll, The Drunken Sailor
    Liz Carroll, A Day and An Age






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    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Andy Shuford ,

Jeffrey Chappell & Leon Fleischer

Encore presentation just as good as the first! Great interview. Jeffrey Chappell likes it enough to put a link to this podcast from his website.

kiddosister ,

Good for the soul

Can’t get enough. Fun to binge listen.

NRhannick ,

Muse Mentors is such a treat

This podcast is a treasure. Karen chooses such intriguing guests and interviews them with grace and honesty.

Can’t wait to hear more.

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