music interview

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. 

photo by Adrienne Lloyd

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.

On Saturday, November 16 the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra presents its American Connections concert, featuring songs by Charles Ives, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and music by Ravel and Wagner. Kate Remington talks with Music Director Jonathan Yates about what ties these pieces together.

In his Concierto de Aranjuez, Joaquin Rodrigo captured the sounds of the fountains and birds in a palace garden. The Stamford Symphony welcomes guitaist Thomas Flippin as the soloist for the  concerto, and guest conductor Steve Hackman, who will also be conducting the Overture to The Magic Flute by Mozart and Dvorak's Symphony No. 7.

Kate Remington talks with Steve about the concerts Saturday, November 16th and Sunday, November 17th at the Palace Stamford.

For world-renowned violinist Alexander Markov, making music has always been a family affair, both his parents are gifted violinists and Alexander's first teacher was his father.  On Friday, November 8, Alexander and his family will present From Baroque to Rock, a concert for families at the Norwalk Concert Hall. The first half will feature classical music favorites, and the second half will showcase Alexander's love of rock music, and give him a chance to open the throttle on his electric, gold-plated violin.