“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”

Tenor Nicholas Phan sings in Kilbourn Hall on Tuesday night.

Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelly had faith that love and reason would make life ever more perfect.  I have faith that spring IS coming and that great music and poetry will soothe our dark thoughts in this endless winter. There is so much to look forward to! Here's a taste of what's coming to you in the morning from Classical 91.5 FM this week . . .

Monday, March 17    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  We’ll enjoy recordings by Madrigalia, James Galway, and the newest release from Simone Dinnerstein.  On the Writer’s Almanac, endless singing and The National Gallery of Art.  Hear “the voice of the whale” on the Composers Datebook.

Tuesday, March 18    Meet tenor Nicholas Phan, one of National Public Radio’s favorite new artists, who’s singing Schubert and Britten at 8:00 in Kilbourn Hall this Tuesday evening. We’ll hear his latest recording as well as performances by young teens recorded live on NPR’s From the Top.  Rachmaninoff makes the cut on the Composers Datebook.   On the Writer’s Almanac, Garrison profiles John Updike.

Wednesday, March 19   In a new segment in WXXI’s Sharp Ears series, guitarist Nicholas Goluses explains how instrument makers are altering guitars to transform them into color machines.  On the Writer’s Almanac, Philip Roth and the hinge of spring.  Hear music of fish, birds, streams, and love.

Thursday, March 20   Ah, spring!  Wake up to radiant sounds from The Seasons by Franz Joseph Haydn, the wild exuberance of Carmina Burana, and the flutey call of spring’s first cuckoo.  You’ll meet composer Mark Olivieri, Assistant Professor of Music at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, who draws inspiration from a surprising source. We’ll hear Mark’s latest recording, and on the Composers Datebook, G.F. Handel passing the hat.  Not familiar with Mark's work?  Watch this:

March 21    Happy 20th anniversary, Jeff Tyzik!  On Friday, the RPO Pops conductor remembers a pivotal point in his life when music made all the difference.  Learn about Schubert's Ninth on the Composers Datebook.  On the playlist: J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, and . . . Jeff Tyzik, of course!