David Russell’s “Tiny Desk: Concert from NPR Music

During my set today, I played the finale from Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” played by the brilliant Scottish guitarist David Russell. Here’s more from Russell. This performance captured for the brilliant, intimate and unpretentious “Tiny Desk” series of concerts from NPR Music. (Check out Ozzy Ozbourne peaking over Russell’s shoulder from the cover of a book!)

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Happy Birthday Mexico (and “Hola,” Hispanic Heritage Month)!

Today Mexicans are celebrating their nation’s bicentennial, and it’s also the start of Hispanic Heritage Month here in the US. So today we’re sampling selections from a new 2-CD set called Mi alma Mexicana My Mexican Soul – featuring the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas led by their founder, the dynamic young conductor Alondra de la Parra.
You can hear more from conductor Alondra de la Parra this Sunday afternoon at 5 when WDAV premieres her exciting four part series, Mexico at 200, for Hispanic Heritage Month. It’s a retrospective of Mexican symphonic music, from the avant-garde of the past to the rising stars of the present.
And be sure to join me Saturday nights at 10 for music by Spanish and Latin American composers and performers on Concierto presented in English and in Spanish.

WDAV Bids a Fond Farewell to Summer

This long Labor Day weekend, WDAV bids farewell to summer by sampling selections from the great Carolinas summer music festivals we”ve visited over the past few months.You”ll hear music from Piccolo Spoleto and Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, and the Brevard Music Center and Festival in the NC Blue Ridge Mountains. Stay tuned to WDAV 89.9 and wdav.org wherever you go this weekend – and celebrate summer one last time with us!

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