Britten

Airs Thursday, August 13, at 1 p.m. This week on Carnegie Hall Live violinist Gil Shaham we'll join maestro David Robertson who will lead the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Together they present a beautiful program featuring the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Bernstein, Britten's Violin Concerto, Op. 15, Radial Play by Samuel Adams, and Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky. 

Airs Thursday, April 30, at 8 p.m. While Beethoven is generally acknowledged as the first great composer of cello sonatas, there have been numerous outstanding works written for the cello as a solo instrument over the last three centuries. Composers such as Boccherini, Grieg, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Shostakovich and Britten all wrote compositions that every cellist must come to terms with at some point in their career. In this episode we listen to a cello recital featuring Eric Kim, a veteran of the SMF chamber music series, former principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and current professor of cello at the Indiana University School of Music.

Airs Tuesday, February 10, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Tom Hundemer, principle horn with the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Shreveport Symphony Orchestra about the next concert with the South Arkansas Symphony and the Seasons of Love featuring music by Holst, Britten, and Copland which takes place Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium. More info can be found online at South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra or call 870-862-0521.

Airs Thursday, September 18 at 11 a.m. The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America is a phenomenal new group made up of 120 of the brightest young instrumentalists in our country. After a two-week residency of intensive rehearsals, they hit the road coast-to-coast this summer. Our program finds them in Carnegie Hall, led by the dynamic conductor David Robertson.

Airs Monday, May 26 at 1 p.m. Hailed as “a phenomenon” who “pulls together the most intellectually enticing and emotionally gripping [performances] in New York” (The New Yorker), Robert Spano leads his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a stirring performance of Britten’s towering masterpiece. The composer created this mammoth meditation against war by juxtaposing Latin texts from the Mass for the Dead with shocking depictions of battle by Wilfred Owen, a British poet who died in World War I.

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