Members of the RIAS Chamber Choir Berlin stand in front of the Berlin skyline
Matthias Heyde

Handel's Solomon, on Choral Masterworks

This Sunday at 9 on Choral Masterworks, hear Handel’s glorious masterpiece "Solomon," sung by a brilliant cast of soloists, with the RIAS Chamber Choir and the Academy for Ancient Music Berlin, conducted by Daniel Reuss.

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Stu Rosner / BSO

With Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts at the Koussevitzky Music Shed cancelled for 2020, hear full BSO concerts each weekend, as well as seven mini-festivals of BSO performances, Monday through Friday nights.


Sausages on a grill
Kaboompics on

What's happening on (and off) the classical music internet this week? Super Mario for cello, Flight of the Bumblebee for watering can, and, yeah, a piano made out of sausages. 

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Aug 4, 2020

For August, the music we're turning to is a little funky and a lot of fun. Check out our favorite tracks of the month, and listen to our favorites from the past year, too, while you're at it!

Songs of Summer 2020

Aug 3, 2020
A Cape Cod rocky shoreline, with a lighthouse in the background and a small sailboat on the water
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In 1963 Nat King Cole sang, “Roll out those lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer…Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer.” We’re singing a different summer tune in 2020.

Leon Fleisher
Joanne Savio

A pianist known for artistic integrity, limitless determination, and rigorous mentorship talked with me at Tanglewood when he played there with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for the last time.

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From NPR Music

Back in the days before the coronavirus pandemic, lots of people found community and comfort in singing together, whether at school, as a form of worship, in amateur groups or performing as professionals. Last year, Chorus America reported that some 54 million Americans — that is, more than 15% of the entire country's population — participated in some kind of organized group singing. And that study revealed that nearly three-quarters of those polled felt less lonely.

One of America's most beloved and resourceful pianists has died. Leon Fleisher was 92 years old. He died of cancer in Baltimore Sunday morning, according to his son, Julian.

The pianist's roller coaster career began with fame, moved to despair and ended in fulfillment.

Updated on Aug. 6 at 8:06 a.m. ET

In April 1945, Madame Roos wrote a letter to French authorities describing her piano she was hoping to get back. Roos, who was 72, was Jewish and her piano had been stolen when Nazis emptied her apartment in Paris.

A similar fate befell many of the 75,000 French Jews deported to concentration camps during World War II.

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Out of the Box

The nine women singers of the Lorelei Ensemble stand, dressed in concert gowns, looking right
Allana Taranto

This powerfully sung new album from the Boston-based chamber choir invites you to explore a simple question: "Why do we tell the love stories that we do?"

Martin Kennedy, Sim Cannety-Clarke, Lauren Desberg

Watch a Bastille Day celebration with violinist Lara St. John, pianist Marc-André Hamelin, and the Ulysses Quartet, presented by the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts and performed in our Fraser Performance Studio!

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An eccentric but deeply compelling musician applies his own distinctive voice to one of Bach's greatest masterpieces, and Marcus Creed directs the composer's motet "Sing to the Lord a New Song," on The Bach Hour.

WCRB brings you performances from Symphony Hall every Saturday at 8pm, with host Ron Della Chiesa.
Hear The Bach Hour Sundays at 6am, Mondays from midnight-2am, and on demand for two weeks after broadcast.