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Classical 101

Weekly Highlights: August 14th- 20th

The Metropolitan Opera
A snapshot from the Metropolitan Opera's 2016-17 production of 'Carmen' depicts the spectacle of the opera perfectly. Don't miss 'Opera and More' with Christopher Purdy this coming Saturday for this iconic opera.

Every week is concert week on Classical 101, and we've got the playlists to prove it. Whether you adventure through the sounds of the United States with Jennifer Hambrick's The American Sound, or join Christopher Purdy for music made by musicians you might even see at your local grocery store with Music in Mid-Ohio; there's something on-air for everyone. Check out what's in store for this week!

Sunday, August 14th:

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

Trinity Lutheran Seminary's Choral Eastertide's performance of Haydn's Mass in B flat. ​This particular mass is commonly refered to as the Heiligmesse, but why? The Sanctus section is a unique setting of the popular Austrian tune Heilig.


8:00 PM, Musica Sacra with Christopher Purdy

Barber's Prayers of Keikegaard was truly an interrupted work, but its interruption helped shape both the composition and its reception. 

Barber was commissioned to write the extended one-movement cantata based on the written prayers of  Søren Kierkegaard by the  Koussevitzky Music Foundation in 1942. Of course, World War II had other things in mind. In 1954, Barber finished the work and it premiered December 3rd with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cecilia Society Chorus and soprano Leontyne Price, with Charles Munch conducting.

About the work, Barber once stated:  "One finds here three basic truths: imagination, dialectic, and religious melancholy. The truth Søren Kierkegaard sought after was a truth which was a truth for me."


Monday, August 15th:

7:00 PM, Essential Classics with Christopher Purdy

Schubert's Serenade


Tuesday, August 16th:

7:00 PM, The American Sound with Jennifer Hambrick

Gershwin's An American in Paris 

Wednesday, August 17th:

7:00 PM, Fretworks with John Rittmeyer

Torroba's Guitar Sonatina

Thursday, August 18th:

7:00 PM, Symphony@7 with John Rittmeyer

Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 takes the sunny disposition of Beethoven's former teacher, Haydn, and cavorts through minor keys with less weight than its predecessor. (Symphony No. 3, Eroica) For this lightness, it is often seen as less-Beethovenian and lesser than Eroica, but other composers such as Leonard Bernstein have not lost any respect for the piece.

Bernstein once stated the piece had a: "mysterious introduction which hovers around minor modes, tip-toeing its tenuous weight through ambiguous unrelated keys and so reluctant to settle down into its final B♭ major."

Friday, August 19th:

7:00 PM, Los Angeles Philharmonic Broadcast

John Williams' Soundings and Ginastera's Piano Concerto No. 1

Saturday, August 20th:

1:00 PM, Opera and More with Christopher Purdy

Bizet's iconic Carmen

6:00 PM, The American Sound with Jennifer Hambrick

Dominick Argento's Valentino Dances


7:00 PM, Fretworks with John Rittmeyer

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet plays Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6



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