Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Orpheus commissioned this new work from Augusta Read Thomas in honor of the centenary of Gustav Mahler’s death in 2011. The subject and structure of Earth Echoes reflect Mahler’s final vocal composition, Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth). Thomas adopted Mahler’s scoring for two vocalists and orchestra, and her work touches upon related themes of life, nature, and renewal. The texts feature selections from fourteen poets representing ten countries spread across thirteen centuries, including a Chinese poem from the eighth century that appears in Mahler’s work.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Her Twitter account is called "Cello Goddess" and one of her crossover successes was the Led Zeppelin tune "Kashmir." Watch Maya Beiser perform in the WQXR Café.
Saturday, October 06, 2012
The featured music in this Saturday’s cartoon is Frederic Chopin’s Fantasie-impromptu in C-sharp Minor, Op. 66. This piece is featured in a 1947 Woody Woodpecker cartoon.
Thursday, October 04, 2012
This weekend's concert calendar takes us from the Met Museum to the Met Opera, from the Chicago Symphony to the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
This Saturday's cartoon features Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from Richard Wagner’s Gotterdammerung. Leitmotifs from this music can be found in an animated short called, “The Ring in 2.5 minutes — with leitmotifs!”
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Several concerts around New York this weekend have a visual bent, including a multimedia take on Pictures at an Exhibition, a tribute to Montsalvatge and a performance of David T. Little's opera Dog Days.
Friday, September 21, 2012
This week's cartoon features J.S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846, from Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier. We hear a performance by Glenn Gould.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
A Schubert mini-festival, Buddhism-inspired pieces, and John Adams on Staten Island: Here are several concerts to consider as you plan your weekend.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Classical Jam, a freewheeling ensemble of five young New York chamber musicians, wants to bring classical music to new audiences. See how they do it when they perform in the WQXR Café.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Tonight at 11 pm: As Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are upon us, it's time to consider some of the great music associated with the Jewish holidays.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
This Saturday's cartoon features another segment from "Allegro Non Troppo," Italian animator and satirist Bruno Bozzetto's parody of "Fantasia."
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Brahms in a beer hall, a baroque pastiche and a survey of Stravinsky's colorful violin music are among the concerts featured around New York this weekend.
Saturday, September 08, 2012
In honor of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak's birthday (Sept. 8, 1841), we have selected his Slavonic Dance No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 46 as the featured piece in this Saturday’s cartoon.
Thursday, September 06, 2012
Bawdy drinking songs, Jack Kerouac readings and a helping of Beethoven cello sonatas are among the musical offerings around New York this weekend.
Saturday, September 01, 2012
“Anitra’s Dance” from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt appeared in a 1996 episode of the Cartoon Network's "What a Cartoon!" show called "Tales of Worm Paranoia."
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The holiday weekend promises several concerts in and around New York, from Bargemusic to Governor's Island to Woodstock, NY.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Classical New England's Cathy Fuller and Performance Today's Fred Child join an audience in our Fraser Performance Studio to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Claude Debussy
Saturday, August 25, 2012
For this week’s cartoon we offer Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune from Suite bergmasque to continue this week’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth.