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With Julie Amacher
With Julie Amacher
With Julie Amacher
Richard Egarr leads the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in a delightful program of works from London. Wonderful and surprising harmonies emerge from the strings in works by Henry Purcell and William Lawes. The program also includes Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 101 (The Clock), which earned its nickname for the steady tick-tock accompaniment of the slow movement.
Pianist Jan Lisiecki plays Grieg's Piano Concerto for conductor Rune Bergmann's inaugural concert with the Argovia Philharmonic. And, music for the birds! The Cantus Articus – Concerto for Birds and Orchestra – by Einojuhani Rautavaara.
Violinist Elina Vahala gives a stunning performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Buffalo Philharmonic, conducted by JoAnn Falletta.
WDR Radio Orchestra meets Alondra de la Parra: The Music of Bernstein, Prokofiev, Alberto Ginastera and Efrain Oscher.
Canadian conductor Tania Miller dazzles in a program that highlights the instrumental virtuosity of each member of the KBS Symphony Orchestra.
Trumpet and piano are equal partners in this concerto by Shostakovich, featuring pianist Daniil Trifonov. Semyon Bychkov also leads the Czech Philharmonic in Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8.
On this episode of SymphonyCast, composer and bassist Xavier Foley makes his SPCO debut with two works that showcase his dynamism and virtuosity on the double bass, including his double concerto for violin and bass, performed alongside SPCO’s Kyu-Young Kim.
Oregon Symphony Artist-in-Residence Johannes Moser performs Lutoslawski’s Cello Concerto, once described as “the story of a twentieth-century Don Quixote.”
This isn’t your typical New Year’s concert. It’s the beginning of a much-anticipated festival honoring the music of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius and showcasing Music Director Osmo Vänskä in his acclaimed role as “our greatest living Sibelian” (Sunday Times, London). It’s your chance to hear two of Sibelius’ greatest symphonies, as well as his Humoresques performed by violinist Stella Chen, all while ringing in 2022 with the Minnesota Orchestra. (recorded December 31, 2021)
During this week's show, there was an anonymous encore performed. We know the name of that encore, but do you? If you recognized the encore, submit your answer. We will draw one name from all of the correct answers received by midnight on Sunday, and the lucky winner will receive a CD from our library. Only one entry per person please.
SymphonyCast, with host Julie Amacher, is a two-hour weekly radio program featuring a full-length concert by a major orchestra. Material is drawn from Europe’s premier symphony orchestras, along with U.S. orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Nashville Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra.
Julie Amacher's desire to introduce others to great music is what led her to radio. She began her professional broadcast career at a station in Sun Prairie, Wis. She went from rock 'n' roll to the Rocky Mountains, where she found her niche in public radio at KUNC in Greeley, Colo. Julie spent 13 years at KUNC, where she managed the announcers and their eclectic music format. During that time, she earned four national awards for best announcer. She joined Minnesota Public Radio in 1997 as an on-air host and also produces New Classical Tracks, a weekly podcast introducing listeners to new classical releases each week. She also is the program director for YourClassical Minnesota Public Radio.
Daniel Nass is the interim producer of SymphonyCast. He is responsible for creating the sound of the show, including choosing music programming and conducting artist interviews. In his nonproducer life, he is an avid runner and an award-winning composer.
Michael "Ozzie" Osborne is the Technical Director for SymphonyCast. He masters the live and recorded music recordings that are programmed for each SymphonyCast show. He also enjoys photography, listening to music, and bicycling.
Complete playlist information is available for each show. Click on a specific episode to access a detailed playlist.
It’s the opening trumpet fanfare from Steve Heitzeg’s Nobel Symphony.
It’s possible, but not likely. Many of the performances that you hear on SymphonyCast are not available for purchase because they were played at a live concert. In some cases, the musicians have recorded that same music for a commercial CD. If so, album title and recording label information will be available in the episode playlist.
Every Monday, we update the previous week’s episode page to include the answer to the Encore Contest above. We also update our Facebook page with the Encore Contest winner.