Rodion Shchedrin (pictured) was born in Moscow in 1932. With a second home in Munich, he became the first Russian composer to be elected as a member of the German musical copyright watchdog agency, GEMA.
He has received commissions from the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra. His "Russian Soul" is clear in many of his works. One of these will be heard in today's program, a concerto Sotto Voce for cello and orchestra.
Robert Starer, died in 2001. He was a Jew born in Austria in 1924, and migrated to Palestine after Austria voted to merge with Nazi Germany. He studied music in Austria, Palestine, and eventually in America at Juilliard, where he earned his postgraduate degree. Starer was prolific and composed in many genres. His music was characterized by chromaticism and driving rhythms.
was born in China in 1972. As he was growing up, he often heard cheerful
Mongolian folk music. In this Mongolian music, he found a "magical range
of expression". An example of this music will be heard today, a short
piece played by the Ying Quartet.
Russ Salk will bring his collection of recordings by contemporary composers for your listening pleasure. Enjoy musical excerpts and learn a bit about selected contemporary composers. Registration is appreciated.