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The Battle of Legnano is an opera in four acts, with music by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian-language libretto by Salvadore Cammarano. It was based on the play La Bataille de Toulouse by Joseph Méry, later the co-librettist of Don Carlos. Written as a commission from the Teatro Argentina in the "beleaguered republic" of Rome while the composer was still living in Paris, he traveled to Rome in late 1848 to prepare the opera for its first performance, which was given on 27 January 1849. Musicologist Roger Parker describes the première as "a clamorous success, with the entire final act encored" and the audience wild with enthusiasm. He goes to add that act 4 was encored at every performance of the run. However, we learn elsewhere that the opera failed in its 1850 production in Genoa. In later years Battaglia was given under different settings and different titles until Italian unification allowed for the opera to be presented as originally written. We know that Verdi considered revising it in the 1850s, but never did.  While it has not been performed with any frequency, the succession of performances given after its 1959 revival have kept Battaglia in the public eye to this day. This new performance is by the CMD Grand Opera Company of Venice and is conducted by Xiao Juan Chen.   Sponsors of this show are: La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Southwest Symphony Orchestra Dennis Loeffel - Classical Essentials 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) CMD Facebook Onlne Store
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Happy New Year from the staff at Classical Music Discoveries. For this New Year's broadcast we are going to do something a bit different than in previous years. First we will introduce a new member of the Classical Music Discoveries' family - classical guitarist Paul Erickson. Paul Erickson began on the guitar at the age of 7.  By the age of 13 he was performing in Maine with The Blue Satins at school dances and parties.  During his school days he performed with Jazz Band and Jazz Choirs. Later on music took him to the club circuits.  He performed in the northwest with various bands thoughout the years, including the Diamonds, Linda Rae Band, Paul Stevens Heartbeat, Elvis Impersonator Brian Andrews, The Wise Guys, The Hit Men, The Bobbers, and the EHA Band as well as performing as a soloist. To learn more about Paul, please visit his website at: paul.ericksons.net Paul will be performing for us: Bach: Prelude from Cello Suite #1 Paul Erickson: Waltz #7 Mr. Revell has now released his own CD entitled "Ernest Revell, Tenor In Concert." We will play several very familiar selections from this CD.   Mr Revell's music may be purchased on Amazon or Itunes.  To learn more about Mr. Revell, please visit his website at: www.ErnestRevell.com Sponsors of this show are: La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Southwest Symphony Orchestra Dennis Loeffel - Classical Essentials Veteran Job Force 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 on February 26, 2016 as they present Dr. Keith Bradshaw’s “The Canyons Concerto” featuring internationally renowned percussionist, Dr. Lynn Vartan. This concerto is based on four areas of Southern Utah: Bryce Canyon, Goblin Valley, Arches and Zion National Park. Each of the 4 movements treat these formations as is they were coming to life - dancing, playing, chatting or just visiting. Instruments featured in this concerto will be the djembe, toms, marimba, cymbals and the recently created hang drum. Don’t miss out on this truly remarkable experience. Again, that is February 26, 2016 at the Cox Performing Arts Center, Dixie State University, St. George, Utah. The concert begins at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available through the Southwest Symphony website: www.SouthwestSymphony.co or call the Dixie State University Box Office 435-652-7800
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For our final show of the Christmas season, Sandy (hostess of Classical Music Discoveries) picks her favorite Christmas music.
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A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas,[1] commonly known as A Christmas Carol, is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843.[2] The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. The book was written at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past as well as new customs such as Christmas cards and Christmas trees. Carol singing took a new lease on life during this time.[3] Dickens' sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.[4][5][6] A Christmas Carol remains popular—having never been out of print[6]—and has been adapted many times to film, stage, opera, and other media. This production (from 2013) is by the CMD Players of London England. Recorded by Classical Music Discoveries
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to our Happy Listeners all over the world. Please enjoy this re-enactment of the birth of our Savior filled with newly arranged Christmas carols that we are all familiar with.
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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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