Thursday at 8:00 pm
Thursday’s New York Philharmonic broadcast features three conductors whose talents would have been enough for superstar status in any of several genres: the comedic timing of film star Danny Kaye was as keen as his tap dancing; band leader, pianist, and conductor Skitch Henderson went from leading major orchestras to the Tonight Show band; and Leonard Bernstein’s own music is as memorable as his presence on the podium or at the piano.
This historic broadcast pulls together a winter theme with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony Winter Dreams; the German dance Sleigh Ride by Mozart, which was intended for a Viennese ball; in the same spirit the program offers the overture to Die Fledermaus; and Skitch Henderson’s Winter Holiday. The family favorite Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev rounds out the evening. The broadcast offers seasonal fare while showcasing the orchestra’s close history with American artistry.
The New Philharmonic This Week airs on Thursdays at 8:00 pm, following Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin.