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.
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.
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.
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.