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Carolyn Kuan and John Nowacki Presto
Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

Carolyn Kuan is the Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. She's conducted symphonic programs, operas and ballets with orchestras around-the-world. Kuan is a champion of new music and recently released a recording of Phillip Glass’ music with the Hague Philharmonic.

Preview of Episode #4 - Carolyn Kuan

May 3, 2018
Carolyn Kuan and John Nowacki Presto
Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

On May 8th, Carolyn Kuan, Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, will be one of four recipients of the 10th Annual New England Public Radio Arts and Humanities Awards. Kuan has been music director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra since 2011.

Charles Neville
Steven Sussman

Charles Neville died on Wednesday, April 25, aged 79, at his home in Huntington, Massachusetts. He'd been ill for several months with pancreatic cancer.

Thomas Schuttenhelm
Tema Silk / NEPR

Today, many composers don't perform on the instruments they write for -- they compose for other musicians. It wasn't that way centuries ago. 

John Oliver in a file photo.
File photo / Masslive / masslive.com/photos

John Oliver, who founded the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Festival Chorus more than 45 years ago, died Wednesday night in Great Barrington. He was 78 years old.

April 6 was the bluesman Walter Horton's birthday. When I first read of him, his birth year was given as 1918, but now I see it listed as 1921, which if accurate means he was 51 when I first saw him at Joe's Place in 1972. He was touring with Chicago bluesmen Eddie Taylor (one of his earliest and longest colleagues) and Carey Bell (a young protege), both of whom were on his new Alligator album, Big Walter Horton with Carey Bell.

Steve Kuhn
Steven Sussman

I spoke with Steve Kuhn in 2004. The pianist had just released the album, Promises Kept, which fulfilled his goal of recording a program of original compositions with a string ensemble. The record was a posthumous tribute to his parents Stella and Carl Kuhn. Bob Blumenthal, a close observer of Kuhn’s career for several decades, said that “in giving full reign to his emotions, Kuhn has created both his most personal and his most beautiful recording.”

Jackie McLean
Steve Lehman

Jackie McLean, jazz legend and patron saint of the Hartford jazz community, was the subject of the 1979 documentary, "Jackie McLean on Mars." I attended its Hartford premier in 1980, and have watched it many times since, but thanks to a Jazz Wax post this week, I gave it another look this morning.  Jackie's charisma and patter alone make it worthwhile, but there's some great footage of the master playing "What's New," and discussing the challenges of maintaining his chops and keeping (or not) to a practice schedule.

Dr. Martín Valdivieso
Raquel Obregon / NEPR

Dr. Martín Valdiviezo, Profesor of Philosophy and Education at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú joined Raquel Obregon on Tertulia for a conversation about “Western and Indigenous Traditions: Are they Opposites?” -- a theme that he presented at Amherst College.

 Kenneth Fuchs
Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

Award-winning, American composer and conductor Kenneth Fuchs is Professor of Composition at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. He has composed music for orchestra, band, chorus and various chamber ensembles.

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