Classical Music Highlights for November

The seasons change, but classical music just keeps getting better and better.

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Enjoy the many colors of music with this month's featured recordings.

November 1st-4th

Serebrier: Symphony No. 1; Double Bass Concerrto; Violin Concerto
José Serebrier/Bournemouth Sympohony Orchestra (Naxos, 2010)
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José Serebrier’s life is a busy one as a successful conductor and composer. He had a very auspicious beginning which included winning the BMI Award for his First Symphony which was premiered by the great Leopold Stokowski, and all by the age of 18. At that time, he had already been fought over by two of the leading schools of music, and began a life-long friendship with composer Einojuhani Rautavaara. Here, Serebrier conducts six of his compositions covering over half a century of writing.

November 5th-14th
Fund Drive 2010
A variety of new releases to thank you for your support.

November 15th-21st

Bach Cello Suites
Zuill Bailey, cello (Telarc, 2010)
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Following years of preparation for this album, Zuill Bailey said, “I was unaware of the depths of the music as a young person, but came to realize that there are so many ways of interpreting Bach that it channels where a cellist is at that precise moment. It has become such a personal journey for me.” In a two-disc set, he performs the six cello suites of J.S. Bach.

November 22nd-28th

Sure on this Shining Night
Voce; Voce Chamber Artists (Voce, 2010)
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Fans of choral music will leap at the opportunity to add this superb collection of the works of Morten Lauridsen to their playlists. The somewhat reclusive Lauridsen teams up with the vocal ensemble Voce, a group that only performs as a benefit organization. Included are a solo voice arrangement of “O Magnum Mysterium” and three works never before recorded.

November 29th-December 5th

Mozart
Scott and Lara St. John/The Knights (Ancalagon, 2010)
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Violinist Lara St. John returns with the critically acclaimed ensemble, The Knights, and this time she brings along her brother. The two St. Johns perform three vibrant works of the young Mozart. The pair have been performing together since they were five (Scott) and three (Lara), and began touring when Lara was only 10. That early program included one of the selections recorded here, the Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364.

Serebrier: Symphony No. 1; Double Bass Concerrto; Violin Concerto
José Serebrier/Bournemouth Sympohony Orchestra (Naxos, 2010)
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Bach Cello Suites
Zuill Bailey, cello (Telarc, 2010)
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Sure on this Shining Night
Voce; Voce Chamber Artists (Voce, 2010)
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Mozart
Scott and Lara St. John/The Knights (Ancalagon, 2010)
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David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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