Inside The Music


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Inside the Music   From the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
   Produced in cooperation with WVTF Public Radio

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Episode 28

Inside the Music - April 22, 2014
Homage to Beethoven (Apr. 27) - Brahms' First Symphony and Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony.

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This episode of Inside The Music explores the classical Masterworks on the RSO's March 27 (2014) Masterworks concert at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. Brahms' First Symphony and Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony No. 8. David Stewart Wiley and host Steve Brown.  Listen



Episode 27

Inside the Music - March 13, 2014
Alexander Nevsky (Mar. 17) - Steve Brown's Blue Ridge Rhapsody, Stravinsky's Suite from The Firebird (1919), and Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky Cantata.

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This episode of Inside The Music explores the classical Masterworks on the RSO's March 17 (2014) Masterworks concert at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. David Stewart Wiley and host Steve Brown.  Listen



Episode 26

Inside the Music - November 1, 2013
RSO "Homecoming" at Jefferson Center (Nov. 10 & 11) - Der Freischutz Overture by Carl Maria von Weber, Liszt's First Piano Concerto, and the Second Symphony of Sibeilus.

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This episode of Inside The Music explores the classical Masterworks on the RSO's November 10 & 11 (2013) Masterworks concert at Jefferson Center in Roanoke. David Stewart Wiley and host Steve Brown.  Listen



Episode 25

Inside the Music - October 1, 2013
Opening Night 2013 (Oct. 7) - Richard Strauus' Don Quixote, Korngold's Cello Concerto, and Light Cavalry Overture by Suppe.

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This episode of Inside The Music explores the classical Masterworks on the RSO's October 7 (2013) Masterworks concert at Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. David Stewart Wiley and host Steve Brown.  Listen



Episode 24

Inside the Music - September 21, 2012
Symphonic Fireworks (Oct. 1) - Beethoven's 1st Symphony, the Tuba Concerto by Ralh Vaughan-Williams, Slavonic Dance No.7 by Dvorak, Finlandia by Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.

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This episode of Inside The Music explores the classical Masterworks on the RSO's October 1 (2012) Masterworks concert at Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. David Stewart Wiley and host Steve Brown.  Listen



Episode 23

Inside the Music - April 4, 2012
Russian Feast (Apr 15 & 16) - Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture, Borodin's Symphony No.2, and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.2.

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This episode of Inside The Music explores the classical Masterworks on the RSO's April 15 & 16 (2012) Masterworks concerts at Jefferson Center. David Stewart Wiley and host Steve Brown.  Listen



Episode 22

Inside the Music - February 24, 2012
American Voices in War and Peace (Mar 5) - Copland's Lincoln Portrait, Bernstein's "Make Our Garden Grow" from Candide, Barber's Agagio for Strings, and more.

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This episode of Inside The Music explores the classical Masterworks on the RSO's March 5th (2012) Masterworks concerts at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. David Stewart Wiley and host Steve Brown.  Listen



Episode 21

Inside the Music - February 9, 2012
Romantic Showcase of Symphonic Favorites (Feb 12 & 13) - Howard Hanson's Symphony No. 2 "Romantic", and Viennese classics...

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This episode of Inside The Music explores the classical Masterworks on the RSO's February 12th and 13th (2012) Masterworks concerts at Jefferson Center. David Stewart Wiley and host Steve Brown.  Listen



Episode 20

Inside the Music - October 31, 2011
Masterworks with The Galways (Nov 6) - Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2 in D, Cimarosa's Concerto for Two Flutes, plus Glinka's Russlan & Ludmilla Overture, Mendelssohn's "Fingal's Cave" and Mozart's Overture to The Magic Flute.

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This episode of Inside The Music explores the classical Masterworks on the RSO's November 6th concert with flutists Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway. David Stewart Wiley and host Steve Brown.  Listen



Episode 19

Inside the Music - September 28, 2011
From the New World (Oct 3) - Dvorak Symphony No. 9 "From the New World", Jeff Midkiff's Mandolin Concerto, Monroe's Hornpipe, Bernstein's Candide Overture.

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Mandolin soloist Jeff Midkiff joins David Stewart Wiley and host Steve Brown for this episode about Opening Night 2011. "From the New World."  Listen



Episode 18

Out of This World (May 1/2) - Brahms Symphony No. 3, Helios by Nielsen and selections from The Planets by Holst.

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RSO guest conductor, Maestro Steven White, and host Steve Brown discuss this May 2011 program -- the Third Symphony of Brahms, selections from The Planets by Holst, and the Helios Overture by Nielsen. "Out of This World."  Listen



Episode 17

Beethoven's Ninth & Fidelio Overture (Mar 28) - The two works on the RSO's Masterworks program March 28, 2011.

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Beethoven's ninth Symphony (Choral) and his Overture to the Opera Fidelio are the topic of this episode.  Listen



Episode 16

Romantic Strings (Feb 13/14) - Bach's Air for the G-String, Romance from Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Grieg's Holberg Suite, and Paert's Fratres with solo violin.

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This episode of Inside The Music explores a program of music for String Orchestra; Grieg's Holberg, Paert's Fratres, Bach's Air, and more  Listen



Episode 15

Movie Masterworks (Jan 24) - Ravel's Bolero, Grieg's Peer Gynt, Wagner's Tannhauser Overture, plus Rota's Bassoon Concerto and more.

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This episode of Inside The Music explores Classical music from the Silver Screen - Ravel's Bolero, Grieg's music for Ibsen's Peer Gynt, Wagner's Tannhauser Overture, Mendelssohn's Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream, plus Rota's Bassoon Concerto.  Listen



Episode 14

Piano Fireworks (Nov 14/15) - Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos, and Porgy and Bess Fantasy for Two Pianos...

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This episode of Inside The Music explores the great Concerto No. 2 in B-flat for Piano and Orchestra by Brahms, plus Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos, and a special arrangement by David Stewart Wiley - Fantay for Two Pianos from Porgy and Bess.  Listen



Episode 13

Opening Night 2010 (Oct 4) - Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, Elgar's "Enigma" Variations, and more.

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The 2010-2011 Season's Opening Night program is the topic - Inside the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Shostakovich, Elgar's fascinating and beautiful Variations on an Original Theme ("Enigma"), Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee, and Tchaikovsky's Marche Slave.  Listen



Episode 12

An American Landscape - Bernstein's West Side Story, Copland's Billy the Kid, Gershwin's An American in Paris, and more.

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Maestro Wiley discusses the RSO's all-American program for May 10, 2010.  Listen



Episode 11

Eternal Light - Mozart's Requiem, plus Bergman's Dance of the Americas and the St Pauls Suite by Holst

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Maestro Wiley discusses the RSO's March 21 & 22, 2010 Masterworks program -- two pieces for string orchestra, plus Mozart's Requiem.  Listen



Episode 10

Romantic Getaway - Beethoven's Pastorale & Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto

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Maestro Wiley discusses the program inside Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, and the virtuoso tour de force for orchestra and pianist in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3.  Listen



Episode 9

Touring Past & Present: Mozart to Gershwin to Liebermann

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Maestro Wiley takes us on a tour of the RSO's January 25th Masterworks program: from the Classical era to the premiere of Lowell Liebermann's melodic new Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra. Listen



Episode 8

Inside Masterworks 2

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Maestro Wiley discusses the program for Masterworks 2 - a virtual, musical travelogue with an itinerary of great music ny Johann Strauss II, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Debussy and Dvorak. Listen



Episode 7

Opening Night 2009

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Maestro Wiley explores the great tone poem, Don Juan by Richard Strauss, plus the Brahms Violin Concerto and more. Listen



Episode 6

Musical Community

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The satirical Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme by Richard Strauss, plus the 39th Symphony of Mozart, and Barber's home and concerto, entitled Capricorn.   Listen



Episode 5

Brahms - A German Requiem

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A preview to the April 27th performance by the RSO & Chorus of A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms   Listen



Episode 4

Mozart - Serenade: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 23 in A

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Maestro Wiley pairs Tchaikovsky and Mozart.   Listen



Episode 3

Debussy - La Mer
Racmaninoff - Vocalise
Billy Joel - Elegy

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We explore the impressionistic masterpiece La Mer by Claude Debussy, plus a Virginia premiere of Billy Joel's revised Elegy, and more.   Listen



Episode 2

Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5

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The second episode of Inside the Music explores the monumental and expressive Symphony No. 5 of Dmitri Shostakovich.   Listen



Episode 1

Dvorak - Cello Concerto, Op. 104

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The first episode of Inside the Music explores Dvorak's last concerto -- his Concerto for Cello & Orchestra, Op. 104 -- composed after returning home from the new world... Listen


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