Airs Monday, June 15, at 11 a.m. On this week's concert by the San Francisco Symphony conductor Pablo Heras-Casado will lead the orchestra in works by Lully, Mendelssohn, Kissine, and Thomas Adès. We'll hear Lully's Overture and Passacaille from Armide; Three Studies from Couperin by Thomas Adès; Symphony No. 3 in A minor by Mendelssohn, his Scottish Symphony; and Post-scriptum by Kissine.

Airs Thursday, March 19, at 8 p.m. In the world of chamber music, there are many masterworks of the idiom - pieces that are continually performed year in and year out at festivals and chamber music series around the world. The piano quintet by Schumann and the D minor trio by Mendelssohn are two such compositions. In this program, we listen to these pieces performed under the musical direction of Associate Artistic Director Daniel Hope. The trio performance includes Simon Crawford-Phillips on piano, cellist Eric Kim and violinist Hope. For the Schumann Quintet, these three are joined by Benny Kim on violin and Carla Maria Rodrigues on viola.

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, January 2, at 11 a.m. This week on the next concert from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Donald Runnicles conducts and is joined by pianist Stephen Hough who performs the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert also features Euphonic Blues by Nancy Galbraith and orchestral highlights from Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelungen. Jim Cunningham is your host for the next concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Airs Thursday, December 11 at 8 p.m. Some historians believe that the origins of the string quartet can be traced back to the Baroque trio sonata, in which two solo instruments performed with a continuo section consisting of a bass instrument and a keyboard. Others suggest that the widespread practice of playing works written for string orchestra with just four players, covering the bass part with cello alone, helped formulate the idea of the string quartet. But everyone agrees that the string quartet rose to prominence through the work of Joseph Haydn, and that ever since, the string quartet has been prestigious, and considered a true test of a composer's art. In this program, we listen to string quartets by Haydn, Mozart and Mendelssohn, performed by the Miami String Quartet at the 2013 Savannah Music Festival.