Classiclectic Connection

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Fantasia, Finlandia & Franck is the title of a unique performance from the Marquette Symphony Orchestra.  In a side-by-side concert, the MSO will join with members of the Marquette Senior High School Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.  The goal of this concert is not only to provide a wonderful evening of classic works for patrons of the orchestra, but also to further music education opportunities.

Octavio Mas-Arocas, the MSO's principal conductor, will lead the combined ensembles.  The MSHS Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Eric Marta, and the MSHS Wind Ensemble is conducted by Matt Ludwig (both teachers are members of the orchestra).  Octavio joined Kurt Hauswirth during Classiclectic to discuss the concert repertoire and the opportunities for performers and audience members:

American cellist Ashley Bathgate "...wanted a modern-day suite that could hold its own among the epic works that already exist in the repertoire." She is speaking about her debut solo album ASH, out September 27, 2019 from New Amsterdam Records.  Formerly a member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars (a sextet of classical and alternative classical musicians which began as an ensemble in 1992), Ashley has left the ensemble to explore performance and recording on her own.  The product of years of work (and collaboration with the living composer group "Sleeping Giant"), ASH is a modern-day take on the cello suites of the past, such as J.S. Bach's or Britten's, but this is different than one composer writing the entire work; there are six individual composers who each collaborated and wrote a movement of the six cello pieces featured on ASH.

Ashley was available to speak with Kurt Hauswirth about the album, the collaborative process, and the mindset behind the compositions and performances:

Cedille Records

The legendary guitarist Sharon Isbin and Pacifica Quartet join forces for "Souvenirs of Spain & Italy," which includes works for guitar and strings by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Vivaldi, and Boccherini.

Souvenirs of Spain & Italy, an uncommon album of music for strings and guitar from the Baroque to the mid-20th century. Available August 23, 2019 on Cedille Records (CDR 90000 190), the program spotlights Italian-born composers influenced by Spanish idioms. Hear an interview between Sharon Isbin and Classiclectic host Kurt Hauswirth, all about the new release:

Lake Superior State University

The Arts Center at Lake Superior State University presents the 2019-2020 season, “Celebrating 15 Years!”. The Arts Center has served the Lake State campus and greater Twin Saults community for the past fifteen years. They have hosted an array of performances - bringing local, national, and international artists to the Arts Center Stage for LSSU students, staff, faculty, and community members to learn from and enjoy.

Thomas Meacham is the LSSU Arts Center Director, and he spoke with Kurt Hauswirth about the upcoming events in the 2019-20 season:

Marquette Symphony Orchestra

The Marquette Symphony Orchestra's October 26 concert features a side-by-side performance with Marquette Senior High School students.

The MSO is dedicated to furthering music education opportunities, so the orchestra invited the MSHS Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble for a side-by-side performance for the first time. The students will join the MSO for Finlandia by Sibelius and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. The MSO will also play Franck’s Symphony in D minor. The concert is Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Kaufman Auditorium.

The Source Song Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota re-imagines the song festival with concerts, recitals and masterclasses, but its mission also aims to empower and inspire a new generation of musicians.  Source serves duos, composers, and audiences with five days of programming, fostering relationships within Minnesota's community and musicians throughout the Upper Midwest.

Marquette's own Griffin Candey, an opera and concert music composer (who has premiered commissions with both the Marquette Choral Society and Marquette Symphony Orchestra), attended the Source Song Festival in August of 2019 and has graciously agreed to report back with Public Radio 90 and Classiclectic host Kurt Hauswirth, to discuss what Source Song Festival is and what it means to his music craft:

Marquette Symphony Orchestra Facebook Page

"Make it a Double!" is the name of the first Marquette Symphony Orchestra concert of the 2019-20 season, and it features music of Brahms, Schubert, and living composer David Little.  The Brahms Double Concerto features violinist Scott Flavin and cellist Ross Harbaugh of the Bergonzi Trio; Schubert's Unfinished Symphony is a romantic feature for the whole orchestra; David Little's Haunted Topography is a natural addition to the lineup of romantic works.

Octavio Mas-Arocas is the Principal Conductor of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, and he joined Kurt Hauswirth in studio today to speak about not only the first concert, but the entire 2019-20 season too:

The Cover of The Thirteenth Child album
Crossover Media, Bridge Records

Grimms' Fairy Tale number 9 is "The Twelve Brothers," a fairy tale about a king who wants to kill his twelve sons, in the event that the next child is a girl, who would lead the kingdom alone.

The Thirteenth Child, a new opera by Danish composer Poul Ruders, is set to a libretto by Becky & David Starobin, based on that fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. The Thirteenth Child was co-commissioned by The Santa Fe Opera and the Odense Symfoniorkester. This release coincides with The Santa Fe Opera productions: July 27 (world premiere), 31, August 9, 14, 21, 2019.

Kurt Hauswirth had the chance to speak to the librettists, Becky and David Starobin, about their process working with Poul Ruders' music, what a story like this means in 2019, and the pros and cons of working together as a married couple:

Crossover Media

In this Classiclectic Connection, we crack open an educational recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, brilliantly performed by seventeen year old violinist Amelia Piscitelli and Camerata Chicago conducted by Drostan Hall.

This Double CD set is replete with poetry written by Vivaldi himself and incorporates more than twenty musical examples of seasonal elements and characters cleverly depicted in the music - all beautifully narrated by Steve Robinson of WFMT radio station fame.

Kurt Hauswirth had an opportunity to speak with Drostan about the experience of putting together this first-ever education recording of The Four Seasons:

Marquette Symphony Orchestra

Experience the magic of a live orchestra as the Marquette Symphony Orchestra begins its 2019-2020 season on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Kaufman Auditorium.


Principal conductor Octavio Más-Arocas returns for a second year to lead the orchestra. The MSO will begin the year with the Brahms Double Concerto, performed by violinist Scott Flavin and cellist Ross Harbaugh of the Bergonzi Trio. You may recognize their names as frequent performers in the Pine Mountain Music Festival.