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Today is the 150th Birth Anniversary of Richard Strauss

1:25PM
June
11, 2014

June 11th is the 150th birthday of German composer and conductor Richard Strauss. Born in 1864, he lived until 1949. He was important in the musical developments of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He expanded the range of orchestral writing by both increasing the size of the orchestra and by enriching the complexity of harmonic language.

Simone Dinnerstein: Tiny Desk Concert

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3:20PM
June
10, 2014

Watch the celebrated pianist play Bach’s Two-part Inventions, which can zing with the speed of a sewing machine, or unfold slowly like a gentle aria.

Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony This Evening on Classical 101

4:11PM
June
9, 2014

This evening on Symphony @ 7, I have one of the really grand works of the Late-Romantic Era, Symphony No. 2 in C minor, the Resurrection, by Gustav Mahler. It’s part of our Mahler Monday presentations on Classical 101, airing from now until August 1.

Concerto by Mauro Giuliani and Mandolin Sonata on Fretworks

11:45AM
June
5, 2014

This Saturday on Fretworks, I’ll have the relatively rare Guitar Concerto No. 3 by early 19th century composer Mauro Giuliani.

In the Key of ‘D’anzmayr: Variety is the Spice of (Musical) Life

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ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Music Director David Danzmayr
12:31PM
June
3, 2014

I have found that the more I know about and listen to composers such as Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky, the more I appreciate well-crafted and well-performed music of other types.

Top 12 Classical Science Fiction Film Soundtracks

2001: A Space Odyssey
2001: A Space Odyssey is well known for it's profound classical soundtrack.
8:47AM
June
3, 2014

Music and film are inextricably linked. The right music can make a bad film tolerable, a good film better, and a great film a classic.

Mahler Mondays all Summer on Symphony @ 7

Gustav Mahler (German: [ˈɡʊstaf ˈmaːlɐ]; 7 July 1860 – 18 May 1911) was a late-Romantic composer and one of the leading conductors of his generation
A bust of Gustav Mahler. The late-Romantic composer was one of the most influential conductors of his time.
6:55PM
June
2, 2014

This evening on Symphony @ 7 we begin our ” Mahler Monday” series on Classical 101.  Each Monday evening until Labor Day, we’ll be playing one of the symphonies of this great Late-Romantic Austrian composer.  We’ll also have time for the song cycles and Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), a [...]

Music From Finland Via France on Symphony @ 7

6:45PM
May
28, 2014

Finnish composer Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947) was a younger contemporary of Jean Sibelius, and this evening on Symphony @ 7, his Third Symphony will be featured.

Otters Play the Piano at Washington’s National Zoo (Yes, Really)

2:04PM
May
28, 2014

The otters at Washington, D.C.’s National Zoo might have small claws, but they sure can handle a keyboard.

‘Time for Three’ Violinists Left Standing on Tarmac by Airline

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Time for Three
3:16PM
May 27, 2014

US Airways was not excited about Time for Three’s violinists, Nicholas Kendall and Zachary De Pue, when they tried to carry their violins onto a flight from Charlotte NC which was headed to Northwest Arkansas. They were told to put them in the hold.