Aired: September 20, 2019

Unexpected Remixes

Stage actors performing H.M.S. Pinafore at the Hackney Empire Theatre. Image credit: Francis Loney / Flickr. Licensed by CC by-NC-SA 2.0.

  • An Epic Musical Crossover (11 min.)

    With: Brooks Kuykendall (University of Mary Washington)

    Imagine if Beyonce had a secret recording of her singing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton, from before they were both famous. It would be epic! Music professor Brooks Kuykendall has worked with a graduate student to uncover the epic musical crossover of the 19th century–a John Philip Sousa arrangement of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore.

  • Tiny Singers, Big Sounds (10 min.)

    With: Stephen Vitiello (Virginia Commonwealth University)

    Stephen Vitiello works with some unusual musicians: insects! Along with his collaborator, University of St. Louis biologist Kasey Fowler-Finn, Vitiello makes sound art out of the calls of insects, bringing these tiny songs to big galleries.

  • Remember Me In Song (7 min.)

    With: Greg Howard (University of Virginia)

    Greg Howard remembers his friend Paul Koors, a physician and gifted songwriter, by encouraging others to play the songs that Koors left behind.

  • The Future of Music (24 min.)

    With: Caroline Shaw

    Later in the show: In 2013, Caroline Shaw’s composition “Partita for 8 Voices” made her the youngest recipient ever of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Today, Shaw’s compositions range from traditional quartets and solo piano pieces to a cappella and hip-hop collaborations.


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