Composer Paul Lansky was a pioneer in computer music -- sounds generated and manipulated by a computer. And then, after decades as an innovative composer of computer music, Paul stopped. He switched his focus to writing for live musicians. He's particularly fond of working with percussionists. This is the story of Paul's journey from the frontier of computer music to the pieces he writes now. You'll also hear a complete performance of "Travel Diary" -- a percussion piece played by the Meehan/Perkins Duo, recorded live at the Bravo! Vail music festival -- in this episode of Centennial Sounds from CPR Classical and Colorado Public Radio.
From Leonard Bernstein to Big Bird, a look at the faces and highlights in the legendary cellist's story as he gears up for his Red Rocks Amphitheatre concert.
Yes, it's true. As Yo-Yo Ma prepares to headline there this summer, here's a look at how Van Cliburn and Igor Stravinsky helped establish classical music at Colorado's most famous amphitheater.
Some playful sounds from a gifted young pianist.
Composer Jessica Meyer recently had the kind of experience that gives musicians nightmares. She traveled to the desert in northwestern Colorado to perform a new piece in concert on her viola. It was built on layers of electronic loops. But the unique acoustics at the venue -- known simply as The Tank -- caused those loops to dissolve into a squall of feedback. So Jessica tossed aside the music she’d carefully composed and created something unlike anything she’d written before. She called it “Luminous Prison.” Hear the world premiere of the piece, and the emotional backstory, in this episode of Centennial Sounds from CPR Classical and Colorado Public Radio.
Also mark your calendars for performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Bravo! Vail and the Central City Opera.