classical music

Eugene GaubHow do classical musicians celebrate Spring? With an amazing performance of Beethoven's "Spring" Sonata coupled with Gabriel Faure's colorful and delightful "Sonata in A Major." Fairfield's own husband-wife duo, pianist Eugene Gaub and violinist Nancy McFarland Gaub will present this lively program 4 PM Sunday, May 3rd at Grinnell College's Faulconer Gallery. Lucky enough to hear the Gaubs play these very sonatas--we're neighbors!--I have to say I've never heard Spring welcomed so well. Hearing them play together is an unforgettable, transcendant experience.

In honor of their upcoming concert, The Studio with Cheryl is rebroadcasting a fascinating interview with the Gaubs, who serve on Grinnell's music faculty. Be sure to tune in!


Why do athletes learn to play the violin? Has the Mozart Effect been verified by science? Can Tai Chi improve pianists' performance?

Violinist Nancy McFarland Gaub and pianist Eugene Gaub answer questions about classical music that you never thought to ask.

They also play and discuss bits of three vastly different Brahams' sonatas.

Tune in for a lively, informative hour of The Studio with host Cheryl Fusco Johnson.  

Violinist Nancy McFarland GaubAt 7:30 PM on Sunday, April 7th the McFarland Gaub Violin and Piano Duo will perform three Johann Brahms sonatas at the Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts. Tune in to hear bits of each sonata and Nancy and Gene's discussion of how each one is unique. They'll also give us their predictions about the future of classical music.

Gene and Nancy, husband and wife, are both faculty members in Grinnell College's Music Department. As a pianist, Gene made his New York debut performing Bartok's First Piano Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center. He's given solo piano recitals at Carnegie Hall and many other venues. He's also performed with orchestras in Vienna and Salzburg. A specialist in chamber music, he's performed with many ensembles throughout the U.S. 

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Roy Eaton & Buddy Biancalana on Speaking Freely w Dennis Raimondi



Roy Eaton is a past winner of the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Award. He made his American debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing Chopin’s F minor Concerto under George Schick. Mr. Eaton is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.

Buddy Biancalana was shortstop for the Kansas City Royals when they won the 1985 World Series. He is the co-author of Seven Secrets of World Class Athletes.

Emanuel VardiEMANUEL AND LENORE VARDI Lenore Vardi- Mr. Vardi is one of the great violists of the 20th Century. Emanuel played in the NBC orchestra under the direction of legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini. He studied at the Academia de Belle in Florence, Italy with well-known artists Primo Conte and Govanni Colachicci. Mr. Vardi is also an accomplished painter. Lenore Vardi is a highly acclaimed violinist who has played with many of the stellar names in the music world, from Placido Domingo and Itzhak Perlman, to Tony Bennet and Frank Sinatra.

Richard DownesRICHARD DOWNES - Mr. Downes is a seasoned international journalist who regularly co-hosts the most popular daily RTÉ radio program "Morning Ireland" and reports for television news and for the RTÉ current affairs flagship "Prime Time." His latest book is In Search of Iraq: From Baghdad to Babylon.

Number 8


Following a feeling, today's show features a variety of composers and artists. Starting with composers Milton Babbitt, Cecile Chaminade, and Andre Jolivet, before meeting up with Wynton Marsalis, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff.


There is something special about today.


DON'T FORGET TO BUY TICKETS FOR KRUU-FM'S CLASSICAL GALA BENEFIT CONCERT COMING UP NEXT SATURDAY MAY 10th at the SONDHEIM CENTER featuring cellists Elle Wells and Dr, Charles Lee, dancer Catherine Wells and pianist Meara Oberdieck.Jan Vermeer painting

Listening to this week's show will make you feel like you've just stepped into a Vermeer painting...

You'll hear Bach's Harpsichord Concertos and music from an Ames, Iowa, based duo, Basically Baroque. The Chamber Music Society of Fairfield arranged for the duo to perform this Sunday, May 4th at ICON Gallery in Fairfield at 2 p.m. The duo plays harpsichord, baroque oboe and bassoon.

At 10:30 a.m. I'll talk with Kevin Schilling, Associate Professor of Music at Iowa State, one of the members of Basically Baroque.

Bright Sheng


This week's two-hour show features music from Bright Sheng, Yo-Yo Ma, Sergey Prokofiev, Mstislav Rostropovich, Beethoven and Vanessa Mae.

"I use [folk melodies] as a point of departure for my inspiration, and I take a lot of freedom. I’m searching for a new idiom that doesn’t belong to preconceived categories."

—Bright Sheng