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Messiah is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. It was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and received its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music. Each year, the Southwest Symphony Orchestra and choirs give 2 free performances for the public in Southern Utah. Under the direction of Gary Caldwell, this production of the Messiah is heard by millions of people all over the world, thus being the most popular production of Handel’s Messiah in the world. To quote JJ Abernathy, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Southwest Symphony, “Celebrating Messiah became a family tradition early in my life and I was barely in my teens when I first attended a full performance at Christmastime. In a way it seemed like a rite of passage, like learning to drive a car or being promoted to the next grade in school. As I see it, Christmas isn’t Christmas without a Messiah experience.” We know these feelings are also shared by people all over the world as they hear this annual production. Now we are proud to present, Handel’s Messiah as performed by the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, Lieto Voices! and the Messiah Chorale, under the direction of Maestro Gary Caldwell.
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Burt was born in Marquette, Michigan. His family moved to Pontiac, Michigan when he was two after his father, Bates Burt, became pastor of an Episcopal church there. At the age of 10, having shown an early interest in music, Alfred received his first musical instrument, a cornet, as a present from his parents. Though he would learn to play several other instruments, including the piano, Alfred spent most of his life playing cornet and trumpet in bands and orchestras, with a special interest in jazz. Burt studied music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1942. A tradition that the elder Burt had begun upon moving to Pontiac in 1922 was the creation of a Christmas card, which he sent to family members and parishioners. On these cards were original Christmas carols, with both the words and music by the Reverend Burt. For the family Christmas card in 1942, Bates asked his son to write the music for that year's carol, "Christmas Cometh Caroling." From then on, Alfred would write the music for the family's Christmas cards, and the "Alfred Burt carols" were born.
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Back in Season 7 we first broadcast “Fritz, the Reindeer” which is an original Christmas story written by Ken. The idea for Fritz came up when our youngest son, Daniel, who was 4 years old (he is 20 now) was sitting on Santa’s lap. Santa asked Daniel “Who is your favorite reindeer?” Well Daniel immediately responded, “Fritz!” Well, that little incident stuck with our family and 5 years ago, Ken wrote a story about Fritz which we recorded with the help of some family and friends. Between each scene we played Christmas music which was also supplied by friends and family. Over the years, we have been surprised how many people now know “Fritz, the Reindeer!” When our son was on his mission in Wisconsin someone even came up to Daniel as they recognized him from “Fritz, the Reindeer.” Photos also come to us from people all over the world who have imagined Fritz and what he would look like. Also, we have noticed other stories come up on the internet involving Fritz. One story has Fritz hopping in the back of Santa’s sleigh in order to help deliver toys on Christmas Eve. We are glad that “Fritz, the Reindeer” has become a part of so many people’s holiday traditions. Now we are very proud to bring to you the original production, from Season 7, of “Fritz, the Reindeer.”
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71 is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann's story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. It was given its première at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Sunday, December 18, 1892, on a double-bill with Tchaikovsky's opera, Iolanta. Although the original production was not a success, the 20-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. However, the complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season, especially in the U.S. Major American ballet companies generate around 40 percent of their annual ticket revenues from performances of The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky's score has become one of his most famous compositions, in particular the pieces featured in the suite. Among other things, the score is noted for its use of the celesta, an instrument that the composer had already employed in his much lesser known symphonic ballad The Voyevoda. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Dennis Loefell, you can download this recording free at www.ClassicalEssentials.co This work is performed by the CMD Symphony Orchestra of Moscow and is conducted by Vasilia Drotenkova. Sponsors of this show are: La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Southwest Symphony Orchestra Dennis Loeffel - Classical Essentials Book-a-Room Other Links: Advertise on Classical Music Discoveries  Become a Friend of Classical Music Discoveries About our Recording Equipment Websites for Musicians Created by Musicians Grocery and Travel Coupons (save thousands of dollars) Sousa Fundraising Have Your Music Played on Classical Music Discoveries Music Store - download music from our shows (without the show dialogues) Classical Essentials - FREE Classical Music (sponsored by Dennis Loeffel)
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Join the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, Lieto Voices and the Messiah Chorale on December 6th and 7th for their annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” Maestro Gary Caldwell conducts the orchestra and choirs as they start off the Christmas season with a powerful and spiritually uplifting performance of “Messiah.” These concerts are free to the public. We do suggest that you arrive early for the best seats. This is one of the premiere performances in the country and these performances are broadcast around the world and heard by millions of people. Come find out why so many people listen to these performances every year while starting out their Christmas season with the true meaning of Christmas. The concerts will be held at the Cox Center for the Performing Arts at Dixie State University. 325 S. University Ave. in St. George Utah. For more information, please visit the orchestra’s website at www.SouthwestSymphony.co. To purchase tickets for future performances, please call 435-652-7800 or visit online at www.DSUTix.com
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For Thanksgiving week we celebrate compositions by American Composers. Selections are: Gone With the Wind The Wizard of Oz Camelot Forrest Gump The Polar Express Stompin at the Savoy Make Our Garden Grow Magnificent 7 West Side Story Modern Times Lincoln Portrait Alice's Theme Sponsors of this show are: La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Southwest Symphony Orchestra Dennis Loeffel - Classical Essentials Book-A-Room Other Links: Advertise on Classical Music Discoveries Become a Friend of Classical Music Discoveries About our Recording Equipment Websites for Musicians Created by Musicians Grocery and Travel Coupons (save thousands of dollars) Sousa Fundraising Have Your Music Played on Classical Music Discoveries Music Store - download music from our shows (without the show dialogues) Classical Essentials - FREE Classical Music (sponsored by Dennis Loeffel)
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As with the rest of the world, the staff at Classical Music Discoveries was horrified to learn of the recent tragic events happening on the evening of November 13th in Paris France.We wish to thank all of our French listeners and musicians that notified us on Facebook that they were safe and unharmed.  It is indeed tragic that a country that opened its doors to refugees from the mideast was attacked by militants posing as refugees seeking the safe harbor of France.To honor the brave people of France we have put together this show featuring music of the French master composer Claude Debussy.Debussy was one of the prominent figures associated with French Impressionism and his use of non-traditional scales and lyrical chromaticism influenced many composers who followed in his footsteps.In this broadcast we will hear:  Nocturnes Jeux The Children's Corner All works are performed by the CMD Philharmonic of Paris and conducted by Alise Bonnet. Sponsors of this show are: La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Southwest Symphony Orchestra Dennis Loeffel - Classical Essentials Beijing Classical Music Recording Other Links: Advertise on Classical Music Discoveries Become a Friend of Classical Music Discoveries About our Recording Equipment Websites for Musicians Created by Musicians Grocery and Travel Coupons (save thousands of dollars) Sousa Fundraising Have Your Music Played on Classical Music Discoveries Music Store - download music from our shows (without the show dialogues) Classical Essentials - FREE Classical Music (sponsored by Dennis Loeffel)
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The Bandits is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Andrea Maffei, based on Die Räuber by Friedrich von Schiller. As Verdi became more successful in Italy, he began to receive offers from other opera houses outside the country. The London impresario Benjamin Lumley had presented Ernani in 1845 and, as a result of its success, commissioned an opera from the composer which became I masnadieri. It was given its first performance at Her Majesty's Theatre on 22 July 1847 with Verdi conducting the first two performances. While reasonably successful there and in Italy up to the mid-1860s, the opera disappeared for about 90 years until revived in 1951. It has been revived from time to time in the 21st century.
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Join the Southwest Symphony Orchestra on November 20th for their Veteran’s Day concert titled “Quiet Heroes.” Maestro Gary Caldwell conducts the orchestra in a moving tribute with an original composition by Chris Brubeck which salutes the flag raisers at Iwo Jima. This composition is narrated by Wilford Brimley who has appeared in The China Syndrome, Cocoon, The Thing, The Firm and the Waltons, to name just a few of his classic roles. Wilford served in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed on the Aleutian Islands for 3 years. Among his very interesting career, he also worked as a bodyguard for Howard Hughes. The concert is Friday, November 20th at 7:30 PM. The concert will be held at the Cox Center for the Performing Arts at Dixie State University. 325 S University Ave. in St. George Utah. For more information, please visit the orchestra’s website at www.SouthwestSymphony.co. For tickets please call 435-652-7800 or visit online at www.DSUTix.com
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Join the Southwest Symphony Orchestra on November 20th for their Veteran’s Day concert titled “Quiet Heroes.” Maestro Gary Caldwell conducts the orchestra in a moving tribute with an original composition by Chris Brubeck which salutes the flag raisers at Iwo Jima. This composition is narrated by Wilford Brimley who has appeared in The China Syndrome, Cocoon, The Thing, The Firm and the Waltons, to name just a few of his classic roles. Wilford served in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed on the Aleutian Islands for 3 years. Among his very interesting career, he also worked as a bodyguard for Howard Hughes. The concert is Friday, November 20th at 7:30 PM. The concert will be held at the Cox Center for the Performing Arts at Dixie State University. 325 S University Ave. in St. George Utah. For more information, please visit the orchestra’s website at www.SouthwestSymphony.co. For tickets please call 435-652-7800 or visit online at www.DSUTix.com
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