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Being seen, being heard

Kate Molleson talks to conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla. Also music fan clubs. Folk singer Josephine Foster. And the book 'Music and Modernity among First peoples of North America'.

Kate Molleson is in conversation with the Lithuanian conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, about her love for the music of Mieczyslaw Weinberg and her work with the ensemble as it turns 100 years old. We take a look at the phenomenon of the fan clubs in Classical Music to see if they are part of today's celebrity culture or if they let audiences get closer to a genre otherwise seen as untouchable - with contributions by conductor Vasily Petrenko, soprano Lesley Garrett and pianist Valentina Lisitsa. Also, the experimental American folk singer Josephine Foster, who merges local cultures with German lieder. And 'Music and Modernity among First Peoples of North America': Kate talks to the editors of a recent book which explores how indigenous cultures are being reassessed in our times.

Photo credit: Frans Jansen

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