New Year’s Day from Vienna 2015

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Now in its 74th season, this Vienna Philharmonic tradition presents waltzes, polkas, marches and other favorites from the Strauss family and others. Zubin Mehta will conduct to a sold-out crowd at the Musikverein in Vienna, and to you here on Classical 90.5 and wuol.org, New Year’s Day at 11am. Here’s the program:

Program

Franz von Suppé
Ouv. Ein Morgen, ein Mittag, ein Abend in Wien

Johann Strauss, Jr.
Märchen aus dem Orient. Walzer, op. 444

Josef Strauss
Wiener Leben. Polka francaise, op. 218

Eduard Strauss
Wo man lacht und lebt. Polka schnell, op. 108

Josef Strauss
Dorfschwalben aus Österreich. Walzer, op. 164

Johann Strauss, Jr.
Vom Donaustrande. Polka schnell, op. 356

— Pause —

Johann Strauss, Jr.
Perpetuum mobile. Musikalischer Scherz, op. 257
Accelerationen. Walzer, op.234
Elektro-magnetische Polka, op. 110

Eduard Strauss
Mit Dampf. Polka schnell, op. 70

Johann Strauss, Jr.
An der Elbe. Walzer, op. 477

Hans Christian Lumbye
Champagner-Galopp, op. 14

Johann Strauss, Jr.
Studenten-Polka. Polka francaise, op. 263

Johann Strauss, sen.
Freiheits-Marsch, op. 226

Johann Strauss, Jr.
Annen-Polka, op. 117
Wein, Weib und Gesang. Walzer, op. 333

Eduard Strauss
Mit Chic. Polka schnell, op. 221

Remembering Rachel Blanton

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Rachel Blanton passed away suddenly on December 25, 2014. She was a prolific violinist and founding member of Bourbon Baroque. The following remembrance was written by Michael Hill, a friend and fellow musician, with contributions by John Austin Clark, co-artistic director of Bourbon Baroque. Her obituary can be found here.

Louisville’s music community has been forever touched and will deeply miss the quiet and peaceful nature of one of its most diversely talented musicians. Rachel Blanton was born on September 11, 1974 and was raised in New Albany, Indiana. At the age of 7 she began playing violin in her school orchestra at Silver Street Elementary School. She continued her love of music throughout her education and completed her Bachelors and Masters Degrees at the University of Louisville’s School of Music under Peter McHugh. During this time she developed her passion for many varieties of music ranging from Irish fiddle to Baroque violin and everything in between. And so her many contributions began…

As a teacher, Rachel has influenced so many young musicians in the area, having developed the string program at Sacred Heart School for the Arts where she has taught for nearly 15 years as well as recently developing the program at Montessori School of Louisville.

Over the years Rachel has performed with countless groups; it would be nearly impossible to list them all. Throughout Kentucky and Indiana, Rachel was always willing to help and collaborate with her fellow musicians. Her giving nature meant she was constantly on her way to or from a gig, but she expressed pure joy in her endeavors. In this way, so many people’s lives have been touched by her music in live performances ranging from backyards and bars to the largest venues and festivals in the area including Headliners, Forecastle, and more. She has performed and recorded with The Porch Possums, My Darling Asleep, The Pennies, The Commonwealth, JD Michaels, Dust Radio, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. For as many lives as she touched, each experience meant so much to Rachel as well. With photos of friends and family filling her violin case, she kept and added to these memories because it made her smile each time she took up her violin.

Her long-time work with Abbey Road on the River made her an asset to their musical family, having performed and arranged string and horn parts from the festival’s beginning and going on to organizing tours with groups such as The Newbees. In 2014 Rachel contributed greatly by helping to plan a Northeast tour of a Beatles tribute concert. The twenty-something musicians that traveled together formed a special bond, forever influenced by Rachel’s kind and graceful presence. Recently, she helped to organize a set of performances in Miami, FL. The upcoming performances will surely be meaningful and heartfelt in her memory. In memory, the main stage for Abbey Road on the River has been renamed the Rachel Blanton Stage.
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Rachel served as a founding member of Bourbon Baroque: Louisville’s Period Instrument Ensemble since its inception in 2007 under artistic directors John Austin Clark and Nicolas Fortin. She played an active role in its success both on stage and behind the scenes, accepting the position as treasurer on the Executive Team of the Board of Directors in 2013. Outside of Bourbon Baroque, Rachel performed in countless musical theater productions, including most recently JCC Center Stage’s “Sweeney Todd,” Sacred Heart Academy’s “The Wiz,” and Silver Creek High School’s “The Last Five Years.” Her ability to adapt and succeed in so many styles made every experience performing with her so much fun for those around and according to Austin Clark “These musical rendezvous are what I will remember most and keep closest to my heart.”

Rachel’s contributions are many and will live on in those that enjoyed performing and collaborating with her as well as those that simply enjoyed listening. The list of musicians and bands she has played with is almost as countless as the lives she has touched with her music. Many musicians are revisiting their work with Rachel and commenting on the beauty of her playing and her sweet nature, and how much that contributed to their music. It is this joy of music and spirit of collaboration and peace that she brought with her to every task that perhaps can best celebrate to her lasting memory.

Christmas Specials

Currier and Ives winter sleigh ride

Musical Gifts: Joshua Bell and Friends – December 23rd at 9pm
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols – December 24th at 10am and 8pm
Holiday Choral Festival 2013 – December 24th at noon
A Chanticleer Christmas – December 24th at 2pm
An Anonymous 4 Christmas – December 24th at 4pm
Welcome Christmas! – December 25th at 9am
Holiday Choral Festival 2014 – December 25th at noon
St. Olaf Christmas Festival – December 25th at 2pm
And Glory Shone Around: An Early-American Christmas with the Rose Ensemble – December 25th at 8pm
Light and Gold: The Music of Eric Whitacre – December 25th at 10pm
New Year’s Day from Vienna – January 1st at 11am

For more details visit our Holiday Specials page.

Bourbon Baroque and Youth Performing Arts School Chamber Choir

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Bourbon Baroque, together with the Youth Performing Arts School Chamber Choir, perform Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de minuit pour noël and the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. Soloists include: Emily Albrink Katz, soprano; Audrey Walstrom, mezzo-soprano; Steven Paul Spears, tenor; Jim Rittenhouse, baritone. View the program booklet here. Listen on Tuesday at 1pm.

The Canadian Brass: Christmas Time is Here

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Hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon, this program features arrangements of music by Vince Guaraldi and Luther Henderson as well as traditional favorites from “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman” and more – timeless classics infused with jazz and lush harmonies. The selections on this program are featured on the quintet’s latest album, “Christmas Time is Here.” Listen on Monday at 9pm. (Photo credit Bo Huang)