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#39 Jean Sibelius

Aug 27, 2016

Finlandia, Op. 26

Finlandia is probably one of the most widely known of all of the works by Jean Sibelius.  The original music was part of a larger work, written to accompany a series of tableaux illustrating Finland’s history.  The great patriotic finale Finland awakes deeply spoke to Finnish nationalism and was in great demand to be performed as a separate concert piece.  In the following year, Sibelius revised Finland awakes and renamed it Finlandia.

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#40 Alexander Borodin

Aug 27, 2016

Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor

Borodin’s Russian epic opera Prince Igor, which was unfinished at the time of his sudden death in 1887, was edited and completed by fellow Rusians Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Glazunov.  The world premiere of the completed opera was given in 1890 at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg.  The Polovtsian Dances are often performed in concert, with the Overture and March from Prince Igor

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In this edition of Concierto you’ll hear Uruguayan-born pianist Polly Ferman playing tangos by Kurt Weill and Stravinsky plus a musical setting of El gato en botas – Puss in Boots – from Catalan composer Xavier Montsalvage. Frank Dominguez is your host.

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En esta edición de Concierto la pianista uruguaya Polly Ferman toca tangos por Kurt Weill y una presentación musical de “El gato en botas” – por el compositor catalán Xavier Montsalvage. Frank Domínguez es tu anfitrión .

Tracing The People's Republic Of Beethoven

Aug 25, 2016

Imagine you're a teenager in Beijing in the 1960s and '70s, during the Cultural Revolution. Everything that's deemed Western and bourgeois is banned — so listening to a 78 rpm recording of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, powerfully transformative as it might be, is off limits.

Many stylistic winds blow through the repertoire of The Westerlies. The unconventional brass quartet from New York (Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler, trumpets; Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch, trombones) embraces jazz, classical, new music and dance — and in this case, puts a new spin on an old British ballad.

Gramophone announces Classical Music Award

Aug 23, 2016

Gramophone is pleased to announce the winning recordings of the 2016 Classical Music Awards.

Bloch: From Jewish Life

Rochester musician Annie Jacob-Perkins started cello at age 5 at Hochstein School of Music, and won a 2014 Hochstein Merit Scholarship and has been featured on NPR's show From The Top. She received a full scholarship to University of Southern California, where she now studies cello performance.

East End Quartet, 01/04/16

Aug 9, 2016
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East End Quartet

J.S. Bach/Ito: Chaconne

Originally performed on Backstage Pass on May 12, 2015. The East End Quartet, formed in 2013 by Eastman graduate students, has won many awards and recognitions including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Find out more about the group at:

Musicians of Rochester: Sergio Muñoz

Aug 9, 2016
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Born in Chile. Played guitar and violin before settling on viola because he had the anatomy (long arms) and felt at home. Collects socks. “Music is holistic. It’s not only playing an instrument, it’s how you talk to people, how you organize your week.” Greatest musical aspiration: be an enabler.

Musicians of Rochester: Bridget Kinneary

Aug 9, 2016
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By age 12, Bridget Kinneary began dreaming of changing lives through teaching music because her life was changed by Mrs. Fishburn, middle school orchestra director. The sound of beginning string players is music to her ears. Her mantra: “Whatever you are, be a good one.” Career goal: to never stop learning.