Young Artists Showcase is a WQXR weekly radio show that since 1978 has sought out and displayed the talents of young emerging artists.
This week, a few winners from the Astral Artists International Auditions perform a program that crosses the classical dance and folk boundaries with two very different quintets, each flanking a duet of Appalachian melodies.
Starting off the program is the Jasper String Quartet with guitarist Jordan Dodson performing a spicy rendition of Boccherini’s Fandango Quintet. Julietta Curenton on flute joins Dodson on guitar for a duet of selections from Robert Beaser’s contemporary arrangements of folk songs. Rounding out the concert is pianist Pallavi Mahidahara, accompanying the quartet in Bela Bartók’s seldom heard Quintet in C Major.
We'll speak with Astral founder Vera Wilson, and two current Astral roster-mates, Julliard graduate flutist Julietta Curenton and Manhattan School of Music graduate pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine, both of whom have stellar credits to their names. Curenton and Moutouzkine will also perform duet and solo in WRTI's Performance Studio during the program.
The Young Artists Showcase is back in Philadelphia for a fourth week this summer for a performance by the Temple University Symphony Orchestra at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Violinist Kristin Lee, who was first on the Young Artists Showcase 10 years ago as recipient of a Salon de Virtuosi Scholarship Grant, joins the orchestra as soloist in the Tchaikovsky concerto.
And while the Showcase is in Philadelphia, we’ll hear flutist Julietta Curenton, another remarkable young musician from the roster of Astral Artists. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Curenton's "tone glows more than it sparkles, and it draws in one’s ear with sounds and ideas that simply cannot be resisted." She performs the Saverio Mercadante Flute Concerto in E minor, also with the Temple University Orchestra under artistic director Luis Biava.