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The TSO Podcast
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Welcome to The TSO Podcast! Visit TSO.CA for more information.
 
A series of practical advice, tips, case studies, thought pieces and insight into organisation and management development. We question what it takes to develop future leaders, embed change and increase performance for your team. Known for its TKI - TSO Consulting specialises in change.
 
Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.Toledo SymphonyLab™ is a radio podcast series from WGTE Public Media in collaboration with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, providing a weekly half hour behind-the-scenes look at the world of classical music.Every week, host Brad Cresswell and panelists Zak Vassar and Merwin Siu from TSO will explore a theme inspired by a concert, event or guest artist from the symphony's season. Special appearances from guest soloists, members of the TSO and TSO Music Director Alain Tru ...
 
Music writer and historian Aaron Joy (former owner of Roman Midnight Music label/marketing; CD reviewer www.romanmidnightmusic.blogspot.com, host of blogtalkradio's "Roman Midnight Music CD Reviews & Interviews" & "The Maine Music Journal") takes a weekly look at the enigma that is the popular rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Loved by some, decried by others for leaving its metal roots; a rehash of past music or braving new musical frontiers; a band or a revolving door of musicians; past ...
 
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Welcome to BLUEPRINTING by Theo & Harris - its a new series where we invite watch geeks, entrepreneurs, creators - people willing to retrace their blueprint - where they are, what got them there and where the hell they're going. We won't be throwing softballs or letting people just promote their sh*t, so you're welcome. You ready?
 
Three semi-ambivalent nerds that watch movies, play games and chat s**t! So, why not come listen to our podcast? And if you like it, rate and subscribe!
 
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In our final episode for the season, we look forward to symphonic summer activities and backward to some of our favorite moments of the past 38 episodes!
 
In advance of their appearance with the Toledo Symphony at the Stranahan, we take a deep dive into the music of legendary folk duo the Indigo Girls.
 
We welcome two special guests: Toledo Symphony President Emeritus Bob Bell, and WGTE Public Media video producer Courtney Hutton, for a wide-ranging discussion on the TSO in HD project - where large screens flank the Peristyle stage for an immersive look at the conductor and musicians in performance.…
 
What makes a conductor great? Find out as we spend the episode in wide-ranging conversation with conductor Giordano Bellincampi – a Toledo favorite and frequent guest conductor with the TSO.
 
This week we take on the music of Gustav Mahler, plus a little Mendelssohn and Bernstein. Bonus: test your Mahler IQ with (Toledo Symphony CEO) Zak Vassar's own MAHLER QUIZ!
 
We take our cue from the final Classic Concert of the season and focus on Leonard Bernstein's Serenade (based on Plato's Symposium). Violinist (and Berstein soloist) Merwin Siu is in the house, along with our usual cast of characters. Also, brush up on your Plato with our special quiz of the day!
 
Inspired by an upcoming TSO chamber program which features small-scale works by Bernstein, Mahler and Brahms, we explore the intersection between small scale and large scale works from composers best known for their symphonies.
 
We preview the TSO's upcoming concert Classical Ellington, which features two of Duke Ellington's best-known works modeled after the classical genre as bookends to music by Paul Schoenfeld and Alice Gomez. Joining us are the concert's conductor Sara Jobin, and TSO principal trumpet Lauraine Carpenter, who plays the premiere of Gomez's Latin Jaz ...…
 
We visit with David Brighton, who brings the music of David Bowie to the stage of the Stranahan this weekend with the Toledo Symphony.
 
We welcome Douglas Tappin, composer and librettist of I Dream — a "Rhythm & Blues Opera" inspired by the final hours in the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Also joining in the discussion is Carl Marsh, orchestrator and music director of the production, which premieres this weekend at Toledo Opera.…
 
We put out a social media call on the topic "What is the biggest issue facing orchestras today?" and asked the Toledo Symphony's new Music Director Alain Trudel to join in the discussion.
 
Pianist Jon Nakamatsu joins us to talk about the common theme running through this weekend's Toledo Symphony concerts: the infamous Dies Irae (Judgment Day) chant melody, which has appeared in hundreds of works (Jon plays Liszt's Totentanz and Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini). Also on the concert, the psychedelic Fantastic Symphon ...…
 
Conductors Sara Jobin and Clarence Smith join us for a preview of the TSO's upcoming concert with opera legend Kathleen Battle, which also features the Clarence Smith Community Chorus and the Voices at BGSU.
 
Welcome to the first episode of BLUEPRINTING, a Theo + Harris podcast. In this episode, Christian Zeron, Director of Theo + Harris, talks to Will Monaghan. Will is the co-founder of the Toc Watch, a startup micro-brand which just released its second watch, the Ulysses. Christian and Will talk about starting a business, what it's like for your f ...…
 
We explore the TSO's North Star Festival, which highlights our local heritage as a part of the Underground Railroad and celebrates the musical contribution of Black Americans throughout history from the 1850s to 1960s.
 
This weekend sees the final installment in the Toledo Symphony's Festival of 88, which highlight the keys of Mozart’s favored instrument by pairing one of his most popular concerti with a TSO premiere. Guest conductor/pianist William Eddins joins us for an entertaining rundown on Mozart, Craft (and Canadian) Beer, English Cars, Daniel Barenboim ...…
 
Inspired by the Toledo Symphony's upcoming concert with chanteuse Storm Large (pictured) and vocal group Hudson Shad, we take on The Seven Deadly Sins. Master of Ceremonies (and Toledo native) Nicholas Adamski joins us by phone to talk about his ongoing project, The Poetry Brothel, and just what we can expect from this one-of-a-kind concert exp ...…
 
Inspired by the TSO's upcoming concert Storm Large and The Crazy Arc Of Love, we offer a tribute to Valentine's Day, symphony style.
 
The TSO's newly minted Music Director Alain Trudel joins us to preview the 2018-19 season - which is not only the orchestra's 75th anniversary, but the first full season to come under Trudel's leadership.
 
Once again, inspired by the upcoming TSO concert featuring R. Strauss and Gustav Holst, we dive into the world of myths and legends courtesy the Thus Spake Zarathustra fanfare (think "2001: A Space Odyssey"). Also, renowned astrologer Janet Amid rejoins us to chart not only Richard Strauss, but all of us in the studio! (SPECIAL EXTENDED VERSION).…
 
We welcome famed Toledo astrologer Janet Amid into the studio for an analysis of Gustav Holst's The Planets - which were the product of Holst's fascination with astrology, not astronomy. You can hear The Planets alongside Strauss' Thus Spake Zarathustra at the Toledo Symphony's Classic Concerts during the first weekend in February.…
 
Inspired by the TSO's concert Singin' in the Rain: Film with Orchestra, we dive into the wonderful wide world of Film Music. Panelists name their favorites and trade personal stories on Debbie Reynolds and John Williams. Plus, the results of our (absolutely unscientific) Facebook Film Music Survey - including an unexpected response from compose ...…
 
Inspired by the Toledo Symphony's concerts which pair Brahms and Beethoven (with conductor Giordano Bellincampi and pianist Stewart Goodyear), we envision a musical cage match between the two titanic composers. Also, violinist Merwin Siu and pianist Rachel Zeithamel perform Brahms' contribution to the F.A.E. sonata in our performance studio.…
 
In advance of the TSO's chamber concert this weekend, we talk about the great Viennese composer Franz Schubert – and combine two Schubertian elements in our audio quiz: "unfinished" music, and his penchant for playing his own melodies on the "kazoo" (comb and tissue paper).
 
The TSO's Music Director Alain Trudel joins us for a wide-ranging discussion of a subject that strikes fear into every performing artist's heart: the audition.
 
The Toledo Symphony's Director of Education Rachel Zeithamel joins us as we dive into the issue of education (music education in particular). We not only explore our own experiences, but what the TSO is doing to address the issue in our community.
 
It's that time of year again when the Toledo Symphony is coming to a neighborhood near you. We pull back the curtain on what goes on behind the scenes and what's really involved in taking the TSO "on the road."
 
Inspired by the 77th Annual Nutcracker at the Stranahan this weekend, special guest Michael Lang from Toledo Ballet joins us for a Nutcracker-themed episode – including the Nutcracker Quiz, Nutcracker War Stories, and more! (Note: no stage mice were harmed in the making of this episode)
 
We offer up our Christmas lists: giftlists, wishlists, and playlists. Also, conductor Sara Jobin joins us for a preview of the TSO's upcoming Christmas at the Peristyle and Messiah at Rosary Cathedral concerts, plus our "supercut" of one of the most enduring musical works of all time, G.F. Handel's Hallelujah Chorus.…
 
We offer up our Thanksgiving playlists. Also, taking our cue from the Stranahan's upcoming presentation of Disney's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" – what piece of music would be the theme song for a movie about your life?
 
In advance of the TSO's upcoming concerts at the Peristyle, we take on Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 9, "From The New World," which was the great symphonic hope of American music back in the 1890s. Also: what makes "American" music sound "American"?
 
We explore the concept of "musical transmogrification" - turning a piece of chamber music into a symphonic work. Conductor Yaniv Segal (pictured) joins us to preview his orchestration of Beethoven's Violin Sonata no. 7, and collaborative pianist Samantha Beresford calls in to give us the 411 on her career and her upcoming appearance with the TSO.…
 
In this episode of TSLab we take on "The Voice": where it's been, where it's going, and most of all, what makes it great. Related content: Audra McDonald and the TSO
 
We're joined by maverick cellist Julian Schwarz, who fills us in on the backstory for Lowell Liebermann's new cello concerto – which receives its world premiere this weekend with the Toledo Symphony.
 
In this extended episode, we discuss new music: what it is, how it's made, and where it fits in with the symphonic literature. Also, composer Lowell Liebermann plays a round of our audio quiz "Find the Liebermann" and joins us for a discussion about his new cello concerto, which receives its world premiere with the Toledo Symphony this month.…
 
Inspired by the TSO's upcoming concert with Leslie Odom, Jr., we explore the intersection between the concert hall and the Broadway stage, from Puccini and Rent to Bernstein and Hamilton.
 
Toledo favorite and star pianist Frances Renzi joins us in the studio, along with the Toledo Symphony's new Music Director Alain Trudel, for a conversation about Mozart and his piano concertos (the TSO "Festival of 88" which runs throughout the season). Also, the Mozart Movie Quiz!
 
In this episode, we take on Beethoven's revolutionary "Eroica" (Heroic) Symphony No. 3, which the firebrand composer initially dedicated to Napoléon – until Napoléon declared himself Emperor, that is. Guests include conductor Giordano Bellincampi, who leads the TSO in Beethoven's symphony this weekend, plus resident TSO thespian Bob Clemens, wh ...…
 
From "How do they pick the music?" to "How much do they pay the soloists?", we answer listeners questions in this episode entitled Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The Symphony But Were Afraid To Ask (or "eyawtkatsbwata" for short). You can join the discussion by calling our Q&A phone line at (419) 418-0012. Leave your comment or ques ...…
 
In the inaugural episode of Toledo SymphonyLab™, we take a tour through the many magical variations of Bach's Goldberg Variations. Special guest Martha Reikow tells us about the Sitkovetsky arrangement she is bringing to the Toledo Club this Sunday, while cellist Damon Coleman gives us a sneak preview with an in-studio performance. Also, a supe ...…
 
To wrap up the 2016/17 season, TSO Principal Bass Jeff Beecher asks TSO Musicians about their season highlights.
 
Singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith discusses his collaboration with the TSO. Plus, pianist James Rhodes shares his work on a new documentary about Glenn Gould.
 
Principal Trumpet Andrew McCandless discusses the role of an orchestral musician in 2017. Plus, Canadian countertenor Daniel Taylor speaks with Kathleen Kajioka about Orff's Carmina Burana.
 
Stage director Joel Ivany introduces his new semi-staged adaptation of Kurt Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins. Plus, soloist Wallis Giunta describes the genesis of the production.
 
TSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke introduces a special program of music by Ella Fitzgerald. Plus, jazz vocalist Heather Bambrick on singing Canadian pop tunes with the Orchestra.
 
TSO Principal Bass Jeff Beecher checks in from the final stop of TSO's Tour of Israel & Europe. Plus, Concertmaster Jonathan Crow takes you inside Berg's great masterpiece for the violin.
 
TSO Principal Bass Jeff Beecher checks in from Vienna. TSO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis introduces this week's performances.
 
TSO Principal Bass Jeff Beecher checks in from the Tour of Israel & Europe. Plus, TSO Principal Flute Nora Shulman reflects on her time with the Orchestra.
 
TSO Production team Chris Walroth and Alaina Viau describe the challenges of bringing an orchestra on tour. Plus, Music Director Peter Oundjian shares details of the Tour of Israel & Europe.
 
Pianist Jan Lisiecki discusses the Schumann Piano Concerto and going on tour with the TSO. Violinist Maxim Vengerov shares his thoughts on joining the TSO on tour in Israel. Music courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.
 
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