July 2014 programs on Exploring Music

July 2014 programs on Exploring Music

Weeknights at 7:00 p.m.

Summer has finally arrived in greater Rochester and host Bill McGlaughlin reminds us that it is just one of four seasons which have inspired many composers through the years.

Week of July 7, 2014 - The Four Seasons - From the boundless majesty of the summer sun in Haydn's Die Jahreszeiten to the frosty snow and shivering winds of Vivaldi's Winter, this week is dedicated to music inspired by the changing seasons.

Week of July 14, 2014 – Boulanger - “Every town in the United States had a five-and-dime and a Boulanger student," Virgil Thomson once said, and he wasn't far off.  Nadia Boulanger taught and influenced an entire generation of musicians, from Aaron Copland and Ástor Piazzolla to Philip Glass and Quincy Jones, and this week we'll hear some of her compositions and performances alongside those of her prolific students.

Week of July 21, 2014 - Maiden Voyages - Exploring the symphonic form and the first efforts of great composers.

Week of July 28, 2014 - Emotion and Meaning in Music - Is music merely a collection of ordered pitches and vibrations in the air, or is there inherent and universal meaning contained within?  This week Bill delves into one of the most mysterious and fundamental qualities of music- its ability to convey emotion to the listener.