Charles Villiers Stanford - Magnificat in B-flat, Op.164
Ernest Tomlinson Passepied
Giacomo Puccini La Rondine (hosted by Sue Elliot: Part 1)
Gustav Mahler Symphony No.3 in D minor
RON MAZUREK Voice Within
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JULY 29 - The Music of Angels
Maurice Ravel: Introduction and Allegro

 
 

What instrument in the orchestra makes the music of angels, plays up to seven octaves, has seven pedals, and can take up to 47 minutes—one minute per string—to tune? The harp! In its early stages, the instrument was quite small and popular among folk musicians. Its larger, louder, more modern incarnation has made its way into compositions from all the key composers starting in the late 18th century.

Learn more about the harp, and meet fellow local harp lovers.
 

JULY 28 - Buried musical treasure
Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in D Minor

 
 

Everyone loves Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. But what about this excellent violin concerto, which Yehudi Menuhin resurrected after the piece had lain dormant for 130 years? Word has it the piece was passed down through generations of Mendelssohns, barely noticed, until a rare books dealer took interest in the manuscript and showed his violinist friend. The rest is history: now this electrifying concerto is beloved in classical circles!

Hear another performance of the concerto, and learn more about this long-lost piece.

 

JULY 27 - Great Conductors in Classical Music
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125: II. Molto vivace - presto

 
 

Watch the legendary Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini conduct one of Beethoven’s most famous works. At its premiere in 1824, the piece was considered modern, dissonant and slightly controversial, but in the present day, the composer’s last symphony is considered one of the greatest classical works of all time.

Read the review of a book about the mayhem behind the Metropolitan Opera.

 

JULY 26 -  Mozart's Unusual Instruments
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Adagio and Rondo in C minor, K.617

 
 

Sometimes, composers feel like venturing outside the traditional realm of classical music. Even those who typically wrote music for standard instruments—strings, woodwinds, brass, piano—liked to experiment every now and then. In this piece, Mozart spices things up with a glass harmonica, which produces a sound akin to a set of tuned wine glasses!

Watch more glass harmonica performances here and here.

 

JULY 25 -  A Lofty Operatic Challenge
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Magic Flute, K.620: "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen"

 
 

Operatic sopranos sure can sing high, but few are up to the lofty challenge of this aria—the Queen of the Night’s “Der Holle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen,” or “The Vengeance of Hell Boils in my Heart.” The aria reaches a high F, which in the opera of Mozart’s time was virtually unheard of. These days, the Queen of the Night’s aria is considered the biggest highlight in the world’s most widely performed opera.

Hear a 14-year-old boy channel his inner diva in a performance this impressive aria.
 



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