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Classical Music Highlights for September

Back to school never sounded so good. This month, Music Director David Wood has selected a new class of music for your consideration.

September 5th-11th
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Lena Neudauer, began playing the violin at the age of three, and at the age of ten performed her first concert with orchestra. At eleven, she entered the Mozarteum University in Salzburg in a class led by Helmut Zehetmair; later, she continued her studies under the instruction of Thomas Zehetmair and Christoph Poppen. For her debut CD, she concentrates on the violin music of Robert Schumann.

September 12th-18th
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The French composer, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, wrote a great deal of popular music. He was a composer of instrumental music, cantatas, opera ballets, and vocal music. But it was the transverse flute that was his favorite instrument, and he considerably extended its repertory. Here Stephen Schultz performs these works for five flutes alone in a seamless example of multi-track editing.

September 19th-25th
Brahms: Complete Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 4
(Oehms Classics OC 743)
Andreas Boyde, piano

From the years 1863 to 1878, Brahms was silent in the solo piano genre. These were formative years for the German composer as he became a composer of tremendous reputation. What emerged in 1878 were the two sets of pieces, the Opuses 76 and 79, which showed that Brahms had rethought his conception of solo piano music. These works are paired with the Op. 116 Fantasies and performed beautifully by Andreas Boyde.

September 26th-October 2nd
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Valérie Milot, the young harpist from Quebec, was the on her instrument to receive the Prix d’Europe (2008). She has won numerous other awards in her field and appeared with great success internationally. On Revelation she takes the listener on a tour of the harp repertoire of the late nineteeth and twentieth centuries with works by Ginastera, Ravel, Godefroid, and more.

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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