Peteris Vasks' Distant Light (1997), a concerto for violin and string orchestra, is performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel on the June 21st broadcast.
The June 30th program from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival features a composition by Oliver Knussen, his Songs for Sue from Requiem. It's a piece written in memory of his wife, who died in 2003, and sets four poems for soprano and 15-piece ensemble.
In April 2012, the Chicago Symphony performed in Russia for the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union, under the direction of world-renowned conductor Riccardo Muti. NOTE: There has been a last minute program change for June 27th
Hearing a piece of music on WXXI's Classical 91.5 inspired quilting artist Caris Burton to create a new work. I love the connections she made with this music and its composer, and I'm glad that she took some time to write up this story to share here on the WXXI blog. Read Caris's story below, and you can see two music inspired quilts by Caris Burton on display at the Genessee Valley Quilt Club Show at RIT May 31st through June 2nd.