Not all of the content from an episode of New Classical Tracks makes the audio cut. Here is further information and interviews relating to the new disc, Kraus: Viola Concertos by David Aaron Carpenter.
American violist and violinist David Aaron Carpenter was in the midst of his final exams at Princeton University a few years ago when he got the news that he'd be performing with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. And Carpenter says it wasn't your average performance. Not only was he filling in for a violin superstar — Maxim Vengerov — he also WASN'T going to be playing a concerto by Beethoven or Brahms or Mozart. Instead, Carpenter had to learn a NEW concerto, the Viola Tango Rock Concerto, written especially for Vengerov by composer Benjamin Yusupov.
And even after all the training and practice — Carpenter says there was no avoiding an unfortunately altercation during one of the performances:
That's David Aaron Carpenter. Take a look at his performance of the Yusupov Concerto below — though no violists were harmed in this particular performance! (The electric violin/viola starts around 1:34 and the dancing starts around 4:03!)