This week's royal wedding has inspired a souvenir refrigerator, billions of commemorative trinkets, and wide speculation about The Dress. But we care only for the music. So far, officials have been mum about the processional and recessional. The only thing we know is that Elton John is NOT singing. On Friday, all will be revealed.
I hope you'll join me -- first thing in the morning -- for glorious music. Here's what's coming up . . .
Monday, April 25
Works by Robert Schumann, Gaspar Sanz, and Pachelbel’s Canon
For Easter Monday -- Five Mystical Songs of spirit and triumph
On Composer’s Datebook: Beethoven waits for Liszt
On the Writer’s Almanac: the invention of radio
Tuesday, April 26
Pieces by Archangelo Corelli, Anton Bruckner, and echoes of a waterfall
The Story of a Bishop and a Pagan, drawn from musical documents and folklore.
On Composer’s Datebook: Sibelius Symphony No. 1
Writer’s Almanac: the birthday of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein
Wednesday, April 27
Berlioz’s Royal Hunt and Storm; pieces by Debussy and Dvorak
The rush of energy that is Prokofiev’s third piano concerto
On Composer’s Datebook: Stravinsky goes dancing
Thursday, April 28
Festive music by Shostakovich, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Ravel
A musical preview of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton (which is Friday)
On Composer’s Datebook: Meyerbeer's "African Maid"
FEATURE Christopher Seaman previews the RPO’s performance of Scheherazade.
Friday, April 29
An English Suite, a late Haydn symphony, more royal wedding music
On Composer’s Datebook: Happy Birthday, Irving Berlin (Russian calendar style!)