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Emanuel Ax, Anne Akiko Meyers & ZOFO on Performance Today

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Pianist Emanuel Ax has won seven Grammy Awards, an Avery Fisher Prize, and he's soloed with the New York Philharmonic more than a hundred times. On Thursday's Performance Today, Emanuel Ax gives a thrilling performance of Beethoven's last piano concerto, the Emperor Concerto. Anne Akiko Meyers, one of the world's most celebrated violinists, is known for her passionate performances, deeply poetic interpretations, and commitment to commissioning new works. Acclaimed solo pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi – ZOFO - have electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo Japan with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands.  Emanuel Ax, Anne Akiko Meyers & ZOFO are all featured on Performance Today for Thursday July 13, 2017. Here's today's show

Hour 1

Leonard Bernstein

: Serenade (after Plato's "Symposium")

Anne Akiko Meyers, violin; London Symphony Orchestra; Keith Lockhart, conductor

Serenade: The Love Album

E One 7792

Antonin Dvorak

: Miniatures for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 75a

Sandy Yamamoto, violin; Karen Kim, violin; Maurycy Banaszek, viola

Skaneateles Festival, First Presbyterian Church, Skaneateles, NY

Leonard Bernstein (arr. Kenji Bunch)

: West Side Story Medley

Intersection: John Novacek, piano; Laura Frautschi, violin; Christine Lamprea, cello

Tuesday Musical Club, Laurel Heights United Methodist Church, San Antonio, TX

Ludwig van Beethoven

: Piano Concerto No. 5 'Emperor': Movements 2 & 3

Emanuel Ax, piano; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Louis Langree, conductor

Taft Theatre, Cincinnati, OH

Hour 2

Edward Elgar

: Chanson de Nuit, Op. 15, No. 1

English Sinfonia; Sir Charles Groves, conductor

English Sinfonia -- Sir Charles Groves

MCA 25885

Johann Sebastian Bach

: Allegro, from 'Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048'

VIDA Guitar Quartet: Chris Stell, Mark Eden, Amanda Cook, Mark Ashford, guitars

Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

Harold Shapero

: Sonata for Piano Four Hands

ZOFO: Eva-Maria Zimmermann, piano; Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano

Old First Concerts, Old First Church, San Francisco, CA

Sir Edward Elgar

: Symphony No. 2 in E flat, op. 63: Movements 3 & 4

Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra; Nikolaj Znaider, conductor

Philharmonie, Luxembourg