Program Archives

Edouard Lalo: Cello Concerto in d minor
06/05/18

Although Edouard Lalo was a Frenchman, he was of Spanish of decent: he’s most famous for his Symphonie Espagnole for violin and orchestra, and Spanish idioms also fill the three movements of his...

Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 2 in d-minor
06/04/18

The Second Piano Concerto by Mendelssohn is a characteristic work from the composer: dramatic themes, virtuosic displays, and even some meditative moments. The work was premiered in 1837 with the...

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Op. 35
06/04/18

The story goes that Tchaikovsky once had a childhood nightmare in which he was violently being rubbed against a giant brick of rosin, and this resulted in an uneasy relationship with the violin...

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Violin Concerto in D Op. 35
05/29/18

The story goes that when Erich Korngold was a young boy, his father showed his first compositions to Gustav Mahler – who responded to the young composer’s music by simply saying “A genius!”...

Alexander Borodin: Symphony No. 2 in b
05/29/18

It took Alexander Borodin nearly 8 years to complete his Second Symphony, and even after its premiere in 1877, the composer had to revise it because of its unpopularity. Nowadays, though, Bordin’s...

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in d minor, Op. 125 “Choral”
05/23/18

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, whether he wanted it to or not, pushed the envelope forward in the world of Western Classical Music. Wagner once argued that Beethoven’s Ninth pointed the way to the “...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Flute and Harp Concerto in C major, K 299
05/22/18

In 1778, a 22 year old Mozart arrived in Paris with his mother after a prolonged stay in Mannheim. It was upon his arrival that he received a commission for the Flute and Harp Concerto from the...

Johannes Brahms: Piano Quintet in f Op. 34
05/21/18

The Piano Quintet in f minor by Johannes Brahms had a bit of a rocky history. First, Brahms imagined the work as a string quintet, but violinist Joseph Joachim claimed that the music wasn’t suited...

Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 2 in B-flat
05/21/18

Franz Schubert was quite the busy-body when he was 17. He had a full-time job as a teaching assistant, he attended lessons with Antonio Salieri twice a week, and he played viola in a student...

Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C Op. 61
05/16/18

Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 marked a new way of working for the composer. As a young composer, Schumann was a gifted improviser on the piano, which informed much of his earlier work, and he...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C K 551 “Jupiter”
05/15/18

The Jupiter Symphony is the largest and most complex symphony Mozart composed, completed in 1788. The symphony is characterized by its good humor, high-spirited energy, and the unusually grand...

Max Bruch: Scottish Fantasy Op. 46
05/14/18

When you think about concert music based off of Scottish fiddle tunes, you probably wouldn’t think that one of the best known pieces using those tunes is by a German composer. Well, it is - it’s...

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat “Emperor”
05/14/18

In May of 1809, Napoleon’s army began to besiege Vienna.  Despite this, a 39-year old Beethoven refused to leave the city, instead seeking shelter underground. Once the bombardment had ended,...

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C Op. 21
05/10/18

When the 29-year-old Beethoven composed and published his First Symphony, many listened on, oblivious to how the composer would soon transform the symphonic genre. While the work was often grouped...

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 43
05/09/18

In the early-part of the 20th Century, composers like Richard Strauss, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and Bartok were doing pioneering work in forms outside of the symphony. The symphony was the most...

Cesar Franck: Symphony in d-minor
05/08/18

The only symphony by Cesar Franck is a bit of a rarity these days, which might have come as a shock to concertgoers, conductors, and orchestras in the early-20th century. In the heyday of...

Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations
05/08/18

The story goes that after a long day of teaching, Edward Elgar arrived at his home and sat down at the piano to play a little bit… and what he came up with would become the Enigma Variations. He...

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in d-minor
05/07/18

Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto is famous for many reasons, one of which being the level of difficulty it presents to pianists. The notes on the page are so dense that the sheet music almost...

Frederick Delius: Florida Suite
05/02/18

Frederick Delius composed his Florida Suite in 1886 while working on an orange plantation not far from Jacksonville.  Delius actually only heard the work once in his lifetime, in 1888 at a...

Antonin Dvorak: String Quartet No. 12 in F “American”
05/01/18

Our Evening Masterwork tonight is Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 12 in F which was inspired by his time in America. At the time Dvorak composed this quartet, nicknamed the “American Quartet”, he was...

04/30/18

Shostakovich composed his First Piano Concerto in 1933, when he was 27 years old and had already firmly established an international reputation for himself. After all, behind him were his first...

Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in a Op. 16
04/30/18

Edvard Grieg composed one of his most important masterpieces at age 25: the Piano Conerto in a minor. It’s rather fitting, since the composer’s primary instrument was the piano, and he even...

Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Op. 61
04/26/18

When Beethoven was composing his only Violin Concerto, there was a bit of foot-dragging on the composer’s part. This casualness was apparently a regular occurrence with commissions the composer...

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in c
04/25/18

The Symphony No. 8 by Anton Bruckner would be the last symphony the composer would complete. And while he came close to completing the finale of his ninth symphony, he must have known that the...

John Field: Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-flat
04/24/18

It’s hard to tell whether or not John Field’s third piano concert was originally meant to be a multi-movement concerto or not: it’s in two movements, rather than three, and this decision may have...