Joe Truskot, host of 20♪21

Joe Truskot, host of 20♪21

Thanks for your support of classical music on the Central Coast and your gifts to make our programs happen. It’s been my special pleasure to host local classical music organizations and to create programs for all the weeknight shows, especially Monday Night at the Opera, KUSP OnSite and my special love — 20♪21.

With the dramatic change in format, classical music no longer fit in the mix of 3 to 5 minute pop songs  (mostly in easy keys, mostly with electric guitar, bass and synthetic drums, usually with one singer and back up vocals repeating the same words over and over again.) The new format is what it is and will find some people in our community who enjoy it.

Please support the Cabrillo Music Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, Chamber Music Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, and the Monterey and Santa Cruz Symphonies. These local organizations perform or present at the highest level and need you to attend live music concerts. They can’t exist without your financial contributions.

Many other individuals and groups play regularly in our area, too, and they deserve to have an audience to enjoy their efforts.

Be generous and classical music will continue to find individuals seeking musical experiences beyond the ordinary. After all, we have Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Aaron Copland, John Adams, Leonard Bernstein, Joan Tower, John Williams and Philip Glass — to name just a few — on our side.




Recent Discoveries

Ernest Bloch 001PROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25

During a recent trip to a Goodwill Store in Salinas, I broke my solemn promise to never purchase another CD and left that fine recycling establishment with 17 new one. Now get this. Eleven of them contained music composed in the 20th century and a full half of them — music I’d never, ever heard of. And that’s after being a crazy classical music fan since my college days in the early 70s.

Loving classical music is a life-long thrill and the more that you listen, the more you come to love it.

Max Reger is characterized by his densely written music and his infatuation with a theme and variations. Here’s a work for solo piano which lasts for 35 minutes and is certain to delight you with the cleverness of his musical mind.

Also on the program are Aaron Copland’s “Dance Panels” finalized in 1968 and Aram Khatchaturian’s Concerto Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra. That’s right. Concerto Rhapsody! It’s a form he devised and developed late in his life. Plus much more.

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Max Reger Variations on a Theme by Telemann 1915 Karol Stercynski
Bela Bartok String Quartet No.2, Op.17 1917 Hungarian String Quartet
Aaron Copland Dance Panels 1962 Gerard Schwarz, New York Chamber Symphony
Ernest Bloch Concerto Grosso No.2 for Strings 1954 Howard Hanson, Eastman Rochester Philharmonic
Aram Khatchaturian Concerto Rhapsody for Piano in D flat major 1968 Oxana Yablonskaya, Dmitri Yablonsky, Moscow Symphony
Alban Berg Schlafen 1910 Mitsuko Shirai, Hartmut Holl

Vive la France

Maurice Duruflé 001PROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov.17

To honor the victims of the Nov.13 attacks in Paris, we present music representing the best of what French artists have given the world. The program opens with a modern masterpiece, the Requiem Mass composed in 1947 by Maurice Durflé. It continues with the Clarinet Sonata of Camille Saint-Saens — one of three for wind instruments he complete in the final month of his long and productive life.

Maurice Ravel’s Piano Trio and Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Quintet add elegance to the program as does a work by Swiss composer Michael Jarrell “un temps de silence.”

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Maurice Duruflé Requiem, Op.9 1947 Teresa Berganza, Jose Va Dam, Michel Corboz, Cologne Choir and Orchestra
Michael Jarrell un temps de silence 2007 Emmanuel Pahud, Pascal Rophe, Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra
Maurice Ravel Piano Trio in A minor 1915 Kantorow, Muller, Rouvier
Camille Saint-Saens Clarinet Sonata, Op.167 1921 James Campell, Julius Drake
Gabriel Fauré Piano Quintet No.1 1905 Philippe Bianconi, Parisian Quartet
Claude Debussy Sarabande 1901 Dubravka Tomsic

Reverence – Irreverence

Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky


7 p.m., Tuesday, November 10

Compositions created out of religious fervor, out of political statements, out of a creative spirit wishing to try one’s hands at a form used by hundreds of composers over time: all take to the airwaves.

You’ll hear Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik’s Sinfonia sacra — a remarkable composition created to celebrate Poland’s 1000 years of Catholicism and a grand slap in the face to Poland’s communist regime. Igor Stravinsky lends his immense creative talent to the Roman Catholic mass while his earlier countryman Alexander Scriabin abandons everyday religion to create a “Divine Poem.”

Plus, Bernard Hermann and John Williams, two of the greatest film composers who ever lived, make musical statements which endure within and without the movie theater. Rodion Shchedrin’s Stalin Cocktail is a great expression of independence and freedom as the yoke of Russian communism collapsed. And much more.

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Igor Stravinsky Mass 1948 Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford; London Sinfonietta
John Rutter Gloria 1974 Cabridge Singers, Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, City of London Sinfonia
Alexander Scriabin Symphony No.3, Op.43 “Divine Poem” 1905 Vladimir Ashkenazy, Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Herrmann Fahrenheit 451 1966 Esa Pekka Salonen, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Andrzej Panufnik Sinfonia sacra 1961 Andrzej Panufnik, Concertgebouw Orchestra
John Williams Suo Gan from Empire of the Sun 1987 John Williams, Studio Orchestra
John Williams Liberation” Exsultate Justi 1987 John Williams, Studio Orchestra
John Williams Exsultate Justi 1987 John Williams, Studio Orchestra
Alan Hovhaness Prayer of St. Gregory 1946 Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Rodion Shchedrin Stalin Cocktail 1992 Vladimir Spivakov, Moscow Virtuosi











Piano Virtuosi

John Musto 001PROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3

With the great structural changes made in the later part of the 19th century, the concert grand piano was able to compete fully with the ever increasing forces on stage.

We’ll listen to Sergei Rachmaninoff perform his own Third Piano concerto with Eugene Ormandy leading The Philadelphia Orchestra. Contemporary composer John Musto is at the keyboard for a performance of his Second Piano Concerto composed in 2006 — almost 100 years later. In between are Benjamin Britten’s Piano Concerto with Sviatislav Richter and English Chamber Orchestra with the composer conducting and Zubin Mehta leads the Israel Philharmonic with Yefim Bronfman performing Prokofiev’s First Piano Concerto. Completing the evening of music are pianist Jean Louis Steuerman and the Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Roberto Minczuk with Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas brasileiras No.3.

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.4 1909 Sergei Rachmaninoff, Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra
Benjamin Britten Piano Concerto, Op.13 1938 Sviatislav Richter, Benjamin Britten, English Chamber Orchestra
Serge Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.1 in D-flat major, Op.10 1914 Yefim Bronfman, Zubin Mehta, Israel Philharmonic
John Musto Piano Concerto No.2 2006 John Musto, Glen Cortese, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra
Heitor Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No.3 1938 Jean Louis Steuerman, Roberto Minczuk, Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra

Violin Virtuosi

Elgar Concerto 001PROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, October 27

Only four main works on this program … but what works. Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto came late in his life and is rarely performed in the United States because of its length. It’s nearly an hour long! But what a delightful journey it makes in Elgar’s noblest style. Nigel Kennedy performs with Vernon Handley conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Other violinists on the program include Gideon Kramer performing Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso with Tatjana Gridenko, Robert McDuffie takes on John Adams’ Violin Concerto and Alexander Sitkovetsky explores the Violin Concerto of Andrzej Panufinik. Four very different approaches to 20th century violin versus orchestra.

Of course, Isaac Stern opens every program with Arthur Benjamin’s Jamaican Rumba.

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Edward Elgar Violin Concerto 1910 Nigel Kennedy, Vernon Handley, London Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrzej Panufnik Violin Concerto 1972 Alex Sitkovetsky, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, New European Strings
John Adams Violin concerto 1993 Robert McDuffie, Christoph Eschenbach, Houston Symphony Orchestra
Alfred Schnittke Concerto Grosso 1977 Gideon Kremer, Tatjana Grindenko, Gennadi Rishdestvendky, London Symphony Orchestra


Let’s dance


7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20

The fall pledge drive is in full swing and that’s what we intend to do on 20♪21. Look straight ahead, stay positive, and dance.

We’ll hear popular favorites that have been overlooked too long on 20♪21 including Joaquin Turina’s Danzas fantasticas in the historic performance by Antonio de Almeida and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. We’ve never offered you Aaron Copland’s suite from his ballet “Rodeo.” We’ll hear Louis Lane conduct the Cleveland Pops Orchestra.

We’ll Romanian Dances by Bartok performed live at London’s historic Wigmore Hall by violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Zoltan Kocsis. Eduardo Mata leads the Simon bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in Alberto Ginastera’s popular Estancia Suite. There’s also the Adagio from Spartacus by Aram Khatchaturian, John Corigliano’s Gazebo Dances, John Adams “The Chairman Dances Foxtrot,” and the Courtly dances from Gloriana by Benjamin Britten. Plus much more.

Tune it. Support the future. Renew your pledge or pledge anew. Let’s dance, folks.

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
John Adams The Chairman Dances 1987 Simon Rattle, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Ades Overture, Waltz, Finale 2007 Paul Daniel, National youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Bela Bartok Romanian Folk Dances 1915 Joshua Bell, Zoltan Kocsis
Leonard Bernstein On The Town, 3 Dance Episodes 1944 Leonard Bernstein, Israel Philharmonic
Benjamin Britten The Courtly Dances from Gloriana 1973 William Boughton, English Symphony Orchestra
John Corigliano Gazebo Dances 1974 Lawrence Leighton Smith, Louisville Orchestra
Aaron Copland Rodeo 1942 Louis Lane, Cleveland Pops Orchestra
Alberto Ginastera Estancia Suite 1941 Estancia Suite
Aram Khatchaturian Sabre Dance from Gayne 1942 Khatchaturian, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Aram Khatchaturian Spartacus, Adagio 1954 Khatchaturian, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Peter Schickele Last Tango in Bayreuth 1992 Tennesse Bassoon Quartet
Dmitri Shostakovich Waltz II from Jazz Suite No.2 1956 Yablonsky, Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Joaquin Turina Danzas fantasticas, Op.22 1919 Antonio de Almeida, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Sergei Prokofiev Love of Three Oranges, March 1918 Andras Korodi, Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra

Italian Heritage – Viva italia

luciano berio 001PROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct.13

As Columbus Day approaches, we turn our focus on celebrating the contribution Italian artists have made to 20th century classical music.

The program begins with Martucci’s Symphony No.2 composed in 1905. He  was a contemporary of Giuseppe Verdi’s but concentrated on orchestral music.

We’ll also hear works by Nino Rota, famous for his movie scores which included The Godfather and most of Fellini’s films, but has a huge output of strictly concert works. We’ll hear his Bassoon Concerto. There will also be modern works such as Luciano Berio’s Formazioni performed by Ricardo Chailly and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Giuseppe Martucci Symphony No.2 in F major, Op.81 1905 Francesco D’Avalos, Philharmonia Orchestra
Alfredo Casella Sonata No.1 in C minor, Op.8 1907 Andrea Favalessa, Maria Semeraro
Nino Rota Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra 1977 Paolo Carlini, Marzio conti, I Virtuosi Italiani
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari L’amore medico 1913 Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Luciano Berio Formazioni 1987 Ricado Chailly, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Ottorino Respighi Gli Uccelli 1927 Tamas Vasary, Bournemouth Sinfonietta


Composers from English Speaking Countries

Songs in English 001PROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, October 6

We’ll broadcast music composed by the leading artists from England, America, and Australia.

Pianist Howard Shelley performs the Piano Concerto by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gerard Schwarz leads the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in Howard Hanson’s Symphony No.5, Sinfonia sacra, and art songs by David Del Tredici, Eve Beglarian, and Peter Sculthorpe.

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson performs music by Charles Tomlinson Griffes and the Brodsky String Quartet is joined by mezzo-soprano Anne Sophie von Otter.

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Paul Creston Toccata, Op.68 1957 Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Ralph Vaughan Williams Piano Concerto 1931 Howard Shelley, Bryden Thomson, London Symphony Orchestra
William Bolcom Never More Will the Wind 1990 Robert White, Samuel Sanders
Virgil Thomson Sigh No More, Ladies 1935 Robert White, Samuel Sanders
Howard Hanson Symphony No.5 “Sinfonia sacra” 1955 Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Samuel Barber To Be Sung On The Water 1968 Timothy Brown, Cambridge University Chamber Choir
Samuel Barber Sure on this Shining night 1941 Timothy Brown, Cambridge University Chamber Choir
Philip Glass Violin Concerto No.1 1987 Robert McDuffie, Christoph Eschenbach, Houston Symphony Orchestra
David Del Tredici Drinking Song 1999 Chris Pedro Trakas, David Del Tredici
Peter Sculthorpe Port Essington 1977 Richard Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra
Eve Beglarian Robin Redbreast 2003 Corey Dargel, Margaret Lancaster
Charles Tomlinson Griffes Three Tone-Pictures 1912 Garrick Ohlsson
Peter Sculthorpe Maranoa Lullaby 1996 Anne Sophie von Otter, Brodsky Quartet
John Lampkin George Washington Slept Here 2004 Palisades Virtuosi

Rhapsody in Blue, and more

George_Gershwin-signedPROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29

Francis Garcia serves as guest host for the evening. He’s selected a variety of music you’ll be sure to enjoy. The program includes George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, selections for Khatchaturian’s Maskerade and Circus, David Diamond’s Symphony No.2 and much more.

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue 1924 Micha Dichter
David Diamond Symphony No.2 1943 Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Aram Katchaturian Masquerade selections 1941
Aram Katchaturian Circus 1957
Alexander Scriabin Nocturne Op. 9, No.2, 1898 Felix Blumenthal
Alexander Scriabin Prelude, Op. 9 No.1, 1898 Felix Blumenthal
Alexander Scriabin Etude in A- flat, Op.36 1903 Antonio Iturrioz