ZERO CROSSINGS – JULY 20, 2015, FEATURING PRINCIPALS FROM THE ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC

slide_SOS3Today’s show featured an interview with Diane Bishop, principal bassoonist and Jamie Strefeler, principal oboist with the Orlando Philharmonic. They came to talk about their musical experiences and discuss their July 20 program at the Plaza Live featuring Anton Reicha’s Variations for Bassoon and String Quartet, his Woodwind Quintet in E-flat Major, Mozart’s Oboe Quartet and Franz Hasenöhrl’s ingenious arrangement of Richard Strauss’ symphonic tone poem, Till Eulenspiegel.

Diane Bishop has been Principal Bassoon of the Orlando Philharmonic since 1993. Originally from Bel Air, Maryland, she began her musical studies at the age of five with the piano, followed by the saxophone, flute, and trombone, before finally discovering the bassoon at age ten.

Diane received a Bachelor of Music Degree with Distinction in 1983 from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where she was a student of K. David Van Hoesen. After graduating from Eastman, she was awarded a graduate assistantship from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she studied with Frank Morelli. She has also studied with David Carroll and Brent Rickman. In 1984, she was named Principal Bassoon of the Orlando Philharmonic’s predecessor, the Florida Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to her duties as Principal Bassoon, Diane joined the Philharmonic office staff in 2003. She was appointed Box Office Manager in 2004 and Director of Patron Services in 2010.

Diane has also performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Florida Orchestra, the Heidelberg Opera Festival Orchestra and the Breckenridge Music Institute Orchestra. She has been on the faculties of the University of Central Florida and Seminole Community College. She and her husband, John, have two children, Emily and Matthew.

Jamie Strefeler joined the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra as principal oboe in the fall of 2008. Prior to moving to Orlando, she was principal oboe of the Great Falls Symphony and a member of the Chinook Winds Quintet in Great Falls, Montana. She has also held principal oboe positions with the American Youth Orchestra, the Debut Orchestra and the Helena Symphony as well as the second oboe and English horn position with the Tri-Cities Opera Company.

Jamie also freelances with The Florida Orchestra, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Florida Southwest Symphony, and the Bach Festival of Central Florida. In the summer of 2011, she was invited to perform at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Tempe, Arizona. Jamie has been a featured soloist with the Orlando Philharmonic, Great Falls Symphony and the American Youth Orchestra.

A native of Quakertown Pennsylvania, Jamie received her Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College and her Master of Music degree in Oboe Performance from the University of Southern California. Her principal teachers include Allan Vogel, Paige Morgan, Richard Killmer, and Louis Rosenblatt. Jamie is currently the adjunct instructor of oboe at the University of Central Florida and maintains a private oboe studio of 15 students.
music by living Brazilian composers, ending with pieces by Libby Larsen and Stella Sung, both composers to be featured on a string quartet concert the same evening at the Plaza Live by the Orlando Philharmonic.

The music aired during the program included:
Anton Reicha – Variations for Bassoon and String Quartet
Mozart – Oboe Quartet F major, KV 370: III. Rondeau Allegr
Ricard Strauss/Franz Hasenorhl – Till Eulenspiegel
Olli Mustonen & Tapiola Sinfonietta – Nonets No. 1 & 2, from Mustonen: Triple Concerto, Petite Suite, Nonets Nos. 1 and 2 & Frogs Dancing On Water Lilies (Ondine)
Bohuslav Martinů – Nonet No. 2

Zero Crossings – April 20, 2015 – Mark Fischer

OPO-HORNSToday’s show featured an interview with the Orlando Philharmonic’s principal horn Mark Fischer, who came to the studio to discuss his upcoming performance of Haydn’s Horn Concerto No. 1 on a concert that also featured Schubert’s (Unfinished) 8th Symphony, and Beethoven’s Overture to Prometheus.

The music aired during the program included:
Krzystof Penderecki – Horn Concerto, performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
John Williams – Horn Concerto: I. Angelus; II. The Battle of the Trees; III. Pastorale; IV. The Hunt; V. Nocturne, performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Thea Musgrave – Horn Concerto, performed by the Scottish National Symphony
Franz Joseph Haydn – Concerto for Horn, 2nd movement, performed by the Academy of St. Martin in the Field
Magnus Lindberg – Campana In Aria, performed by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orhcestra

Zero Crossings – March 16, 2015 – conductor Leslie Dunner

dunner2Today’s show featured an interview with Leslie Dunner, who is a finalist candidate for the post of Music Director with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
On Saturday, March 21 at 8PM Dunner will lead the Orlando Philharmonic through a program that includes Samuel Barber’s Second Essay for Orchestra, Jean Sibelius’s Violin Concerto (featuring Rimma Bergeron-Langlois) and Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable” at Orlando’s Bob Carr Theater.

The music aired during the program included:
Leslie Dunner – Motherless Child Songs I. Motherless Child; II. I Gave My Love a Cherry; III. Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen; IV. Deep River, from Open Boundaries (Innova)
Mary Watkins – Five Movements in Color I. Once Upon a Time; II. Soul of Remembrance; III. Urban Suave and Dance Survivalist; IV. Slow Burn; V. Drive By Runner, from Recorded Music of the African Diaspora (Albany)
Jean Sibelius – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor, Op. 47, I. Allegro moderato, Hilary Hahn and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

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      Zero Crossings – March 16, 2015, Leslie Dunner, Conductor

Zero Crossings – February 09, 2015 – Dirk Meyer

10714478_687892511300885_4264777335567580717_oThis show featured an interview with conductor Dirk Meyer, who is a finalist candidate for the post of Music Director with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. In part the show was devoted to promoting an upcoming February 21 concert of the Orlando Philharmonic at Bob Carr Hall featuring Dirk Meyer conducting and soloist Conrad Tao.

The music aired during the program included:
Richard Strauss – Don Juan, performed by the Berlin Philharmonic
Conrad Tao – The Four Elements I. Earth; II. Water; III. Air; IV. Fire, from Supernova: Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra
Mozart – The Abduction from the Seraglio Overture

Unfortunately there is no archive recording available of this show or interview. Maestro Meyer and I had an excellent conversation that explored his extensive work with contemporary music and living composers, some of the differences between training in Germany and the U.S., his hopes and plans for the Orlando Philharmonic, and the path that led him to be one of the five finalists for the position this year. I also spoke about Conrad Tao as composer, pianist and prodigy. My sincere apologies to Dirk and the Orlando Philharmonic for the technical problems that caused the loss of this particular archive. In lieu of the recording, below I’ll share the Spotify playlist that was used during the show.

Zero Crossings – January 05, 2015 – Eric Jacobsen and Wu Man

WuThis featured the return of New York-based cellist and conductor Eric Jacobsen, who is a finalist candidate for the post of Music Director with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as an interview with Wu Man, who will be performing this Saturday at the Bob Carr with the Orlando Philharmonic.

I interviewed both Eric Jacobsen and Wu Man. The music aired during the program included:

Tan Dun – Concerto for String Orchestra & Pipa: I. Andante Molto; II. Allegro; III. Adagio
Lou Harrison – Pipa Concerto: I. Allegro, from Traditions and Transformations
Terry Riley – The Cusp of Magic: II. Buddha’s Bedroom
Zhao Jiping – Pipa Concerto

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      Zero Crossings – January 05, 2015, with Eric Jacobsen and Wu Man

Zero Crossings – December 15, 2014 – Eric Jacobsen

JACOBSENThe show began with an interview with New York-based cellist and conductor Eric Jacobsen, who is a finalist candidate for the post of Music Director with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

The music aired during the program included:

Vijay Iyer – Dig the Say, from Brooklyn Rider: Brooklyn Rider Almanac
Colin Jacobsen – Exit, from Brooklyn Rider: Brooklyn Rider Almanac
Osvaldo Golijov – Last Round, Britten Sinfonia
Tan Dun – Concerto for String Orchestra & Pipa: I. Andante Molto; II. Allegro; III. Adagio; IV. Allegro Vivace, Moscow Soloists, with Wu-Man, Pipa
Astor Piazzolla – Histoire du Tango: I. Bordel 1900; II Cafe 1930; Nightclub 1960, from Tango de Piazzolla
Zoë Keating – Tetrishead, from One Cello x 16: Natoma
Halou – Hollywood Ending (feat. Zoe Keating), from Halou
Maya Beiser – Kasmir, from Uncovered

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      Zero Crossings – December 15, 2014, with Eric Jacobsen

Zero Crossings – December 8, 2014 – Robert Carpenter and the Tuba

RCatWPRKThe focus of today’s show was recent music for tuba, because for the second half of the show I conducted an interview with Robert Carpenter, the principal tubist for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

Oystein Baadsvik – Fnugg, from Tuba Carnival
Michael Daugherty – Reflections on the Mississippi for Tuba and Orchestra: I. Mist, II. Fury, III. Prayer”, IV. Steamboat
John Williams – Wild Signals, from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
John Williams – Tuba Concerto – I. Allegro Moderato, II. Andante misterioso, III. Allegro Molto
Timothy Buzbee – Six Pack: Blowing Off Steam, Discotheque, Melancholy, Anger, Inebriated, Invincible, from Buzzed (Albany Records 2008)
Daniel Crozier – Caccia for three tubas, from 2013 BUTI Recital, Robert Carpenter, Tuba
Robert Spillman – Two Songs: I, Andante, II. Allegro, from 2013 BUTI Recital, Robert Carpenter, Tuba

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      Zero Crossings – December 8, 2014, with Robert Carpenter