By, Dan Perttu

Please join me for a wonderful conversation with flutist Brook Ferguson, principal flute of the Colorado Symphony and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, in which she shares her listening list for quarantine that includes wonderful and imaginative works of new music!

Some of Brook's recommendations can be found on the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra's (ROCO's) website here.

Thanks, also, to Brook for her comments about my piece for flute and piano, Gloamin. The commercial recording can be found here.

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By, Dan Perttu

In this episode of my "Muse in Music" blog, I am so happy to be interviewing violinist Frank Almond, former long-time concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony as well as concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and London Philharmonic. He and I discuss the trials of quarantine for musicians and his recommendations of unique recordings for listening during these difficult times. His recommendations include the Six Violin Sonatas and Partitas by Bach, and recordings of the Brahms Ballades and various piano works of Debussy by the eccentric pianist Arturo Michelangeli, among others. Please click below to listen!

Photo by Jennifer Brindley

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By, Dan Perttu

On this latest post in the Muse in Music Blog, Maestro John Jeter, Music Director and Conductor of the Fort Smith Symphony in Arkansas, shares his listening list for quarantine, and discusses extensively how he has still been able to put on live performances with an audience during the COVID Era in Fort Smith. His listening list is below the video link. Please click "play" below to watch the interview.

Here is his listening list:

Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No.6, “Pastoral" - 2nd movement “The Civil War” Soundtrack - Ashokan Farewell Erik Satie - Gymnopédie No.1 Relaxing Sounds - Zen - Chinese Bamboo Flute with Nature Sounds Bach Cello Suite No.1 - Prelude (Yo-Yo Ma) Mozart - Piano Concerto kv467 no21 (Alfred Brendel) - 2nd movement John Barry Theme Out of Africa The Most Relaxing Music Ever! Slow Down - By Paul Collier (11) Pachelbel - Canon In D Major. 15 Min Best Calming Music Classical Guitar Background Relax Sleep Study Meditation Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams CLAUDE DEBUSSY: CLAIR DE LUNE To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) - Main Theme Mozart - Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c), II. Andantino Franz Liszt - Liebestraum - Love Dream Leoš Janáček - Idyll for string orchestra, mov V (Adagio) Titanic- Hymn to the sea Antonio Vivaldi - Largo (Winter) Inception - The Soundtrack - Time Piano Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056 Largo - Bach 15 Minute Super Deep Meditation Music: Relax Mind Body, Inner Peace, Relaxing Music

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