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Musical Dances, a Carnival, and a Chaconne on Fretworks

25, 2014

This week on Fretworks, a program devoted primarily to the classical guitar, we’ll start with a lot of mandolins for a Slavonic Dance by Antonin Dvorak with the Toulouse Mandolin Ensemble. Then Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang performs Fransisco Tarrega’s Variations on the Carnival of Venice.

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.

The Great American Symphony

8, 2013

We’ve just celebrated Independence Day, which means most of us had a good dose of All-American music by the likes of Sousa, Copland, and Gershwin. Now seems a good time to take this one step further and look at the larger American music landscape.

Quartet Gives ‘Pop-Up’ Concert on Airplane Sitting on Tarmac

10, 2013

While their airplane waited on the tarmac for three hours recently, members of the Philadelphia Orchestra – touring China for the first time in 40 years- gave a “pop-up” concert for their fellow passengers.

Dvorak for Mandolins and Schubert for Guitar on Next Fretworks

6, 2013

Fretworks, our weekly program for music for the classical guitar, will feature several unique arrangements for the next broadcast on Saturday evening at 7 pm here on Classical 101. Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances have long been popular in their orchestral version, but we have one of them arranged for the Toulouse Mandolin Ensemble [...]

A musical toast to the Top Ten Classical Mothers

8, 2013

Haydn’s father would play the harp, while iss mother sang the melodies.

Music from North America on Next Fretworks

25, 2013

On the next Fretworks broadcast this Saturday evening at 7 pm, we conclude our month-long geographical excursion for International Guitar Month with music from North America.

Next Fretworks: Bach on 8-String Guitar and Dvorak for 4 Mandolins

Paul Galbraith In Practice
Paul Galbraith In Practice
February 9, 2013

This week, we’ll hear Bach played on an unusual 8-string guitar by Paul Galbraith as well as the Modern Mandolin Quartet and guitarist John Williams.

Sounds of The Big Apple Saturday on The American Sound

black-and-white photo of the Brooklyn Bridge leading to Manhattan
The Brooklyn Bridge - one of New York City's icons - leads gracefully across the East River to Manhattan.
24, 2013

There’s nothing like seeing Lincoln Center all dolled up at night or walking through Central Park on a slightly chilly autumn Saturday morning. And there’s nothing like the city’s rich traditions in classical music and jazz. Join Classical 101′s Jennifer Hambrick for a program of music inspired by NYC this Saturday at 6 pm on The American Sound.

Dvorak’s Great-Grandson, Josef Suk, Dies At 81

Josef Suk conducting the Suk Chamber Orchestra in a 2000 concert.
Josef Suk conducting the Suk Chamber Orchestra in a 2000 concert.
11, 2011

Josef Suk, know in many music circles as a stellar interpreter of his great-grandfather Antonin Dvorak’s Violin Concerto and chamber works has died after a lengthy illness.