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09:59

Pianist Ursula Oppens.

Pianist Ursula Oppens. She's widely regarded as one of the leading interpreters of new music. Many contemporary composers, like John Adams, have written works for her.

10:00

Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer and Popular Songwriter William Bolcom.

Composer William Bolcom. He is best known for his humorous and accomplished piano accompaniment of his wife, the singer Joan Morris, in their performances of American popular songs. His own compositions include the vast choral cantata "Songs of Innocence and Experience," that sets the poems of William Blake to music. He won this year's Pulitzer Prize in Music. Bolcom is also renown for his ragtime compositions, especially his work "Graceful Ghost."

26:52

Concert with Allen Toussaint.

A live concert with New Orleans songwriter, pianist and singer Allen Toussaint. Tousaint has performed extensively as a session pianist and producer and has written dozens of hits for New Orleans groups like The Nevilles, Irma Thomas, for Paul McCartney, The Wild Tchoupitoulas and The Meters.

23:16

Concert with Allen Toussaint.

A live concert with New Orleans songwriter, pianist and singer Allen Toussaint. Toussaint has performed extensively as a session pianist and producer and has written dozens of hits for New Orleans groups like The Nevilles, Irma Thomas, for Paul McCartney, The Wild Tchoupitoulas and The Meters. (Rebroadcast. Originally broadcast on Friday, May 27, 1988.)

21:25

Singer Barbara Lea Pays Tribute to Cole Porter.

Singer Barbara Lea ("lee") with a musical tribute to Cole Porter. She had her start singing in the 1950s in Boston and then moved to New York where she recorded her first album in 1955 to critical acclaim. She dropped out of singing for a while but made a comeback during the 70s in New York's cabaret world. Nat Hentoff, in "The Nation," wrote, "her phrasing is easily personal...

52:09

Forgotten Gems from the 20s and 30s with Peter Mintun.

"Society" Pianist Peter Mintun for a concert and interview in the Fresh Air Studio. He specializes in popular song classics of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. He just finished an engagement at the Carlyle Hotel's Bemelmans Bar in New York City and returns there in August. His recordings can be found on the Premier Recordings Label.

45:43

Forgotten Gems from the 20s and 30s with Peter Mintun

"Society" pianist Peter Mintun joins Fresh Air for a concert and interview. He specializes in popular song classics of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. He just finished an engagement at the Carlyle Hotel's Bemelmans Bar in New York City and returns there in August. His recordings can be found on the Premier Recordings label. His latest is "Grand Piano." He also wrote the liner notes for the CD, "The Night is Young: Concert Music of Dana Suesse.

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