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WXXI Radio Celebrates Robert Schumann

Wed, 06/02/2010 - 9:00pm

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer Robert Schumann.

Wednesday's Mystery Piece

Bedrich SmetanaBedrich Smetana

Today, June 2nd, we heard Smetana’s Overture to The Bartered Bride. Smetana was a Czech composer who founded a school in Prague in 1848. This piece is the overture to a hugely successful comic opera. The composer saw the 100th performance of this opera, which was a milestone in the history of Czech opera. By 1952, it had been performed a thousand times at Prague’s National Theater! Tomorrow, our mystery piece is from an opera inspired by Wagner’s "Ring" cycle.

That mystery piece you heard . . .

Maurice RavelMaurice Ravel

Today's early morning mystery piece was Maurice Ravel's La Valse. Georges Pretre conducted the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart (Hanssler 93013.) Congratulations to Robert, who guessed via e-mail at btre...@wxxi.org. Tomorrow, we'll hear a work by a Czech composer which, by 1952, had been performed a thousand times at Prague’s National Theater. Hear a daily mystery piece at around 6:40 a.m. on Classical 91.5.

The Grainger Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Classical 91.5

Thu, 06/10/2010 - 8:00pm

The Grainger Chicago Symphony Orchestra presents a selection of piano concertos.

The Lyric Opera of Chicago on Classical 91.5

Sat, 06/05/2010 - 1:00pm

The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Giuseppe Verdi's "Ernani".

The World of Robert Schumann on Classical 91.5

Wed, 06/02/2010 - 9:00pm

An extraordinary documentary on the life and works of Robert Schumann.

The Grainger Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Classical 91.5

Thu, 05/27/2010 - 8:00pm

The Grainger Chicago Symphony Orchestra presents Verdi, Cilea, Brahms and Hindemith.

Great Performances at the Met "Carmen" on WXXI-TV

Sun, 05/16/2010 - 12:00pm

Great Performances at the Met presents Bizet’s masterpiece, Carmen.

Lyric Opera of Chicago on Classical 91.5

Sat, 05/15/2010 - 1:00pm

The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Faust.