Thursday, February 21

Good to be back with you! Many thanks to Eric Nauert for filling in the past three days. Friday's Midday Music will be requests with Alan Cooke.

Here are a few weekend events on tap at venues from Columbus to Columbia County (to move from west to east like today's rain). There's everything from a quadruple guitar concerto to the world premiere of a piece for the Chinese erhu to an opera based on a children's book by Maurice Sendak.

Concerts February 21-24, 2008

  • Saturday in Columbus's RiverCenter, George Del Gobbo leads the Columbus Symphony in Dvorak's Seventh (see first hour) and in Rodrigo works with Andrew Zohn and the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet (whom we hear in the final hour).
  • Two concerts in central Georgia: Tonight at 7:30 the Macon Concert Association presents string player and composer Asmira Woodward-Page at Wesleyan College in Macon. And Sunday at 3:00 the Warner Robins Community Concert Association presents the Juilliard-trained trio ETA-3 (flute, clarinet, piano) in Debussy, Dvorak, Schubert, etc. at the First United Methodist Church. Story here. Details: (478) 923-7024.
  • In Kennesaw, the Cobb Symphony performs Stravinsky's Firebird Suite (heard in the noon hour) Friday and Saturday .
  • In Atlanta, Oliver Knussen leads the Atlanta Symphony in Ravel's Mother Goose Suite (heard in our final hour) and Knussen's own opera Where the Wild Things Are, Friday and Sunday. The Hudson Shad vocal quartet play the wild beasties in Knussen's opera in Atlanta. They seize the intervening day, Saturday, for a light-hearted concert with the Augusta Symphony, on its Columbia County Music Series at the Hardin Theatre.
And now, the Midday Music playlist du jour:

11 AM
  • Bach: Violin Concerto in E major. Eduard Melkus, Capella Academica. Archiv 427 114.
  • Dvorak: Symphony No. 7. Los Angeles Phil, Previn. Telarc 82018.
12 N
  • Scriabin: Prelude and Nocturne Op. 9 for the left hand. Sandrine Erdely-Sayo. AW 2206.
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183. Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Marriner. Philips 412 954.
  • Stravinsky: The Firebird, Suite (1910 version). St. Petersburg Phil, Ashkenazy. Decca 448 812.
1 PM
  • Saint-Saens: Tarantelle. Webster Trio. Crystal 356.
  • Ravel: Ma Mere L'Oye (Mother Goose). Royal Concertgebouw Orch, Haitink. PentaTone 167.
  • Crittenden: A Scottish Fantasy. Minneapolis Guitar Quartet. Albany 339.