Unorchestrated Podcast

Unorchestrated

Unorchestrated is a podcast of Conversation, Music, Musicians and the Communities they serve produced by the Akron Symphony Orchestra. The podcast, co-hosted by Music Director Christopher Wilkins and Director of Marketing Thomas Moore, along with guest co-hosts, features conversations with ASO musicians, guest artists, newsmakers in the music industry and special guests.

Episode 23

In the third episode on the Akron Symphony Chorus, we sit down with special guest Moira Smiley to discuss chorus music in the tradition of the Sacred Harp.

Episode 22

In the second episode of our series on the Akron Symphony Chorus, we sit down with special guest Betsy Burleigh to discuss Haydn’s towering masterpiece, The Creation.

Episode 21

In the first episode of a series on the Akron Symphony Chorus, we talk about a recording project by the chorus in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church in Akron.

Episode 20

In the final episode of Deep River: The Legacy of the Spirituals, we speak with Jennifer Mekel Jones, former Choirmaster of the ASO’s Gospel Meets Symphony, about her life in music.

Episode 19

In this episode of Deep River: The Legacy of the Spirituals, we are joined by Dr. Raymond Wise for a discussion about the development of spirituals and their influence on his own career.

Episode 18

In this episode of Deep River: The Legacy of the Spirituals, we discuss Nathaniel Dett, a composer, choir leader, pianist, and seminal figure in bringing spirituals to a classical setting.

Episode 17

In the third episode of Deep River: The Legacy of the Spirituals, we get together for a special listening session – including a world premiere from our Interlude Season.

Episode 16

In the second episode of Deep River: The Legacy of the Spirituals, we discuss influential performers of the spirituals as they were first becoming known to the general public.

Episode 15

In Episode 15 of Unorchestrated, we debut Deep River: The Legacy of the Spirituals—a multi-episode series—with Crossing to Freedom: The Spirituals Emerge.

Episode 14

In Episode 14 of Unorchestrated, Christopher and Tom conclude their talk with Rita Dove, discussing her research into George Bridgetower and the poetry she wrote about him.

Episode 13

In Episode 13 of Unorchestrated, Christopher and Tom talk with poet Rita Dove about one of the most bizarre chapters in musical history, in an episode titled Haydn’s Skull.

Episode 12

In Episode 12 of Unorchestrated, Christopher and Tom talk with poet Rita Dove about how Beethoven’s music shaped one particular poem in her book, Sonata Mulattica.

Episode 11

In Episode 11 of Unorchestrated, Christopher and Tom talk with Rita Dove about Billy Waters, a marginalized street musician who rose to great prominence in 19th century London.

Episode 10

In Episode 10 of Unorchestrated, Christopher and Tom talk with Rita Dove about the rapid dissolution of the friendship between George Bridgetower and Beethoven.

Episode 9

In Episode 9 of Unorchestrated, Christopher and Tom talk with Rita Dove about her belief that the “Kreutzer” sonata was shaped by George Bridgetower’s unique performing style.

Episode 8

In Episode 8 of Unorchestrated, co-hosts Christopher and Tom talk with poet Rita Dove about string playing, ballroom dancing, and the process of writing.

Episode 7

In Episode 7 of Unorchestrated, co-hosts Christopher and Tom talk with poet Rita Dove about the diverse music scene in early 19th century London.

Episode 6

In Episode 6 of Unorchestrated, co-hosts Christopher and Tom talk with poet Rita Dove about Joseph Haydn’s arrival in London, with readings from her book, Sonata Mulattica.

Episode 5

In Episode 5 of Unorchestrated, co-hosts Christopher and Tom talk with poet Rita Dove about violinist George Bridgetower’s early life in London from her book, Sonata Mulattica.

Episode 4

In Episode 4 of Unorchestrated, co-hosts Christopher and Tom talk with poet Rita Dove about violinist George Bridgetower’s debut in Paris from her book of poems, Sonata Mulattica.

Episode 3

In Episode 3 of Unorchestrated, co-hosts Christopher and Tom talk with poet Rita Dove about the prodigy years of violinist George Bridgetower from her book of poems, Sonata Mulattica.

Episode 2

In Episode 2 of Unorchestrated, co-hosts Christopher and Tom talk with poet Rita Dove about the early life of violin virtuoso George Bridgetower from her book of poems, Sonata Mulattica.

Episode 1

In Episode 1 of Unorchestrated, co-hosts Christopher and Tom talk with poet Rita Dove about Sonata Mulattica, her book of poems detailing the relationship between violinist George Bridgetower and Beethoven.

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