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.”

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

larkquartetPROGRAM AIRS:

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

shchedrin1PROGRAM AIRS:

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.