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Underrated Sibelius on Symphony @ 7

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

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
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

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

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

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.

Busiest North American Orchestras Featured on Symphony @ 7

13, 2014

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.

Holiday Specials All Week at 7 PM on Classical 101

A Chanticleer Christmas is part of holiday specials all this week at 7 p.m. on Classical 101.
16, 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 Symphony for the End of an Era: Glazunov’s Eighth

Alexander Glazounov
Alexander Glazounov
December 11, 2013

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.

Cleveland Orchestra Voted World’s Favorite in Poll

Severance Hall in Cleveland
Severance Hall in Cleveland
November 18, 2013

The Cleveland Orchestra was recently voted the “world’s favorite orchestra” by the London-based website, 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.