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August 3, 2005

Musical snapshots

When our guest host Ara Guzelimian asked cellist Colin Carr and pianist Lee Luvisi about their first meeting, Colin laughed at the memory. Carr and Luvisi met at a chamber concert organized by the great violinist Oscar Shumsky. Carr recalled that he was a headstrong teenager brave enough (or foolish enough) at the time to tell the revered Shumsky where his performance ideas could be improved! . Since then, Carr and Luvisiís performing careers have crisscrossed several times, and both agree their artistry and relationship have evolved since their first meeting.

The music in this program, though, is like a snapshot of the composers at a particular time in their life. We have an uncharacteristically joyful piece from Schumann and an early work from Brahms that is missing the hint of melancholy that we usually hear in his later work. All of this makes me think of my changing relationship to particular pieces of music. At some points, one particular song will resonate quite strongly and later the connection will disappear a bit, while I suddenly appreciate much more a song I've known (and not thought about) for a long time. Do you have a piece of music that has circulated in and out of your life, or is there one song that has remained a constant?

Posted by Suzanne Schaffer at August 3, 2005 5:01 PM



Is it true that KUSC ceased carrying your program at least in part because of the rental fee?

By Jack J. Beckman M.D. at August 7, 2005 4:22 PM


Dear Jack,

Each station evaluates their program schedule based on a number of different factors and we respect their decisions. I suggest you contact the station if you are interested in the details of their decision. As you know, though, you can always listen to Saint Paul Sunday from our website. We are in the process of redesigning our website and in the future it will be much easier to search through our archived history of programs and listen to a wealth of great performances.

By Suzanne Schaffer at August 8, 2005 4:02 PM