Classical Archives

Then & Now 10/25:  Operatic Premieres
10/25/17
Several operas had their premieres on today’s date.  In 1823, Weber’s opera "Euryanthe," had its first performance in Vienna.  In 1848, it was Verdi’...
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...
Then and Now 10/24:  With Much Fanfare!
10/25/17
On this date in 1997, John Coriglianos "DC Fanfare," had its premiere in Washington, D.C., with the National Symphony, Leonard Slatkin conducting....
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...
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...
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,...
Then & Now 10/20:  Operatic Premieres!
10/20/17
Several operas received their premieres on this date.  In 1842 it was Wagner’s"Rienzi," in 1847, Lortzing’s opera "Undine" had its first performance...
Then & Now 10/19:  Bach to Stravinsky
10/19/17
On this date in 1933, the German conductor and composer Otto Klemperer led his first concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The program included...
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...
Then & Now 10/18:  Prokofiev and Stravinsky
10/18/17
On this date in 1923, Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 had its premiere in Paris. At this same concert, Igor Stravinsky led members of 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...
Then & Now 10/17:  Live Music!
10/17/17
On this date in 1978, President Jimmy Carter presented the Congressional Medal of Honor to singer Marian Anderson. We’re going to have a group of...
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...
Then & Now 10/16:  Our Thursday Night Masterwork with the Florida Orchestra!
10/17/17
On this date in 1891, it was the inaugural afternoon concert of the Chicago Symphony at the Chicago Auditorium, with Theodore Thomas conducting...
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...
Pepe Romero: Tampa
10/13/17
Pepe Romero is perhaps one of the best known and greatest classical guitarists of our time.  The legendary performer is giving a concert at the Dale...
Live Performance Sarasota Opera: La Traviata
10/13/17
Sarasota Opera is the only opera company in the world that’s performed every single note that Verdi wrote.  But that doesn’t mean they’re done with...
Then & Now 10/12:  Celebrating the Florida Orchestra
10/13/17
On this date in 1984, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s "Celebration” was premiered at the inaugural concert of the Indianapolis Symphony's new home, the Circle...
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...
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...
Then & Now 10/11:  By Special Arrangement
10/11/17
On this date in 1980, Bernstein’s "A Musical Toast (A Fanfare in Memory of André Kostelanetz)" was premiered by the New York Philharmonic conducted...
Then & Now 10/10 Viva Verdi!
10/10/17
On this date in 1813, Giuseppe Verdi was born near Parma. Verdi completed 37 operas, and is considered the most influential opera composer of 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...
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...
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...