April 2016 programs on Exploring Music

April 2016 programs on Exploring Music

Weeknights at 7:00 p.m.

Amy Beach was the first American woman to compose a symphony. Her wide compositional output includes chamber music, choral works and many songs.

This month Bill McGlaughlin talks about clowning composers, the families of instruments and unearths hidden Gems from composers such as Mahler and Wagner. We will also hear music from Joseph Schwantner and Amy Beach.

Week of Mar. 28, 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 Apr. 4, 2016 - Families of Instruments - This week we will explore the sections of the modern orchestra, instruments that are hit, plucked, blown through, fingered, and bowed. Bill will point out the unique colors that are achieved by each instrument and the never-ending combination of sounds from the strings, winds, brass, percussion, and keyboards.

Week of Apr. 11, 2016 - TBA

Week of Apr. 18, 2016 - Hidden Gold, Part 2 - Have you ever had a friend steer you toward terrific music you’d never heard before? This week, Bill has solicited suggestions from a number of radio friends for great pieces of music that almost never get played. Join us for a Celtic Symphony by Bantock and lesser known pieces by Mahler, Wagner, Rodrigo. Get ready to discover your next favorite piece of music!

Week of Apr. 25, 2016 - Orpheus in the New World - With communications and travel offering cultural exchange like never before, today’s composer draws from an enormous palette, giving voice to the amazing era in which we live. You’ll find tonality and melody are most decidedly in style, while originality and diversity reign. From Schwantner and Adams to Neikrug and Beach, we'll listen to and celebrate their music.