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Leonard Bernstein’s N. Y. Phil Conducting Debut 70 Years Ago

6:30PM
November
14, 2013

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.

21 Years in the Making, Brahms’ First on Symphony @ 7

4:00PM
November
12, 2013

So aware was Johannes Brahms of Beethoven’s spirit looking over his shoulder, it took him a very long time to get around to completing a first symphony. In fact he was 43 when Symphony No. 1 in C minor premiered in 1876. Three other major works for orchestra had already appeared before the First Symphony: Serenades 1 and 2 (1857 and 1859) and the First Piano Concerto (1858).

Berlin Philharmonic Celebrates 50 Years in the Philharmonie

Philharmonie Concert Hall in Berlin
Philharmonie Concert Hall in Berlin
1:09PM
October 15, 2013

On October 15, 1963, the Berlin Philharmonic inaugurated their new modern concert hall with Herbert von Karajan leading the orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. This evening on Symphony @ 7, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Philharmonie.

Columbus Symphony on Symphony @ 7 for Columbus Day

3:18PM
October
14, 2013

For this Columbus Day, this evening at 7pm on Classical 101 we will have our own Columbus Symphony Orchestra with Peter Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor. It was recorded in 2008 with former music director Junichi Hirokami and is a fine performance, too. I hope you’ll join us for that.

Russian Symphonies at 7 This Week on Classical 101

4:33PM
September
24, 2013

Yesterday evening on Symphony @ 7, we had Peter Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, the Pathetique as our main musical offering. For the rest of the week, we continue with other great Russian symphonies. Still to come are works by Alexander Glazunov, Dmitri Shostakovitch, Alexander Borodin and Sergei Prokofiev.

Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen Featured on Symphony @ 7

Esa Pekka Salonen (2008)
Esa Pekka Salonen (2008)
4:25PM
September 17, 2013

All this week, we’re featuring the Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen on Symphony @ 7. He recently won the ECHO Klassik Award for Conductor of the Year for his recordings of the symphonies of Witold Lutaslawski released as a set on the Sony Classical label.

Symphony of Sorrowful Songs for 9/11 at 7pm Today

3:08PM
September
11, 2013

This evening on Symphony @ 7, we have a single musical offering, the Third Symphony of Polish composer Henryk Gorecki, a nearly hour-long work he titled Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.

“Celebrating American Symphonies” Winding Down This Week

5:35PM
August
27, 2013

All during the month of August, we’ve been celebrating American symphonies on Symphony @ 7 on Classical 101. We’re winding down now for the final week. Yesterday, we had Aaron Copland’s Third Symphony, and for the rest of the week, it’s symphonies by Jerome Moross, Adolphus Hailstork, George Whitefield Chadwick, and Dan Locklair.

Music from East Coast and West Coast on Symphony @ 7

John Knowles Paine
John Knowles Paine
3:58PM
August 21, 2013

“Celebrating American Symphonies” continues this evening on Symphony @ 7 with music of the 19th and 20th centuries from John Knowles Paine and Lou Harrison.

American Masterpiece on Symphony @ 7

2:34PM
August
14, 2013

This evening on Symphony @ 7, we continue celebrating American symphonies with a bona fide American masterpiece, the Third Symphony of Roy Harris.