Modern Notebook for July 19

Percussionist Bob McCormick (Photo courtesy of Bob McCormick)

On this week’s Modern Notebook, Tyler Kline will be joined by percussionist and educator Bob McCormick, who has a newly-released album of co-commissions with the trio Strings & Hammers.

We’ll hear some selections from that CD, plus Bob will talk about his career as a percussionist and his recent retirement from the University of South Florida, where he served as a Professor of Music for 45 years.

Also on the show: music by Huang Ruo, Anna Weesner, and Victoria Cheah; and performances by Quince Ensemble, the PRISM Quartet, violinist Miranda Cuckson, and more.

That’s on the next Modern Notebook, Sunday night from 8 to 10 on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9.


Hour 1

  • mild, light from David Lang’s Love Fail.
  • Anna Weesner’s The Nearness of Things.
  • A newly-released recording of music by Huang Ruo performed by the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Break Away by Jessie Montgomery, which blends elements of composed music with improvised music.
  • a gamelan in the distance by Orlando Jacinto Garcia, composed in memory of Lou Harrison.

Hour 2

  • Bob McCormick joins Tyler on the show to talk about his newest album, in collaboration with Strings & Hammers; and preview music by Anthony R. Green and Eduardo Costa Roldán from the CD.
  • Tell: Quartet by Victoria Cheah.
  • Toru Takemitsu’s work for guitar, oboe d’amore, and chamber orchestra titled Vers, l’arc-en-ciel, Palma.

Modern Notebook is hosted by WSMR’s Tyler Kline, and is a program that highlights music composed since the Mid-20th Century, with a special focus on the music of living composers.