When Swan Lake premiered in Moscow in 1877, it received terrible reviews. One critic said Tchaikovsky's music had "a poverty of ideas." The prima ballerina hated the music. But in the long run, the genius of Tchaikovsky's music won over everybody excepting the deepest of cynics. Today, Swan Lake is among the most popular ballets on the planet. Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic in a suite of dances from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake in a concert from Lincoln Center in New York City.
The String Sextet by Antonin Dvorak meshes the tradition of chamber music with the energy of Bohemian folk tunes. It's a combination of elegance and toe-tapping bounce. Hear this contrast of styles performed by members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, on tour in Athens, Georgia, on Tuesday's Performance Today.
For the past few years, the Grand Teton Music Festival has invited Performance Today to host a night of music. Listen for highlights from our night at the festival, and while you're here, take in some of the breathtaking sights this magical place has to offer.
Come match wits with Bruce Adolphe - now you can play the Piano Puzzler anytime, anywhere! Every week, we're putting a sneak peek of the upcoming Puzzler online; have a listen, and then send us your best guess.
In May 2017, join PT host Fred Child for an Italian adventure! Hop aboard a chartered ship and take in the sights and sounds of Northern Italy with your fellow classical music enthusiasts. Tickets sell quickly; get yours today!
Music is Music is a Performance Today podcast featuring composers and musicians steeped in the classical tradition, but determined to carve out a home for new music in the 21st century. Each new episode features artists talking about their craft and a sample of their work. Current episodes include conversations with Julia Holter, the Spektral Quartet, Third Coast Percussion, and members of Wilco, Stereolab, and Helado Negro.
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