Evening Concert

Music on this week’s “Evening Concerts” by Bernstein, Williams, Berlioz, Haydn and others


This week on the “Evening Concert” on FM 90.9 you’ll hear a special on Leonard Bernstein, music by John Williams from Chicago, Berlioz's “Fantastic Symphony” from Pittsburgh, Haydn’s “2nd Cello Concerto” from Heidelberg, and Sunday, chamber music from Lincoln Center, and the return of “Early Music Now”. 

WILL-FM: The Evening Concert: WEEK OF DEC 31, 2018 –JAN 1 – 2 – 3 & 6, 2019


Monday December 31: “The New York Philharmonic This Week” (19-1) pre-empted for New Year’s Eve Specials

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm: The Bernstein Experience

Composer, conductor, pianist, teacher, thinker, and adventurous spirit, Leonard Bernstein transformed the way people hear and appreciate music. 2018 was the 100th anniversary of his birth.

7:00: Episode 1: The Bernstein Experience in Boston, with Jamie Bernstein

BERNSTEIN: Piano Trio - performed by the Neave Trio

BERNSTEIN: Anniversaries - performed by pianist Spencer Myer and narration by Jamie Bernstein

8:00: Episode 2: The Bernstein Experience at Tanglewood

Leonard Bernstein’s life and work took him to every far-flung corner of the globe. But Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, remained his spiritual home, and the Tanglewood Music Center a constant source of renewal.

BERNSTEIN: Opening Prayer (Benediction) (1986). Thomas West, baritone; Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra; Yuan Chang, conductor (Recorded at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lenox, MA, July 9, 2018; not commercially available: BSO recording) 

BERNSTEIN: Arias and Barcarolles (1988). Sandra Piques Eddy, mezzo-soprano; David Kravitz, baritone; Wayman Chin and Brian Moll, piano (Recorded at the Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA, on December 7, 2017; not commercially available WCRB recording)      

BERNSTEIN: Three Meditations for cello and orchestra from “Mass” (1971). Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra; Andris Nelsons, conductor (Recorded at the Koussevitsky Music Shed at Tanglewood, Lenox, MA, on August 19, 2018; not commercially available BSO recording)

9:00: Episode 3: The Bernstein Experience at the Curtis Institute

The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia played a critical role in launching the unparalleled career of Leonard Bernstein. He studied with, among others, legendary conductor Fritz Reiner and equally legendary composer Randall Thompson. In the wake of those formative two years, Bernstein wrote his first published work, the Sonata for Clarinet and Piano.

BERNSTEIN: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1941-42). David Shifrin, clarinet; Jiacheng Xiong, piano (Recorded at the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA on March 14, 2018; not commercially available Curtis recording)          

BERNSTEIN: Songs and Dances from West Side Story – Something’s Coming; Dance at the Gym; Maria; Ballet Sequence; Somewhere. Dominic Armstrong, tenor; David Shifrin, clarinet; Zora String Quartet; Jiacheng Xiong, piano (Recorded at the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA on March 14, 2018; not commercially available Curtis recording)


10:00 pm – 2:00 am: New Year’s Eve on “Jazz After Hours”

Jazz After Hours takes listeners out on the town for New Year's Eve with fresh live recordings from musicians performing right now on the national jazz scene. It's a fantasy New Year's Eve.


Tuesday January 1: 10:00 AM: New Year’s Day from Vienna 2019
The Vienna Philharmonic and conductor Christian Thielemann present its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year. It's presented by NPR Music and hosted by WBUR's Lisa Mullins.


Tuesday January 1: 7:00 PM: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast (CSO 19-01)

Composer and Conductor John Williams Returns
Williams: The Cowboys Overture; Suite from ‘Jane Eyre’; The Adventures of Mutt from ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. CSO/Kaufman

Williams: Marion’s Theme from ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’. Chicago Symphony Orchestra/John Williams

Williams: A New Beginning from ‘Minority Report’; Adventures on Earth from ‘E.T.’. CSO/Kaufman

Williams: Flight to Neverland from ‘Hook’; Child’s Tale: Suite from ‘The BFG’. Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Williams: Out to Sea and Shark Cage Fugue from ‘Jaws’. Chicago Symphony Orchestra/John Williams

Williams: With Malice Toward None from ‘Lincoln’. Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Mark Ridenour, trumpet

Williams: The Rebellion is Reborn from ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’; Rey’s Theme from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’; Throne Room and End Title from ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’; Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme) from ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. CSO/John Williams

Williams: March from ‘Superman’. Chicago Symphony Orchestra/John Williams

Williams: Suite for Cello and Orchestra from ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’: Going to School. CSO/John Williams Yo-Yo Ma, cello and Williams:  Suite for Cello and Orchestra from ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’: Sayuri’s Theme. Chicago Symphony Orchestra/John Williams; Yo-Yo Ma, cello


Wednesday January 2: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO 18-19_01) (New Season)

Robert Spano, conductor; Craig Knox, tuba

Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun     Higdon: Tuba Concerto    Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

[PSO fill: Higdon: blue cathedral (excerpt) PSO/Andrew Boreyko and

Verdi: Prelude from “I Masnadieri” Craig Knox, tuba; Rodrigo Ojeda, piano]


Thursday January 3: Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts (DWF 18-01) (New Series)

Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Heidelberg

Francois Xavier Roth, conductor

Bartók: Rumanian Folk Dances, Sz 68, and Divertimento for strings, Sz 113

Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Hob. VIIb:2 (Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello)

Haydn: Symphony No. 96 in D Major (The Miracle), Hob. I:96

Dutilleux: Three Verses on the name Paul Sacher

[DWF fill: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Hannu Lintu, conductor

Martinu: Cello concerto No. 1: 2nd, and 3rd movements  (Sol Gabetta, cello) and

Tchaikovsky: Lensky's Aria from "Eugen Onegin," arranged for cello]


Sunday January 6: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS 18-15)

Early and Late

Haydn: Quartet in E-flat major for Strings, Hob. III:31, Op. 20, No. 1. Orion String Quartet

Beethoven: Trio in C minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 1, No. 3. Inon Barnatan, piano, Augustin Hadelich, Violin; Clive Greensmith, Cello

AND Early Music Now (EMN 18-28)

To Drive the Cold Winter Away

This week, Early Music Now presents songs to usher out the old year, and welcome the new; plus ditties and dances to bring some cheer to the cold winter days! Our performers include Pomerium, Ensemble Gilles Binchois, and The Dufay Collective.

Guillaume Dufay Bon jour, bon mois Piffaro A Musical Book of Hours

Ludovicus Krafft Novus annus Stimmwerck Flos Virginum

Johan Schop Der alt ist abgegangen Mark Chambers, countertenor A Hanseatic Festival

Samuel Scheidt Das alte Jahr vergangen ist Vox Luminis Scheidt: Cantiones Sacrae

J.S. Bach Cantata No. 28: Gottlob! Nun geht das Jahr zu Ende Netherlands Bach Collegium Bach Edition

Anon/John Playford Selections from ‘To Drive the Cold Winter Away’ The Dufay Collective To Drive the Cold Winter Away The Dufay Collective

Anon. The Old Year Now Away is Fled Piffaro Nowell’s Delight Piffaro

Anon. Allemande de Symmerman Les Witches Manuscrit Susanna van Soldt