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A Thanksgiving Day special, at a special time. 

Nov. 26
noon-4 p.m. EST
1700-2100 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM

Dag Wirén: Serenade for strings
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/
Neville Marriner (Argo)

Past Masters:
Brahms: Serenade No. 2
in A major
London Symphony Orchestra/István Kertész (Decca)
(recorded 1968)

Johann Strauss II:
“Roses from the South”
(arrangement by Arnold Schoenberg)
Boston Symphony Chamber Players
(Deutsche Grammophon)

“Suite Italienne”
Leonidas Kavakos, violin
Péter Nagy, piano (ECM)

Beethoven: Trio in
C major, Op. 87
Heinz Holliger &
Maurice Bourgue, oboes
Hans Elhorst,
English horn
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Respighi: “Ancient Airs and Dances” Suite No. 1
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra/Hugh Wolff (Teldec)

Saint-Saëns: “Morceau de Concert,” Op. 154
Marielle Nordmann, harp
Orchestral Ensemble de Paris/Jean-Jacques Kantorow (EMI Classics)

Bruch: Serenade in A minor,
Op. 75
Salvatore Accardo, violin
Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig/Kurt Masur (Philips)

Dvorák: “Goin’ Home” (Symphony No. 9 in E minor [“From the New World”] – largo)
(arrangement by William Arms Fisher/John Lenehan)
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Anna Polonsky, piano (Decca)

William Schuman: “New England Triptych”
Symphony Orchestra/
José Serebrier

Peter Schickele:
String Quartet No. 5
(“A Year in the Country”)
Audubon Quartet (Centaur)

Past Masters:
“The Tender Land” Suite
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Aaron Copland
(RCA Victor)
(recorded 1959)
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Joseph Silverstein, the longtime concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1962-84), former music director of the Utah Symphony (1983-98) and artistic and organizational mentor to numerous US orchestras and their musicians, has died at 83.

Silverstein was active in both orchestral and chamber music. He organized the Boston Symphony Chamber Players in 1964, was named the Boston Symphony’s assistant conductor in 1971. He also was a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

He appeared as a soloist and guest conductor with numerous orchestras, including a performing-conducting residency with the Richmond Symphony in 2002.

In addition to leading the Utah Symphony, he was music director of the Chautauqua Symphony and principal guest conductor of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and served as artistic advisor or interim music director of nearly a dozen other orchestras.

Silverstein taught at Yale and Boston universities, New England Conservatory, Tanglewood Music Center and his alma mater, Curtis Institute of Music, where he had studied with Efram Zimbalist.

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UPDATE: Frank Almond, concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, recalls working with and learning from Joseph Silverstein:


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Roy Proctor’s review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” staged by Virginia Opera:

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Pianist Alexander Paley, whose Richmond festival of piano and chamber music presented its 18th season of concerts this fall, has added two concerts in late January at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway.

Paley will perform in a solo recital of Chopin’s 14 waltzes and the 24 préludes of Rachmaninoff at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30.

He will be joined by pianist Daniel Stipe and narrator Pamela McClain in a family concert, “Beauties and Beasts,” at 3 p.m. Jan. 31. Their program includes Tchaikovsky’s “Children’s Album,” Ravel’s “Mother Goose” Suite and Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.”

A donation of $20 is suggested for each concert.

For more information, call (804) 665-9516 or visit www.paleymusicfestival.org
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The reviews are coming in for the revised, Civil War-to-civil rights version of “Appomattox” by Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton, whose Washington National Opera production opened on Nov. 14 at the Kennedy Center.

The Washington Post’s Anne Midgette hails the opera as evidence of Glass’ “mastery in the genre” and as being “as deeply moving as anything I’ve seen in opera” . . .


Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, reviewing for The New York Times, calls it “a frustratingly uneven work that presents well-known historical facts on a conveyor belt of forgettable music” . . .


“Appomattox” runs through Nov. 22.
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My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of the Richmond Symphony’s Nov. 14 concert with pianist Orion Weiss:

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Robert Craft, the assistant to Igor Stravinsky from 1948 until the composer’s death in 1971, has died at 92. A conductor and author, Craft was an erudite and sometimes contentious guardian of Stravinsky’s artistic legacy and persona.

“Only two people know anything about Stravinsky,” Craft claimed. “Only Mrs. Stravinsky and I know.”

An obituary by The Washington Post’s Matt Schudel:

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Nov. 12
10 a.m.-1 p.m. EST
1500-1800 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM

Past Masters:
Handel: “Music for the Royal Fireworks”
English Chamber Orchestra/
Raymond Leppard
(recorded 1971)

Mason Bates: “Bagatelles for String Quartet and Electronica”
Del Sol String Quartet (Sono Luminus)

Leclair: Sonata in C major
Florian Deuter &
Mónica Waisman, violins (Eloquentia)

Mozart: Oboe Concerto in C major, K. 314
Heinz Holliger, oboe & conductor
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
(Brilliant Classics)

Past Masters:
Brahms: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60
Jacob Lateiner, piano
Jascha Heifetz, violin
Sanford Schonbach, viola
Gregor Piatigorsky, cello
(RCA Victor)
(recorded 1965)

Scarlatti: Sonata in
C sharp minor, K. 247
Mikhail Pletnev, piano (Virgin Classics)

Nielsen: Symphony No. 2 (“The Four Temperaments”)
New York Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert (Dacapo)

Schumann: “Kinderszenen”
Martha Argerich, piano (Deutsche Grammophon)
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Writing for Style Weekly, Scott Castro reports on the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra working with urban students in its new rehearsal space at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School:

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