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Benjamin Britten’s Hymn to St Cecilia was mostly written during the composer’s trip home to the UK after visiting the United States. This work had a long gestation as Britten had problems finding a suitable text. W H Auden was eventually asked and produced the poem in 1940. Britten’s setting was immediately recognised as a […]
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Grand opera at its grandest: the splendors of ancient Egypt return to the stage of the Met. Verdi’s mythic love triangle features Liudmyla Monastyrska, Tamara Wilson, and Oksana Dyka sharing the title role, with Olga Borodina and Violeta Urmana as Amneris and Marcello Giordani and Marco Berti singing Radamès. Marco Armiliato and Plácido Domingo share […]
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Be a part of a live taping of the radio drama “The Dark Lady of the Sonnets” by George Bernard Shaw. Kentucky Shakespeare and Classical 90.5 present this live recording of Shaw’s one-act, imaginary adventure between William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth. The recording will be released as a podcast later this year. Also, enjoy pre-show […]
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Christine Rice as Hansel, Robert Brubaker as the Witch, and Aleksandra Kurzak as Gretel in Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.” Photo: Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera Returning for the holidays, this season’s family entertainment is Richard Jones’s witty production of Humperdinck’s fairy-tale opera Hansel and Gretel conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, in which two children face off against […]
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Now in its 74th season, this Vienna Philharmonic tradition presents waltzes, polkas, marches and other favorites from the Strauss family and others. Zubin Mehta will conduct to a sold-out crowd at the Musikverein in Vienna, and to you here on Classical 90.5 and wuol.org, New Year’s Day at 11am. Here’s the program: Program Franz von […]
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Rachel Blanton passed away suddenly on December 25, 2014. She was a prolific violinist and founding member of Bourbon Baroque. The following remembrance was written by Michael Hill, a friend and fellow musician, with contributions by John Austin Clark, co-artistic director of Bourbon Baroque. Her obituary can be found here. Louisville’s music community has been […]
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Bourbon Baroque, together with the Youth Performing Arts School Chamber Choir, perform Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de minuit pour noël and the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. Soloists include: Emily Albrink Katz, soprano; Audrey Walstrom, mezzo-soprano; Steven Paul Spears, tenor; Jim Rittenhouse, baritone. View the program booklet here. Listen on Tuesday at 1pm.
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Hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon, this program features arrangements of music by Vince Guaraldi and Luther Henderson as well as traditional favorites from “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman” and more – timeless classics infused with jazz and lush harmonies. The selections on this program […]
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Christmas Eve (1912) is a symphonic poem by British composer Arnold Bax, which he composed while staying at Glean na Smól in County Dublin in Ireland. The work was originally premiered in 1913 as “Christmas Eve on the Mountains”, but the composer revised the work and abridged the title twenty years later. In the opening […]
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Michael Tunnell, a local musician and good friend of Classical 90.5 passed away this morning after a battle with cancer. Throughout his career, Tunnell recorded several albums, usually with other Louisville musicians and composers. He taught at the University of Louisville and was awarded the title of Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music and Scholar. Michael […]
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