Exploring Music

Archive for May, 2010

Exploring Music: The Symphony, Part V

In the introduction to this week’s program, Bill opens with Carl Nielsen and the first movement of his first symphony.

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Here, Bill picks apart Nielsen’s First Symphony and continues to Rachmaninoff’s First, which was regarded as a ‘shipwreck’ soon after it’s premier to the public. Decide for yourself here:

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Listen to Bill’s description of Charles Ives as being one of the most original composers he has ever heard.

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Bill gets Charles Ives’ Second Symphony- do you?

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Bill enlightens us with the story of how Charles Ives’ amateur composer status belies something greater with his Third Symphony.

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Bill continues telling us how The Inextinguishable, Carl Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony, is made of pure energy. Maybe we could use it as an alternative fuel?

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Bill re-introduces Charles Ives and plays us his less-popular Fourth Symphony.  Ives was continuing his work as an amateur composer while he was still selling insurance as a full time job.

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Did Carl Nielsen predict World War II with his Fifth Symphony almost 20 years prior to the event? Decide for yourself here:

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Bill tells us how the end of Jean Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony is so original and profound that it still catches him by surprise today.

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Listen as Bill explains why the Symphony should have died out with the evolution of modern times. But he believes that Sibelius’ Seventh reinvents the Symphony to make it truly special for modern audiences:

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Bill is amazed by Rachmaninoff’s third and final symphony; listen to how he dissects the piece:

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Bryant Park presents after-work jazz and classical performances with renowned artists

Harried New Yorkers and visitors to the city can enjoy a series of five, one-evening-only classical and jazz performances hosted by Public Radio’s Bill McGlaughlin. These free Monday evening concerts will take place on the park’s Fountain Terrace (6th Ave & W. 41st St.) from May 17 to June 14, beginning at 6 p.m.

The Artists

May 17 – Karrin Allyson Quartet
Allyson, a three-time Grammy Nominee as Best Jazz Vocalist, at the piano with Rod Fleeman, guitar, Ed Howard, bass and master percussionist, Lewis Nash.

May 24 – Orion String Quartet
One of the world’s most sought-after classical music ensembles, the Orion has worked closely with Yo-Yo Ma, Peter Serkin, Andras Schiff, Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea.

May 31Memorial Day with Mark O’Connor
The Grammy-winning master fiddler and composer musical partner of hundreds of artists from Allison Krauss to Renée Fleming, from James Taylor to Yo Yo Ma, brings his quartet to Bryant Park for a Memorial Day celebration.

June 7Imani Winds
Like no other chamber ensemble on this planet. The name ‘Imani’ means ‘faith’ in Swahili and is a guiding principle for these musicians. The quintet performs its unique classical compositions which encompass blends of European,
American, African and Latin American music.

June 14Tara Helen O’Connor, Daniel Phillips, violin/viola, June Moon, harp
The charismatic flutist, a regular with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performing Debussy, Bach and Piazolla.

Bill McGlaughlin is a composer, conductor and Peabody Award winner. He is host of Exploring Music and St. Paul Sunday, heard over WQXR.

Bryant Park Corporation (BPC), a private not-for-profit company, was founded in 1980 to renovate, finance and operate Bryant Park. BPC is funded by income from events, concessions and corporate sponsors, as well as an assessment on neighboring properties, and does not accept government or philanthropic funds. In addition to providing security and sanitation services, and tending the park’s lush lawn and gardens, BPC provides public amenities and activities, including movable chairs and tables, café umbrellas, restrooms, restaurants and food kiosks, and many exciting events throughout the year.

For more information contact Joseph J. Carella Associates Inc. — Public Relations at 212-262-8800.

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