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with host Fred Child

: Variations on a Rococo Theme

The Swing, by Jean-Honore Fragonard Jean-Honore Fragonard, painter

Rococo art and music are often criticized as being a little fussy and overly decorative. All frosting and no cake. But Peter Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme not only has plenty of cake, there are also vegetables and a side of beef lurking under there too. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein serves up this hearty fare, from a concert with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York.