On The Air This Week

Highlights from Dec. 27 to Jan. 3, 2017

Tuesday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
12 midnight Euro Classics: Prague Nat’l Theatre Symphony Orchestra/Rastislav Stúr, conductor; Sergei Nakariakov, flugelhorn; Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 — recorded at St. Michael’s Church, Passau, Germany.
Thursday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Regional Spotlight: Choral Arts Ensemble (Rochester); Steve Anderson; Great River Chorale (St Cloud).
Friday, 7:15 a.m. Moveable Feast with John Birge and Minnesota Monthly‘s Rachel Hutton.
11 a.m. Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Spotlight: Haydn: Symphony No. 84 in E-flat.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Friday Favorites with Steve Staruch.
Saturday, 9 a.m., New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
10 a.m. Saturday Cinema with Lynne Warfel.
12 p.m. Met Opera: Gioachino Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri.
7 p.m. Candles Burning Brightly® with Mindy Ratner.
8 p.m. Euro Classics: NRK Radio Orchestra/Thomas Søndergård, conductor; Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor – recorded at the Concert Hall at the University of Oslo.
Sunday, 6 a.m. Pipedreams: An Organist’s Yearbook.
9 a.m. Vienna Philharmonic live on New Year’s Day.
11 a.m. Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, with host Alison Young.
12 noon From the Top.
1 p.m. SymphonyCast: Orchestra of the Swan/Kenneth Woods, conductor.
2 p.m. Minnesota Orchestra – live on New Year’s Day; Osmo Vänska, conductor; Dawn Upshaw, soprano.
8 p.m. Sunday Night Cantata, Choral Stream.
Monday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
Tuesday,1 p.m. Performance Today.

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On The Air This Week

Highlights from Dec. 20 to 27

Tuesday, 10 a.m. Carols and Cheer.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
10 a.m. A Hollywood Holiday with Lynne Warfel.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
6 p.m. Concordia Christmas, hosted by Steve Staruch.
12 midnight Euro Classics: Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra/Emmanuel Krivine, conductor; Wagner: Siegfried Idyll — recorded at the Philharmonie, Luxembourg.
Thursday, 10 a.m. St. Olaf Christmas Festival (encore), hosted by Alison Young.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Regional Spotlight: The Singers; I Cantanti; Eve Beneke, guitar; National Lutheran Choir.
6 p.m. Christmas at Luther, hosted by Steve Staruch.
Friday, 7:15 a.m. Moveable Feast with John Birge and Minnesota Monthly‘s Rachel Hutton.
10 a.m. Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Friday Favorites with Steve Staruch.
Saturday, 9 a.m., A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (live), hosted by Michael Barone.
11 a.m. Saturday Cinema with Lynne Warfel.
7 p.m. A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (encore), hosted by Michael Barone.
Sunday, 6 a.m. Pipedreams: On Christmas Day.
12 noon Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, hosted by Mindy Ratner.
8 p.m. Sunday Night Cantata, Choral Stream.
Monday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
Tuesday,1 p.m. Performance Today.

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‘Pipedreams’ host Michael Barone pulls out all the stops

Laura Caviani, jazz pianist extraordinaire, grew up idolizing Pipedreams host J. Michael Barone as her local church organist in the St. Cloud, Minn., area. On Wednesday, Dec. 14, as part of Classical MPR’s Pop-Up Classical series, Caviani came and played the grand piano in the sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church in downtown St. Paul — really charming renditions of holiday carols.

Afterward, Laura reunited with her organ idol and, well, here’s two minutes of Christmas cheer…

The piece they’re performing is Caviani’s own “Russian Strut,” modeled after Tchaikovsky.

(Kudos to Classical MPR’s Joe Trucano for Pop Up Classical, and thanks to MPR engineer Michael “Ozzie” Osborne for the spontaneous iPhone video!)

On The Air This Week

Highlights from Dec. 13 to 20

Tuesday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
7 p.m. Hollywood Holiday with Lynne Warfel.
Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
7 p.m. Advent Voices with Lynne Warfel.
12 midnight South America Classics: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä, conductor; Sibelius: Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104 — recorded at the São Paulo Concert Hall.
Thursday, 11 a.m. Christmas with Cantus, hosted by Alison Young.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Regional Spotlight: Valley Chamber Chorale; Ancia Saxophone Quartet; Lumina ensemble.
7 p.m. Rose Ensemble Holiday Special.
Friday, 7:15 a.m. Moveable Feast with John Birge and Minnesota Monthly‘s Rachel Hutton.
11 a.m. Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Spotlight: Vivaldi: Concerto in F Minor for Violin and Orchestra, RV 297 Winter.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Friday Favorites with Steve Staruch.
7 p.m. Welcome, Christmas!
Saturday, 9 a.m., New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
10 a.m. Saturday Cinema with Lynne Warfel.
12 p.m. Met Opera: Verdi’s Rigoletto.
5 p.m. A Prairie Home Companion: Rebroadcast from February 2015, with guests Jerry Douglas and The Earls of Leicester, Rhiannon Giddens, Sarah Jarosz, and Punch Brothers; hosted by Chris Thile and recorded at the Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul.
8 p.m. Euro Classics: Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra/Roderich Kreile, conductor; Ute Selbig, soprano; Anette Markert, contralto; Andreas Weller, tenor; Henryk Böhm, bass; Dresden Kreuzchor; Bach: Christmas Oratorio, Part III – recorded at the Kreuzkirche, Dresden.
Sunday, 6 a.m. Pipedreams: A Seasonal Celebration.
12 noon From the Top.
1 p.m. SymphonyCast: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra/Christian Zacharias, conductor & piano.
2 p.m. Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Messiah (live), hosted by Alison Young.
8 p.m. Sunday Night Cantata, Choral Stream.
Monday, 10 a.m. A Chanticleer Christmas.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
7 p.m. The Nutcracker, hosted by Alison Young.
Tuesday,1 p.m. Performance Today.
7 p.m. Carols and Cheer.

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Composer Corner: Berlioz

December’s composer of the month is Hector Berlioz

 

Born: Dec. 11, 1803

Died: Mar. 8, 1869

 

Five facts:

• The composer’s father (a respected physician) wanted Hector to study medicine. He studied for a couple years but hated it — much to his father’s dismay — and began to study music. One of the final “straws that broke the camel’s back” was an anatomy class during which Hector decided he’d had enough and leapt out a window.
• It is believed that Berlioz composed Symphony fantastique (at least a part of it) under the influence of opium. Leonard Bernstein once said, “Berlioz tells it like it is. You take a trip, you wind up screaming at your own funeral.”
• Niccolo Paganini commissioned a viola concerto from Berlioz, but the initial sketches weren’t difficult enough (and there were too many resting measures) for the violist. Those sketches eventually became Harold en Italie.
• Fellow French composers had strong opinions on Berlioz. Ravel said he was “a musician of great genius and little talent,” while Debussy called him “a monster.”
• His Grande Messe des morts (Requiem) is scored for a huge collection of over 400 performers, including singers and four brass bands. In the score, he noted, “if space permits, the chorus may be doubled or tripled, and the orchestra be proportionally increased.”

 

Three important works:

• Symphonie fantastique (1830)
• Grande Messe des morts (1837)
• Le carnaval romain (1844)

 

Audio Backpack playlist: Hector Berlioz

On The Air This Week

Highlights from Dec. 6 to Dec. 13

Tuesday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
7 p.m. Advent Voices with Lynne Warfel.
12 midnight Euro Classics: Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, Heilbronn/Ruben Gazarian, conductor; Carolin Widmann, violin; Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61 — recorded at the Rococo Theatre, Schwetzingen.
Thursday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Regional Spotlight: Medalist Concert Band; Exultate; Copper Street Brass.
7 p.m. Christmas with the National Lutheran Choir, hosted by Steve Staruch .
Friday, 7:15 a.m. Moveable Feast with John Birge and Minnesota Monthly‘s Rachel Hutton.
11 a.m. Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Spotlight: Haydn: Symphony No. 88 in G.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Friday Favorites with Steve Staruch.
8 p.m. Minnesota Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah; Douglas Boyd, conductor; Mireille Asselin, soprano; Sofia Selowsky, mezzo; Thomas Cooley, tenor; Philip Cutlip, baritone; Minnesota Chorale; live from Orchestra Hall, hosted by Brian Newhouse.
Saturday, 9 a.m., New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
10 a.m. Saturday Cinema with Lynne Warfel.
12 p.m. Met Opera: L’Amour de Loin by Kaija Saariaho.
5 p.m. A Prairie Home Companion: hosted by Chris Thile with guests with Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Yo-Yo Ma, and Edgar Meyer, live from The Town Hall, New York.
8 p.m. Euro Classics: Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra/Roderich Kreile, conductor; Ute Selbig, soprano; Anette Markert, contralto; Andreas Weller, tenor; Henryk Böhm, bass; Dresden Kreuzchor; Bach: Christmas Oratorio, Part II – recorded at the Kreuzkirche, Dresden.
Sunday, 6 a.m. Pipedreams: Holiday Pipes.
12 noon From the Top.
1 p.m. SymphonyCast: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra/Martin Fröst, conductor & clarinet.
8 p.m. Sunday Night Cantata, Choral Stream.
Monday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
7 p.m. Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Special.
Tuesday,1 p.m. Performance Today.
7 p.m. Hollywood Holiday, hosted by Lynne Warfel.

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The secrets of Mozart’s “Magic Flute”

Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” is widely regarded as one of history’s most influential and important operas. And in TED-Ed’s video, “The Secrets of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’,” teacher Joshua Borths investigates the intentional symbolism found in the opera, and the relationship between the opera and Freemasonry.

One of the symbolic elements of the opera that pops up repeatedly is the number three — a very important number in Freemasonry, representing order and balance. As Borths notes, there are three trials, three ladies, three spirits, and three doors. A large portion of the opera is written in E-flat major, which has a key signature of three flats. In addition, many Masonic rituals began with three knocks, and those are referenced in the opera by three powerful opening chords — root position E-flat major, root position C minor, and an inverted E-flat major.

Watch the TED-Ed video below to learn more about the connecting threads between Mozart, “The Magic Flute,” and Freemasonry, and see the entire lesson on TED-Ed’s website.


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