Poster Two Pigeons
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Performance Today®

A musical coo

The ballet world is filled with images of graceful, colorful birds: Swan Lake. The Firebird. A famous bluebird in Sleeping Beauty. And a ballet about pigeons? On today's show, we'll hear music from The Two Pigeons, a ballet written in 1886 by French composer Andre Messager.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Emile Sauret: Scenes Villageoises, Op. 50 Movement 2: Pastorale
Michi Wiancko, violin | Dina Vainshtein, piano
Album: Sauret: Music for Violin and Piano
Naxos 8572366

Ahmed Alabaca: Across the Calm Waters of Heaven
Colour Of Music Festival Orchestra | Roderick Cox, conductor
Colour of Music Festival, Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall, Gaillard Center, Charleston, SC

Adrien-Francois Servais: Fantasy on the Themes from La Fille du Regiment, by Gaetano Donizetti
Zlatomir Fung, cello | Dina Vainshtein, piano
Friends of Chamber Music, Bryan, TX (Virtual Event)

Franz Xaver Sussmayr: Quintet for Flute, Oboe, String Trio
Linda Chesis, flute | James Austin Smith, oboe | Anna Elashvili, violin | Melissa Reardon, viola | Mihai Marica, cello
Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, Christ Episcopal Church, Cooperstown, NY

Hour 2

An-Lun Huang: Saibei Dance from Saibei Suite No. 2
Chicago Sinfonietta | Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Album: Delights and Dances
Cedille 141

Fanny Mendelssohn: Quartet in E-flat major
Castalian String Quartet
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

Zoltan Kodaly: Dances of Marosszek
ROCO | Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, TX

Andre Messager, arr. Todd Palmer: Les Deux Pigeons: Movement 3 Pas des deux
Tara Helen O'Connor, flute | James Austin Smith, oboe | Todd Palmer, clarinet | Benjamin Beilman, violin | Alexi Kenney, violin | Masumi Per Rostad, viola | Nina Lee, cello | Anthony Manzo, double bass | Pedja Muzijevic, piano
Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music Series, Dock Street Theatre, Charleston, SC

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