Monday, August 10, 2009

Great Mountains Festival

Last week, the fortunate news of the release of two American journalists from prison in North Korea highlighted the difficulty that part of the world still endures. But in the midst of that difficulty, art and music still flourish and are, I imagine, a life sustaining force for many. Well, my colleague Richard Knisely, known for bringing festival concerts to WGBH listeners from all over the world every summer, has tapped into that pivotal geographic area for a series of exciting performances from the 2008 Great Mountains Festival in Gangwon Province, South Korea, just south of the DMZ. With a roster of artists of American, European, and Asian origin, these concerts represent not just great music-making in its own right, but also the ways in which classical music and Asian societies are cross-pollinating to create startling results. This will be our only chance to offer these performances on the air, so tune in to 89.7 between noon and 4pm or dial up All-Classical WGBH on HD radio or the internet between 7pm and 10pm each weekday this week. Friday afternoon’s schedule includes Richard Strauss’s Cello Sonata, Osvaldo Golijov’s tango-inspired Last Round, Zoltan Kod├íly’s earthy Duo for Violin and Cello, and the timeless Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by J.S. Bach.

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