Tchaikovsky

Airs Monday, May 11, at 11 a.m. This week on the San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas takes the podium to lead the orchestra in a new work called "Lineage,' by Di Castri, the Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Opus 44 by Prokofiev, and Stravinsky's Divertimento from The Fairy's Kiss. Pianist Yefim Bronfman will be featured in the center performing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Opus 23. 

Airs Monday, April 20, at 11 a.m. A new season of concerts from the San Francisco Symphony begins this week when Semyon Bychkov takes the podium and is joined by violinist Pinchas Zukerman for Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26. The concert will open with Wagner Overture to Tannhäuser (the Dresden version), and we'll hear Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64 plus as an encore Kissine's Post-scriptum (with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting. Join us for a new season of concert by the San Francisco Symphony each Monday at 11 a.m. on Red River Radio.

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Airs Saturday, February 14, at 12 noon. The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of a new double bill:  Tchaikovsky’s romantic fairy tale Iolanta, with soprano Anna Netrebko in the title role of a blind princess, tenor Piotr Beczala as Vaudémont, a knight who falls in love with her, and baritone Aleksei Markov as Robert, her fiancé; and Bartók’s harrowing Bluebeard’s Castle, with soprano Nadja Michael as a bride who discovers the terrifying truth about her new husband, sung by bass Mikhail Petrenko. Valery Gergiev conducts both operas. This production, by Mariusz Trelinski, marks the company premiere of Iolanta, Tchaikovsky’s final opera, as well as the Met’s first-ever staged performances of Bluebeard’s Castle in its original Hungarian. Iolanta/ Bluebeard’s Castle will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, February 14.

Airs Wednesday, December 24 at 8 p.m. Classical New England's James David Jacobs goes behind the scenes for Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker, uncovering the secrets of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece with conductor Jonathan McPhee, cast members, and the audience at the Boston Opera House. The story – and the music – unfolds as never before in this gripping narrative.

Airs Tuesday, December 24 at 7 p.m. Classical New England's James David Jacobs goes behind the scenes for Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker, uncovering the secrets of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece with conductor Jonathan McPhee, cast members, and the audience at the Boston Opera House. The story – and the music – unfolds as never before in this gripping narrative.

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