David Balakrishnan, violinist, and Mark Summer, cellist, are both founding members of the genre-blending Turtle Island Quartet, established in 1985. Mark’s playing inspired David to write the cello concerto Force of Nature, and it’s being given its world premiere this weekend when Kim Allen Kluge, music director, conducts the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. Classical WETA’s Marilyn Cooley talked with David Balakrishnan about music, both playing it and writing it.
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Author Sue Eisenfeld discusses the creation of Shenandoah National Park, which involved displacing thousands of longtime residents from Virginia's Blue Ridge mountains.Watch now →