The Verge

The Verge is music that hates to be classified, music that crosses boundaries, and new music by 20th and 21st Century composers.

Sunday evening May 21 from 7:00 to 9:00 CT, on The Verge:

Host Genevieve Randall explores a couple recordings of The Knights orchestra, including their newest disc titled "Azul." She'll talk with Eric and Colin Jacobsen about their latest project, get their insight into the music and then play the pieces they talk about. Hear their entire interview here.

We'll also hear a work recorded by The Knights for composer, singer and songwriter Gabriel Kahane that bridges classical and pop music. While the music on "Azul" brings to mind panoramic ocean views, Earth from space or the stars from Earth, Kahane's Crane Palimpsest is a meditation on the Brooklyn Bridge that takes inspiration from a poem by Hart Crane.

The Knights, photo by Gabe Palacio

Gabriel Kahane, photo by Jacob Blickenstaff

Sunday evening May 28 from 7:00 to 9:00 CT, on The Verge:

For Memorial Day weekend we will feature a variety of music that is a combination of patriotic, American folk and music as memorial. Hear unique versions of our National Anthem for ukulele and toy piano. Arrangements of folk songs for woodwind quintet and mandolin quartet.

Also, composer Mario Catelnuovo-Tedesco’s Memorial Service for the Departed, originally written for a Yom Kippur service, and the piece Drift by composer Kenji Bunch, who says his piece is not only a memorial for those ideas that drift off, but a metaphor for the process of grief.


The Chiara String Quartet, in-residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, recorded an album titled Bartok by Heart, a recording of all Bartok's quartets, played from memory.

NET worked with Chiara to create a video of them in which you can see them playing a movement from one of the Bartok quartets.

Notice what it's like to see them playing with no stands and how they communicate with each other. You can watch here.

Be sure to check out more about music programming on the NET Music page of our website. There you can learn more about local and national programming, listen to interviews with musicians and composers, and even find free, printable coloring pages to work on while you listen.

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