music interview

On Saturday, May 18, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra caps off its season with a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9! Kate Remington talks with conductor Jonathan Yates, who says the real challenge is to make the performance sound as though audiences are hearing it for the first time.

After a long tenure, Constance Chase will conduct her final concert as artistic director of the Connecticut Chamber Choir on Sunday, May 5th in Trumbull, Conn.

Kate Remington talks with Connie about the gorgeous works on the program, which takes its title from the last work to be performed: "The Road Home" by Stephen Paulus. Connie also shares some of her favorite memories of her time with the choir, and hints at what's next for her.

Vladimir Kulenovic conducts the final two concerts by the Stamford Symphony Orchestra this season, on April 13 and 14 at the Palace Stamford.

Kate Remington talked with him about the two monumental Russian works on the program: Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring Federico Colli, and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2.

Danielle Wetterburn

Troupers Light Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore, a melodramatic tale with ghosts, disguises and an evil villian on Saturday, April 6 and Saturday, April 13 at the Norwalk Concert Hall.

Kate Remington talks with two of the principles in the production, Mike Constantino and Brett Kroeger, about the operetta. Then, they perform the charming duet, I Know a Youth, accompanied by pianist Dorothy Kolinsky in WSHU's Broadcast Center.

In the 1930s Carl Orff discovered a remarkable collection of Medieval texts written by monks in Bavaria. He used them for his specatular "Carmina Burana." On March 31st, the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras, with the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut and Fairfield University Glee Club, will perform this amazing piece at The Klein in Bridgeport, and April 6th at the Quick Center.

Kate Remington talked with GBYO Director Christopher Hisey, and Mendelssohn Choir Director Carole Ann Maxwell about what makes this work so special.