Mornings, July 2 - 6

Mornings, July 2 - 6

We’ve got sunshine, heat, and glorious music on the way. With a stable air mass in place, there's just a slight risk for an isolated minor key concerto or breathtakingly tender poem late in the mornings. It will be generally breezy and hot with highs in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees. The threat of thunderstorms, canon fire, and musical fireworks increases Tuesday as we inch toward the Fourth of July. (We'll see if they appear as we get closer to the holiday. Stay tuned.)

Monday, July 2

Host Brenda Tremblay returns from vacation to offer you a Mozart piano concerto and Tchaikovsky’s kaleidoscopic victory dance.  On the Composers Datebook: Libby Larsen outdoors

Tuesday, July 3

Start your morning with pieces bubbling with fun and invention, including a fugue inspired by a luckless bagpiper.  Anthony Iannaccone's Appalachian Fantasias pop up in the Composers Datebook, and we'll get a summer preview. William Weinert, who directs choral activities at the Eastman School of Music, describes a forceful work clouded with drama and myth, Mozart’s Requiem.  It's the first masterpiece offered in a series of choral music reading sessions.  (Again this July, singers of all ages and abilities are invited to take part in “Eastman Summer Sings,” held Tuesday evenings in Kilbourn Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m.) 

Wednesday, July 4

Happy Independence Day!  Wake up with a splash of patriotic zest and some new recordings from the WXXI Library.  On the Composers Datebook, Hail to the Chief

Thursday, July 5

Haydn’s sunny trumpet concerto contrasts with Debussy’s shadowy tone poem of desire.  Rebecca Penneys recreates the Garden of Eden, and the Eastman Chorale sings a ravishing mass steeped in the Gregorian tradition.   On the Composers’ Datebook, Chamber works by Zwilich and Paulus

 Friday, July 6

Start your morning with a string of luminous pearls from Verdi’s La Traviata, Handel’s most brilliant coronation anthem, and a stormy fantasy by Chopin.  On the Composers Datebook, Sallinen's "Palace Rhapsody"