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Studs Terkel interviews soprano Teresa Stich-Randall. This is an interview done in two parts.
Studs Terkel interviews soprano Teresa Stich-Randall about her musical performances of Don Giovanni. Some of the interview is spoken in German.
Soprano Teresa Stich-Randall continues to talk about how much she loves music. When asked what her favorite role was, she didn't have an answer because she loves them all. Stich-Randall explained that the love of music, it's a international language. Even when people speak different languages, the love of music, is universal.
Soprano Teresa Stich-Randall said she spent the last 12 years on tour, mostly on the European continent. Stich-Randall said her mother prayed for a baby girl could become an opera singer. Her piano teacher guided Teresa until she was 10 years old and then she entered into the conservatory of music
Susan Salm discusses her career as a cellist, the cello, and classical music. Includes an earlier interview with a younger Susan Salm and her mother. Includes an announcer's comments from the BBC at the end of the program.
Terkel comments and presents musical performance of Gershwin program.
Terkel comments and presents a musical performance of the Kronos Quartet
Stafford Dean and Catherine Malfitano analyze their characters in "The Marriage of Figaro" and aspects of opera. They also discuss their upbringings, musical influences, and the future of opera. The original show opened with a recording of the Overture from "The Marriage of Figaro", which has been removed from this recording for copyright reasons.
Sir Geraint Evans discusses his career in opera. He also discusses his life in Wales and the Welsh language.
Sir Geraint Evans discusses opera and his time as a performer. Includes an in-depth discussion of the opera Peter Grimes.
Studs engages the former Chicago Symphony Orchestra conductor, Sir Georg Solti, in a wide-ranging conversation about his life and career. From his early studies in Budapest with Béla Bartók, his string of good-luck opportunities before, during, and after World War II, meeting Toscanini in Lucerne, and starting on top conducting in Frankfurt, London, and finally Chicago. He discusses his many German and European musical influences and contemporaries, and stresses the importance of education, arts funding, and hard work.
While in town for the Chicago Jazz Festival, Sam Pilafian and Gerhard Meinl discuss the history of the tuba. With demonstrations on the tuba, they play scales and other short pieces. Gerhard Meinl's family business of making instruments like the tuba has been around since 1810, explained Meinl.
Ryland Davies and Margaret Price discuss opera, Welsh art and culture, and their musical upbringings. They discuss various characters and operas they have performed in, including "Don Giovanni" and "Lulu". Music is played throughout the original airing, but has been removed from this recording for copyright reasons.
Studs Terkel and Tcherepnin discuss Tcherepnin's early years in Leningrad, his creative drive and its relation to real-life experiences and the influence of Chicago on his 1953 Op. 87 Suite for Orchestra.