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Landmarks Orchestra's Free Summer Concerts

Friday, July 1, 2011
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Join 99.5 WCRB hosts for free concerts presented by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, Wednesday nights at 7pm.


Ray Brown July 13
Rhapsody in Green, hosted by Ray Brown
This year's series launches with the annual green concert, celebrating the beauty of nature through music by Vaughan Williams, Tan Dun, Copland, Gandolfi, and Respighi.

Laura Carlo July 20
Pictures at an Exhibition, hosted by Laura Carlo
Mussorgsky's masterpiece, Pictures at an Exhibition, anchors a program devoted to connections between music and visual art that also includes works by Falla, Loeffler, Offenbach, and more.

Chris Voss July 27
Verdi and Valkyries, hosted by Chris Voss
Soprano Jane Eaglen is joined by the One City Choir, the Back Bay Chorale, and the North End Music and Performing Arts Center Children's Choir in operatic masterworks that include selections from Wagner's The Ring, Verdi's Il Trovatore, and much more.

Laura Carlo August 10
Landmarks Lollapalooza, hosted by Laura Carlo
PLEASE NOTE: Due to severed weather, this concert has been postponed until August 11.
The Landmarks Orchestra and soprano Jayne West are joined by ZUMIX, members of the Longy Summer Music Academy, and members of the HONK! Festival.

Cathy Fuller August 17
Footloose and Fancy Free, hosted by Cathy Fuller
A celebration of dance includes Bernstein's Fancy Free, Richard Rodgers's "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" from On Your Toes, two world premieres, and much more.

Ron Della Chiesa August 31
Rodgers and Hart's The Boys from Syracuse, hosted by Ron Della Chiesa
A swing era re-imagining of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors closes the season in only the second-ever performance featuring the original big band style 1938 orchestrations.

For more information, visit the Landmarks Orchestra.

The Sounds of Summer with Classical New England

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
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Boston skyline
Boston skyline by Y. Sawa, via Wikimedia Commons

With the start of the Tanglewood season, WCRB Classical New England has also made some changes in our program schedule to bring you even more great music produced right here in New England – from our Boston studios to the venerable Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, as well as the myriad New England summer music festivals the dot our region.    

Summertime or not, Laura Carlo will continue waking you up each weekday morning at 5 am, but we've moved The Writer's Almanac to 6:30am, where you will find it now six days a week (including Saturdays!) at that time.  And if you're a fan of the show, you've probably noticed that host Garrison Keillor is also on a "summer schedule," with poet Billy Collins filling in as guest host of the show until Labor Day.

At 10am, our genial midday host Alan McLellan has great music all the way until 3pm each weekday, with continued recent concert performances on Café Europa at noon and a check in wtih the WGBH Newsroom on the 1 O'Clock Report. Cathy Fuller is also your drive-home companion deeper into the night now, playing great selections from our amazing 90,000-recording-strong library of CDs, concert recordings, and sessions recorded in our Fraser Performance Studio.  

And every Friday at 3pm, Cathy and Ron Della Chiesa will get together for the Tanglewood Turnpike, our summertime review of the week's highlights from the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (including a performance or two from the Shed), and preview of the weekend's activities. Ron and Cathy will again be bringing you every big weekend concert from Tanglewood: Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2pm.

Our popular evening host James David Jacobs, by contrast, will start an hour earlier, starting at 8pm and staying with you until midnight, Monday through Thursday.  And we're thrilled to announce that James will begin each of his thoughtfully-constructed programs with the Symphony at Eight, designed to pair a cornerstone work of the repertory with a landmark recording.  And while you're listening to James's exquisite selections, check out his invariably fascinating posts about the works on our Facebook page.  

To accommodate these changes, Performance Today will no longer air during the weekdays, but you will be able to enjoy the program on Saturday evenings after the Tanglewood broadcasts.  We're also delighted to add the popular Piano Puzzler feature between PT host Fred Child and pianist Bruce Adolphe, which you'll now be able to hear every Saturday at noon. You can also check out the Piano Puzzler podcast any time.

For our complete new summertime schedule, visit our playlist. Let us know what you think in the comments, and thanks for listening!

Baroque Brunch with Laura Carlo

Friday, July 20, 2012
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The Tokyo String Quartet's Final Boston Performance

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
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The Tokyo String Quartet visits CNE's Fraser Performance Studio for its final Boston performance, presented by Celebrity Series of Boston.

To hear the concert, click on "Listen" above.

After 43 years, the Tokyo Quartet, one of the great chamber ensembles of our time leaves the concert stage at the end of the 2012-2013 concert season.

Tokyo String Quartet

listen buttonHear the Tokyo String Quartet's final Boston performance

Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston, the program of the concert includes

Haydn: String Quartet in G, Op. 77, No. 1

Bartók: String Quartet No. 3

Ravel: String Quartet in F

Officially formed in 1969 at the Juilliard School of Music, the Tokyo Quartet traces its origins to the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, where the founding members were profoundly influenced by Professor Hideo Saito.

The quartet, including violinists Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda, violist Kazuhide Isomura, and cellist Clive Greensmith, performs on the "Paganini Quartet." This group of renowned Stradivarius instruments named for legendary virtuoso Niccolò Paganini, who acquired and played them during the 19th century. The instruments have been on loan to the quartet from the Nippon Music Foundation since 1995, when they were purchased from the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

The group's final recording, including Dvorák's String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96, the "American," and Smetana's String Quartet No. 1, "From My Life," has been released on Harmonia Mundi.


Together in Song

Friday, March 29, 2013
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The Four Cups: A Celebration of Passover

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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