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Program Guide for Saturday, October 25, 2014

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1815 Camillo Sivori - Italian virtuoso violinist and composer (d.1894); pupil of Nicolò Paganini.

1823 premiere of Carl Maria von Weber’s opera Euryanthe in Vienna; acknowledged as one of Weber’s most important operas, but rarely staged because of the weak libretto by Helmina von Chézy (who also wrote the failed play Rosamunde, for which Franz Schubert wrote music).

1825 Johann Strauss Jr - Austrian composer of light music, particularly dance music and operettas (d.1899); known as ‘The Waltz King’, was largely responsible for the popularity of the waltz in Vienna during the 19th century.

1838 Georges Bizet - French composer (d.1875); in a career cut short by an early death, achieved few successes before his final work, Carmen, became one of the most popular and frequently performed operas in the entire repertory.

1864 Alexander Gretchaninov - Russian composer (d.1956); his works, especially for voice, achieved considerable success within Russia, and his instrumental works enjoyed even wider acclaim; by 1910, he was considered a composer of such distinction that the Tsar awarded him an annual pension; remained in Russia for several years after the Revolution, but ultimately emigrated, first to France and then, at the age of 75, to the United States where he remained the rest of his life, eventually becoming an American citizen.

1875 first performance of Peter Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at the Music Hall in Boston, by the orchestra of the Harvard Musical Association conducted by B.J. Lang, with Hans von Bülow as soloist.

1885 first performance of Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 in Meiningen with the composer conducting; last movement is notable as a rare example of a symphonic passacaglia; for the repeating theme, Brahms adapted the chaconne theme in the closing movement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata No. 150.

1923 premiere of Darius Milhaud’s La création du monde (The Creation of the World) in Paris; by the Ballets Suédois at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; influenced by Milhaud’s exposure to American jazz during a 1922 trip to the US.

1949 first performance of Frank Martin’s Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments, Timpani, Percussion & Strings by the orchestra of the Bern Musickgesellschaft; the work was immediately successful.

1971 Midori - Japanese-American violinist (43 years old); made her debut at the age of 11 in a last-minute change of programming during a concert highlighting young performers by the New York Philharmonic; when she was 21, formed the philanthropic group Midori and Friends to help bring music to children in New York City; in 2007, selected as a UN Messenger of Peace.

Program Guide

00:00 WCLV ALL NIGHT with Rob Grier
Darius Milhaud: La création du monde (1923)
Nicolò Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Op 6 (1817)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Op 10/3 (1798)
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in e Op 98 (1885)
Peter Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in b-Flat Op 23 (1875)
Max Reger: Variations & Fugue on a Theme of Hiller Op 100 (1907)
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in c (1890)
Hector Berlioz: Harold in Italy Op 16 (1834)

07:00 CONCIERTO with Frank Dominguez: Celebrating the Latin contribution to classical music
Ernesto Lecuona: Andalucia Suite--Santiago Rodriguez, piano
Isaac Albéniz: Asturias--Pepe Romero, guitar
Antonio Vivaldi: Guitar Concerto in D RV 93--Pepe Romero, guitar; I Musici
Luigi Boccherini: Guitar Quintet No. 3 in B-Flat G 447--Pepe Romero, guitar; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

09:00 FROM THE TOP with Christopher O’Riley and America’s finest young musicians; recorded Fall 2014: Highlights Episode - Featuring nearly twice as much music as From the Top’s regular episodes, this “Mostly Music” highlights program celebrates some of the best performances by young people From the Top has presented over the past couple of seasons. We meet a wonderfully quirky 14-year-old cellist, enjoy Mozart performed by a teenager from New York State, and we hear perhaps the strongest teenage baritone From the Top has ever encountered sing the music of Schubert.

14-year-old cellist Johannes Gray from Wilmette, Illinois
Capriccio by Lukas Foss (1922–2009), with pianist Christopher O’Riley

17-year-old pianist Kate Liu from Winnetka, Illinois
Presto from Piano Sonata No. 2 by Avner Dorman (b. 1975)

15-year-old violinist Gloria Ferry-Brennan from Langley, Washington
Allegro con fuoco from Violin Sonata Op 119 by Francis Poulenc (1899–1963), with pianist Christopher O’Riley

The Meshugene Quartet [18-year-old violinist Lisa Chertok from Vernon Hills, Illinois; 15-year-old violinist Rachel Stenzel from Holiday Hills, Illinois; 18-year-old violist Ariel Chapman from Lincolnshire, Illinois; 15-year-old cellist Christopher Gao from Long Grove, Illinois]
Allegro from String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat Op 117, by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975)

17-year-old oboist Nicholas Tisherman from Katonah, New York
Allegro, from Oboe Quartet in F K 370 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with pianist Christopher O’Riley

17-year-old baritone Aaron Bigeleisen from Pittsford, New York
Kriegers Ahnung from Schwanengesang D 957 by Franz Schubert (1797–1828), with pianist Christopher O’Riley

Quartet Tzigane [15-year-old violinist Graydon Tope from Minneapolis, Minnesota; 15-year-old violist Sloane Wesloh from Stillwater, Minnesota; 13-year-old cellist Parker Tope from Minneapolis, Minnesota; 13-year-old pianist Evren Ozel from Minneapolis, Minnesota]
Allegro molto from Piano Quartet in D minor by William Walton (1902–1983)

The Boston Children’s Chorus, ages 13–18, from Boston, Massachusetts
Alleluia by Randall Thompson (1899–1984), directed by Anthony Trece

10:00 MUSICAL PASSIONS with Eric Kisch: The Handel Opera Revival – Alcina with David Bamberger

11:00 OFFBEAT with Merry Peckham, from the Cleveland Institute of Music: Leon Fleisher Pt. 1 - Leon Fleisher was only 16 in 1944 when he was deemed “The pianistic find of the century” by conductor Pierre Monteux. Fleisher fulfilled his destiny, becoming one of the greatest concert pianists of all time, before the sudden loss the ability to use two fingers on his right hand when he was 36. Like a phoenix from the ashes, he rose to new heights as a pedagogue, a conductor and a concert pianist.

12:00 COMPOSERS DATEBOOK; CLASSICS FOR KIDS with Naomi Lewin: Modest Mussorgsky and Halloween Music

12:08 CLASSICAL WEEKEND with Jim Mehrling
Johann Strauss Jr: Waltz “Voices of Spring” Op 410 (1883)
Georges Bizet: L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2 (1876)
Johann Strauss Jr: Waltz “Morning Papers” Op 279 (1864)

13:00 OPERA IN AMERICA: San Francisco Opera
Jerome Kern: Showboat (1927)
Magnolia Hawks… Heidi Stober
Gaylord Ravenal… Michael Todd Simpson
Cap’n Andy Hawks… Bill Irwin
Julie La Verne… Patricia Racette
Queenie… Angela Renee Simpson Parthy
Ann Hawks… Harriet Harris
Ellie Mae Chipley… Kirsten Wyatt
Joe… Morris Robinson
Frank Schultz… John Bolton
Conductor: John DeMaine

Earl Wild: Doo-Dah Variations (1992)

16:00 CENTER STAGE FROM WOLF TRAP with Bill McGlaughlin & Rich Kleinfeldt
Robert Schumann: Abegg Variations Op 1 (1830)--Beatrice Rana, piano
Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel (1978)--Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin; Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Off the Beaten Track - Asako Hiraboyashi: Siciliano for Violin & Harpsichord (2008)--Gian DiBello, violin; Asako Hiraboyashi, harpsichord
Anton Arensky: Piano Trio No. 1 in d Op 32 (1894)--Atos Trio

17:00 CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER with Elliott Forrest: Britten and Prokofiev
Benjamin Britten: String Quartet No. 1 in D Op 25 (1941)
Sergei Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 1 in b Op 50 (1931)--Belcea Quartet (Corina Belcea, Laura Samuel, violins; Krzysztof Chorzelski, viola; Antoine Lederlin, cello)

18:00 FOOTLIGHT PARADE: SOUNDS OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL with Bill Rudman: Growing Pains - Songs about that wonderful/terrible time known as adolescence … from “Bye Bye Birdie” to “Hairspray” and “The Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

19:00 SYMPHONY AT SEVEN with John Simna
Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 Op 72a (1806)
Peter Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in b-Flat Op 23 (1875)

20:00 SATURDAYS FROM SEVERANCE with Robert Conrad - The Cleveland Orchestra, James Gaffigan, conductor; Yulia van Doren, soprano; Cleveland Orchestra Chorus; live from Severance Hall
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata No.199 “Mein herze schwimmt im Blut” (1714)
Johannes Brahms: Song of Destiny Op 54 (1871)
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 in d Op 107 “Reformation” (1832)

22:00 WEEKEND RADIO with Robert Conrad - Stuart McClean tells the story of “The Hairdresser”...We offer some choice Beyond the Fringe sketches...Jan C. Snow opines about the Lost Chord and John Aler sings about it...plus, This Week in the Media

23:00 LATE PROGRAM with John Simna
Richard Strauss: Improvisation from Violin Sonata Op 18 (1888)
Leos Janácek: Idyll for Strings: Adagio (1878)
Georges Bizet: Adagio from Symphony No. 1 in C (1855)
Sir Edward Elgar: Romance from Violin Sonata Op 82 (1918)

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