Evening Concert

Pictures at an Exhibition, Beethoven’s 5th Symphony among this week’s “gems”


This week on the “Evening Concert” on WILL-FM 90.9 you’ll hear “Western Waves” on the “Shanghai Spring International Music Festival, Brahms’ Violin Concerto from Chicago, Beethoven’s 5th and 7th Symphonies from Pittsburgh, Sibelius’ “7th Symphony” from the New York Philharmonic and Sunday . . . chamber music from Lincoln Center and the Spoleto Chamber Music Festival.

WILL-FM: The Evening Concert: WEEK OF AUG 29 – 30 – 31 – SEP 1 – 2 & 4, 2016


Monday August 29: Shanghai Spring [International Music Festival] (SSF 15-04)( of 8)

Western Waves

You may have heard that there are tens of millions of people studying classical music in China – with 35 million studying the piano alone. How – and why – did this happen? Explore the popularity of Western Classical Music in China and how different the concert-going experience is there. Visit with Li Jian, world-renowned pianist and Dean of the Piano Department at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

Chopin: Four Mazurkas, Op.67; Li Jian, piano

Rachmaninoff, Sergei: Prelude no. 5 in G-sharp minor; Lang Lang [The 50 Greatest Piano Pieces (2013, U-5)]

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Li Jian, piano

Ponce: Intermezzo, no. 1 (1909); Li Jian, piano

Tavener, John: The Lamb; Ars Nova Copenhagen/Bojesen Michael

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, “Pathetique”; St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra/Dmitriev


Tuesday August 30: Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO 16-35)

Bychkov conducts Brahms

CONDUCTOR: Semyon Bychkov

Glanert: Brahms-Fantasie

Brahms: Violin Concerto (Renaud Capuçon, violin)

Brahms: Symphony No. 1

Barber: Overture to The School for Scandal (Leonard Slatkin, conductor)


Wednesday August 31: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) 15-16_17)

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7

Manfred Honeck, conductor


Thursday September 1: The New York Philharmonic This Week” (NYP 16-49)

Gilbert and Bychkov conduct Sibelius and Mahler

CONDUCTOR: Alan Gilbert, conductor;

SIBELIUS: Finlandia

SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 7

[NYP fill: MAHLER: Symphony No. 6 (Semyon Bychkov, conductor)  


Friday September 2: Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper (PP 16-39)

September concerts are to-be-announced.


Sunday September 4: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS 15-49)

From Light into Darkness

Mendelssohn: Andante and Allegro brillant for Piano, Four Hands, Op. 92 Anne-Marie McDermott, Piano; Gilles Vonsattel, Piano

Dvorák: Trio in F minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 65 Gilbert Kalish, Piano; Benjamin Beilman, Violin; Julie Albers, Cello


Spoleto Chamber Music Festival (SCM 16-10)

Telemann: “Gulliver’s Suite”; Livia Sohn and Geoff Nuttall, violins

Fauré: “La bonne chanson”, Op. 61 

Tyler Duncan, baritone; Erika Switzer, piano; St. Lawrence String Quartet

J.S. Bach: Keyboard Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056

Inon Barnatan, piano; St. Lawrence String Quartet; Daniel Phillips and Livia Sohn,violins; Hsin-Yun Huang, viola; Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Ian Halas, double bass

Shostakovich: Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11

St. Lawrence String Quartet; Daniel Phillips and Livia Sohn, violins; Hsin-Yun Huang,viola; Alisa Weilerstein, cello