March 2016 programs on Exploring Music

March 2016 programs on Exploring Music

Weeknights at 7:00 p.m.

This month, delve into Mozart's newfound love for the clarinet late in his life.

This month Bill McGlaughlin continues his exploration of African-American composers and performers - celebrating works that have become an integral part of our American musical identity. Additionally, Bill discusses composers such as Mozart and Brahms, who fell in love with new ideas and instruments late in their life leading them to create new sounds and works. 

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.

Week of Mar. 7, 2016 - Clowning Around - This week's focus is musical buffoonery!  Music is a language, and like all others it has its jokes, witticisms, and puns. For composers, clowning around with music takes the same skills as writing a great symphony. These fun, charming works show the genius of the composers who have written them.

Week of Mar. 14, 2016 - Autumnal Masterpieces: Composers' Last Bows - Mature composers often add new discoveries to enhance their defined voices and styles, thus creating new sounds. Both Mozart and Brahms fell in love with the clarinet late in their lives and created unparalleled masterpieces, and with Brahms you have the feeling that the clarinet actually gave a new purpose to his art. This week will evoke feelings of sadness, but only because these great artists are creating their final works and taking their last bows.

Week of Mar. 21, 2016 - TBA