music interview

On Saturday, February 23, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra is presenting a concert version of Leonard Bernstein's classical musical, "West Side Story." Kate Remington talked with conductor Jonathan Yates about what makes this such an iconic work of American music.

The Norwalk Symphony's production is presented in collaboration with New Paradigm Theatre; Kristin Huffman, producing partner; and Shakespeare on the Sound's Claire Kelly, stage director.

Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras

The Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras' Concerto Competition was recently presented at WSHU's Broadcast Center. Every soloist who performed was outstanding, but violinist Gerald Kim was selected as the winner! He'll be the soloist at GBYO's spring concert in May. Kate Remington talked with Gerald and with Director Christopher Hisey about the competition and the music.

The Stamford Symphony presents a concert of selections from beloved Italian operas, as well as the orchestra's premiere of a concert version of Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" on February 9 and 10. Kate Remington had a chat with Lucas Richman, guest conductor for the concerts, about the music and some of his projects outside the concert hall.

Martin Chalifour photo

On Saturday, February 2, guitar virtuoso Mak Grgic will share an incredibly wide-ranging evening of music that spans centuries at the Westport Arts Center. His program includes a transcription of Bach's Suite No. 6 for Solo Cello, a suite from Bernstein's West Side Story, and contemporary pieces as well.

Kate Remington chatted with him about the concert, while he was driving to a rehearsal in Budapest.

WSHU's live concert series, Mozart: Hidden in Plain Sight, begins at 4 pm on Sunday, January 27 at the Stone Family Assembly Hall at the WSHU Broadcast Center. The six concert series includes all of Mozart's works for violin and piano, even the unfinished sketches. Kate Remington talks with violinist Andrew Smith and pianist Joshua Pierce to get an insider's view of these incredible works.