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San Francisco Symphony: Change of Venue

conductor Jane Glover

conductor Jane Glover

Jane Glover with San Francisco, Wednesday at 8:00 PM

Wednesday on the San Francisco Symphony broadcast, hear Jane Glover leading members of the orchestra in music by Bach and Handel. San Francisco has rolled out the hits with three of Bach’s Brandenburg concertos, Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks and Handel’s Water Music—not surprisingly, actually. Both composers born in 1685 were quite prolific, but put most of their energies into repertoire that didn’t look to the modern symphony orchestra. Bach wrote enormous amounts of music for the church and for the keyboard. He wrote some music for other solo instruments, but his orchestral output is comparatively small. Handel threw his lot in with the theater, composing opera and oratorio.

Nevertheless, Bach and Handel are two of the great masters; even symphony orchestras love to periodically pull them out of the library, scale down (you wont find clarinets or multiple percussionists), and give them a read.

On Wednesday’s broadcast, Jane Glover, music director of Chicago’s early music ensemble Music of the Baroque, leads members of the San Francisco Symphony in these Baroque chestnuts. Wednesday’s program begins at 8:00 PM on WFMT.

Jane Glover will be performing Haydn’s oratorio The Creation on March 30-31 with Music of the Baroque Chorus and Orchestra. The soloists will be Elizabeth Futral, Nicholas Phan, and Christòpheren Nomura. Those performances take place in Skokie at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, and at the Harris Theater in downtown Chicago on Monday. Before each performance, WFMT’s Carl Grapentine will give pre-concert lectures on Haydn’s The Creation (6:30 PM on Sunday in Skokie at the Doubletree Hotel, next door to the NSCPA; and at 6:00 PM on Monday in Chicago at the Cultural Center, Michigan Ave/Randolph entrance).



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