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Weekly Highlights: May 29 - June 4

Listen this Saturday for 'Opera and More' with Christopher Purdy at 1:00 PM.

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, May 29th - June 4th:

Sunday, May 29th:

1:00 PM, Columbus Symphony Orchestra Broadcast

Mozart's Symphony No. 41, Jupiter contains one of the most irreverent and, frankly, odd musical jokes of all the Classical repertoire. Just before the end of the first section of the first movement, Mozart inserted a tiny piece of Pasquale Anfossi’s opera Le gelosie fortunate for which Mozart had composed the score in 1788. It takes up most of the Coda. To make it even odder, Mozart takes the tune and uses it as a centerpiece for counterpoint with a false recapitulation thrown in to further expand the joke. 

(Listen for the melody under the lyrics: "Sei un po ' noiosa / Mia cara Pompeo / Le vie del mondo / Go studiarli," and then wait for it in the Jupiter coda.)


8:00 PM, Musica Sacra

Handel's Gideon 

Monday, May 30th:

7:00 PM, Essential Classics

Beethoven's Symphony No. 1


Tuesday, May 31st:

7:00 PM, The American Sound

David Amram's American Dance Suite

Amram said in his program notes for this work: "The work is in three movements. I decided to make a dance suite as a result of working with Jacques d'Ambroise, the dancer, choreographer and founder of the National Dance Institute in New York.

Mr. d'Amboise wanted some of my music for a dance he was to create. After watching the excitement of seeing my composition choreographed (Mary Tyler Moore tap-danced in one section!), I decided I would write a piece celebrating American dance forms, as a concert piece, that could create a ballet in the listener's mind, and perhaps someday be danced to.

The first movement, Cheyenne, uses some traditional melodies of the Cheyenne people. An introductory fanfare is followed by a traditional Cheyenne melody taught to me by Hyemeyonsts Storm, the author of Seven Arrows."

Wednesday, June 1st:

7:00 PM, Fretworks

Bernstein's West Side Story

Thursday, June 2nd:

7:00 PM, Symphony@7 with John Rittmeyer

Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2


Friday, June 3rd:

7:00 PM, The San Francisco Symphony

Ravel's Ma Mère l’Oye Suite

Saturday, June 4th:

1:00 PM, Opera and More with Christopher Purdy

Handel's Hercules, composed in 1744, was is based on  Sophocles's Women of Trachis​ and the ninth book of Ovid's Metamorphoses with a libretto by Reverend Thomas Broughton. If that doesn't strike you as an odd assemblage of material for a Reverend to draw together for a libretto, I recommend looking up some of Ovid's more... um, descriptive poetry, and tune in to hear how Christopher Purdy desribes the work this Saturday. 

6:00 PM, The American Sound with Jennifer Hambrick

Mark O'Connor's Triple Concerto "March of the Gypsy Fiddler"

7:00 PM, Fretworks with John Rittmeyer

Guitarist Sharon Isbin's lively take on Zapateado