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Monday's mystery

Georges BizetGeorges BizetWhat does Walter Matthau have to do with opera?

 

Monday's mystery piece. Carmen Suite No. 2 comes from an enticing opera written by Georges Bizet, a French composer born in 1838.

 

Friday's Mystery piece

Mozart, sort ofMozart, sort of  Congratulations to Bob and Kristi who both guessed today's mystery piece, the Overture to The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Mozart.  We heard the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Leopold Hager. (Novalis 150041.)  Monday's mystery involves The Bad News Bears.

Arts Friday: Celebrating Sensational Schumann

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Guest host Brenda Tremblay from WXXI-FM discusses Robert Schumann's musical legacy with scholars observing the Schumann bicentennial. Schumann was born June 8th, 1810.

Thursday's mystery piece

Rimsky-KorsakovRimsky-KorsakovToday’s mystery piece: Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Procession of the Nobles” from Mlada. It’s a short work by a Russian composer with sailing experience.  His family pushed him to serve in the Navy, so he enlisted.

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".