Recorded live from Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater on October 22, the first podcast of What Makes It Great? explores Mendelssohn's String Octet, performed by the dynamic Concertante string ensemble. Kapilow provides spirited commentary flanked by live music examples, and Concertante concludes the podcast with a complete performance of the work.
Available for free at iTunes and www.lincolncenter.org/podcasts, the podcasts are being produced by John Goberman, executive producer of PBS's Live From Lincoln Center, on which Kapilow will make his first appearance in January. The nationwide series presents a What Makes It Great? With Rob Kapilow program for an invited audience at Lincoln Center's Kaplan Penthouse, featuring Schoenberg's pre-twelve-tone Verkl‹rte Nacht performed by members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Other upcoming presentations of What Makes It Great?, now in its eleventh season, will investigate Bach's Italian Concerto (with harpsichordist Bradley Brookshire), Palestrina (Lionheart vocal ensemble), Adams's Shaker Loops (Flux Quartet and friends), Schumann's Piano Quintet in E-flat major (Benjamin Hochman and the Daedalus Quartet) and Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy (Angela Cheng). Tickets are available at www.lincolncenter.org.