In the September 11th broadcast we'll hear a work by composer Sean Shepherd. Here's what he said about how he approached writing Magiya:
"In anticipation of my new piece for the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America in its inaugural season and tour with the Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, my thoughts naturally drifted eastwards. In writing a piece to precede two pillars of the Russian repertoire, and to be performed also in cities in Russia, I immediately thought of so much music that I adore in the great tradition of the Russian overture. I also find myself drawn to a specifically Russian sense of magic – or magiya – in the stories, folklore and literature (old and new) of the country. Magiya is a celebration of a wonderful new orchestra and an exciting tour, and is a humble nod to a brilliant musical tradition."
— Sean Shepherd
9/4 Brahms/Bright Sheng: Intermezzo Op. 118, No. 2, Black Swan Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (Ingrid Fliter, p; Ward Stare, cond)
9/11 Sean Shepherd: Magiya Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3 (Natasha Paremski, p; Cristian Macelaru, cond)
9/18 Leonard Slatkin: Kinah Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (Ward Stare, cond)
9/25 Herrmann: Vertigo Suite Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2 Dukas: La Peri: Fanfare & Danse poeme Debussy: La Mer (Juliana Athayde, v; Fabien Gabel, cond)