The Russians are Coming!

October 12, 2013

 ... On recordings, and in the flesh, in the 1950s! The cold war between the Soviet Union and the West got a little warmer in the mid 1950s, and some of the leading Soviet musicians were allowed to come West and give concerts.

The pianist Emil Gilels and the violinist David Oistrakh were among the first to dazzle concertgoers in London and New York. In some cases, recording by these artists came before them, promising of delights yet to come. We'll sample some of these recordings.


Classical 24 Music Playlist

WILL Highlights

Big red barn

Barns: An Illinois Story

Part documentary, part regional storytelling, and part love letter to the iconic structures dotting our landscape. 


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#BlackScienceMatters

A short film series examining the severe underrepresentation of African-Americans in the sciences.