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The Sounds of Summer with Classical New England

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
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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

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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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Celebrate Public Radio Music Month with CNE

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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Classical New England is proudly participating in Public Radio Music Month this April!

Artist of the Day: Pianist Alessio Bax

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Public Radio Music Month is a nation-wide celebration of the cultural wealth and diverse musical voices heard every day on public radio stations around the country. Classical New England is joining the celebration, and you can too!

Share a special story, a favorite memory, or an appreciation for music you’ve heard on Classical New England. Maybe it was the first time you joined us at the Esplanade for the annual Pops 4th of July celebration ... or that interesting piece of music that really grabbed you when you were listening to the radio.

Public Radio Music Month logoLeave a comment below, or join the conversation on Twitter or Facebook, tagging your social media comments with #thankspublicradio, and learn what's going on around the country at the Public Radio Music Month blog.

And be sure to subscribe to the WGBH Music Channel at YouTube to SEE some of the great live music happening in our Fraser Performance Studio and in the community!

Classical New England also celebrates with music on the radio and online from two special events this month. On April 3, the Tokyo String Quartet visited our Fraser Performance Studio to perform in Boston for the final time, presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston.

Did you know...?

  • Public radio stations air 5.2 million hours of music each year. As a 24/7 classical radio service, Classical New England broadcasts 8,736 hours of classical music annually. And our partner station WGBH 89.7 brings more than 600 hours annually of jazz and Celtic music to the region!

  • More than 40 per cent of nationwide listening to public radio is for music programming, such as the kind that Classical New England provides on a round-the-clock basis on-air and online.

  • 183 public radio stations nationwide play music full time, and another 661 public radio stations include music as part of their programming lineup. 85% of classical radio stations in the U.S. are public radio stations. Classical New England, a public radio service, is the only 24/7 broadcaster for classical music in the greater Boston metro area.

  • Public radio stations nationally host 7,500+ in-studio music performances, and more than 4,000 community performances each year. In the last year alone, Classical New England and WGBH have presented more than 70 performances in the community, and in our own Fraser Performance Studio.

It was with these incredible facts in mind that Public Radio Music Month was born. While our own listeners know first-hand the critical role that WGBH and Classical New England have played in our local music culture and industry, Public Radio Music Month is a new opportunity to join together in spreading that message to the wider community, in New England and across the nation.

It’s also an opportunity for us to thank YOU for supporting Classical New England! Your generous support enables the work that stations like ours do in preserving America’s musical traditions and fostering and nurturing the development of music talent, every day.


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