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Weekly Highlights: September 11th - 17th

Famous bel canto soprano, Christine Nilssohn as the original Ophelie in Ambrose Thomas's opera, 'Hamlet.' Be sure to catch 'Opera and More' with Christopher Purdy this Saturday for more insight into this great work!

Every week is concert week on Classical 101, and we've got the playlists to prove it. Whether you adventure through the sounds of the United States with Jennifer Hambrick's The American Sound, or join Christopher Purdy for music made by musicians you might even see at your local grocery store with Music in Mid-Ohio; there's something on-air for everyone. Check out what's in store for this week!

Sunday, September 11th:

1:00 PM, Music in Mid-Ohio featuring "Musica Cubana" with Christopher Purdy and Orlay Alonso

Jose Vitier's Fresays y Chocolata performed by the Orquestra Solistas Habana


8:00 PM, Musica Sacra

Mozart's Masonic Funeral Music


Monday, September 12th:

7:00 PM, Essential Classics

Barber's Adagio for Strings will always be the iconic music of loss and lament. Just check out this heart-broken raccoon.

Tuesday, September 13th:

7:00 PM, The American Sound with Jennifer Hambrick

Americana Symphony by Mark O'Connor


Wednesday, September 14th:

7:00 PM, Fretworks with John Rittmeyer

Modern Mandolin Quartet plays Three Preludes

Thursday, September 15th:

7:00 PM, Symphony@7 with John Rittmeyer

Guitar Concerto No.1 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco


Friday, September 16th:

7:00 PM, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Arvo Paart's Miserere and Mozart's Requiem


Saturday, September 17th:

1:00 PM, Opera and More with Christopher Purdy

Ambroise Thomas's operatic adaptation of Hamlet based on Alexandre Dumas's French translation of the iconic tragedy by Shakespeare. The portrayal, not of Hamlet himself, but of his beloved Ophelia took Parisian audiences by storm due to the pop-culture phenomena known as "Ophelia mania" and the public fascination with the femme fragile trope in the late 1820s.

On September 11th, 1827, French composer Hector Berlioz attended the opening night of Shakespeare's Hamlet at the famous Odéon theatre and later stated: "The lightning flash of that sublime discovery opened before me at a stroke the whole heaven of art, illuminating it to its remotest depths. I recognized the meaning of dramatic grandeur, beauty, truth." In fact, it was the actress portraying the slighted Ophelia, Irish actress Harriet Smithson, who would become the subject of Berlioz' most famous work; Symphony Fantastique (1830). 

Thirty years later, Ambroise Thomas's operatic staging of the popular play went on to become one of his two greatest successes, the other being Mignon

6:00 PM, The American Sound with Jennifer Hambrick

Mojitos and Stilettos with music by Michael Torke

7:00 PM, Fretworks with John Rittmeyer

Gustav Holst's St. Paul's Suite