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October classical music calendar brings a cat-nappy harpis…

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Mahani Teave

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It was not until end of the 20th century that the volcanic Chilean territory of Easter Island in Polynesia received its first piano. So, we can consider pianist Mahani Teave a rare eruption of Western classical music in a place known for its stoic stone monuments. An international tour brings her to Toronto for a program that includes Bach, Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninov, as well as the Canadian premiere of Alejandro Arevalo’s Suite Rapa Nui, based on the island’s ancient chants. Oct. 1, Koerner Hall, Toronto

Zlatomir Fung

The young American cellist Zlatomir Fung first heard Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 as a preteen, just when he had decided to attempt a career in music. It was a recording of the piece by Mstislav Rostropovich, who premiered it in 1959 and for whom it was written. “Every time I play this piece I remember the joy that comes with discovering this music for the first time and its amazing power,” Fung said this summer before a performance with the Cleveland Orchestra. Hear one of the most demanding pieces of the cello repertoire from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and a wide-eyed phenom of the instrument. Oct. 12, Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

Bill Eddins

With orchestras out of work during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American conductor-pianist Bill Eddins found himself with time on his hands instead of a baton. He opened a microbrewery in St. Paul, Minn. – the MetroNOME Brewery, naturally – with a mind to quench thirsts and raise money for music instruments and instruction. Raise a glass to the music director emeritus of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, who not only conducts a program but tries out the Winspear Centre’s new harpsichord (named Olga) in a program of double Bach and more. Oct. 12 and 13, Francis Winspear Centre for Music, Edmonton

Noel Wan

This summer the Taiwanese-American harpist Noel Wan won an award in Philadelphia for her plucking abilities. Some weeks later, she posted an Instagram video of a housecat resting comfortably on her arm as she practised. You can imagine which of these things received more attention. But what the kitties don’t know, the harp enthusiasts understand – that Wan is not to be slept on. Oct. 14, Woodlawn United Church, Dartmouth

Christina Petrowska Quilico

Last week the pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico added the Oskar Morawetz Award for Excellence in Music Performance to a prize portfolio that includes Order of Canada and Order of Ontario memberships and a Royal Society of Canada fellowship. Before her piano top is cluttered with too many trophies, she performs Witold Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in a program titled War and Peace for the Kindred Spirits Orchestra’s season opener. Oct. 21, Flato Markham Theatre, Markham, Ont.

Rachel Fenlon

“Let’s service the music, let’s service the art, and all the other criteria can come second.” An operatic soprano who is also an accomplished pianist, the Berlin-based Canadian Rachel Fenlon has even been known to perform a cycle by George Crumb that involves manipulating the piano’s strings. While she considers that to be performance art, others just see it as an artist passionately following her muse. Oct. 22, Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, Lunenburg, N.S.

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Classical Music Playlist, September 27, 2023

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Cellist Ofra Harnoy

Just after World War I Edward Elgar was ill, his beloved wife Alice was ill and getting mysteriously smaller and more fragile; “She seemed to be fading away before one’s very eyes,” Elgar later recalled. He was also deeply saddened by all the destruction and change that the war had brought to the world he had known. All that anguish, on so many levels, found its way into music that, despite it all, emerged as Elgar’s profoundly beautiful Cello Concerto in E-minor.

Cellist Ofra Harnoy recorded the concerto at Abbey Road Studios in 1996 but the master tapes went missing soon after. Finally found in 2022, the recording has now been released in September 2023. That recording is today’s Midday Masterpiece.

6:00 a.m.

George Friederich Handel

Concerto Grosso No. 2 in F major Opus 6/2 HWV 320

Boston Baroque; Martin Pearlman, conductor

6:12 a.m.

Camille Saint-Saens

Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Opus 92/2

Munich Piano Trio

6:48 a.m.

Fernando Sor

Etude in G major Opus 29/11

Narciso Yepes, guitar

6:52 a.m.

Henry Purcell

Fantasia on One Note for 5 Viols in F

Orchestra of the 18th Century; Frans Bruggen, conductor

6:55 a.m.

Elliott Carter

A Fantasy about Purcell’s Fantasia upon one note

London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble; Christopher Larkin, conductor

7:00 a.m.

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Piano Concerto No. 3: I. Allegro ma non tanto in D minor Opus 30

Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Litton, conductor Stephen Hough, piano

7:16 a.m.

Franz Joseph Haydn

Symphony No. 96 “Miracle” in D major

English Chamber Orchestra; Jeffrey Tate, conductor

7:40 a.m.

Emilio Pujol

Tango Espagnol

Julian Bream, guitar

7:45 a.m.

Florence Price

Symphony No. 1: III. Juba Dance in E minor

Chineke! Orchestra; Roderick Cox, conductor

7:49 a.m.

Percy Grainger

The Gum Suckers March

Dallas Wind Symphony; Jerry Junkin, conductor

7:53 a.m.

Antonin Dvorak

RUSALKA: Polonaise in Eb major

Minnesota Orchestra; Eiji Oue, conductor

8:00 a.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in G minor BWV 1058

A Far Cry; Simone Dinnerstein, conductor Simone Dinnerstein, piano

8:14 a.m.

Leos Janacek

Lachian Dances

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Jose Serebrier, conductor

8:36 a.m.

Mario Albanese

Jequibau

Plinio Fernandes, guitar

8:38 a.m.

Paulinho Nogueira; Luiz Gonzaga

Bachianinha No. 2 / Araponga

Plinio Fernandes, guitar

8:42 a.m.

Anton Arensky

Piano Quintet: Scherzo Opus 51

Ying Quartet Adam Neiman, piano

8:52 a.m.

Ethel Smyth

Serenade in D: II. Scherzo. Allegro vivace in D major

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Odaline de la Martinez, conductor Tasmin Little, violin; John Lenehan, piano

9:00 a.m.

Ferdinand Ries

Piano Concerto No. 4 in C minor Opus 115

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Uwe Grodd, conductor Christopher Hinterhuber, piano

9:27 a.m.

Grace Williams

Ballads: II. Alla marcia solenne

BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra; Vernon Handley, conductor

9:32 a.m.

Federico Moreno Torroba

Sonatina

Javier Calderon, guitar

9:44 a.m.

Stanislaw Moniuszko

Bajka (The Fairy Tale): Overture

Warsaw Philharmonic; Antoni Wit, conductor

10:00 a.m.

Antonio Vivaldi

Mandolin Concerto in C major RV 425

I Solisti Veneti; Claudio Scimone, conductor Bonifacio Bianchi, mandolin

10:09 a.m.

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Solitude

La Pieta Angele Dubeau, violin

10:15 a.m.

Henri Vieuxtemps

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor Opus 31

German Chamber Philharmonic; Paavo Jarvi, conductor Hilary Hahn, violin

10:47 a.m.

Felipe Villanueva

Poetic Waltz (Vals Poetico)

State of Mexico Symphony; Enrique Batiz, conductor

10:51 a.m.

Frederic Chopin

Waltz No. 1 “Grande Valse Brillante”

National Philharmonic Orchestra; Richard Bonynge, conductor

10:58 a.m.

William Grant Still

Africa: Symphonic Poem

Fort Smith Symphony; John Jeter, conductor

11:27 a.m.

Francesco Geminiani

Concerto Grosso “La Follia” in D minor

Boston Baroque; Martin Pearlman, conductor

11:38 a.m.

Ethel Smyth

Concerto for Violin, Horn and Orchestra: I. Allegro moderato

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Odaline de la Martinez, conductor Sophie Langdon, violin; Richard Watkins, horn

11:49 a.m.

Carl Maria Von Weber

Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra in Eb major Opus 26

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Antony Pay, clarinet

12:00 p.m.

Arcangelo Corelli

Concerto Grosso No. 6 in F major Opus 6

Musica Amphion; Pieter-Jan Belder, conductor

12:12 p.m.

Ronn McFarlane

Fermi’s Paradox

Carolyn Surrick, viola da gamba; Ronn McFarlane, lute

12:19 p.m.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sinfonia Concertante for winds and orchestra in Eb major K 297b

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Libor Pesek, conductor Radomir Pivoda, flute; Jiri Mihule, oboe; Zdenek Tylsar, horn; Frantisek Herman, bassoon

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Throughout the year, the Kitt School of Music hosts a variety of shows that highlight professors and other faculty members as part of their Faculty Artist Series. NAU bands often perform alongside the instrumentalists, allowing them to share their musical backgrounds. 

On Sept. 11, musicians Steven Moeckel and Nathan Arch performed a series of violin sonatas in Kitt Recital Hall that demonstrated influential pieces from the classical violin repertoire. 

Moeckel has acted as professor of violin at NAU for 3 years, although he has played since he was 8 years old. Coming from a family of musicians, he said he always knew he would earn a living by performing classical music. By 19, he had served as concertmaster — or first chair violin — for the Ulm Philharmonic in Germany. He later attended Indiana University and quickly earned the position of concertmaster at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, where he played for eight years. He briefly joined the Santa Fe Opera and appeared as concertmaster of the Phoenix Symphony from 2007 to 2020.

Arch first picked up the trumpet in elementary school before moving to the French horn. He never intended to play the piano professionally but learned the instrument through lessons offered at his school. When Arch enrolled in college at ASU, he insisted he was only good at music and math and chose music as a major. Now, Arch has a master’s degree and a doctorate in collaborative piano. 

Although he has served as a staff pianist for NAU since 2021, he works primarily as the director of music for a Presbyterian church in Mesa, Arizona, where he plays the organ.  

“Luckily, as a pianist, other musicians always need us for their performances, so I was never afraid of finding work,” Arch said. 

Monday night marked the first time Moeckel and Arch performed together on stage. The two musicians prepared a collection of three sonatas — a musical composition written for the violin and an accompanying keyboard instrument — considered staples of classical violin.

“They’re gorgeous pieces,” Moeckel said. “They’re so different and so unique and yet so important in the repertoire, and I loved playing them. I was really interested in Nathan. This was our first collaboration as dual partners, and I thought, ‘Let’s see what we do with these standard pieces together.’”

Moeckel and Arch began the recital with “Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94b” by Sergei Prokofiev. This sonata consisted of four movements. 

The piece began somewhat calmly but quickly increased in tempo and energy, building tension as the sonata progressed. However, the tension was intermittently relieved by quieter, slower moments. Moeckel and Arch demonstrated expertise over their instruments as they played, moving seamlessly between the sonata’s loud, fast sections. 

The violin and piano complimented each other well — almost as if they were speaking. 

Upon finishing the first sonata, Moeckel and Arch received an extended round of applause from the audience. Members of the crowd stood to cheer as the two musicians exited and re-entered the stage during the moment of praise. 

At a brief intermission, the audience — consisting of NAU faculty, students and families — took the opportunity to speak with each other about the performance. A few minutes later, Moeckel and Arch returned for the second half of their performance.

The recital continued with one of César Franck’s pieces, “Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano,” which Moeckel described as an extremely romantic piece. 

Moeckel wrote notes in the recital’s program for the audience, giving insight into each of the songs they would play. He said each of the four movements of this sonata was written with an abundance of “lushness and melodic structure.” He also noted this is the most famous and commonly performed concerto. 

The romantic themes were clear as Moeckel and Arch played, with this sonata much slower than the last, transitioning between movements more gracefully. The two instruments continued to blend seamlessly and at times, seemed to mimic each other as they emphasized the same notes.

For the third and final piece of the evening, the pair performed “Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25” by Pablo de Saraste. 

This concerto is a “dazzling array of pyrotechnics for the violin,” Moeckel said, and it is widely considered one of the most difficult pieces to play on the violin. 

Although he first learned the piece when he was 16 years old, Moeckel said, he still practiced vigorously to ensure his performance was perfect for the recital. 

“Anytime I play something, especially as difficult as Carmen, I spend hours working on it to get it up to that performance level,” Moeckel said. “It’s one thing to be able to play things, but then the next level is playing it in front of people when nerves are involved.”

This 15-minute piece is fast, but the fifth movement was especially demanding as it moved incredibly quickly between notes on the scale. 

Arch said the technicality required to perform de Saraste’s piece was particularly rigorous and required extra practice.

“I’m good at learning music quickly, but when it’s as involved and difficult as the recital last night, it takes extra time for sure,” Arch said. “Steven and I rehearsed a handful of times at his house in Phoenix and then two other times in Flagstaff. To mentally prepare, I’ve found that just playing on stage as often as possible gets you used to the feeling.”

As the final piece came to an end, the two musicians received a standing ovation from the crowd. The applause lasted long enough for Moeckel and Arch to exit and re-enter the stage three times before they took their final bow. 

Ensuring his audience has a good time is Moeckel’s favorite part of performing live, he said. 

“Sometimes in the classical music field, we get a little bit too far away from the entertainment aspect because we have to spend so much time learning these things, and then an audience gets to hear it once,” Moeckel said. “The entertainment aspect is so important and that’s why I really love to play pieces that I know people are going to enjoy.”

As a professor, Moeckel wishes to translate that same entertainment factor to his students. He said he hoped these three sonatas inspired his students to dive further into the world of concertos.

“I’m bringing my 25 years of performing to the school and to the students who haven’t necessarily been exposed to these particular pieces,” Moeckel said. “For me, it was very important for the students to go, ‘Oh my gosh, we need to listen to recordings of Prokofiev,’ or ‘I want to play Cesar Franck.’”

Arch is taking a short break from big performances, but he will continue to perform at student recitals throughout the semester. Moeckel will perform at the Abby Fisher and Friends Faculty Recital alongside Abby Fisher, Emily Hoppe and Eric Lenz on Oct. 2 in Kitt Recital Hall. The Kitt School of Music will also host classical recitals throughout the semester open to NAU students.

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Classical Music Playlist, September 26, 2023

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George Gershwin

Written the year after his “Rhapsody In Blue,” George Gershwin’s 1925 Piano Concerto in F was, at the time, called a “jazz concerto” by critics and audiences. But with its Charleston rhythm, blues nocturne, sonata form and classical rondo, Gershwin brought together the two worlds of both classical and jazz. Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F is today’s Midday Masterpiece as we mark his birthday with some of Gershwin’s ‘greatest hits’ throughout the day!

6:00 a.m.

Antonio Vivaldi

Oboe Concerto in A minor RV 461

The English Concert; Trevor Pinnock, conductor David Reichenberg, oboe

6:11 a.m.

Joseph Kraus

Concerto for viola and cello in G major VB 153a

Tapiola Sinfonietta David Aaron Carpenter, viola; Riitta Pesola, cello

6:36 a.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in Eb major BWV 998

Plinio Fernandes, guitar

6:51 a.m.

Arnold Bax

Morning Song (Maytime in Sussex)

London Philharmonic Orchestra; Bryden Thomson, conductor Margaret Fingerhut, piano

7:00 a.m.

Jean Sibelius

Karelia Suite Opus 11

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Yoel Levi, conductor

7:17 a.m.

Joseph White

Violin Concerto in F# minor

Encore Chamber Orchestra; Daniel Hege, conductor Rachel Barton Pine, violin

7:40 a.m.

Josquin des Pres

Ave Maria

The Tallis Scholars; Peter Phillips, conductor

7:46 a.m.

Leo Brouwer

Afro-Cuban Lullaby (Cancion de Cuna: Berceuse)

Pablo Sainz Villegas, guitar

7:50 a.m.

Gabriela Lena Frank

Leyendas: VI. Coqueteos

Del Sol String Quartet

7:54 a.m.

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Sleeping Beauty: Waltz from Act I

Philadelphia Orchestra; Riccardo Muti, conductor

8:00 a.m.

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Symphony in G Major

Tafelmusik; Jeanne Lamon, conductor

8:15 a.m.

George Gershwin

An American in Paris

London Symphony Orchestra; Andre Previn, conductor

8:35 a.m.

Theodore Dubois

Piano Quartet: Allegro leggiero in A minor

Trio Hochelaga Jean-Luc Plourde, viola

8:40 a.m.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

DON GIOVANNI Overture K 527

Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Christian Baldini, conductor

8:46 a.m.

Antonin Dvorak

Symphony No. 7: IV. Finale in D minor Opus 70

Los Angeles Philharmonic; Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Alice Sara Ott, piano

8:57 a.m.

Franz Joseph Haydn

Symphony No. 94 “Surprise” in G major

Concertgebouw Orchestra; Colin Davis, conductor

9:22 a.m.

Frederick Delius

KOANGA: La Calinda

Northern Sinfonia of England; Richard Hickox, conductor

9:27 a.m.

Bear McCreary

Battlestar Galactica: Dreilide Thrace Sonata No. 1

Bear McCreary, piano

9:34 a.m.

Erich Korngold

Violin Concerto in D major Opus 35

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Andre Previn, conductor Itzhak Perlman, violin

10:00 a.m.

Johannes Brahms

String Quintet No. 2: I. Allegro non troppo ma con brio in G major Opus 111

Takacs Quartet Lawrence Power, viola

10:14 a.m.

Bernhard Crusell

Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in F minor Opus 5

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo, conductor Kari Kriikku, clarinet

10:37 a.m.

Jacob Shea

The Arctic Suite: I. Frozen World

Arctic Philharmonic; Christian Kluxen, conductor Eldbjorg Hemsing, violin

10:42 a.m.

John Knowles Paine

Overture to Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” Opus 28

Ulster Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta, conductor

10:54 a.m.

Joe Hisaishi

A Town with an Ocean View (from Kiki’s Delivery Service)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Joe Hisaishi, conductor David Garrett, violin; Itzhak Perlman, violin

10:59 a.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major BWV 1049

Musica Antiqua Koln; Reinhardt Goebel, conductor

11:14 a.m.

Craig Armstrong

Glasgow Love Theme (from LOVE ACTUALLY)

English Chamber Orchestra; Stuart Morley, conductor Claire Jones, Harp

11:19 a.m.

William Grant Still

Symphony No. 5 “Western Hemisphere”

Fort Smith Symphony; John Jeter, conductor

11:39 a.m.

Franz Schubert

Nocturne (Notturno for Piano Trio) in Eb major Opus 148 D 897

Takacs Quartet Andreas Haefliger, piano

11:50 a.m.

Jean Sibelius

Andante Festivo

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra; Mariss Jansons, conductor

11:54 a.m.

Johan Halvorsen

Entry March of the Boyars

Bergen Philharmonic; Neeme Jarvi, conductor

12:00 p.m.

George Friederich Handel

Concerto No. 2 “a due cori” in F major HWV 333

Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood, conductor

12:17 p.m.

Cecile Chaminade

Etude Symphonique Opus 28

Joanne Polk, piano

12:22 p.m.

Antonin Dvorak

Piano Quintet No. 2: III. Scherzo (Furiant) in A major Opus 81

Emerson String Quartet Menahem Pressler, piano

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Oscars conductor and composer Eimear Noone, from Ballinasloe, at the launch of the 2023 Top Security/Frank Maher Classical Music Awards for talented teens. Eimear is pictured with 18-year-old Daimee Ng, last year’s winner.

Eimear Noone, the award-winning composer and conductor from Ballinasloe, has lent her support to the 2023 Top Security/Frank Maher Classical Music Awards for talented teens.

With a €5,000 prize for the winner, this is Ireland’s largest classic music competition for secondary schools, and closing date for entries is October 6, 2023.

Eimear, who became the first woman to conduct at the Academy Awards (Oscars) in 2020, launched the call for entries to the competition by taking part in a photocall with last year’s winner, violinist Daimee Ng.

“Support for young artists and creative professionals is something we need more of in Ireland. Congratulations to the team behind the Frank Maher Awards for making a positive impact on young musicians both professionally and psychologically,” said Eimear.

Last year’s winner, 18-year-old Daimee Ng from The High School in Dublin achieved top honours in her Leaving Cert and has decided to forgo her university offers to pursue a career in music.

Daimee said, “It was wonderful to meet and play for Eimear Noone, she was incredibly supportive and gave me a lot of advice and encouragement.

“I’m now taking a gap year to attend masterclasses and explore the opportunities that the wider musical world has to offer before I audition for several renowned music colleges in Europe to start the next stage of my musical journey.”

The Top Security/Frank Maher Classical Music Awards were created in 2001 by Emmet O’Rafferty, chairman of the Top Security Group, to honour the memory of his late teacher, Fr Frank Maher, a pioneer in the nurturing of musical talent in secondary schools.

The awards went nationwide in 2012, and past winners include pianists Kevin Jansson and Aidan Chan, violinists Julieanne Forrest and Mairead Hickey and cellists Killian White and Sinead O’Halloran.

The awards are open to sixth year post-primary students of string, woodwind, brass and piano.

The €5,000 top prize will be used by the winner to attend a recognised place of tuition, a course of study in Ireland or abroad or on a purchase necessary for the development of their talent. The remaining finalists will each receive a €300 bursary.

Further information, rules and a copy of the application form for downloading can be found at: www.frankmaherclassicalmusicawards.com



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Classical Music Playlist, September 25, 2023

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Dmitri Shostakovich

Happy birthday Dmitri Shostakovich! He was born on this date in 1906 in Tsarist Russia and became a fast-maturing adolescent with the arrival of the 1917 Russian revolution that changed life into the Soviet system of deprivation and civil war. And while his conservative musical education never advanced past about 1905, he absorbed new early 20th century ideas and served them up in his music with scathing opinion and biting humor (which got him in trouble with Soviet authorities). Written as a conservatory graduation requirement, the 19 year old Shostakovich’s First Symphony enjoyed a spectacular 1926 premiere in Leningrad and established his reputation abroad the following year. It’s today’s Midday Masterpiece.

6:00 a.m.

Giuseppe Tartini

Violin Concerto in F major D 69

Orfeo Orchestra; Gyorgy Vashegyi, conductor Laszlo Paulik, violin

6:19 a.m.

Franz Joseph Haydn

Sinfonia Concertante in Bb major HOB 105

Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Claudio Abbado, conductor Marieke Blankestijn, violin; William Conway, cello; Douglas Boyd, oboe; Matthew Wilkie, bassoon

6:40 a.m.

Agustin Barrios

Danza Paraguaya No. 1

David Russell, guitar

6:43 a.m.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Concerto No. 25: I. Allegro maestoso in C major K 503

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Jeremy Denk, conductor Jeremy Denk, piano

6:59 a.m.

Arcangelo Corelli

Concerto Grosso No. 12 in F major Opus 6

The English Concert; Trevor Pinnock, conductor

7:11 a.m.

Alexander Glazunov

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B major Opus 100

Russian National Orchestra; Jose Serebrier, conductor Alexander Romanovsky, piano

7:30 a.m.

Heitor Villa-Lobos

Choros No. 5: Alma Brasileira

Assad Brothers Sergio Assad, guitar; Odair Assad, guitar

7:35 a.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Fugue “Little Fugue” in G minor BWV 578

Canadian Brass

7:40 a.m.

Hamilton Harty

Fantasy Scenes

Ulster Orchestra; Takuo Yuasa, conductor

7:53 a.m.

Fanny Mendelssohn

Piano Trio: IV. Finale in D minor

Nash Ensemble

8:00 a.m.

Antonio Vivaldi

Violin Concerto, Op. 3, No. 6 in A minor Opus 3/6 RV 356

Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Iona Brown, conductor Angel Romero, guitar

8:09 a.m.

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Symphony No. 8 in F major Opus 93

Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

8:34 a.m.

Sade Adu

Love Is Stronger Than Pride

Voces8; Eric Whitacre, conductor Carlos Simon, piano

8:40 a.m.

Dmitri Shostakovich

Festive Overture Opus 96

Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Litton, conductor

8:47 a.m.

John Williams

STAR WARS – THE FORCE AWAKENS: The Jedi Steps and Finale

Studio Orchestra; John Williams, conductor

8:57 a.m.

Cesar Franck

Symphony in D minor

Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Pierre Monteux, conductor

9:38 a.m.

Agustin Barrios

Maxixe

Xuefei Yang, guitar

9:42 a.m.

Aaron Copland

Cuban Dance (Danzon Cubano)

New World Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

9:50 a.m.

Pietro Locatelli

Concerto Grosso No. 5 in D major Opus 1/5

Europa Galante; Fabio Biondi, conductor

10:00 a.m.

Frederick the Great

Flute Concerto in C major

C. P. E. Bach Chamber Orchestra; Peter Schreier, conductor Patrick Gallois, flute

10:15 a.m.

Max Richter

In the Garden

La Pieta Angele Dubeau, violin

10:22 a.m.

Joseph Kraus

Sinfonia in Eb major VB 144

Concerto Koln

10:43 a.m.

Adolfo Mejia

Bambuco en mi in E minor Bambuco in e minor

Jose Antonio Escobar, guitar

10:48 a.m.

Robert Schumann

Concertpiece for 4 horns & orchestra: I. Lebhaft in F major Opus 86

Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor Members of…

10:56 a.m.

George Friederich Handel

Water Music Suite No. 1 in F major HWV 348

Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Charles Mackerras, conductor

11:31 a.m.

Elena Kats-Chernin

Russian Rag

Sydney Alpha Ensemble; David Stanhope, conductor

11:36 a.m.

Dmitri Shostakovich

Prelude and Fugue No. 17 in Ab major Opus 87/17

David Jalbert, piano

11:43 a.m.

Giovanni Gabrieli

Canzon in the 1st tone

Philadelphia & Cleveland Orchestra Brass Ensembles

11:48 a.m.

Johannes Brahms

String Quintet No. 1: I. Allegro non troppo ma con brio in F major Opus 88

Takacs Quartet Lawrence Power, viola

12:00 p.m.

George Enescu

Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A major Opus 11

London Symphony Orchestra; Andre Previn, conductor

12:13 p.m.

Enrique Soro

Danza Fantastica

Chile Symphony Orchestra; Jose Luis Dominguez, conductor

12:19 p.m.

Kevin Puts

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Guests at the opening ceremony of the 25th/26th Beijing Music Festival Photo: Courtesy of Beijing Music Festival

Guests at the opening ceremony of the 25th/26th Beijing Music Festival Photo: Courtesy of Beijing Music Festival

Taking “shared future” as its main theme, the 25th/ 26th Beijing Music Festival kicked off recently at the capital’s Poly Theatre. 

The festival will include a total of 22 diverse concerts such as opera premieres, solo music performances, chamber music, visual symphonic concerts and so on. It aims to use the four concepts of “Music, Youth, Future and Attitude” to show the burgeoning music scene in Beijing as well as the rest of China. 

A highlight of the festival is the music piece A World Far Away, while Joseph Haydn’s II Mondo della Luna in Three Acts will be shown to Chinese audiences for the first time. 

In Hayden’s delightful piece, Chinese audiences can hear how the master used the key of E-flat major in compliment with other instruments like horns, bassoons and harmonicas to depict the story of the moon. With this piece, Haydn depicted human being’s shared longing for outer space. 

The Chinese interpretation of Haydn’s II Mondo della Luna is being directed by Yi Liming, the artistic director and president of the Dahua City Centre for the Performing Arts. It will be conducted by Yu Ji, and young artist Yin Bojie will play the harpsichord. 

Other than the Western music piece, the opening concert of the music festival commemorated Liu Tianhua, a prestigious Chinese composer and folk music reformer. 

The whole performance is composed of three chapters to include all of Liu’s art creations on the classic instruments erhu and pipa. At the beginning of the 20th century, the 32-year-old Liu Tianhua pioneered the practice of integrating Chinese and foreign music, laying a solid foundation for the modern development of Chinese folk music.

Other shows such as the Eighteen Songs of a Nomad Flute featuring famous Chinese singer Gong Linna will be held on October 4. Music for Heroes, Poetry for the Screen, another music piece included in acclaimed conductor Tan Dun’s Martial Arts Trilogy, will debut at the Poly Theatre on October 6. 

The 25th/ 26th Beijing Music Festival is an international music sharing platform that includes international classical music insiders from countries such as Germany, the UK and Spain. 

The Mahler Foundation Festival Orchestra, comprising young musicians from various European countries, will participate as the festival’s resident orchestra.

Spanning 24 days, the 25th/ 26th Beijing Music Festival is scheduled to end on October 15. 

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