Death of a Peep

Last week, Mike Carnahan put a leftover Easter peep in the microwave after hearing the suggestion on Classical 91.5 that a nuked peep might squeal before imploding... It hadn’t worked for me (maybe my microwave is too loud?) but Mike’s peep screamed and expired.  He offered this proof.  The question is, what piece of music would best accompany the ensuing funeral service?  

Here’s what’s one this week early in the mornings on Classical 91.5.

Monday, May 2

Music by Mozart, Richard Wagner, and a ceiling full of stars

Escape Velocity: an exploration of new works for percussion ensemble

Composer’s Datebook: Higdon's "Splendid Wood"

Writers Almanac: a Shakespearean sonnet


Tuesday, May 3

Works by Dvorak, Sue Richards, and pianist Helene Grimaud playing Bach

A symphony that radiates joy and cheerfulness (Schumann’s “Rhenish”)

Composer’s Datebook: Bloch's "Greatest Hit"

Writers Almanac: a bunch of oxymorons and the playwright of the Midwest


Wednesday, May 4

Music by Stravinsky, Debussy, and new choral music by James Whitbourn

“the winter is past,  the flowers appear on the earth, the time of the singing birds is come, and the   voice of the turtle is heard in our land” ~Vaughan Williams’ exquisite Flos Campi

Composer’s Datebook: Virgil Thomson reviews Elliott Carter


Thursday, May 5

Performances from the Chicago Symphony, pianist Stephen Hough, singer Jessye Norman

Composer’s Datebook: Britten in America

FEATURE   Christopher Seaman previews his performance with the RPO of Bruckner’s expansive and colorful Seventh Symphony.


Friday, May 6

Gilbert and Sullivan, Khachaturian, a beautiful choral work inspired by Gregorian chant

Composer’s Datebook: Rautavaara's "Angels"

FEATURE   One year ago, pianist Daria Rabotkina left Rochester and the Eastman School of      Music to pursue a career as a concert pianist. She’ll offer an update on the morning of her return for a Mozart Extravaganza with the Asbury First Festival Choir and members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.  (Daria plays Mozart’s Concerto in A Major, soprano             Claire Boling sings Exsultate Jubilate.)  Concert is 5/6, 7:30 at 1050 East Avenue, Rochester, NY.