In this 17-minute interview, conductor Nathaniel Meyer talks about the upcoming world premiere of female African-American composer Florence Price's Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight, rediscovered after half a century.
During WHRB’s inaugural Boston Week/Harvard Weekend, on classical air, we featured over 20 ensembles from Harvard, Boston, and Massachusetts, showcased musicians, conductors, and composers making great contributions to the local classical music scene, and gave away over 40 tickets to concerts in the Greater Boston area! We have compiled some of the social media posts, exclusive interviews, and live recordings here.
To celebrate award-winning composer John Harbison’s 80th birthday today, we’re publishing this conversation between Mr. Harbison and WHRB Classical’s Allison Pao from earlier this year, in which they discuss the Harvard music scene, cultural shifts Harbison has experienced in his lifetime, the conflicts between the jazz, rock, and classical genres, what the priorities of composers should be, and more.
Musician Jen Shyu conducts fieldwork on traditional music all around the world, and in her compositions, she likes to subvert the distinctions between the traditional and the contemporary. But, she says, "I truly believe that the process must come from, at least for me, very deep research: a very deep internalization process of learning from a teacher as if I were a baby learning from nothing."
WHRB Classical reviews the BSO's performance of Harbison, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev which took place on Saturday, October 20th. The diverse program of three seemingly unrelated pieces was, in fact, a celebration of youthfulness, and this "concert of youth" was almost flawless in its execution.
The ethereal, pulsating layers of sound from her electric guitar wash over you, her classically-trained technique flawless to the point of imperception. This is JiJi, an adventurous classical guitarist with a passion for new music. We interviewed her before her upcoming concert at Highfield Hall on October 28th.
WHRB Classical's Allison Pao spoke with Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu a few days before his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the opening concert of the 18-19 season! They discuss the long but rewarding process of becoming a conductor.