Gluzman in Tacoma

Friday’s 9pm Symphony Tacoma broadcast features Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World,” Pärt’s Fratres, and Glazunov’s Violin Concerto with Vadim Gluzman.

Salman Plays Beethoven

Pianist Mark Salman joins Sean MacLean for a NW Focus Live performance celebrating the birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, Friday at 8pm.

Joseph Crnko’s Playlist

The director of Northwest Boychoir and Seattle Symphony Chorale shares a series of short selections with Mike Brooks, this Friday at 7pm on Musical Chairs.

Massenet: Werther

Saturday, March 4, 10am PST
Cast: Leonard, Bizic, Christy, Grigolo
Conductor: Gardner

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December 19 – Orchestral Field Guide IV

Giovanni Bottesini: Double Bass Concerto No.2 in B minor: I. Allegro moderato
The lowest and biggest instrument in the orchestra is, of course, the double bass—also called string bass, upright bass and—though we don’t know why—doghouse bass! At about six feet tall, it stands higher than its average player and has an enormous range, though is most familiar to us when it’s playing low notes.

Additional link: Praeludium and Allegro by Fritz Kreisler

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December 17 – Tear-Jerkers II

Antonin Dvorak:  Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.95 “From the New World”: II. Largo

From Classical KING FM at 98.1 and

Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.95 “From the New World”: II. Largo

There is a lot of music that moves us, but some music moves us to tears. In this episode of Explore Music, Lisa Berman explores one particular movement that is famous (notorious?) for making people cry. It’s the second movement of Dvorak’s New World Symphony.

Additional link: NPR: Dvorak’s Symphonic Journey to the ‘New World’

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December 18 (anniversary of the premiere) – Orchestral Field Guide I

Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71: Waltz of the Flowers
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.

Additional links: Wikipedia: Harp, Pacific Harp Institute