Airs Friday, July 20 at 12:00 noon. Spring for Music showcases some of North America’s most exciting orchestras at Carnegie Hall. In Program 1, the Houston Symphony performs an all-Shostakovich program including a rarity, Anti-Formalist Rayok, a protest piece that was not performed publicly until the Soviet Union was self-destructing. Also on the program is Shostakovich’s iconic Symphony No. 11. Music director Hans Graf conducts, with bass soloist Mikhail Svetlov.
Airs, Monday July 16 at 11:00 a.m. The city of Jackson Hole, Wyoming sits surrounded by the natural wonder of some of the world’s most spectacular snowcapped mountains, the Grand Tetons. The spirit of the American West is alive here, and the town serves as a gateway to two of the most beloved national parks – Yellowstone and Grand Teton. With an overwhelming abundance of natural beauty, it is no wonder that musicians have claimed this place as their own with the Grand Teton Music Festival. The festival celebrates its fiftieth year in 2011 with eight weeks of concerts.
Airs Monday, July 9 at 11:00 a.m. Perched in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Sante Fe is the nation’s oldest capitol city and has become a hotbed of artistic activity. Between the inspiring landscapes, the devotion to art and the city’s own diverse multicultural nature, there is no wonder why Sante Fe calls itself “the city different.” The Sante Fe Chamber Music Festival fits perfectly into this unique atmosphere, offering a six-week season of more than 80 concerts, recitals, master classes, youth concerts and open rehearsals each year. The festival celebrates the city itself in its concert venues, including the historic St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Sante Fe Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Simms Auditiorium at Albuquerque Academy.
Airs Wednesday, July 4 at 12:00 noon. The Ursuline Manuscript: Music from 18th-century New Orleans A program of early music, celebrating the 4th of July with music from 18th-century New Orleans. We'll celebrate the Fourth of July on Harmonia with a trip to the Deep South. The French ensemble Le Concert Lorrain will perform excerpts from the Ursuline Manuscript, the sole-surviving collection of music from 18th-century New Orleans. A release of Michel Blavet's flute music will also be heard. Hosted by Angela Mariani.
Airs Saturday, June 30 at 12:00 noon. Here it is—the granddaddy of grand-opera spectacle—complete with pyramids and potentates, priestesses and dancing girls, plus armies of soldiers and slaves! At its heart, a treacherous love triangle and a relationship that was never meant to be. Aida, the enslaved Ethiopian princess, and Radames, leader of the Egyptian army that conquered her homeland, long to be together forever. But someone else wants Radames, too—it’s Amneris, the jealous daughter of the Pharaoh himself! Impassioned arias, surging choruses, and exhilarating orchestral music show us Verdi at the peak of his powers–masterfully balancing pomp and pageantry with a deeply moving personal tragedy.