Pick the Piece that Makes Your Workday Fly By

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Song Sparrow.

Right now the buzz is all about the cicadas, but birds’ songs are, for the most part, much more pleasant. Today’s Showdown celebrates the way birdsongs have inspired classical composers through the years.

We asked you to cast your vote for which one of three fine-feathered works you wanted to hear. You chose Ralph Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending and at noon we played a performance by violinist Iona Brown with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner.