Program Archives

Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in e Op. 95 “From the New World”
11/29/17

Our evening masterwork tonight is perhaps Dvorak’s most famous work, the Symphony No. 9 in e-minor, better known as the “New World Symphony.” When Dvorak was about 50 years old, he left Europe to...

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Op. 93
11/29/17

The Symphony No. 8 by Beethoven is a work that draws heavily on the Classical period, despite Beethoven himself ushering in the Romantic period. The work is light and humorous, which was actually...

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 73
11/27/17

Johannes Brahms took quite a bit of time to compose his first symphony – nearly 20 years – so it may have been a shock when he churned out his second symphony essentially overnight. He composed...

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Souvenir of Florence Op. 70
11/27/17

Tchaikovsky is so well known for his “big” pieces – the symphonies, ballets, overtures, etc. – that one may not think too much of his chamber music. But he did, obviously have several hits: his...

Johannes Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D Op. 11
11/23/17

Brahms Serenade No. 1 was almost not a serenade at all – the nature of the work earned the nickname of “Serenade-Symphony”, and the composer even adopted this term, though it doesn’t really feel...

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring
11/22/17

We will be celebrating this Thanksgiving with our Evening Masterwork: Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, now one of the most inspiring and symbolic works ever composed by an American composer....

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 36
11/21/17

At the time of writing his Second Symphony, Beethoven had not yet transformed into the mythic, dramatic Romantic composer we know him as today… but he was definitely on his way. It was during this...

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in d
11/20/17

Anton Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony was left unfinished at the time of his death in 1896, but the work is hardly unfinished sounding. In fact, the three completed movements work just fine as a work on...

Camille Saint-Saens: Violin Concerto No. 3 in b Op. 61
11/20/17

The Violin Concerto No. 3 is among a number of works Camille Saint-Saens composed for the virtuoso violinist Pablo de Sarasate – and Sarasate premiered the work the same year the composer...

Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G Op. 88
11/16/17

Dvorak’s second-to-last symphony, the 8th Symphony, was a departure from the one that came before it. Whereas Dvorak’s Seventh was dramatic and somber, the Eighth is generally upbeat. In a lot of...

Thursday Masterwork with the Florida Orchestra
11/16/17

The mission of The Florida Orchestra is to enrich the life of the Tampa Bay area as it inspires, entertains and educates audiences with the unique experience of live symphonic music, ensuring that...

Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in g Op. 25
11/14/17

The first Piano Quartet by Brahms both looks backwards and forwards. It’s a work that is reminiscent of the music of Schubert, a favorite composer of Brahms, but it also looks forward to the...

Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Op. 97 “Rhenish”
11/13/17

1850 was the year Schumann moved to Dusseldorf, in the Rhine-region of Germany. He had just accepted his appointment as Dusseldorf’s Municipal Music Director – something the folks in Dusseldorf...

Richard Strauss: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite
11/13/17

Richard Strauss’s music for Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme was actually born out of an experimental idea. First of all, a play of the same name from nearly 200 years earlier provided the springboard for...

Johannes Brahms: String Quintet No. 1 in F
11/09/17

During the days of Brahms, there were two composers who were the model composers of the String Quintet genre: Schubert, who added a cello to the string quartet, and Mozart, who added a viola. For...

Claude Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande Concert Suite
11/07/17

French composer Claude Debussy was born on this date in 1862, and we are celebrating tonight with our Evening Masterwork. The composer is best known for his innovative approach to harmony, often...

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in e Op. 64
11/06/17

The Symphony No. 5 by Tchaikovsky is classic Tchaikovsky: it is steeped in European compositional technique and standard, though a Russian flavor pervades the symphony without being overly...

Antonin Dvorak: String Quartet No. 12 in F “American”
11/06/17

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...

Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in a minor Op. 54
11/01/17

Robert Schumann’s only piano concerto was not always a concerto: in 1841 the composer produced a Fantaisie in a-minor for piano and orchestra, which later evolved into the first movement of his...

Franz Schubert: Octet for Strings & Winds in F
10/31/17

In his own words, Franz Schubert essentially said that the only reason he started out to write his Octet for Strings & Winds was so he could prepare himself for the task of composing a full-...

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5, “Reformation”
10/30/17

Today is the 500th Anniversary of the day that Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg – it is Reformation Day, and we are celebrating with...

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 43
10/30/17

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...

Edouard Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole in d Op. 21
10/26/17

Edouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole is a quirky sort of piece as far as its structure goes: it is part symphony but mostly concerto. It’s also filled with Spanish-type idioms, as one would expect...

Cesar Franck: Symphony in d-minor
10/25/17

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...