Kate Remington

Writing lyrical music for the charming Bee Simulator has been a wonderful change of pace for Mikolai Stroinsky, whose game soundtrack credits also include The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine, and Sniper Ghost Warrior 3. Developed by Varsav Studios in Poland, and inspired by a children's story, Bee Simulator takes us into the tiny, busy world of bees and illustrates their daily struggles against the environment and predators.  

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When I asked composer Jeremy Nathan Tisser what got him excited about writing the music for the VR adventure game Battlewake, he was quick to answer, "pirates and heavy metal!" He combines both of those for a soundtrack that's just as thrilling as the immersive battles on the high seas.

Jeremy says the different locations for the encounters in Battlewake are a huge inspiration for his music, which incorporates voodoo chanting, a Mongolian metal band, and tons of drums!

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The Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition is happening in Westport, Connecticut, this week. Nov. 18-23.

This prestigious competition has invited four finalists to present recitals and teach master classes, and will culminate in an awards ceremony at MoCA Westport on Saturday, Nov. 23. Kate Remington talks with each of the finalists: Stephanie Tang, Sahun Hong, Priscilla Navarro and Veniamin Blokh about their careers and the music they've chosen to perform. 

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Violin virtuoso Lara St. John will be the soloist in the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the principal orchestra of the Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras at their concert on Sunday, November 24th at the Klein in Bridgeport.

Kate Remington talks with Lara and GCTYO Music Director Christopher Hisey about Sibelius, Lara's career and the music in the concert. 

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Philadelphia-based guitarist Brad Rau is a respected teacher and performer with an extremely varied repertoire. He was in WSHU's Stone Family Assembly Hall for a performance and conversation with Kate Remington. Thanks to Paul Litwinovitch, recording engineer.

Brad's concert program for WSHU:

Heitor Villa Lobos: Prelude No. 1

Paul Desmond: Take 5

Eduardo Sainz de la Maza: The Bells of Dawn

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