Classical 101 Highlights for January 31- February 6
Every week is concert week on Classical 101. Tune in to hear everything from Ravel to Bach with witty insight and conversation from hosts in-the-know. Here's a sneak peek of what's on the menu for next week, January 31 through February 6, 2016.
Sunday, January 31
Concerts at Ohio State, 1pm
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn played by OSU Symphony
Milhaud: Duo Concertante for Clarinet and Piano
Bennett: Three Songs for Band played by OSU Symphonic Band
Special performances by the OSU Women’s Glee Club.
Musica Sacra, 8pm
Haydn’s masterpiece oratorio, The Creation, emphatically celebrates the creation of the universe with texts from Genesis and Milton’s Paradise Lost. The work is scored for orchestra, chorus, and soprano, tenor, and bass soloists who represent the angels Gabriel, Uriel, and Raphael as well as Adam and Eve in Act III.
Haydn was inspired to write this work after visiting England twice between 1791 and 1795. During these visits he heard a few of Handel’s great oratorios such as Israel in Egypt, and the composer decided to try his hand at a large scale oratorio as well.
Monday, February 1
Essential Classics, 7pm
Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun is definitely “Music you know you know, even if you don’t know you know it.” Imagine a bucolic scene— idyllic in its stillness with the gentle chirping of birds— accompanied by a sweeping melody played on a flute. Or, imagine about a dozen commercials which use the opening theme to give the sense of “Nature.”… Either way, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune is a lovely symphonic poem for orchestra.
Tuesday, February 2nd:
The American Sound, 7pm
John Corigliano's haunting Red Violin, introduced by host Jennifer Hambrick.
Wednesday, February 3:
The Castellani-Andriaccio Duo perform Jongo.
Thursday, February 4:
Zhou Long and Chen Yi’s Symphony‘Humen 1839’ gives the listener a taste of Orientalism through tonality. Written in 2009 by two of China’s leading contemporary composers, Symphony‘Humen 1839’ commemorates the public burning of over 1,000 tonnes of opium, an event that led to the First Opium War between England and China.
Friday, February 5
The San Francisco Symphony on Classical Showcase, 7pm
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts pieces by Mozart, Bruckner, and Webern with the San Francisco Symphony.
Saturday, February 6
The Metropolitan Opera, 1pm
This Week: Mascagni’sCavalleria Rusticana & Leoncavallo’sPagliacci take center stage at Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera.
The American Sound, 6pm
Don Gillis’s A Symphony for Fun, introduced by Jennifer Hambrick.
This Saturday’s Fretworks features Seven Spanish Folk Songs by Manuel de Falla.