Program Archives

Antonin Dvorak: Serenade for Strings in E Op. 22
08/16/17

The serenade, as a genre, can sometimes lead to disappointing pieces: compositions often produced by composers still figuring things out creatively. Not so with Antonin Dvorak. In the composer's...

Robert Schumann: Piano Trio No. 1
08/15/17

Robert Schumann was a quintessential composer of the Romantic period, and his three piano trios may as well be regarded as quintessential trios of that period. His Piano Trio No. 1 in d-minor is...

08/14/17

While Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is dark and driven, the Symphony No. 6 is like walking down the sunnier side of the same street. He did most of the work on the Sixth while he was completing the...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
08/11/17

The sinfonia concertante is an interesting genre that was popular mostly at the end of the 18th Century, heading into the 19th Century. It’s a type of work that features multiple soloists –...

08/10/17

The year 1816 was a busy time for the 19-year old Franz Schubert. He was highly productive, writing about 125 songs, and then over 50 works for various ensembles large and small. Amongst those 50...

08/09/17

Felix Mendelssohn completed his Violin Concerto in 1844, and to this day it is one of the most frequently performed of all violin concerti. The work uses a standard classical structure with a few...

08/04/17

The Florida Suite by Frederick Delius was inspired by the experiences he had after managing an orange grove in Florida.  The music includes images of the areas landscape and culture, mainly...

Zoltan Kodaly: Hary Janos Suite
08/02/17

Folk music is often regarded as the heart of a nation’s identity, and for Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly, folk music became a mission. He traveled all throughout the remote regions of Central...

Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique Op. 14
08/02/17

Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique is perhaps his best known work, a revolutionary masterpiece that served as a breakthrough in the composer’s career. The work is largely programmatic and even...

Georges Bizet: Symphony No. 1 in C
07/31/17

Georges Bizet composed his First Symphony at the age of seventeen, and although the work enjoys regular performances today, the composer didn’t do much in his lifetime to promote the work. The...

Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in a Op. 16
07/31/17

It’s fitting that the only large-scale orchestral work Edvard Grieg composed was his Piano Concerto, which he composed at age of 25. The piano concerto was one of Grieg’s first major successes,...

Franz Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Op. 101
07/27/17

The Second Cello Concerto that Franz Joseph Haydn composed is much more relaxed than the first, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it isn’t exciting or beautiful. In this work, Haydn takes...

Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C Op. 61
07/26/17

Robert Schumann suffered all kinds of ailments throughout his lifetime – auditory hallucinations, depression, and even bipolar disorder. But in 1845, some of that changed – at least temporarily –...

Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings
07/26/17

Richard Strauss was affected in many ways by World War II and Nazi Germany, but nothing affected him quite as much as the bombing of the Munich National Theater, which happened in October of 1943...

Antonin Dvorak: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Op. 81
07/24/17

Dvorak composed his second Piano Quintet No. 2 in 1887, a work that shares the same instrumentation and key as its younger counterpart, the Piano Quintet No. 1. Those are the only similarities...

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Op. 93
07/24/17

The Symphony No. 8 by Beethoven is a work that draws heavily on the Classical period, despite Beethoven himself ushering in the Romantic period. The work is light and humorous, which was actually...

07/23/17

Mozart’s arrival in Vienna marked a time of great success for the young composer. It was an especially prolific time for his piano music. These were musical vehicles to show off his great talent...

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21
07/23/17

Mozart’s arrival in Vienna marked a time of great success for the young composer. It was an especially prolific time for his piano music. These were musical vehicles to show off his great talent...

Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in e Op. 95 “From the New World”
07/21/17
Our evening masterwork tonight is perhaps Dvorak’s most famous work, the Symphony No. 9 in e-minor, better known as the “New World Symphony.” When Dvorak was about 50 years old, he left Europe to...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A K. 581
07/19/17

No one is sure why Mozart was tasked to compose his Clarinet Quintet in A, though it was first premiered at the end of 1789 at a benefit concert for musicians’ widows and orphans. Interestingly,...

Manuel de Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
07/18/17

Manuel De Falla composed his work for piano and orchestra, Nights in the Gardens of Spain, during the First World War, but the conception of the piece took place earlier during a stay in France....

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 in a Op. 63
07/18/17

From the very beginning, Jean Sibelius regarded his fourth symphony as the start of a new direction for his work. As he began writing the work in 1910, he proclaimed in his diary, “I am...

Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
07/17/17

When Modest Mussorgsky completed his Pictures at an Exhibition in 1874, it wasn’t the version for orchestra we hear most often. It was actually an incredibly difficult suite for solo piano. The...

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in c Op. 17 “Little Russian”
07/13/17

Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony, or the “Little Russian” as it has come to be known as, is the shortest of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies. However, its distinction is not the length of the work – it is...

Richard Strauss: Sonatina No. 1 for Winds “From an Invalid’s Workshop”
07/12/17

The Sonatina No. 1 for winds by Richard Strauss is a work the composer completed late in his life – in 1943 – at a time when he was recovering from an illness, which is why he subtitled the...