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Applause and The Sound of Applause

Alisa Weilerstein, Bill Rudman and ‘The Grandmothers of Invention’

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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Dee Perry shares an interview and performance by MacArthur Genius Grant winner Alisa Weilerstein who performs with The Cleveland Orchestra this week and Fridays @ 7 with her side-group 'Joey's Confession.' Plus Bill Rudman of The Musical Theater Project celebrates Mothers' Day with a special program dedicated to the women songwriters who've contributed to The Great American Songbook. And we meet 'The Grandmothers of Invention' who relive their days with the late legend - Frank Zappa - tonight at The Beachland Ballroom. Photo: Jamie Jung ****CORRECTION: The party at The Happy Dog is 12:30 pm Friday, May 11, not 12:30 am as reporteed on today's show

Additional Information

Alisa Weilerstein and Jamey Haddad lead Joey’s Confession at Severance Hall this Friday night. 

Bill Rudman‘s Musical Theater Project performs Vocal Minority: The Amazing Female Songwriters at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 13th at the Breen Center.

The Grandmothers of Invention perform the music of Frank Zappa tonight at The Beachland Ballroom.

CORRECTION: The party at The Happy Dog is 12:30 pm Friday, May 11, not 12:30 am as reporteed on today’s show

Webcam Video from Today's Program


Arts and Culture, Music


Alisa Weilerstein, musician

Jamey Haddad, musician

Bill Rudman, music historian

Don Preston, musician

Tom Fowler, musician

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Special Thanks

Special thanks to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College for the use of their Steinway Piano.

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Dee Perry image courtesy Chris Stephens, The Plain Dealer