A Symphony of Sound



Tuesday, March 25, 7 p.m.

We explore a variety of works composed for symphony orchestra with many surprises. Leonard Bernstein conducts Aaron Copland’s “Connotations for Orchestra.” It was commissioned for the opening of Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center and pushed aside the notation that Copland could only write popular music. There’s also Gerard Schwartz conducting the Seattle Symphony in Howard Hanson’s Symphony No.3, Stuart Challender leads the Sydney Symphony orchestra in his countryman Peter Sculthorpe’s “Mangrove,” and Esa Pekka Salonen conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in his own composition “Gambit.”

Plus many more surprises in this program dedicated to the large orchestra including music by Philip Glass, and Kara Karayev.

Inspiration from the Past

John Corigliano

John Corigliano


Tuesday, March 25, 7 p.m.

The soundtrack for the 1998 film “The Red Violin” composed by John Corigliano is a tour de force for contemporary composers being inspired by music from the past. Joshua Bell performs the solo violin part, Esa Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra. Also on the program are Charles Wuorinen’s Machinations from the Glogauer Cathedral Song book, and excerpts from the Pulcinella Suite of Igor Stravinsky.

Allen Shawn’s piano suite “Childhood Scenes” performed by Yoshiko Sato and Thomas Ades’ Three Studies by Couperin are also on the program.

ChoralWorks: 20th century SATB

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Monday, March 18, 7 p.m.

Let’s explore some of the great choral works created in the 20th century. We’ll hear Carl Orff’s Carmina burana — a perennial favorite; Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, John Corigliano’s “L’invitation au Voyage,” and John Tavener’s “Funeral Ikos.”

A Trip to England: Merry and Otherwise

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Tuesday, March 11, 7 p.m.

Host Joe Truskot takes a trip to England in the 20th century. The program begins with compositions in the 30s and continues up to the 90s.

We’ll hear William Walton’s magnificent Symphony No.1 and Gerald Finzi’s poetic in years defaced. Then, race forward to Cellist Raphael Wallfisch performs John Tavener’s “Thrinos” and Kirk Trevor and the Slovak Radio Orchestra with Welsh composer Hilary Tann’s “Here, The Cliffs.”

In between we’ll hear Pierre Boulez conduct the Ensemble Modern Orchestra in Harrison Birtwistle’s “Earth Dances.”

Look around us


Tuesday, March 4, 7 p.m.

“Look around us” refers to the talented conductors who lead Monterey Bay area ensembles and the recordings they’ve made of  20th and 21st century compositions (Marin Alsop, Max Bragado-Darman, Paul Goodwin). We’ll also present guest artists who have often appeared in area concert halls including Jean Louis Steuerman, Chanticleer, and the Kronos Quartet.

On air guest Debbie Chin, executive director of the Carmel Bach Festival joins me as we spin compositions by Jennifer Higdon, Joaquin Rodrigo, Kevin Puts, Sergei Rachmaninoff, John Tavener, Kurt Weill, Christopher Rouse, Arnold Schoenberg, Lou Harrison, David Conte, and others.

It’s Spring Pledge Drive time so please listening carefully  AND be in a giving mood.

This Just In

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Tuesday, February 25, 7 p.m.

Host Joe Truskot presents contemporary classical music received at the KUSP studios in the past few weeks. We’ll hear music by John Adams, Ursula Mamlok, Kara Karayev, John Tavener, Bernard Rands and more. Performers include Dmitry Yablonsky conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Goodwin leading the Academy of Ancient Music, The Lark Quartet, and pianist Martin Perry.

Always something wonder and fresh, that’s KUSP’s unique program of music from the 20th century and today.

20♪21 Celebrates its Second Anniversary: Program 4

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Tuesday, February 18, 7 p.m.

The creation of classical music in Russia since 1900 has been vast. It was even celebrated at the Sochi Games with leading classical music artists taking part in the opening ceremonies.

We’ll hear a sample of various styles from Prokofiev’s grand cantata Alexander Nevsky to Aram Khatchaturian’s Gayne Suite. Vladimir Horowitz will perform the Second Piano Sonata of Dmitry Kabalevsky, the Brodsky Quartet will perform Shostakovich’s Seventh String Quartet, and Dawn Upshaw joins the Kronos Quartet for the Lacrymosa of Dmitry Yanov-Yanovsky. Plus Gretchanov’s rarely heard Cello Sonata in E major performed by Svyatoslav Knushevitsky and Lev Oborin and Rodion Shchedrin performs his own Third Piano Concerto with Evgeny Svetlano and the USSR Symphony Orchestra.

Joe Truskot hosts with added commentary.

20♪21 Celebrates its Second Anniversary: Program 3

Christopher Theofanidis

Christopher Theofanidis


Tuesday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m.

One of the busiest composers of today, Christopher Theofanidis composed his work “Rainbow Body” for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. We’ll hear this work performed by that orchestra under the baton of its music director Robert Spano.

Also on this program which presents music we’ve overlooked during 20♪21′s two years of presenting music from the 20th century and today, you’ll hear an All American program with Ron Nelson’s Savannah River Holiday and Morton Gould’s Latin American Symphonette, performed by Howard Hanson and the Eastman-Rochester Philharmonic and Maurice Abravanel and the Utah Symphony Orchestra, respectively.

Speaking of Howard Hanson, we’ll broadcast Leonard Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Hanson’s Symphony No.2, “Romantic.” It’s the music used in the final scene of the movie “Alien.”

There’s also William Schuman’s Symphony No.8 with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic.

We’ll also celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday (Feb.12) with Aaron Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait featuring Charlton Heston. In keeping with our patriotic spirit, the Palisades Virtuosi will perform John Lampkin’s work from 2004, “George Washington Slept Here.”

20♪21 Celebrates its Second Anniversary: Program 2

John Corigliano

John Corigliano


Tuesday, February 4, 7 p.m.

For the month of February, 20♪21 will celebrate the start of its third year of presenting classical music composed in the 20th century and today by airing major works which have yet been presented on the program. We’ll also mix them in with a variety of pieces which may be new to you.

A work composed to honor victims of the AIDS epidemic, John Corigliano’s Symphony No.1 has touched a wide range of music lovers. We’ll hear Daniel Baremboin and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform this great work composed in 1990.

Stephen Bishop Kovacevich performs Bela Bartok’s Second Piano Concerto with Colin Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Eric Moe’s new release “Frozen Hours Melt Melodiously into the Past” and Paul Paccione’s Motet for Clarinet with multiple tracks will represent current musical thoughts.

Jean Sibelius’ final orchestral composition “Tapiola” will be performed by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic and the Choir of Kings College, Cambridge performs Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms.”

20♪21 Celebrates its Second Anniversary: Program 1


Program Airs:

Tuesday, January 28, 8 p.m.

A program which airs the classical music composed in the 20th and 21st centuries, 20♪21 first came on the air in February 2012. although as a host I had been a regular substitute for its predecessor Aeolian Impromptu since 2010.

The premise of 20♪21 has been to introduce listeners to the multiple spokes which make up the wheel of contemporary classical music and to continue to broadcast music introduced in the 20th century which may or may not be a regular feature of mainstream classical music radio formats. This also includes works whose creative breadth goes far beyond the allotted time restrictions of these other stations, such as Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony or the twelve and half hours (5 shows) devoted to the music of Benjamin Britten in honor of his 100th birthday.

Another particularly special goal of 20♪21 is the devotion of air time to works whose compositional ink is still wet. Composers, especially those actively working at universities, are welcome to send me pieces in broadcast ready formats to put on the air. Featured composers included thus far are Allen Shawn at Bennington College, Donald Crockett at the University of Southern California, and Paul Paccione at Western Illinois University. In addition, labels such as New World Records, Bridge, Naxos, and others are welcome to share new releases.

A special thank you to artists such as Marc Peloquin, Dmitry Yablonsky, Carlos Prieto, Paul Polivnick, Garrick Ohlsson, the Palisades Virtuosi, and others who have devoted a significant portion of their careers to promote contemporary music.

To celebrate our second anniversary, I have reviewed the more than a 1000 works presented thus far and identified several major omissions, which I’ll include interspersed within the next four programs.

Anniversary Program #1 — Abbreviated due to the State of the Union address on NPR

English composer Gustav Holst’s Suite for Large Orchestra, “The Planets,” remains one of the best introductions to classical music for college students and smart adults.

Also on the program are Korngold’s concert piece constructed from the music he wrote for the film “The Sea Hawk,” Gyorgy Kurtag’s “Stele” performed by the late Claudio Abbado, and a choral piece composed by Thomas Ades called “January Writ,” finishes the program.

Joe Truskot