July 2016 programs on Exploring Music

July 2016 programs on Exploring Music

Weeknights at 7:00 p.m.

 Life Magazine cover from the 1920s

If the "Roaring 20s" fascinate you, be sure to tune in the week of July 4 to hear music of the period from New York to Berlin, then join host Bill McLaughlin as he takes us through the development of the symphony in France, in The Symphony Part IV (week of July 11).

Week of July 4, 2016 - Roaring 20s  In the 1920s, concert halls rocked with everything from jazz to airplane propellers and radio became a multi-billion dollar industry. Art and literature flowed like bathtub gin. Sampling music from “The Roaring 20s” in New York, Paris, and Berlin. We’ll start this week in New York with the 1926 Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Alden Carpenter’s ballet Skyscrapers, and end the week in the then-troubled city of Berlin with the early works of Kurt Weill.


Week of July 11, 2016 - The Symphony Part VI The symphony has been fertile ground for composers throughout history and around the world. This week, we'll follow its development in France in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Your listeners will enjoy Georges Bizet’s well-liked Symphony in C through to the lesser-known Symphony in C of Paul Dukas.

Week of July 18, 2016 - TBA

Week of July 25, 2016 - Arias and Barcarolles Taking a cue from President Eisenhower's famous remark to Leonard Bernstein, this week is a sampling of arias, overtures, barcarolles, and other melodic delights that deserve more time on the airwaves. Bill will spin tunes like Lawrence Welk’s “Bubbles in the Wine” and Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians performing Jerome Kern’s “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” This is a week to just sit back and enjoy.