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Yusef Komunyakaa, an internationally renowned poet who won the Pulitzer Prize for "Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems," reads and discusses his work while writer-in-residence at UC Santa Barbara. Recorded on 03/01/2017.

For more than a half century, John Lithgow has been delighting audiences on stage, in movies and on television. In a lively discussion with Peter Gourevitch, distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science at UC San Diego, Lithgow reflects on his preparations for the wide diversity of roles that have shaped his career and influenced the larger culture, from his star turn in "The World According to Garp" to his SAG-award-winning role as Winston Churchill in the Netflix original series "The Crown." Recorded on 10/11/2017.

Beethoven's String Quintet in C Major is an unusually calm, even serene work from this frequently turbulent composer. The addition of a second viola allows for greater sonority and a richer harmonic palette than is possible with the standard string quartet configuration. The result is a composition that is among Beethoven's most graceful creations. Recorded on 08/09/2017.

The requiem has long been a popular form among composers, and celebrated practitioners of the genre include Mozart, Verdi, Brahms, Berlioz, and Britten. Unlike those of his fellow composers, Fauré's Requiem contains no Sturm und Drang, no thundering crescendos or rallying cries to the deceased. Rather, it's a gentle, contemplative work, more of a meditation on transience than an exhortation. It contains most of the form's familiar elements, including mixed chorus and soloists (in this instance baritone Jonathan Nussman and soprano Priti Gandhi), but they are employed in service of an effect that is uniquely Fauré's own. This piece has steadily gained in popularity and the final section, "In Paradisum," is familiar to many from its use in several films, television programs, and commercials. Recorded on 06/10/2018.

The Young People's Concert is a fun and informative "family-friendly" introduction to the symphony. Host/Conductor Steven Schick and the orchestra perform annotated excerpts from the 2018 season-opening concert, including Tan Dun's striking "Concerto for Water Percussion and Orchestra" and Igor Stravinsky's beloved ballet "Petrushka." The program features an audience Q&A in addition to the Conductor's commentary. Recorded on 11/2/2018.

Pianist Cecil Lytle and friends celebrate the Jewish folk traditions of Eastern Europe with spoken word, Klezmer music, and songs from the Yiddish theater. Featured performers include bassist Bertram Turetzky, singer Eva Barnes, and the Second Avenue Klezmer Band. Recorded on 01/27/2019.

After her debut record, new music trumpeter Stephanie Richards follows up with a premiere of works from her latest project. Using New York City as a backdrop, Richards selected poems from icons including Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and Allen Ginsberg to name a few, and has crafted music for quartet that explores a spontaneous prose of grit and brilliance; the ugly beauty of the city. Presented by Fresh Sound In conjunction with Hearing the Future, the San Diego Symphony's fourth annual January Festival, and the Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) West. Recorded on 01/25/2019.
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