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Classical 101

Weekly Highlights: July 24th - 30th

The Metropolitan Opera
This week's 'Opera and More' features Verdi's 'Il trovatore'. It's gritty; it's violent; it's Verdi.

Classical 101 has insightful musical programming 24-hours a day, every day. So, tune in for weekend selections like Music in Mid-Ohio to hear musicians from our community, or check out the weekday evening shows such as Fretworks and The American Sound to hear the best music for guitar with John Rittmeyer, or Jennifer Hambrick's take on American composition.

Whether it's Classical, Baroque, Modern or Romantic; on Classical 101, it's bound to be a classic.

Sunday, July 24th:

1:00 PM, Music in Mid-Ohio with Christopher Purdy

Capriccio Vocal Ensemble
Puccini: Messa di Gloria
And you thought Puccini only wrote operas. For shame. 
Here's a sample of the rich sounds of Puccini's great sacred composition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDRmneL4MeA
8:00 PM, Musica Sacra

Handel: Messiah, parts 2 and 3

The second part of Handel's iconic Messiah covers the Passion in nine movements, including the longest piece in the entire work; "He was despised," an air for alto. The emotional endurance of the second part is only matched by the glory and energy of the final "Hallelujah" chorus of the third part. It's an emotional rollercoaster that has certainly stood the test of time.

Monday, July 25th:

7:00 PM, Essential Classics with Christopher Purdy

Schubert: Six German Dances


Tuesday, July 26th:

7:00 PM, The American Sound with Jennifer Hambrick

Copland's Billy the Kid


Wednesday, July 27th:

7:00 PM, Fretworks with John Rittmeyer

Slavonic Dance by Antonin Dvorak

These pieces feature folk rhythms inherent to Slavic music, but the melodies are entirely Dvorak's, and they are like individual gems. 

Thursday, July 28th:

7:00 PM, Symphony@7 with John Rittmeyer

Holst, The Planets

Originally scored for piano duet— aside from Neptune, which was intended for solo organ— Gustav Holst's The Planets eventually spread itself out to be one of the most iconic orchestral works of the 20th Century. Holst contrived the idea of a musical work based on astrology rather than astronomy after his friend, English writer Clifford Bax, suggested the theme while on holiday together in Majorca in 1913. Thus, one of the greatest early-20th Century works emerged.

(Even after its great public reception in 1918, Holst did not think of The Planets as his best work, but he did fancy the movement Saturn.)

Friday, July 29th:

7:00 PM, The Los Angelos Philharmonic Broadcast

Weinberg:  Suite from The Golden Key
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9, K. 271
Saturday, July 30th:

1:00 PM, Opera and More with Christopher Purdy

Verdi: Il trovatore 
The perfect Italian “get in there and fight” opera!
6:00 PM, The American Sound with Jennifer Hambrick

Michael Daugherty's Philadephia Stories debuted in November 2001 after being commissioned by commissioned by Music Director Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Philadelphia Orchestra. The work features diverse programmatic themes such as a simple stroll down a popular street in Philadelphia and even a musical tribute to the ghostly tales of Edgar Allen Poe. 

The final movement Daugherty describes as: "In Bells for Stokowski I imagine Stokowski in Philadelphia visiting the Liberty Bell at sunrise, and listening to all the bells of the city resonate. In keeping with Stokowski's musical vision, I look simultaneously to the past and the future of American orchestral concert music. I utilize multiple musical canons, polyrhythms, and counterpoints to achieve a complex timbral layering throughout Bells for Stokowski. "

7:00 PM, Fretworks with John Rittmeyer

El Condor Pasa for solo guitar

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