In-Studio: Les Ordinaires

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Our next In-Studio features the baroque ensemble Les Ordinaires, January 14th at 1pm, here at Classical 90.5 (619 S. Fourth Street). Free and open-to-the-public. No reservation required.

Les Ordinaires, meaning The Ordinaries to the king, made its debut at the 2014 Twin Cities Early Music Festival to critical acclaim. Comprised of leaders in the field of Early Music performance, Les Ordinaires presents programs that provide a personal and intimate connection between the performers and the music. Performing on copies of 18th century instruments, the combination of traverso, theorbo, and viola da gamba are known as the royal trio. Les Ordinaires’ musicians are Leela Breithaupt on Baroque flute, Erica Rubis on viola da gamba, and David Walker on theorbo.

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Classical Music Deaths in 2015


The year had many highs and lows in the classical music world. And also many notable deaths during 2015.

Conductor Kurt Masur was musical director at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the London Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic. Masur will be remembered equally for his role during the last days of the Soviet Union. Although loyal to the East German government, when demonstrations broke out in 1989 Masur acted as a peace-keeper. Government soldiers could have killed many of the protesters if not for Masur’s intervention.

Sir David Willcocks was a legend in the choral arts world. He was choral director for the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, for 17 years and the Bach Choir for 38. His legacy will live on forever in his choral arrangements of Christmas carols and his hundreds of recordings.

Robert Craft will be best remembered as the close-working associate to composer Igor Stravinsky. A conductor, Craft met the composer in 1948 and worked with Stravinsky as collaborator until the composer’s death.

Clarinetist Dallas Tidwell was a Louisville Orchestra member for 27 years. He was a part-time instructor at the University of Louisville School of Music and a member of the Kentucky Center Chamber Players, a group that performed on Classical 90.5 several times.

David Roth was the energetic general director of Kentucky Opera for nine years. His unique combination of artistry and business sense helped the company flourish both economically and artistically. Seemingly tireless, Roth worked closely on every aspect of the company’s productions.

Joseph Silverstein was concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra before taking up the baton as a conductor. He ultimately led the Utah Symphony for 15 years. He recorded both as conductor and violin soloist with the orchestra.

Tenor vocalist Jon Vickers was born in Saskatchewan in 1926. After training at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, he joined London’s Royal Opera House. He later joined the Metropolitan Opera. He was known for his impressive stage presence and heldentenor voice.

You heard Margaret Juntwait on Classical 90.5 every Saturday as host during the Metropolitan Opera’s broadcast season. She was used to being on the concert stage as well as a lyric soprano. In 2001, Juntwait became the Met announcer Peter Allen’s understudy. After he retired in 2004, Juntwait became the voice of the Metropolitan Opera until her untimely death this year.

Gunther Schuller made several appearances on Classical 90.5’s From the Top. Schuller was an American composer and musician. He started his musical career as a horn and flute player. He became principle horn player for the Cincinnati Symphony and later the Metropolitan Opera. In 1959, he gave up his performing career to concentrate on composition. He had a great love of classical and jazz music and melded them seemingly effortlessly in his works.

Other notable losses in 2015:

Paul Freeman, Alan Curtis, John McCabe, Ezra Laderman, Ivan Moravec, Aldo Ciccolini, Seymour Lipkin

New Year’s Day From Vienna 2016

The Vienna Philharmonic as seen in ÒFrom Vienna: The New YearÕs Celebration 2015Ó on ÒGreat Performances.Ó 
Photo credit: Richard Schuster

The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year’s Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You’ll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more — a festive way to start off the New Year. This year’s concert will be conducted by Mariss Jansons. View the program below or click here. Presented by NPR Music and hosted by WBUR’s Lisa Mullins. New Year’s Day at 11am.

New Year’s Day From Vienna 2016 – Program

Robert Stolz

Johann Strauss, Jr.
Schatz-Walzer. op. 418
Violetta. Polka francaise, op. 404
Vergnügungszug. Polka (schnell), op. 281

Carl Michael Ziehrer
Weaner Madl’n. Walzer op. 388

Eduard Strauss
Mit Extrapost. Galopp, op. 259

— Pause —

Johann Strauss, Jr.
Ouvertüre zu Eine Nacht in Venedig (Wiener Fassung)

Eduard Strauss
Ausser Rand und Band. Polka schnell, op. 168

Josef Strauss
Sphärenklänge. Walzer, op. 235

Johann Strauss, Jr.
Sängerslust. Polka francaise, op. 328

Josef Strauss
Auf Ferienreisen. Polka schnell, op. 133

Johann Strauss, Jr.
Fürstin Ninetta – Entr’acte zwischen 2. und 3. Akt

Èmile Waldteufel
Espana. Walzer, op. 236

Josef Hellmesberger sen.

Johann Strauss, sen.
Seufzer-Galopp, op. 9

Josef Strauss
Die Libelle. Polka mazur, op. 204

Johann Strauss, Jr.
Kaiser-Walzer, op. 437
Auf der Jagd. Polka schnell, op. 373

2015 Holiday Specials


You’ll find some old favorites and new programs this year on Classical 90.5. See the schedule below and share with your friends and family!

December 21
8pm Bourbon Baroque: Messiah (2014)

December 22
8pm The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice 2015

December 23
8pm A Rose in Winter: A Garden of Music for the Nativity

December 24
10am Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Noon 2014 Holiday Choral Festival (Photos from 2014)
3pm Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
8pm Caroling with The Singers

December 25
9am Welcome Christmas
Noon 2015 Holiday Choral Festival (Photos from 2015). Listen here.
2pm St. Olaf Christmas Festival
6pm A Chanticleer Christmas

December 26
11am Hollywood Holiday

January 1
11am New Year’s Day from Vienna