February 2016 programs on Exploring Music

February 2016 programs on Exploring Music

Weeknights at 7:00 p.m.

Duke Ellington's Portraits in Black, Brown and Beige inspires this month's exploration of African-American composers and performers.

This month Bill McGlaughlin explores 400 years of African-American composers and performers - celebrating works that have become an integral part of our American musical identity. Bill will also be exploring music inspired by all aspects of love. 

Week of Feb. 1, 2016 - Mendelssohn, Schumann & Brahms String Quartets - This week we open to one of the most delightful and storied chapters of the string quartet's history, centering around the works of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms.

Week of Feb. 8 2016 - It Was a Lover and His Lass - We start every hour of this week with a "hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino" from the incidental music in Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Bill rounds out each day with many different composers' works influenced by all aspects of love.

Week of Feb. 15, 2016 - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and his Pupils — Glazunov, Stravinsky, Lyadov, and Respighi - Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestral voice spun thousands of exotic sounds and colors, much as Scheherazade did in her tales. He left not only his musical mark on the world, but also his creative mark on all his students, by teaching them the fundamentals of orchestration and encouraging them to express their own imaginations.

Week of Feb. 22, 2016 - Portraits in Black, Brown and Beige, Part I - This two-week celebration, named in honor of Duke Ellington's jazz symphony, will explore 400 years of African-American composers and performers. Starting with Call and Response, and Shouts, from the first Africans to arrive on this continent, Bill will introduce us to art songs, symphonies, and traditional spirituals that have become a large part our American musical identity.

Week of Feb. 29, 2016 - Portraits in Black, Brown and Beige, Part II - Bill's exploration of the music of African-American composers continues this week. We will hear Bill conduct a work by Anthony Davis, plus music composed by Bill's friend Jeffrey Mumford. Our two-week celebration ends with a poem from Langston Hughes as well as music from Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Michael Jackson.