Mornings this week on Classical 91.5

The holidays can feel like one giant To Do List, so I'm truly grateful for the calm beauty of music first thing in the morning, aren't you?

On Tuesday, December 10th, we'll enjoy with inspired recordings by flutist Laurel Zucker, lutenist Paul O’Dette, and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.  On the Composers Datebook, composer Morton Gould turns 100!  Garrison will celebrate an American poet famous for her fabulous gardens of flowers and trees.

Wednesday morning, wake to Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Vivaldi.  The Composers Datebook explores Bizet and Menotti on TV in the 1950s. Pianist Denver Oldham will take us on a journey to the Mississippi Delta, and on the Writer’s Almanac, Garrison offers us love, dreams, visions, and a cold wind.

Start Thursday with classical favorites by Bizet, Mozart, and Aaron Copland.  WXXI’s Julia Figueras will preview a performance of Bach’s glorious Magnificat and his majestic orchestral suite (including “Air on a G String”) in conversation with conductors James Feddeck and William Weinert.  And you'll have the opportunity to win a pair of free tickets to the RPO!

Did you know Santa Claus inspired a symphony?  We’ll hear William Henry Fry’s seasonal symphony on Friday morning, as well as a cheery horn concerto and slightly funky arrangements of Shostakovich preludes and fugues.

Finally, I’m collecting pictures and stories of musical ornaments for a future blog post.  What’s hanging on your tree that’s musical?  This angel (which is losing a few feathers every year) takes me back to Harrods department store and London and wonderful performances I experienced in college; hearing Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, seeing Puccini operas at Covent Garden, singing in Westminster Cathedral.  Send your pictures and stories to classicalatwxxi.org or via mail to WXXI, 280 State Street, Rochester, NY 14614. Find me on facebook (Brenda Tremblay) or Twitter.   I wish you a sweet holiday season of lovely memories!