Joel Quarrington & Roberto Occhipinti: Bob & Joel’s Excellent Music Journey

Today’s ethnomusicologists tell us that music divides us as much as it unites us.  That accurately describes Joel and Bob’s music journey: the former is one of the classical music world’s most revered professionals; the latter, a maverick who constantly transgresses those divisions as a music producer and member of the Latin Grammy Foundation.  That the two would eventually form the closest of friendships should, thus, not surprise the academics: it all began when, for a dollar a lesson, Joel agreed to teach Bob how to play the bass.  Come welcome Joel and Bob to our show!

When: Wednesday, June 9th, 2021, from 19:00-20:00 Central European Time (1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time)

Where: on Zoom and Facebook Live

Sean Hickey: Naxos and Music Distribution

Have you ever wondered where the music you’re listening to comes from?  It usually involves musicians, but also a whole lot of non-musicians, too! Composer and Naxos of America Executive Sean Hickey is here to tell us a bit about that whole process as it is today and how it might look tomorrow.  Come welcome Sean to our show!

When: Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021, from 19:00-20:00 Central European Time (1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time)

Where: on Zoom and Facebook Live

Daniela Pisoiu & Sagi Zilbershatz: Does Extremism Lead to Terrorism?

Extremism and terrorism are two words that we hear often and merit an in-depth conversation.  What do the two terms really mean and does one imply the other?  Who are extremists and who are terrorists?  Daniela Pisoiu, a researcher in those two fields at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs and Sagi Zilbershatz, a de-radicalization consultant, are just the people to have that conversation with. 

When: Wednesday, May 26th, 2021, from 19:00-20:00 Central European Time (1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time)

Where: on Zoom and Facebook Live

The Vienna State Opera’s Young Artist Program

One of the world’s most prestigious opera houses now aims to become an institution of reference for singer training.  As the Young Artist Program completes its first season – surely a season unlike any other – let’s check in with the Program’s leadership, baritone Michael Kraus, and hear what the Young Artists have been working on!  

When: Wednesday, May 19th, 2021, from 19:00-20:00 Central European Time (1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time)

Where: on Zoom and Facebook Live

Roberto Genova: A Message of Hope from Bergamo

Before 2020, the Italian city of Bergamo was most renowned for the Città Alta, a medieval fortress built into a steep hill that towers over the city and defended it from foreign invaders. After years of a non-stop international career, Roberto Genova, a saxophonist and conductor, settled down in that city and dedicated his time to sharing his hard-won knowledge with the students of the Liceo musicale di Bergamo.  What he didn’t expect from his new life was that he and his students would represent Bergamo’s shining face of hope during one of the city’s darkest moments. Come welcome Roberto to our show and get to know what musical heroism is all about. 

When: Wednesday, May 12th, 2021, from 19:00-20:00 Central European Time (1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time)

Where: on Zoom and Facebook Live