Pinchas Zukerman
Cheryl Mazak

An Evening with Pinchas Zukerman and the BSO

Now available on demand, Pinchas Zukerman conducts Richard Strauss's Serenade for Winds and works by Bruckner and Haydn, in addition to joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra as the soloist in Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3.

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Keith Lockhart; Sting; Megan Hilty; "The Empire Strikes Back"; Penn & Teller
Marco Borggreve; courtesy of the artist; courtesy of the artist; 20th Century Fox/IMDB; courtesy of the artists

25 Years of Lockhart and the Pops!


Palaver Strings and Culomba at pindrop sessions in April 2019

WCRB and Aeronaut Brewing Company want you to experience something different: the pindrop sessions! One-of-a-kind concerts in an active brewery's taproom, the first Sunday of the month at Aeronaut in Somerville, in partnership with WCRB.

Out of the Box

Two black and white images showing Marian Anderson on the left looking off in the distance, and Leontyne Price, wearing pearls, on the right, looking powerfully forward
Marian Anderson: Yousuf Karsh / Leontyne Price: Courtesy of Artist

The stories and voices of two of America's most celebrated and pioneering singers star in this week's segment.


This Week's CD of the Week

Daniel-Ben Pienaar
Uta Knizia

Thoughtful and miraculously gifted communicator Daniel-Ben Pienaar has chosen 36 keyboard miniatures from the 17th century and colorized them on the modern piano, and we’ve chosen the result as our WCRB CD of the Week.



Also in this roundup: Jessica Alba dances to Beethoven, a robot conducts an orchestra, a cat joins the symphony, and so, so much more. 

Would you attend a concert without knowing anything about the program first? These people did, and loved it. Also, new findings about Beethoven, and the Shanghai Symphony makes the best of a bad situation.

Instant Replay: 011

Feb 4, 2020

Frankly, this month's Instant Replay is a bit more of a grab-bag than most. And that's what makes it great! A little of this, a little of that -- here's the music we love right now.

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Keith Lockhart; Sting; Megan Hilty; "The Empire Strikes Back"; Penn & Teller
Marco Borggreve; courtesy of the artist; courtesy of the artist; 20th Century Fox/IMDB; courtesy of the artists

Celebrating a quarter-century of Keith Lockhart as Pops Conductor, the 2020 Boston Pops season features the musical "Ragtime," a live accompaniment to "The Empire Strikes Back," and appearances by Penn and Teller, Megan Hilty, Sting, and many other spectacular guest artists.

From NPR Music

Peter Serkin, a pianist who navigated a distinctive course through classical music with thoughtful interpretations of both standard repertoire and bracing new compositions, died Saturday morning at his home in Red Hook, N.Y. at age 72.

The cause of death, announced by his family, was pancreatic cancer.

Serkin came from a prestigious family of musicians. His father, the celebrated pianist Rudolf Serkin, and his maternal grandfather, the violinist and conductor Adolf Busch, embodied old-world traditions — to reverential acclaim.

We've been starting this new year off with genres of music you might not listen to, or that you say you're not a fan of — so far, we've covered jazz, country and deep house.

Harriet Tubman may be the best-known conductor of the Underground Railroad, but a new album highlights another key figure: William Still, who helped nearly 800 enslaved African Americans escape to freedom in the years before the Civil War.

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