Program Archives

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5, “Reformation”
10/30/17

Today is the 500th Anniversary of the day that Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg – it is Reformation Day, and we are celebrating with...

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 43
10/30/17

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...

Edouard Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole in d Op. 21
10/26/17

Edouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole is a quirky sort of piece as far as its structure goes: it is part symphony but mostly concerto. It’s also filled with Spanish-type idioms, as one would expect...

Cesar Franck: Symphony in d-minor
10/25/17

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 Op. 36
10/25/17

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...

Reinhold Gliere: Symphony No. 2 in c Op. 25
10/23/17

Reinhold Gliere’s Second Symphony is steeped in the typical musical language of 19th Century Russian composition, and also features a sort of conservative expression common for that time. Even...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 13 in C K. 415
10/23/17

For Mozart, one of the primary sources of income he had when he first moved to Vienna was the subscription concert. And for these concerts, the best way to showcase himself was with the piano...

Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 - the "English" Symphony
10/20/17

Join Russell Gant for our nightly masterwork featuring the Sibelius Symphony No. 3, which is occasionally referred to as the "English" Symphony, because of his extended trip to Britain in late...

Vassili Kalinnikov: Symphony No. 1
10/19/17

Vassili Kalinnikov composed his First Symphony shortly after resigning from his post as the second conductor of the Italian Opera in Moscow. He resigned due to health issues, and then moved to the...

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 102 in B-flat
10/18/17

Out of all of Haydn’s 106 symphonies, the Symphony No. 102 in B-flat is, at times, regarded as the best symphony the composer wrote, and it’s easy to hear why. But it’s a bit perplexing as to why...

Paul Dukas: Symphony in C
10/17/17

The symphony wasn’t the most popular genre for French composers heading into the 20th Century; there’s really only a handful that we still listen to that were composed between 1885 and 1900. Even...

Ferde Grofe’: "Five Pictures of the Grand Canyon"
10/13/17

Ferde Grofe’s Grand Canyon Suite was initially titled "Five Pictures of the Grand Canyon".

The work is in five movements, each describing a scene that’s typical of the Grand Canyon.  Enjoy...

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat “Emperor”
10/12/17

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,...

Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Op. 10
10/11/17

The 19th-century world of symphonic writing was often a competitive, make-or-break sort of world, and for the 32-year old Dvorak, he was able to make it in that world with his Third Symphony. The...

Richard Strauss: Don Quixote
10/10/17

When Richard Strauss composed his tone poem Don Quixote, subtitled Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character, he intended for it to be a companion piece to his other heroic tone poem,...

Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C “The Great”
10/09/17

Franz Schubert’s ninth symphony was completed in 1828, the year of the composer’s death. The symphony is sometimes considered Schubert’s greatest work, and sadly the composer did not get to hear...

Ludwig van Beethoven: Septet in E-flat Op. 20
10/09/17

Beethoven composed his Septet in E-flat in 1799 and the work encapsulates all of the musical entertainments of that century – it sits in the Classical serenade and divertimento tradition....

William Grant Still, his Symphony No. 1
10/08/17

Join us tonight for a symphony that shows how jazz and blues can hold their own when blended with traditional classical music. It’s the music of William Grant Still, his Symphony No. 1...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A K. 219
10/05/17

Mozart composed all five of his violin concertos in a matter of months – between April and December of 1775. Each one is longer and seems to be more epic than the one that came before it, so it’s...

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
10/04/17

The subject of fate, and fate itself, had haunted Tchaikovsky since 1876, when the composer saw Carmen and was struck by the “death of the two principals who, through fate, ultimately reach the...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat K. 297b
10/04/17

Though it’s no mystery that Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for 4 Winds is charming, there is quite a bit of mystery surrounding it. The main problem is figuring out why the original manuscript of...

Isaac Albeniz: Suite Espanola Op. 47
10/02/17

The Suite Espanola by Isaac Albeniz is a bit of a musical tour through Spain: each of the eight movements is named after and influenced by a region of Spain. The work was originally just a four-...

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in e Op. 98
10/02/17

Brahms completed his fourth and final symphony in 1885, and many of his contemporaries and audience-goers didn’t understand the work. The Fourth Symphony is rigorous in terms of its compositional...

Franz Schubert: String Quintet in C
09/28/17

The String Quintet in C by Franz Schubert was composed in the final weeks of his life. It’s rather unique in that rather than writing for a string quartet with an extra viola, which was common in...

Igor Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite
09/27/17

The story of Pulcinella did not originate with Stravinsky, nor did it really originate with the great Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev (though he is that one that brought it to Stravinsky’s...