Program Archives

Then & Now 10/20:  Operatic Premieres!
10/20/17

Several operas received their premieres on this date.  In 1842 it was Wagner’s"Rienzi," in 1847, Lortzing’s opera "Undine" had its first performance, in 1892, Rimsky-Korsakov’s " Mlada, and in...

Then & Now 10/19:  Bach to Stravinsky
10/19/17

On this date in 1933, the German conductor and composer Otto Klemperer led his first concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The program included a transcription of J.S. Bach's "Toccata and...

Then & Now 10/18:  Prokofiev and Stravinsky
10/18/17

On this date in 1923, Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 had its premiere in Paris. At this same concert, Igor Stravinsky led members of the orchestra in the premiere of his Octet for Winds...

Then & Now 10/17:  Live Music!
10/17/17

On this date in 1978, President Jimmy Carter presented the Congressional Medal of Honor to singer Marian Anderson.

We’re going to have a group of wonderful singers in our Sarasota...

Then & Now 10/16:  Our Thursday Night Masterwork with the Florida Orchestra!
10/17/17

On this date in 1891, it was the inaugural afternoon concert of the Chicago Symphony at the Chicago Auditorium, with Theodore Thomas conducting Wagner’s Faust Overture, Beethoven Symphony No. 5,...

Live Performance Sarasota Opera: La Traviata
10/13/17

Sarasota Opera is the only opera company in the world that’s performed every single note that Verdi wrote.  But that doesn’t mean they’re done with Verdi!  In just a couple of weeks their new...

Then & Now 10/12:  Celebrating the Florida Orchestra
10/13/17

On this date in 1984, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s "Celebration” was premiered at the inaugural concert of the Indianapolis Symphony's new home, the Circle Theater.

We’re celebrating one of our...

Then & Now 10/11:  By Special Arrangement
10/11/17

On this date in 1980, Bernstein’s "A Musical Toast (A Fanfare in Memory of André Kostelanetz)" was premiered by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta.

Bernstein was certainly a...

Then & Now 10/10 Viva Verdi!
10/10/17

On this date in 1813, Giuseppe Verdi was born near Parma. Verdi completed 37 operas, and is considered the most influential opera composer of the 19th century. 

Sarasota Opera is the only...

Then & Now 10/5:  Orchestra Concerts on the Radio
10/05/17

On this date in 1930, The New York Philharmonic began its series of weekly Sunday afternoon national broadcasts with a program from Carnegie Hall conducted by Erich Kleiber.

We’re pleased...

Then and now for Wednesday, October 4th.
10/04/17

The great Canadian pianist Glenn Gould died on this day in 1982 at the age of 50 years old.  He possessed prodigious musical talent and was known as a musical Maverick.  And he sometimes shocked...

Then & Now 10/2:  Nobel Music
10/02/17

On this date in 2001, Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, commissioned American composer Steve Heitzeg to write his "Nobel Symphony” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the...

Then & Now 9/29:  One Last Time
09/29/17

On this date in 1918, Gustav Holst’s The Planets had its premiere at a private concert at Queen's Hall, London, under the direction of Adrian Boult. The first public performance of some excerpts...

Then & Now 9/28:  New Music
09/28/17

On this date in 2007, Conductor Philip Brunelle was presented with the "Champion of New Music" Award by the American Composers Forum at their Annual Meeting in St. Paul, Minn.. This award...

Then & Now 9/27:  What's in a Name?
09/28/17

On this date in 1921, the German composer Engelbert Humperdinck died at the age of 67.  He’s probably best known for his opera his opera Hänsel and Gretel, which he first composed four songs to...

Then & Now 9/26:  On Broadway
09/26/17

On this date in 1957, Leonard Bernstein’s musical "West Side Story," premiered at the Winter Garden in New York City. A trial run of the musical had premiered in Washington, D.C. at the National...

Then & Now 9/25:  Parlez-vous Français?
09/25/17

On this date in 1997, French composer and pianist Jean Françaix, died at the age of 85, in Paris. The composer himself said that his family name is pronounced with the final "x" sounded, although...

Then & Now 9/22:  Jewish Themed Music
09/22/17

On this date in 1964, Jerry Bock’s musical "Fiddler On the Roof" opened on Broadway.  It would ran for 3,242 performances before closing.

This Sunday, From the Top visits the recital hall...

Then & Now 9/21:  From Holst to Holt
09/22/17

On this date in 1874, English composer Gustav Holst was born in Cheltenham. He was born Gustavus Theodore von Holst, and his early works were published under the name "Gustav von Holst," but he...

Then & Now 9/18: Discover the Flute!
09/20/17

On this date in 1954, Virgil Thomson’s Concerto for flute, strings and percussion, had its premiere in Venice.

You can hear a concert featuring the principal flutist from the Sarasota...

Then & Now 9/20: Music From London
09/20/17

On this date in 1930, the first public performance of Elgar’s "Pomp and Circumstance" March No. 5 took place at Queen's Hall in London, with Sir Henry Wood conducting.  The first...

Then & Now 9/19: Romance of the Cello
09/20/17

On this date in 1894, the Brahms two Clarinet Sonatas were premiered at a private performance in the home of the sister of the Duke of Meiningen with the composer at the piano. They also gave...

Then and Now 3/31: Franz Joseph Haydn
03/30/17

On this date in musical history, the father of the symphony, Franz Joseph Haydn was born in 1732 in Austria.  It’s also the date on which, many years later, Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma...

Sergei Rachmaninoff
03/27/17

On this date in 1897, Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 1 had its premiere in St. Petersburg, in a notoriously bad performance conducted by Alexander Glazunov.  The performance was so bad that the...

Michael Torke
11/09/16

Two works for guitar had their premieres on today’s date.  In 1940, Rodrigo’s popular "Concierto de Aranjuez" for guitar and orchestra, had its first performance in Barcelona, and in 1994, Michael...