[May 22, 2012 -- Amherst, MA] Great symphonies, impressive soloists, American masterworks. All that and “The Planets” too! This is what’s in store for the next six Sunday afternoons on WFCR, in our series of broadcasts of the 2011-12 season of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. The concerts will be heard from 1-3PM, starting May 27, during Walter Carroll’s Sunday classical music program.
Springfield Symphony Orchestra Maestro Kevin Rhodes put together one of his strongest repertoire selections in 2011-12, from the season-opening all-Russian program culminating in the mighty 5th Symphony of Shostakovich to the mysterious conclusion of Holst’s “The Planets” in the closing concert.
Along the way, perennial favorites like Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 can be heard alongside an unusual and heartening selection of American masterworks by Samuel Barber (Adagio for Strings), William Schuman (Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5), Roy Harris (Symphony No. 3), Alan Hovhaness (Guitar Concerto) and William Bolcom (“Prometheus”). The solo contingent includes a pair of young piano stars performing contrasting Concertos: Joyce Yang with Rachmaninoff’s 3rd, and Spencer Myer with Mozart’s 25th. Not to be outdone, the solo strings are well-represented by violinist Axel Strauss and cellist Julian Schwarz, each performing his own Tchaikovsky.
Kevin Rhodes will also introduce each selection in conversation with New England Public Radio’s John Montanari. Please don’t miss your opportunity to find out what great music is being made in our region – and to enjoy a half-dozen splendid afternoons of favorites, masterworks and new discoveries!
New England Public Radio delivers exceptional NPR and local news, information, music, and cultural programming on air and online. We are WFCR News and Music at 88.5 FM and at other frequencies throughout the Berkshires. And we are all-news WNNZ AM 640 and 91.7 FM. It’s all at nepr.net, all the time.
New England Public Radio
88.5FM WFCR | AM640 and 91.7FM all-news WNNZ
Hampshire House | 131 County Circle | Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
413.545.0100 | nepr.net
New England Public Radio is a premiere public broadcasting organization that delivers exceptional news, information, music, and cultural programming on air and online to listeners in New England and beyond. New England Public Radio combines the best of NPR, other national public programming, and signature local programming to serve longtime News and Music devotees, and serious News and Talk consumers.