Mornings, July 23 - 27

Mornings, July 23 - 27

Everything you need to start the day with: great music, a little news, and the Writer’s Almanac (8:20), Composers Datebook (7:20), and daily Mystery piece (6:20).

Monday, July 23

Breakfast with music by Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, and Dvorak.  On the Composers Datebook: Harbison's Variations

Tuesday, July 24

Come and sing.  Conductor William Weinert reflects on J.S. Bach’s exuberant and dramatic Magnificat.  (You’re invited to participate in “Eastman Summer Sings,” held Tuesday evening in Kilbourn Hall at 7:30 p.m. Lee Wright conducts a read-through. Previous experience of choral singing is not essential and everyone is welcome, although the ability to read music would really help. Vocal scores will be lent to you by the Eastman School.)

Brenda presents music of Vivaldi, Rossini, and Bizet, among others. 

On the Composers Datebook, Richard Strauss' "Peace Day"

Wednesday, July 25

You’ll enjoy gorgeous performances from violinist Joshua Bell, pianist Tony Caramia, and the dynamic Toronto-based chamber orchestra, Tafelmusik.

On the Composers Datebook: Alfredo Casella

Thursday, July 26

How do you choose a role model?  Douglas Humpherys, chair of the piano department at Eastman and founding director of next week’s international piano competition, offers advice to keyboardists who want to emulate the greats. (Saturday night is the opening concert in the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition.  You’ll hear much more from Doug in a podcast at our website,

Brenda presents pieces by Mendelssohn, Charles Ives, and Billy Joel.

On the Composers’ Datebook, Wolfgang, Jr.

 Friday, July 27

We’ll hear from pianist Jon Nakamatsu, cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, and violinist Leila Josefowicz.

On the Composers Datebook, Herrmann delivers a new symphony

Plus, a preview of this weekend’s Berlioz Requiem performance and Finger Lakes Choral Festival