Airs Monday, May 18, at 11 a.m. On this week's broadcast concert by the San Francisco Symphony Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in one of Gustav Mahler's most personal musical statements, his Symphony No. 9 in D major, full of farewells and transitions while grasping strongly at life and accepting mortality. Also on the program La Mer by Claude Debussy.

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 Monday, February 9, at 11 a.m. This week from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra it’s a concert of Debussy, Ravel, and Mendelssohn.  Juraj Valcuha conducts Debussy’s La Mer and Ravel’s La Valse.  Violinist Stefan Jackiw will then join the orchestra for the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, and there’s a world premiere of Supplica by Christopher Rouse.  Jim Cunningham will host the broadcast by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from Public Radio International.

Airs Monday, July 22 at 11 a.m. This week on the Pittsburgh Symphony maestro Manfred Honeck leads the Orchestra with pianist Lise de la Salle joining him on stage for a performance of Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major. Also on the concert, Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Lilli Boulanger’s Psalm 130 featuring the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. 

Airs Monday, July 15 at 11 a.m. This week on the Pittsburgh Symphony concert Gianandrea Noseda take the podium once again for a concert filled with orchestral delights including Ottorino Respighi’s “La boutique fantasque," Claude Debussy’s Iberia and Manuel de Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat Suites Nos. 1 and 2.