Mandolin Madness from Carmel Bach


7 p.m., Tuesday, August 26

Catharina and Mike bring down Sunset Center by stirring up so much affection for their mandolins. Don’t miss this popular and truly wonderful concert.

Remainder of the program includes additional music for guitar in the 20th century.

Catharina Lichtenburg and Mike Marshall, Mandolinist Extraordinaire

Catharina Lichtenburg and Mike Marshall, Mandolinist Extraordinaire

Catch FIRE

Composer John Adams

Composer John Adams


7 p.m., Tuesday, August 19

Marin Alsop conducts FIRE: a program from the 2014 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music featuring John Adam’s Saxophone Concerto with Timothy McAllister. Also on the program are Gabriella Smith’s Tumblebird Contrails and Brett Dean’s Fire Music.

Joe Truskot completes the program with 20th century music written by female composers such as Barbara Harbach and Beth Anderson.

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music: Hope


7 p.m., Tuesday, August 12

KUSP is pleased to bring you recordings from the 2014 Cabrillo Festival, Marin Alsop, music director. Tonight’s program is entitled HOPE and features Speranza, a new work by Mark-Anthony Turnage. The program also features TJ Cole: Megalopolis [West Coast Premiere] and Jennifer Higdon: Concerto 4-3 (Time for Three). The remainder of the program will feature music by female composers recently added to the KUSP classical music library, including works by Barbara Harbach and Libby Larson.

Mark-Anthony Turnage

Mark-Anthony Turnage

Organist Andrew Arthur at the Carmel Mission Basilica


7 p.m., Tuesday, August 5

Andrew Arthur, organist for the Carmel Bach Festival, performs an entire evening of organ music by Johann Sebastian Bach. Complementing the program will be the Organ Concerto of Francis Poulenc and several modern works for organ.

Organist Andrew Arthur

Organist Andrew Arthur

Concertos to Know


7 p.m., Tuesday, July 15

Concertos continue to be one of the most popular musical forms in classical music. On 20♪21 we’ll listen to some creates at the beginning of the 20th century, in its middle, toward its end and into the new 21st century.

You’ll hear German guitarist Michael Troester perform Mexican composer Eduardo Angulo’s Second Guitar Concerto “El Alevin” as well as the massive piano concerto composed by Max Reger. It’s performed by Gerhard Oppitz with the Bamberg Symphony.

Donald Crockett offers a work from 2009 for solo viola and small ensemble. Edda Moser sings songs by Hans Werner Henze with help from members of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Daniel Barenboim leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Richard Strauss’ Duett-Concerttino for Clarinet, Bassoon, Strings and Harp written in 1947 and finally Alexander Sitkovetsky performs Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik’s violin concerto with his uncle Dmitry Sitkovetsky leading the New European Strings Chamber Orchestra. Joe Truskot hosts.

Viva le France!

Eiffel-Tower-Night-lightsProgram airs:

Tuesday, July 8, 7 p.m.

Celebrate Bastille Day on 20/21

You’ll hear the Darius Milhaud Symphony No.4 composed for the 100th anniversary of the 1847 rebellion. Also music by Poulenc, Ravel, Roussel, Canteloube, and Messiaen.

Plus many surprises.

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

carminacoverPROGRAM AIRS:

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

London Skyline Wallpapers TLGPROGRAM AIRS:

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.”