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 June 17 from 7:00 to 9:00 CT, on The Verge

Listen with your father or children this Sunday evening for a mix of music written for fathers, or by fathers for their children.  Violinist Adam Summerhayes wrote Toe-tapper for Jessie for his daughter.  She apparently dances through many of his ensemble’s rehearsals.  Composer and bass clarinet player Michael Lowenstern wrote a series of short pieces for his larger work Ten Children. Each one had to be approved by his daughter before it made the album. And, African composer and drummer Obo Addy wrote a piece for his father, who was a healer. The third movement of a piece by composer Marc Mellits, was written while his infant daughter Mara was sitting on his lap.  Her early speech inspired the title, which is “Agu”.

We'll also pair a father and daughter with a recording of a work by Ravi Shankar back to back with one by his daughter Anoushka Shankar.


Sunday evening June 24 from 7:00 to 9:00 CT, on The Verge:

Violist Jonah Sirota, formerly of the Chiara String Quartet, releases his debut solo album this month. Titled Strong Sad, each track is a new elegy for viola. He also debuts his own compositions on this disc. He had an album release party in Lincoln, which NET recorded. Hear live performances of both pieces from the album and pieces not on the album.

Plus we'll hear some other cool stuff as well.


For more musical exploration, check out interviews, videos and coloring sheets on the NET Music page.

Or, try watching a 360 video of the Chiara String Quartet playing music by Beethoven. Click here for the Youtube video.

Violinist Hyeyung Yoon also recorded a 360 video with our NET team and dancer Hye-Won Hwang. Originating from the Korean heritage of both performers, Hye-Won adapts the traditional Korean dance known as Salp’uri to Hyeyung’s performance of Bach’s Adagio from Sonata No. 1 in G minor. You can see that on Youtube by clicking here.

The Chiara String Quartet 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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Thank you for listening to music on Sundays on NET Radio, news and music worth hearing for 25 years across Nebraska.

The Verge (classical music with a twist) is broadcast across Nebraska's NET Radio network Sunday nights 7-9 CT, streamed live on NET Radio Nebraska App and netNebraska.org/radio.