Podcasts: June LeBell's Musical Conversations Archive

206-7th Army Symphony
June is joined by her husband Ed Alley in remembering the 7th Army Symphony. They never played in America but entertained audiences in Europe for a decade.
205 - Frank Huang
Frank Huang is the new concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. He joins June for a lively conversation.
204-Sherrill Milnes
June chats with Metropolitan Opera legend Sherrill Milnes and his wife , Maria Zouves
203- Victor DeRenzi
June chats with the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Sarasota Opera.
202-Kent Tritle
Choral conductor and organist Kent Tritle joins June. He is currently the director of New York's Musica Sacra and is the organist at Cathedral of St John's the Divine.
201 - Jamie Bernstein
Memories of composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein shared by his daughter, Jamie.
140 - David Robertson
June is joined by the conductor of both the Sydney and St Louis Symphony's, David Robertson
139 - Susanna Phillips
June chats with Metropolitan Opera soprano, Susanna Phillips.
138 - Miguel Hart-Bedoya
He's an internationally known conductor who now makes his home in Texas. June sits down with the conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony, Miguel Hart-Bedoya
137 - Anne Hillerman
Anne Hillerman continues the legacy of her father, mystery writer Tony Hillerman. She sits down with June to discuss her writing and her love of music,
136 - Harry Bicket
He's the Artistic Director of the English Concert and Chief Conductor of the Santa Fe Opera. Harry Bicket joins June for an hour of music and conversation.
135 - Hugh Wolff. Aired July 12th, 2015
June chats with conductor Hugh Wolff.
134-Margret Juntwait. Aired June 27th, 2015
Former Metropolitan Opera radio host Margret Juntwait is remembered in music and conversation.
133-Nicholas McGegan. Aired June 20th, 2015
June chats with internationally renowned conductor Nicholas McGegan. He is also the conductor of the orchestra for the Sarasota Music Festival.
130-Charles McKay. Aired May 31st, 2015
June chats with Charles McKay, Executive Director of the Santa Fe Opera.
132-Carole Wincenc. Aired June 14th, 2015
June speaks with flutist and teacher Carol Wincenc.
131-Kenneth Montgomery. Aired June 7th, 2015
June chats with conductor Kenneth Montgomery.
129 - Dr. Sandra Stone. Aired May 17th, 2015
June visits with Dr. Sandra Stone. Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee
128 - Charlie Albright. Aired May 10th, 2015
June chats with award winning pianist Charlie Albright
127 - Joyce Yang. Aired April 26th, 2015
127 - Pianist Joyce Yang. Aired April 26th,2015
126 - Spring Campaign kickoff. Aired April 12th, 2015
June helps keep Classical music on the radio with a special Spring Campaign show featuring clips of some of the best interviews of the year.
121 - Finkel and Han. Aired March 8th, 2015
June's guests this week are the Artistic Directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Cellist David Finkel and Pianist Wu Han.
119 - Ann Hobson Pilot, Aired February 15th, 2015
June's guest this week is Boston Pops Principal Harpist Ann Hobson Pilot
123 - Stephen Hough. Aired March 22nd, 2015
June chats with pianist Stephen Hough
124 - Michael Lasser. Aired March 29th, 2015
June chats with author and radio host Michael Lasser
125 - Easter, Passover special. Aired April 5th , 2015
June shares some of her favorite holiday related music.
122 - Michael Francis. Aired March 15th, 2015
June talks with Florida Orchestra Music Director, Michael Francis
120 - Cliff Roles. Aired March 1st, 2015
June chats with photographer and world traveler, Cliff Roles
117 - Everett McCorvey. Aired January 25th, 2015
June's guest this week is Everett McCorvey, Director of the American Spiritual Ensemble. A group of singers from all over the world to promote the art of the American Negro Spiritual.
118 - Anne Folsom Smith. Aired February 8th, 2015
The arts collide and explode as June speaks with the ubiquitous Anne Folsom Smith, designer, musician, culture maven and benefactor. Furniture and styles compose themselves into musical forms that will make you rearrange your living room for comfort, fun and fashion. You’ll never think about art and music the same way again after you hear this Musical (and artistic) Conversation.
113 - New Years Eve Special. Aired December 28th, 2014
We all have our favorite ways to bring in the New Year. For June LeBell, it’s with great music from the infamous party scene in “Die Fledermaus,” featuring opera stars Ettore Bastianini and Giulietta Simionato singing “Anything You Can Do,” to great waltzes and excerpts from “My Fair Lady” sung in Hebrew. Have LeBell of the ball on “June LeBell’s Musical Conversations,” as she invites you to a party that’s classically clever and entertaining, too.
114 - Rich and Brandon Ridenour. Aired January 4th, 2015
In 2006, at the age of 20, Brandon Ridenour became the youngest musician to join the illustrious Canadian Brass. Now the virtuoso trumpeter is a soloist touring the world on his own. He and pianist Rich Ridenour ( Brandon's father) join June to talk about his career and play live.
115 - Brenda Rae. Aired January 11th, 2015
Brenda Rae has become one of the hottest young sopranos in opera. Funny, insightful and filled with great singing, this program spotlights Brenda as she talks about her peripatetic career and the various roles she is singing.
116 - Rose Levy Berenbaum - Aired January 18th, 2015
Author Rose Levy Berenbaum mixes her two passions. Cooking and Classical Music. She's written several books with amazing recipes including "The Baking Bible"
112 - Special Christmas Show Aired December 21st, 2014
June shares her recipe for hot mulled cider and some of her favorite Christmas music.
June LeBell 107 - Featuring Pianist Dick Hyman - November 16th, 2014
There’s a very special edition of “June LeBell’s Musical Conversations” on Sunday, November 16th, June's guest is Venice's own Dick Hyman. Dick performs many of his own works and talks about his career and his music.
108 - Featuring Met Opera host Phil Gainsley. Aired November 23rd, 2014
June's guest this week is Metropolitan Opera Intermission host and Sarasota Orchestra speaker, Phil Gainsley
109 - Featuring the Asolo cast of South Pacific. Aired November 30th, 2014
The Asolo Theater cast of the musical South Pacific joins June in studio for conversation and performances. Also on the show remarks from the original Broadway cast
110 - Alexander Toradze. Aired December7th, 2014
Alexander Toradze was the soloist in the Prokofiev Third Piano Concerto with Anu Tali and the Sarasota Orchestra just a few weeks ago. June LeBell caught up with him backstage after a rehearsal and he had a lot to say about the music he plays, from the Russian repertoire to the French, with a lot of personal wisdom between. Toradze is this week’s guest on “June LeBell’s Musical Conversations” and he’ll hold you spell-bound with his performances and insights
111-Paul Groves -Aired December 14th, 2014
Aired December 14th, 2014. When June LeBell was giving pre-performance lectures for the Santa Fe Opera this past summer, she was able to speak with several of the singers. We’ve already heard from soprano Ana Maria Martinez. This coming week, Paul Groves, the great tenor who’s won both the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Richard Tucker Award, will be the special guest on “June LeBell’s Musical Conversations.” Great music and great conversation on Classical WSMR.
June LeBell 103: Guest - Leonard Slatkin, Conductor. Aired October 19th, 2014
Leonard Slatkin has led major orchestras from St Louis and Washington DC, to Detroit, New York, Paris and other important European cities. He’s also a huge baseball fan and he’s even called “color” for his favorite home teams on TV and radio. Find out what great symphony he matches to America’s favorite pastime when he speaks with June LeBell about all sorts of things, from baseball to the changing face of classical concerts.
June LeBell 104: Gues - Olga Kern, Pianist. Aired October 26th, 2014
The first time June LeBell met Olga Kern, it was backstage at the Van Wezel concert hall in Sarasota and the beautiful blonde pianist flew at June and gave her a big, Russian-bear-of-a-hug in greeting. That warmth and enthusiasm for life and music are the essence of this Musical Conversation as the first prize winner of the Van Cliburn Competition talks about her career and plays music from Liadov and Brahms to Rachmaninov and Chopin.
June LeBell 105 - Featuring violinist Ray Chen. Aired November 2nd, 2014
Ray Chen, the spectacular young violinist, performed with the Sarasota Orchestra last season. This season, he’s June LeBell’s guest offering insights into the violin repertoire, his amazing musical versatility and why his Strad is such a special instrument. It’s a fun and inspiring hour of great music and great talk on June LeBell’s Musical Conversations.
June LeBell 106- Featuring soprano Ana Maria Martinez. Aired November 9th, 2014
This past summer, when June LeBell was giving pre-performance lectures for the Santa Fe Opera, June sat down with several of the wonderful young singers who were doing major roles out there. One of them was Ana Maria Martinez, the award-winning soprano who recently made the cover of Opera News. Hear her on June LeBell’s Musical Conversations for insights into singing, great music and how to intelligently build a career.
June LeBell 101 - Guest: Marilyn Horne Met Opera Mezzo Soprano. Aired October 5th, 2014
102 - Anu Tali, conductor of the Sarasota Orchestra. Aired October 12th, 2014
June LeBell’s guest is Anu Tali, the brilliant new Music Director of the Sarasota Orchestra. The Estonian-born conductor has been called “Lightning in a Bottle” and her charisma, on and off the podium, will inspire you as she talks about being an identical twin and a globetrotting musician, conducting major orchestras from America to Russia, Denmark, Germany and Taiwan.

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