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Youthful and Mature Mozart on Symphony @ 7

6:45PM
May
21, 2014

This evening on Symphony @ 7, we have an hour of Mozart with two fine contrasting examples of his art, a relatively youthful symphony of his Salzburg period, and his final piano concerto completed in Vienna in the last year of his life. Symphony No. 28 in C from 1774 (or possibly 1773) is one [...]

Rare Faure and Delius on Symphony @ 7

2:10PM
May
12, 2014

We begin this week on Symphony @ 7 with not-often heard music from two composers, one French and one English, whose lives spanned the 19th and 20th centuries, Gabriel Faure and Frederick Delius.

“Super” Composer Michael Daugherty is 60 Today

3:27PM
April
28, 2014

Contemporary American composer Michael Daugherty is 60 years old today. To celebrate the occasion, this evening on Symphony @ 7, we’ll have music that’s faster than a speeding baton and able to leap tall octaves in a single bound, the Superman comics-inspired Metropolis Symphony will be our featured offering.

Four Legends from the Kalevala on Symphony @ 7

Jean Sibelius in 1913
Jean Sibelius in 1913
7:00PM
April 21, 2014

On Monday’s Symphony @7, we enter the world of Finnish mythology for the Four Legends from the Kalevala by Jean Sibelius.

Underrated Sibelius on Symphony @ 7

5:02PM
April
8, 2014

Join me this evening for Symphony @ 7 on Classical 101 to hear music of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The not-often-enough heard Symphony No. 6 from 1923 is serene and beautiful, brooding and melancholy.

Conductor Bernard Haitink Turns 85 This Week

1:25PM
March
3, 2014

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.

Monumental Music for President’s Day on Symphony @ 7

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
3:00PM
February 17, 2014

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 [...]

Rarely Heard Dvorak on Symphony @ 7

1:56PM
February
10, 2014

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.

Conductor Claudio Abbado Featured This Week on Symphony @ 7

1:20PM
February
3, 2014

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.

Double Mozart on Symphony @ 7 For His Birthday

4:47PM
January
27, 2014

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.