We hear from violinist Hilary Hahn about learning to play Johann Sebastian Bach’s music at the age of four. She still loves to play his work as a soloist – but also with other musicians. She says everyone feels good when they play Bach.
Concerto for Two Violins in D minor BWV 1043; Concerto for Oboe and Violin in c minor, BWV 1060; Fuga from Sonata No. 3 in C major for solo violin, and other selections by J.S. Bach, performed by Hilary Hahn.
Tomie DePaola's books have won reams of awards, including two top literary nods for children. Tomie has also published a book for adults, called "Christmas Memories." The book includes holiday memories from his storied life - suburban childhood, bohemian art school, and cloistered monastery. Listen in as Dick Gordon and Tomie talk of Christmases past, and play holiday music from 1940's crooners to Gregorian chants.
Jason Arkles was an accomplished puppeteer in the States. When he didn’t get into a special training program in France, he decided to go to Europe anyways. While there, he became enchanted by a beautiful woman named Ana. Jason joined Ana’s troupe of street performers. In fact, he sold all his worldly possessions to follow her. It was this gaggle of odd-balls that lead Jason to his true calling as a sculptor - and a dream job in Florence that he holds to this day.
Sean Nevin didn't have any kind of personal connection with Alzheimer's when he first began writing about memory. He and a fellow poet had an idea to go into assisted care facilities and see if they could use poetry to reconnect Alzheimer's patients to their memories. His experience led him to explore the loss of memory, loss of language, and loss of self in his own poetry. Then his own grandfather began struggling with dementia. Also in this episode: coming home to community theater.