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This month host Bill McGlaughlin takes us to the pinnacle of Beethoven's greatest works during the later years of his life Beethoven at Parnassus, Part I & II (2-weeks, 8/10-8/21).

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This month host Bill McGlaughlin takes us to the pinnacle of Beethoven's greatest works during the later years of his life Beethoven at Parnassus, Part I & II (2-weeks, 8/10-8/21).

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What happens when a composer reaches his or her 9th Symphony.  We'll find out this month when Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Mahler's 9th (7/14) and Beethoven's 9th (7/28).  Has your time come?

An energetic quiet descends on the auditorium as the light dims. You welcome the concertmaster with polite applause, and he leads the orchestra in one final tuning. The conductor strides confidently onstage, swinging her arm with panache to gesture for the orchestra to rise as she takes the bow on their behalf. As she takes her place at the podium, the audience on the edge of their seats, a few coughs break the silence. Suddenly, she slashes the air with her baton, drawing out Beethoven’s famous bah-bah-bah-bahh! and they’re off to the races with his Fifth Symphony.

You let the music wash over you in your seat. Its tense, agitated rhythms draw you in like a racing heartbeat, driving from one moment to the next. But after a minute or two, you find your mind wandering. Am I in the mood for dessert tonight? What was that TV series my sister told me about? Where did I leave my keys again?

It's a program of music inspired by times of oppression, filled with themes of resistance. Conductor Fabien Gabel returns to Kodak Hall to guest conduct the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Juho Pohjonen makes his  RPO debut in an evening of Beethoven, Poulenc, and Prokofiev. Julia Figueras sat down and chatted with them about the works, the power of Beethoven, and the joys of French music.

Classical 91.5 Presents...Following the Ninth, a documentary exploring the meaning, mystery, and global impact of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on November 21st, 3pm at The Little Theatre, followed by a discussion of the movie and the impact of Beethoven's music afterwards. 

The Empire Film and Film and Media Ensemble will get things started with live music in The Little Theatre Cafe starting at 2pm.  

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2020 Marks the beginning of Beethoven's 250th birth anniversary year, and Exploring Music kicks off the year with a look at Beethoven and the Piano (week of 1/6).

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Many great composers have died after composing their 9th symphony - fact or fiction?  Bill McGlaughlin explores the Curse of the Ninth the week of October 21.

When Worlds Collide: Classical Meets Pop Music

Jul 29, 2019

Fusion is a great thing – usually we think of it when trying that weird new restaurant or when the pantry is looking sparse and you really don’t want to go to Wegman’s. When it comes to music, you can find all kinds. I’d like to highlight some of the coolest classical-pop fusions the internet has to offer.

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8/4        Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 Dineli-Chesky: Rising (World Premiere) Stucky: Elegy from August 4, 1964 Bernstein: Overture to Candide Copland: The Promise of Living, from The Tender Land Copland: HoeDown, from Rodeo ScoccaHo: Ociantrose (World Premiere) Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre Beethoven: An die Freude, from Symphony No. 9 (Paloma Dineli Chesky, vocal; Westminster Symphonic Choir; Joe Miller, dir; Jaap van Zweden, cond)

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