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Conductor Steven Schick and choreographer Allyson Green discuss their new interpretation of Les Noces, Stravinksy's portrait of a pagan Russian folk wedding featuring four pianos, chamber chorus, and members of Tijuana's Lux Boreal dance troupe.

SummerFest's long tradition of showcasing new works continues, with stimulating pieces by American composers Gabriel Kahane, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Aaron Jay Kernis, and French composer Marc-Andre Dalbavie.

Is it possible to define music? What is its utility? What needs does it serve? Does it have survival value? Is it biologically necessary? Are humans inherently musical? Using audio & video examples from around the globe and drawing on historical, psychological, neurological & cultural research on music making, saxophonist and educator David Borgo explores why we make music, ultimately arguing that music is a universal human phenomenon but not a universal language.

Composed for violinist Cho-Liang Lin, Steven Stuck's Sonata for Violin & Piano adapts the traditional form with its study in contrasts for a contemporary idiom, creating a musical narrative that is classical in construction yet by turns playful, forceful and almost improvisatory.

János Négyesy died on Dec. 20, 2013. In lieu of what would have been his 80th Soirée for Music Lovers, we pay tribute to Maestro Négyesy on Valentine's Day with a concert featuring performances by faculty members Mark Dresser (contrabass), Aleck Karis (piano), Philip Larson (bass baritone), Kartik Seshadri (sitar), Robert Zelickman (clarinet), along with various peers, alumni and students who performed with or were mentored by János.

After working in relative obscurity during his lifetime, forty years after his untimely death Franz Schubert was recognized as one of the colossal creative forces in music. In this presentation a distinguished group of musicians performs Schubert's "String Quintet in C Major," one of the greatest achievements in the chamber music form.

A stellar roster of performers present the music of Franz Joseph Haydn, a seminal figure in the development of classical form and an inspiration to Mozart, Beethoven and many other composers who followed.

Written for a virtuoso oboist of Mozart's acquaintance, the Quartet in F Major went on to become one of Mozart's most popular chamber works. Recorded on 8/16/2014.

Brahms composed the Trio in E-flat Major in 1865 to commemorate the death of his mother, Christiane, earlier that year. The four movements of the piece represent the stages of mourning, alternating sombre and lively lively and ending on a note of hope for the future. Recorded on 8/16/2014.

Haydn is widely acknowledged as the father of the string quartet, but his contributions to the development of the piano literature have been unjustly overlooked. His groundbreaking efforts in the piano trio form are most evident in the Trio in C Major, composed in 1795. Recorded on 8/19/2014.

In this edition: meet German painter Georg Baselitz at the Art Biennale in Venice, take a stroll around the medieval city of Bruges in Belgium, and take a look behind the scenes of some of Europe's most successful food blogs. Plus, this year's Bonn Jazz Festival features a number of strong female artists.

Executive Producer/Director Jack Bender unlocks the production secrets of translating Lost from script to screen. And, he might just provide some clues to unlock the secrets of "The Island."
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