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December 6 – Instrument Wannabe

Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovatore: Anvil Chorus (Vedi! le fosche notturne)
Orchestras have as many as 33 different instruments, and sometimes composers go wild and add even more “instruments” not usually seen in concert halls. Take, for example, Verdi’s Anvil Chorus from the opera “Il Trovatore,” sung by a group of gypsies at dawn banging on their anvils while forging metal.

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December 7 – Special Effects

Leroy Anderson: Plink-Plank-Plunk
Have you ever tripped on the sidewalk, stepped on a cat’s tail and walked right into a glass door, all in the same day? This silly song is the perfect soundtrack for one of those clumsy days.

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December 8 – Nordic Voices

Jean Sibelius: Finlandia
You have likely heard Sibelius’s Finlandia, but do you know the backstory?  Finlandia arose out of the struggle of the Finnish people against their Russians oppressors as part of a movement to strengthen and spread Finnish cultural identity.

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December 9 – Mozart: Ludvig Ritter von Köchel

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K.626: Introitus
Mozart was terrible at keeping track of his compositions and even refused to write opus numbers or dates on his sheet music. Thank goodness, then, for Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, who later catalogued all of Mozart’s music, numbering them according to the order in which they were written and categorizing them by subgenre. No one had an idea just how much music Mozart wrote—not even the composer himself—until Köchel’s extraordinary cataloging work.

Beethoven: Fidelio

Airing: December 9, 8pm
Hosted by Jonathan Dean

Conductor: Bernstein
Stars: Janowitz, Popp, Jungwirth, Sotin
Orchestra: Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker

Friday, December 1 at 7pm: Jesse Myers

Seattle-based pianist Jesse Myers is an adventurous explorer of new music that expands the possibilities of the piano. He is on the faculty at Holy Names Academy and runs a thriving studio from his home in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, comprised primarily of adult classical pianists making a return to the piano.

Friday, December 8 at 7pm: Carole Terry

Carole Terry is known for her performances and recordings of German Romantic music, she is also an expert on the physiology of keyboard performance — the subject of her forthcoming academic work. She is a Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle.

Friday, December 1 at 8pm: Northwest Girlchoir

Northwest Girlchoir transforms the lives of girls and young women through outstanding music education, dynamic choral performances, and an enduring community. The Northwest Girlchoir serves over 250 girls, ages 6-18, from all over the Puget Sound region.

Friday, December 8 at 8pm: Bells of the Sound

Bells of the Sound is a nationally acclaimed handbell ensemble that has been pioneering handbell artistry and excellence since 1989. This group of 15 auditioned musicians is known for their high-caliber, energetic and entertaining performances.