Wednesday, September 12

Today's Midday Music focuses on Augusta, especially in the noon hour.

Hear recordings by two guest artists on the Augusta Symphony's 2007-2008 masterworks series: guitarist Sharon Isbin (in one of the works she brings to Augusta this weekend, Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez) and clarinetist David Shifrin (in the quintet for clarinet and strings by Brahms). Also, conductor Donald Portnoy talks about Saturday's Augusta Symphony concert, and we hear the Augusta Symphony itself in an overture by Rossini. And Brenda Durant of the Greater Augusta Arts Council tells us about the international food and varied music at the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival. The festival runs Friday through Sunday, with a focus on Ireland.

Thursday I'm out. Russell Wells of WSVH Savannah brings you the show, with music related to Rosh Hashanah. Friday Alan Cooke does his usual requests juggling act out of WACG Augusta.

11 AM

  • Kodaly: Dances of Galanta. Philharmonia Hungarica, Dorati (Mercury 432 005)
  • Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor. David Shifrin, Chamber Music Northwest (Delos 3066)
12 N
  • Traditional Irish: Pull Down the Shade. Carol Thompson (Dorian 90273)
  • Harty: In Ireland. National Sym Orch of Ireland, O'Duinn (Naxos 8.554732)
  • Traditional Irish: Down by the Sally Gardens. Aureole (Koch 7660)
  • Rossini: Italian Girl in Algiers, Overture. Augusta Sym, Giuliani
  • Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez. Sharon Isbin, Lausanne Chamber Orch, Foster (Virgin 7590242)
  • Ginastera: Estancia: Malambo. Boston Pops, Lockhart (RCA 63717)
1 PM
  • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks. Philadelphia Orch, Sawallisch (EMI 55185)
  • Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat, Op. 20. Guarnieri and Orion quartets (Arabesque 6714)