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An Epic Musical Crossover
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
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
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
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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What an amazing session. I was mesmerized throughout, and had to send a link to my sister!