Classical Archives

Midday Mozart
11/29/17
Each summer, Mozart scholar Robert Levin shares his brilliance with the students who come to learn and perform at the Sarasota Music Festival, where...
Then & Now 11/29: Time for Some Opera!
11/29/17
On this date in 1825, the United States had its first taste of authentic Italian opera, with a performance of Gioacchino Rossini's "The Barber of...
Donate to Help Expand WSMR's Signal
11/29/17
Please Donate to bring the joy and inspiration of classical music to more people. Classical WSMR is raising funds to enable us to expand our...
Max Bruch: Scottish Fantasy
11/28/17
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...
11/28/17
We have a day for giving thanks, followed by two days for getting deals but on #GivingTuesday it’s your chance to make an impact by supporting your...
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...
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....
Then & Now 11/27:  Musical Matinees
11/27/17
On this date in 1855, a small band of musicians gave the first in a series of chamber music concerts at Dodworth’s Hall in New York City. And as a...
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...
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...
Then & Now 11/22:  Can you Handel it?
11/22/17
Four works by Handel had their premieres on this date!  In 1712, Handel’s opera “Il pastor fido,” was first performed at the Queen’s Theater in...
Then & Now 11/21:  Chirstmas with Dale Warland
11/22/17
On this date in 1615, a letter was written by the Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi to a friend at the court of the Duke of Mantua.  The letter...
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...
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...
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...
Then & Now 11/20:  Beethoven, The Florida Orchestra, and WSMR!
11/20/17
On this date in 1805, Beethoven’s opera "Fidelio" premiered in Vienna. You can hear Beethoven in January at the Classical WSMR Night with The Florida...
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...
Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra: Violinist Julia Fischer
11/16/17
Charles Dutoit - Conductor Julia Fisher - Violin  [Photo:Julia Fischer Courtesy of the artist] Violinist Julia Fischer teams up with the Zurich...
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...
Then and Now 11/15: Bach-Fest Sarasota
11/15/17
On the day in 1787, Composer Christoph Gluck died.  He was a master of 18th Century opera.  His works included Orfeo and Euridice.  Today in Sarasota...
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...
Then & Now 11/14: Verdi’s “La Traviata”
11/14/17
On this date in musical history, back in 1997, Disney’s “The Lion King” with music by Elton John and words by Tim Rice sets a box office record for...
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...
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...
Then & Now 11/9:  Guitars
11/13/17
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...