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On Saturday, February 22 pianist Conrad Tao joins the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra for a performance of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

Kate Remington talks with Conrad about how he gets inside this familiar work.

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Internationationally acclaimed pianist Frederic Chiu has performed transcriptions of orchestral works for his whole career, but he says there's nothing like the transcriptions Franz Liszt made of Beethoven's symphonies.

Frederic has just released an album of Beethoven's Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7, as transcribed by Liszt. As he told Kate Remington, these transcriptions are the closest record we have of a recording of Beethoven himself.

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Even if you can't take a tropical vacation, you can enjoy the Norwalk Symphony's concert performance of Rogers and Hammerstein's classic musical South Pacific on February 8, 2020, in the Norwalk Concert Hall. 

The production is a collaboration with the New Paradigm Theater and features a stellar cast. 

Kate Remington talks with Music Director and conductor Jonathan Yates about what makes this performance special. 

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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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