Muse Mentors

Karen Kevra

Has there been a time in your life where you’ve looked to someone to guide you? Grammy-nominated flutist Karen Kevra is a musician whose life was changed by her mentor. Join her for engaging interviews of artists as they share personal stories of deep connection that will warm your heart and inspire you....whatever you do and wherever you are on your path.

FLUTE STORIES - J.S. Bach's SARABANDE from Partita in A minorFLUTE STORIES - Carl Nielsen's THE CHILDREN ARE PLAYINGRemembering Legendary National Georaphic Photographer Jim Blair on his BirthdayFLUTE STORIES - Louis Moyse's PASTORALEFLUTE STORIES - Katherine Hoover's WINTER SPIRITSFLUTE STORIES - Debussy's SYRINXFLUTE STORIES - a new mini-series from Muse MentorsViolinist Nicholas Kitchen and his mentor Szymon Goldberg ~a beautiful musical paradox of old technology and new...
Nicholas Kitchen, one of the country's leading violinists is a founding member of the Boston-based Borromeo String Quartet. Nick is perhaps the most important protégé of the great Polish violinist Szymon Goldberg. Nick has been loaned his teacher's violin-- the Giuseppe Guarneri, Cremona, ca. 1730, "Goldberg-Baron Vitta" to play throughout his career. In his musical life, Nick was first nurtured by his musically hands-on parents and later through his mentorship with Goldberg.  Nick's rich and profound musical life is a beautiful paradox of old and new technology.Music credits:Schubert, Death and The Maiden String Quartet, Borromeo QuartetJP Sousa, Semper Fidelis, The President's Own Marine BandBeethoven, Violin Sonata, Op. 24 "Spring", Szymon Goldberg-violin, Lili Krauss-piano  JS Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565, Hans-André Stamm-organBeethoven, Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, mmt. 3 Rondo,  Henryk Szeryng-violin, Hans Zender-conductorSchubert, Mass No. 5 in A Flat Major, D.678 - 4. Sanctus Choir of St. John's College, CambridgeJS Bach,  Fantasia and fugue in G minor BWV 542 - Van DoeselaarBeethoven, String Quartet, Op. 18, No. 1, Borromeo QuartetJS Bach, Adagio, BWV 1110, Nicholas KitchenKreisler, Liebeslied, Fritz KreislerHandel, Op. 1, No. 13 mmt. 1 D Major Sonata, Szymon Goldberg-violin, Gerald Moore-pianoPolish folksong for mandolinesJS Bach, Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042: I. Allegro, Syzmon Goldberg-violinBeethoven, Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, mmt. 1, Syzmon Goldberg-violinMozart, Sonata for Piano and Violin in E Minor, K.304 - Tempo di minuetto, Syzmon Goldberg-violin and Radu Lupu-pianoMozart, Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K219, mmt. 1Beethoven, String Quartet, No. 13, Op. 130,  Borromeo QuartetLouis Moyse, Second Sonata, Scherzo, Karen Kevra-flute, Paul Orgel-pianoStrauss, Don Juan, Op. 20, Berling Philharmonic, Von KarajanBeethoven, Symphony No. 9, mmt. 3 , Adagio molto e cantabile, FurtwänglerSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=42335511)
Jan 15 2022
37 mins
Tony Barrand: Sing Me A Story/Dance Me A SongMuse Mentors celebrates first anniversary with a reflection on Beethoven's transcendent Op. 132 string quartetThe Circus of Life: Rob Mermin and his mentor Marcel MarceauHappy Birthday Leon Fleisher!Kerrin McCadden is a PoemLou Kosma: Mensch of the METNational Geographic photographer James Pease Blair: Making Pictures- life, love, and legacy
James Pease Blair, one of National Geographic's legendary photographers  talks about love, life, and legacy. Jim began his 32 year career at the National Geographic Society with a splash as staff photographer on board Jacques Cousteau's Calypso in 1962. As a photography student in the fifties at the Institute of Design in Chicago, he studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, but it was his years as a summer intern with Roy E. Stryker, at the Pittsburgh Photographic Library that made the biggest impression on Jim. Jim Blair's artistry and empathy brought a new kind of humanity to National Geographic which went from being a travel and culture magazine to a  journal which included social and environmental images that revealed the soul of planet and its inhabitants.Now in this late chapter of his life, Jim is contending with a lung condition that his reduced him to 35 percent breathing capacity, and yet he continues to live life with eyes and heart wide open. Don't miss this powerfully moving episode.MUSIC:Taps- Bugle Call: USMC Drum & Bugle CorpsHappy Birthday-Jazz Piano Arrangement by Jonny MayChicago- Frank Sinatra Juke- Little WalterGovernment Camp Song-Mary and Betty Campbell, Shafter FSA Camp, August 9, 1941There's a Pawn Shop on The Corner -Guy MitchellPittsburghTown-Pete Seeger The Aquarium, Carnival of the Animals-Camille Saint-SaensCalypso-John DenverNational Geographic 1964 - 1987 Full ThemeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=42335511)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=42335511)
Apr 11 2021
38 mins
Dr. Eli Newberger: Music Man/Medicine Man
It can sound hyperbolic to make the claim that a person has changed the world and made it a better place. In the case of Eli Newberger, it is utterly true. Eli Newberger is equal parts music man and medicine man. He was the key prosecution witness in the trial of Louise Woodward, the British nanny convicted of second-degree murder in the death of an 8-month-old in Boston in1997. Later during the Archdiocese of Boston sex abuse scandal, he offered his expertise on the effects of abuse on children and their families. Eli Newberger's ground-breaking work resulted in the formation of the child-protection program at Boston Children’s Hospital, and he's the author of many publications including an important and accessible book on the development of character in boys called The Men They Will Become. Before Eli became a doctor, he was a musician. And perhaps it's because of music, that he became a doctor...Hear his inspiring origin story about his mentorship with the late New York Philharmonic principal tuba William Bell; his professional career in music, including his long tenure as a founding member of the New Black Eagle Jazz Band, and work with pianists Butch Thompson and Bob Winter; and his inspiring and generous work developing an El Sistema music program in the Berkshires.  MUSIC:Carolina Shout: James P. Johnson, piano  Cyrus the Great: US Air Force Band  Overture to Candide: New York Philharmonic  Yankee Doodle: Vivian Williams, Phil Williams, Howard Marshall, John Williams  Franck: Symphony in D minor: Berlin Philharmonic  Vaughan-Williams, Bass Tuba Concerto in F Minor: II. Romanza: Walter Hilgers  I'm Just Wild About Harry: Butch Thompson, Eli Newberger, and Jimmy Mazzy Carnival of Venice Variations: Carol Jantsch  Issa Keita, balafon (marimba) virtuoso, Bamako, Mali  Bugle Boy March: New Black Eagle Jazz Band  Arturo Márquez: Danzón Nº 2: Gustavo Dudamel at the Proms   Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=42335511)
Mar 18 2021
33 mins
The Joy of Fluting: Flutist Paula Robison and her mentor Marcel Moyse
Paula Robison was born in Nashville to an extraordinary family of actors, writers, dancers, and musicians. She grew up in Los Angeles not only playing the flute, but studying dance with Bella Lewitzky and theater with Jeff Corey. When she was twelve years old, music claimed her heart and she knew she wanted to be a flutist. Trained at the Juilliard School, she also studied flute with the great French flutist Marcel Moyse during her time in NYC.  Marcel's singing approach  and metaphorical and animated teaching style set Paula on fire and shaped her as a musician. Her trademark joie de vivre really shines in this episode which is chock full of music. To see photographs of Paula Robison and Marcel Moyse, go to: https://musementors.com/MUSIC:George Frederic Handel, Flute Sonata in F Major, Op. 1, No. 11, HWV 369: Allegro (Paula Robison-flute, Timothy Eddy-cello, Kenneth Cooper-harpsichord)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Flute Concerto No.1 in G major, K.313, Allegro maestoso, (Paula Robison-flute) Apanhei-Te, Cavaquinho! (Paula Robison-flute, and Romero Lubambo, Tiberio Nascimento, Sergio Brandão, Stanley Silverman, Cyro Baptista)Robert Beaser, Cindy, from Mountain Songs for flute and guitar (Paula Robison-flute, Elliot Fisk-guitar)Robert Beaser, Quicksilver, from Mountain Songs for flute and guitar Ol' Man River, Paul RobesonWade in the Water, Fisk Jubilee SingersRobert Beaser, Barbara Allen, from Mountain Songs for flute and guitarBenjamin Godard, "Valse" from Suite De Trois Morceaux, Op. 116 (Paula Robison-flute)Astor Piazolla, "L'Histoire du Tango": Nightclub 1960 (Paula Robison-flute, Elliot Fisk-guitar)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, "Voi che sapete", from The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492 arranged for flute and string quartet by Nicholas Kitchen (Paula Robison-flute, and the Borromeo String Quartet)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Flute Concerto No.2 in D major, K.314, Allegro aperto (Marcel Moyse-flute)P.O. Ferroud - Bergere Captive from Trois pièces pour flûte seule (Marcel Moyse-flute)Albert Hammond - It never rains in Southern CaliforniaCamille Saint-Saëns, The Swan, Carnival of the Animals, (Marcel Moyse-flute, Louis Moyse-piano)Camille Saint-Saëns "Voliere" from Carnival of the Animals (Paula Robison-flute with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Giuseppe Verdi, Il Trovatore, (Marcel Moyse-flute, Louis Moyse-piano)J.S. Bach Trio Sonata in G major Moyse Trio, BWV 1038, Largo (Marcel Moyse-flute, Blance Moyse-violin, Louis Moyse-piano)Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen, "Sisters" from White ChristmasTheobald Boehm, Variations sur un Air Tyrolien (Marcel Moyse-flute, Louis Moyse, piano)Claude Debussy, Syrinx (Paula Robison-flute)Georges Hüe, Fantasie (Marcel Moyse-flute, Georges Truc)Jean-Louis Tulou, Air Ecossais (Marcel Moyse-flute, Blance Moyse-violin, Louis Moyse-piano)Claude Debussy, "Prélude à l'aprés-midi d'un faune"  (Paula Robison-flute)J.S. Bach BWV 244-58 Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben, BWV 244, from the Saint Matthew Passion, Herbert Karajan conductingSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=42335511)
Feb 26 2021
47 mins
Bill McKibben: Where There's a Bill There's a WayDavid Dworkin: The Maestro of FitnessTony Barrand: Sing Me A Story/Dance Me A Song