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Pianist Peter Serkin will NOT be on WPR radio’s ‘Midday’ show this Thursday!! | September 29, 2009

By Jacob Stockinger

A BIG CORRECTION: THE INFORMATION IN THIS POST TURNS OUT TO BE WRONG.

AS OF ABOUT 12:30 P.M. ON TUESDAY (SEPT. 29),  I HEARD THAT PETER SERKIN DID NOT AGREE TO A LIVE INTERVIEW.

HE MAY YET AGREE TO A TAPED ONE, BUT NO WORD ON THAT YET. IF IT HAPPENS, I’LL POST A CORRECTION TO THE CORRECTION.

SO THE REST OF THE GUEST LIST IS TENTATIVE.

I APOLOGIZE FOR THE PROBLEM–AND DISAPPOINTMENT.

Pianist Peter Serkin (right), PeterSerkin2 who will help the Madison Symphony Orchestra to open its new season this weekend when he performs the Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op.15, under maestro John DeMain, will be The Midday guest with Wisconsin Public Radio hosts Norman Gilliland and Stephanie Elkins on this Thursday, Oct. 1,  at noon.

(For information about the upcoming MSO performances and tickets, here is a link: http://www.madisonsymphony.org/2009-2010season)

Typically, during the midday interviews, the guest answers questions and excerpts are played from some recordings.

Elkins (below left) and Gilliland (below right) are two of the most musically literate hosts on public radio, and their interviews are always informative as well as humorous, informal and entertaining. Gilliland_Norman_100Elkins,Stephanie_100

If you miss the live broadcasts, you can go to the website after the interview and stream it or download it for Ipods and MP3 players.

Here’s a link: http://www.wpr.org/midday/

Here is a list of other interviews scheduled for the current season:

Interviews tied to concerts by the Madison Symphony Orchestra

Oct. 1- Pianist Peter Serkin

Oct. 22 – Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Nov. 19 – Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum

Dec. 3 – Soprano Sylvia McNair

Feb. 4 – Violinist-conductor Pinchas Zukerman

Feb. 25 — Pianist Stephen Hough

March 18 – Pianist Jonathan Biss

April – Pianist Philippe Bianconi and bass-baritone Dean Peterson

Interviews tied to concerts by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

Link is: http://www.wcoconcerts.org/new/masterworks/masterworks2010.php

Oct 9 – Violinist Augustin Hadelich

Nov. 13 – Flutist Sir James Galway

Jan. 22 – Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

March 26 – Trumpeter Ryan Anthony

April 23 – Pianist Stewart Goodyear

As for Peter Serkin: I would like to know what it was like growing up with such a famous pianist father Rudolf (see father and young son at below right)  and how his way of approaching the same music and composer differs? What special things about playing and performing did he learn from his father? R&PSerkin

What question would you like Peter Serkin to answer?

The Ear wants to hear.


Posted in Classical music

1 Comment »

  1. When Peter Serkin first played at the Union Theater in the 1970s he appeared on the Union’s young artists series wearing a Mao jacket – a sort of rebellious/radical chic statement in those days.

    He also appeared at the Union in 1983-84 with ensemble Tashi, a group of which he was a founding member and that often specialized in contemporary music. This was understood to be, in part, a way of distinguishing himself from his very famous and very distinguished father. (He also played the concert series with Young Uck Kim in 88/89 and solo in 93-94. He has performed at least one time that I am aware of with the MSO.)

    As to “what it was like growing up with such a famous pianist father,” word back then, from first-hand sources, was that it was not easy.
    Although things may have changed a lot over the years, in the old days it was not something you wanted to ask Peter about. Trust me on this.

    Comment by Marius — September 29, 2009 @ 6:30 pm


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