Classical 91.5

Meet the "Pied Piper of the Piccolo" with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, February 2020

Jan 22, 2020

Composer Ken Benshoof

Ken Benshoof is revered as the "Pied Piper of the Piccolo." He has composed numerous incidental and chamber works. In addition to that, he has composed a number of works featuring solo piccolo that have made him somewhat of a household name amongst piccolo players. We will hear one of these pieces with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this month (2/27), featuring Jennifer Gunn on the piccolo. 

2/6        Prokofiev: Sinfonietta Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13, Babi Yar Walker: Lyric for Strings (Alexey Tikhomirov, bs; Men of the Chicago Symphony Chorus; Duain Wolfe, dir; Riccardo Muti, cond)

2/13      Beethoven: Overture to Egmont, Piano Concerto No. 3 Brahms: Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 3, 10, and 5 Hindemith: Symphony, Mathis der Maler Wagner: Preludes to Act 3 and Act 1 of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (David Fray, p; Riccardo Muti and Fritz Reiner, cond)

2/20      Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni, Symphony No. 40 Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (Robert Chen, v; Riccardo Muti, cond)

2/27      Vivaldi: Piccolo Concerto Benshoof: Piccolo Concerto in Three Movements Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 Stephenson: Bass Trombone Concerto Gershwin: An American in Paris (Jennifer Gunn, pic; Charles Vernon, tn; Riccardo Muti cond)