Classical Archives

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...
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 102 in B-flat
10/18/17
Out of all of Haydn’s 106 symphonies, the Symphony No. 102 in B-flat is, at times, regarded as the best symphony the composer wrote, and it’s easy to...
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...
Paul Dukas: Symphony in C
10/17/17
The symphony wasn’t the most popular genre for French composers heading into the 20th Century; there’s really only a handful that we still listen to...
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...
Ferde Grofe’: "Five Pictures of the Grand Canyon"
10/13/17
Ferde Grofe’s Grand Canyon Suite was initially titled "Five Pictures of the Grand Canyon". The work is in five movements, each describing a scene...
Pepe Romero: Tampa
10/13/17
Pepe Romero is perhaps one of the best known and greatest classical guitarists of our time.  The legendary performer is giving a concert at the Dale...
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...
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...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat “Emperor”
10/12/17
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...
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Op. 10
10/11/17
The 19th-century world of symphonic writing was often a competitive, make-or-break sort of world, and for the 32-year old Dvorak, he was able to make...
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...
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...
Richard Strauss: Don Quixote
10/10/17
When Richard Strauss composed his tone poem Don Quixote, subtitled Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character, he intended for it to be a...
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C “The Great”
10/09/17
Franz Schubert’s ninth symphony was completed in 1828, the year of the composer’s death. The symphony is sometimes considered Schubert’s greatest...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Septet in E-flat Op. 20
10/09/17
Beethoven composed his Septet in E-flat in 1799 and the work encapsulates all of the musical entertainments of that century – it sits in the...
William Grant Still, his Symphony No. 1
10/08/17
Join us tonight for a symphony that shows how jazz and blues can hold their own when blended with traditional classical music. It’s the music of...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A K. 219
10/05/17
Mozart composed all five of his violin concertos in a matter of months – between April and December of 1775. Each one is longer and seems to be more...
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...
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
10/04/17
The subject of fate, and fate itself, had haunted Tchaikovsky since 1876, when the composer saw Carmen and was struck by the “death of the two...
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...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat K. 297b
10/04/17
Though it’s no mystery that Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for 4 Winds is charming, there is quite a bit of mystery surrounding it. The main problem...
Isaac Albeniz: Suite Espanola Op. 47
10/02/17
The Suite Espanola by Isaac Albeniz is a bit of a musical tour through Spain: each of the eight movements is named after and influenced by a region...
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in e Op. 98
10/02/17
Brahms completed his fourth and final symphony in 1885, and many of his contemporaries and audience-goers didn’t understand the work. The Fourth...
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”...