Classical Music http://kajx.org en Robert McDuffie http://kajx.org/post/robert-mcduffie <p>Grammy nominated artist Robert McDuffie has appeared as soloist with most of the major orchestras of the world, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Chicago, San Francisco, National, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, St. Louis, Montreal, and Toronto Symphonies, the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Minnesota Orchestras, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the North German Radio Orchestra, the Düsseldorf Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Hamburg Symphony, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria, and all of the major orchestras of Australia.</p><p>He gave the World Premiere of Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 2, “The American Four Seasons” a work written for Robert McDuffie with the Toronto Symphony. During the 2010–2011 season, McDuffie completed a 30-city U.S. tour with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, pairing the Glass Four Seasons with the Vivaldi Four Seasons. He has also played the Glass with the National Symphony of Mexico, the Düsseldorf Symphony, the Hamburg Ballet, the Nashville, Louisiana, San Diego, Dallas, San Antonio, and Colorado Symphonies, the Poznan Philharmonic of Poland, the Prague Philharmonia at the Prague Spring Festival, with the Scottish Ensemble in Glasgow, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta in Holland and Belgium, at the Belgrade Music Festival, and, paired with the Vivaldi Four Seasons, with the Zürich Chamber Orchestra at the Zürich Tonhalle.</p><p>Robert McDuffie is the founder of the&nbsp;<a href="http://romechamberfestival.org/" target="_blank">Rome Chamber Music Festival</a>. He was recently awarded the prestigious Premio Simpatia by the Mayor of Rome, in recognition of his contribution to the city’s cultural life. He served for 10 years on the board of directors of the Harlem School of the Arts in New York City where he was chairman of the artistic and education committee. Mr. McDuffie holds the Mansfield and Genelle Jennings Distinguished University Professor Chair at Mercer University in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. Robert McDuffie lives in New York with his wife and two children. He plays a 1735 Guarneri del Gesù violin, known as the “Ladenburg.”<br /><br />Robert McDuffie Official Website:<a href="http://www.robertmcduffie.com/"> http://www.robertmcduffie.com/</a></p><p>Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University: <a href="http://departments.mercer.edu/mcduffie/">http://departments.mercer.edu/mcduffie/</a><br /><br /> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Daniel Shaw 15528 at http://kajx.org Robert McDuffie Festival Showcase - August 27th, 2013 http://kajx.org/post/festival-showcase-august-27th-2013 <p>In this rebroadcast program, hear interviews with pianist Joseph Kalichstein and luthier Joan Balter.&nbsp; Kalichstein discusses teaching, the value of competitions and Aspen’s allure. And Balter recounts stories of teaching legend Dorothy DeLay and violinists Joshua Bell, Midori and Sarah Chang as child prodigies.</p><p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:23:53 +0000 Matt Erikson 6628 at http://kajx.org Festival Showcase - August 27th, 2013 Festival Showcase - August 20th, 2013 http://kajx.org/post/festival-showcase-august-20th-2013 <p>We look back at some of the highlights of the 2013 Aspen Music Festival and School, including the convocation address by Aspen Music Festival and School President Alan Fletcher, discussing the challenges confronting classical music. The program finishes with a sampling of voices from the 2013 festival and a musical performance.</p><p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F106399583" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 22:25:36 +0000 Matt Erikson 6299 at http://kajx.org Festival Showcase - August 20th, 2013 Festival Notes - August 16th, 2013 http://kajx.org/post/festival-notes-august-16th-2013 <p>This final weekend of the 2013 season includes orchestral blockbusters, opera and virtuoso piano playing.</p><p>22-year-old Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov joins the Aspen Chamber Symphony Friday evening for a performance of Mozart’s <em>Jeunehomme</em> Piano Concerto.&nbsp;&nbsp; Aspen Public Radio will be broadcasting live Saturday's 7 p.m. opera performance of Monteverdi's "Coronation of Poppea" and Sunday's 4 p.m. season finale concert from the Benedict Music Tent.</p><p></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:02:33 +0000 Matt Erikson 6117 at http://kajx.org Festival Notes - August 16th, 2013 Festival Notes - August 15th, 2013 http://kajx.org/post/festival-notes-august-15th-2013 <p>At 7 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House, the Aspen Opera Theater Center presents the first of two performances of one of the great Baroque operas, Claudio Monteverdi’s "Coronation of Poppea." And at 8 p.m., a piano recital at Harris Concert Hall spotlights this year’s winner of the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Vadym Kholodenko.</p><p></p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 06:01:00 +0000 Matt Erikson 6042 at http://kajx.org Festival Notes - August 15th, 2013