Reviving Classical Music

July 11, 2010
(was 08.09.2009)

Classical musicians don't come with better pedigrees than violinist Anne Akiko Meyers. She's been wowing audiences since she was four, performs all over the world and has commissioned many new works. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, Meyers talks about why she chose to record popular songs for her new album, from Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" to the tunes her Japanese grandmother used to hum to her.

  1. Anne Akiko Meyers on Performing Asian Music

    Anne Akiko Meyers tells us about the difference between playing traditional western music and Japanese or other Asian music.

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  2. Jade Simmons on "Revolutionary Rhythm"

    Jade Simmons is a classical pianist who's equally happy to play music by Samuel Barber or hip hop master DBR.

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  3. Rita Dove on "Sonata Mulattica"

    "Sonata Mulattica," tells the story of George Bridgetower, the mixed race violinist who first performed and bore the original dedication of what we now know as "The Kreutzer" sonata.

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  4. Joshua Bell on "The Red Violin"

    The iconic violinist of his generation, Joshua Bell tells Steve Paulson about his involvement with composer John Corigliano for "The Red Violin" film and subsequent concert pieces.

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