The highly esteemed Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink will be 85 on Tuesday, and he’s still going strong in the concert halls and releasing new recordings.
This evening on Symphony @ 7 for President’s Day, we have a work inspired by the monumental sculpture of four American presidents carved into the Black Hills of South Dakota. Mount Rushmore by Michael Daugherty is a dramatic oratorio from 2010 for chorus and orchestra, and we’ll have a recent recording with the Pacific Symphony and [...]
This evening on Symphony @ 7, we have a musical treat in the form of the rarely heard Symphony No. 2 in Bb by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. He was 24 when he completed this work in 1865. His big break in the music world with his Slavonic Dances was still about a dozen years away.
This week on Symphony @ 7, we’ll pay tribute to the great Italian conductor Claudio Abbado by presenting a range of recordings spanning different periods of his conducting career, culminating Friday evening in a big performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection.
Undeniably one of the greatest composers who ever lived, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on this date in 1756. It is still a miracle when we consider the astonishing quality of music he left us, all written in the brief 35 years he had on this earth. And there was plenty of it, too.
For the next two weeks on Symphony @ 7 on Classical 101, we’ll be presenting performances from the top ten busiest orchestras in North America during 2013.
Starting today, Symphony @ 7 will be on hiatus until after Christmas so we can bring you a wonderful assortment of holiday programs for your early evening listening on Classical 101.
Russian composer Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936) lived through a very tumultuous period of his country’s history and remains a pivotal figure between the 19th and 20th centuries in Russian music. This evening on Symphony @ 7, we have his last completed symphony from 1906.
The Cleveland Orchestra was recently voted the “world’s favorite orchestra” by the London-based website Bachtrack.com, an international concert finder that ran a poll to find out which group the world loves best. After a month of on-line voting with nearly 12,000 votes from 97 countries, the Cleveland Orchestra clearly emerged in the top spot. You can see all of the rankings on their website.
Seventy years ago today, November 14, 1943, 25 year old Leonard Bernstein made a triumphant debut conducting the New York Philharmonic. He had been an assistant conductor with that great orchestra for only two months, but fate intervened to give his career a huge boost.