Today, June 2nd, we heard Smetana’s Overture to The Bartered Bride. Smetana was a Czech composer who founded a school in Prague in 1848. This piece is the overture to a hugely successful comic opera. The composer saw the 100th performance of this opera, which was a milestone in the history of Czech opera. By 1952, it had been performed a thousand times at Prague’s National Theater! Tomorrow, our mystery piece is from an opera inspired by Wagner’s "Ring" cycle.
Today's early morning mystery piece was Maurice Ravel's La Valse. Georges Pretre conducted the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart (Hanssler 93013.) Congratulations to Robert, who guessed via e-mail at btre...@wxxi.org. Tomorrow, we'll hear a work by a Czech composer which, by 1952, had been performed a thousand times at Prague’s National Theater. Hear a daily mystery piece at around 6:40 a.m. on Classical 91.5.
Nina Assimakopolous teaches flute at Bowling Green State University and is an active performer and clinician worldwide. She has a very holistic view of both teaching and performing, and shared her thoughts on both as well as some very cool extended flute techniques with WXXI's Chris Van Hof.
Earlier this month, I was gone and off the air for a whole week. I thought I'd try Skyaking for a bit--didn't work out so well. After multiple bird strikes and $17,000 worth of skyaks destroyed, I decided on a safer endeavor and played racquetball.
Quartsemble is a string quintet of a different stripe. They travel comfortably from standard classical repertoire to up-to-the-minute new arrangements of Latino and contemporary music. WXXI's Chris Van Hof chatted with them about their unique programming, the key to good educational concerts, and how to write tango for five strings.
WXXI Classical 91.5's Chris Van Hof's discussion with conductor Brian Story about the pleasures and challenges of leading a community concert band, and how to program good music for a St. Patrick's Day concert.