Program Archives

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C K 551 “Jupiter”
05/15/18

The Jupiter Symphony is the largest and most complex symphony Mozart composed, completed in 1788. The symphony is characterized by its good humor, high-spirited energy, and the unusually grand...

Max Bruch: Scottish Fantasy Op. 46
05/14/18

When you think about concert music based off of Scottish fiddle tunes, you probably wouldn’t think that one of the best known pieces using those tunes is by a German composer. Well, it is - it’s...

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat “Emperor”
05/14/18

In May of 1809, Napoleon’s army began to besiege Vienna.  Despite this, a 39-year old Beethoven refused to leave the city, instead seeking shelter underground. Once the bombardment had ended,...

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C Op. 21
05/10/18

When the 29-year-old Beethoven composed and published his First Symphony, many listened on, oblivious to how the composer would soon transform the symphonic genre. While the work was often grouped...

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 43
05/09/18

In the early-part of the 20th Century, composers like Richard Strauss, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and Bartok were doing pioneering work in forms outside of the symphony. The symphony was the most...

Cesar Franck: Symphony in d-minor
05/08/18

The only symphony by Cesar Franck is a bit of a rarity these days, which might have come as a shock to concertgoers, conductors, and orchestras in the early-20th century. In the heyday of...

Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations
05/08/18

The story goes that after a long day of teaching, Edward Elgar arrived at his home and sat down at the piano to play a little bit… and what he came up with would become the Enigma Variations. He...

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in d-minor
05/07/18

Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto is famous for many reasons, one of which being the level of difficulty it presents to pianists. The notes on the page are so dense that the sheet music almost...

Frederick Delius: Florida Suite
05/02/18

Frederick Delius composed his Florida Suite in 1886 while working on an orange plantation not far from Jacksonville.  Delius actually only heard the work once in his lifetime, in 1888 at a...

Antonin Dvorak: String Quartet No. 12 in F “American”
05/01/18

Our Evening Masterwork tonight is Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 12 in F which was inspired by his time in America. At the time Dvorak composed this quartet, nicknamed the “American Quartet”, he was...

04/30/18

Shostakovich composed his First Piano Concerto in 1933, when he was 27 years old and had already firmly established an international reputation for himself. After all, behind him were his first...

Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in a Op. 16
04/30/18

Edvard Grieg composed one of his most important masterpieces at age 25: the Piano Conerto in a minor. It’s rather fitting, since the composer’s primary instrument was the piano, and he even...

Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Op. 61
04/26/18

When Beethoven was composing his only Violin Concerto, there was a bit of foot-dragging on the composer’s part. This casualness was apparently a regular occurrence with commissions the composer...

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in c
04/25/18

The Symphony No. 8 by Anton Bruckner would be the last symphony the composer would complete. And while he came close to completing the finale of his ninth symphony, he must have known that the...

John Field: Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-flat
04/24/18

It’s hard to tell whether or not John Field’s third piano concert was originally meant to be a multi-movement concerto or not: it’s in two movements, rather than three, and this decision may have...

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat
04/23/18

There is a moment in the first movement of Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony that is akin to a sunrise, and the composer described it better than anyone else: “… God opens His door for a moment and His...

Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat
04/23/18

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...

Carl Goldmark: Violin Concerto No. 1 in a Op. 28
04/19/18

Carl Goldmark was actually a self-taught composer – his formal musical studies actually focused on the violin, which he began playing at the age of 11. It’s fitting, then, that his most performed...

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in e Op. 64
04/19/18

One of the first critics to write about Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony noted that the orchestration was “essentially modern, and even ultra-modern.” This was ten years after the composer completed...

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2 “London”
04/17/18

Ralph Vaughan Williams began work on his Second Symphony as early as 1908, and shared the first two movements with friends four years later, playing it on a battered upright piano. The Symphony...

Manuel De Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
04/16/18

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....

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A Op. 90 “Italian”
04/16/18

In October of 1830, Mendelssohn went to Italy, a trip that last 10 months, and a trip in which he found himself starting out in Venice and travelling south to Rome, and then onward to Naples. The...

Mozart: Piano Concerto
04/15/18

When Mozart first struck out on his own in Vienna, he set up a subscription concert series that showed off his great talent as composer and performer. Within four years, he’d written more than a...

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat, K297b
04/13/18

Not a symphony, not a concerto, it’...

Henryk Gorecki: Symphony No. 3, “The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”
04/11/18

Composer Henryk Gorecki grew up in a town not far from the notorious World War Two concentration camp, Auschwitz, in Poland.

Historians believe more than a million people died or were...