Classical with Peter Van de Graaf

Sunday, 6 to 8 am
Peter Van de Graaf

Your host Peter Van de Graaff  draws music selections from all eras, but focuses on works from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods. While focusing on the standards of the repertoire, the show often goes beyond that and draws from the rich and varied music that comprises all of what we call "classical music."

Deceptive Cadence
10:27 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

Gunther Schuller, Who Bridged Classical Music And Jazz, Dies At 89

Gunther Schuller, shown conducting Charles Mingus's Epitaph in 2007, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, conductor and educator. He died Sunday at age 89.
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Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 8:49 am

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Now Is the Time
7:29 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Passover and Remembering

Passover passes and remembrance continues on Now Is the Time, Saturday, April 11th at 9 pm. The composer and guitarist David Leisner tells the story, in Acrobats, of circus performers on a concentration camp-bound train who mistakenly end up at a circus. Life-and-death decisions are made in split seconds. Raphael Mostel was concerned with the Second World War destruction and eventual liberation of Rotterdam, but as he composed in September 2001, a plane headed to the World Trade Center flew over his building. Shofars and brass shudder in Night and Dawn.

John Morton recalls, by way of a modified music box, a Passover meal’s interlude in The Parting. Conductor Gerard Schwarz is also a composer, and wrote In Memoriam for the passing of a friend. It premiered at a Holocaust memorial concert, and featured as soloist Schwarz’s cellist son Julian. The Hebrew term for the Red Sea actually translates to “Sea of Reeds,” so that may be the body of water that the Israelites crossed in their Exodus from Egypt. From the Sea of Reeds CD by Gerald Cohen is a work for violin, clarinet, and piano, an extended blues called Variously Blue.

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