Happy Birthday, Fryderyk Chopin! To celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the birth of the “poet of the piano,” WDAV offers special programming throughout the day on Monday, March 1st. Listen today for these tributes:
Today, the world marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Fryderyk Chopin, often called the “poet of the piano.” In a year-long celebration of the anniversary, WDAV announces the launch of Radio Chopin: 200 stories for the 200 years of Fryderyk Chopin. Each two-minute story recounts the people, places and particulars behind the composer and his timeless works.
A diminutive Spanish pianist with a giant talent passed away Friday night. Alicia de Larrocha was beloved as an interpreter of both Mozart and Spanish composers, and played with a lightness and subtlety that seemed to match her small stature. She gave her first recital at five, had her orchestral debut at age nine, and continued her career until just a few years ago when she formally retired. In addition to her role as a concert artist, she was a capable and respected teacher and arts administrator at the Frank Marshall School in Barcelona, where she herself studied with the founder as a child. Read about the highlights of her career and her approach to music making by clicking here.