Boston Chamber Music Society
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Sonorous Grace and Rapturous Devotion, from BCMS

Sunday at 7pm, WCRB In Concert with the Boston Chamber Music Society features Mozart's Quintet for Piano and Winds, Brahms's Piano Trio No. 2, Fauré's "La bonne chanson," and more!

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This Week's CD of the Week

Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexandre Tharaud
Marco Borggreve

Queyras and Tharaud have a new recording that celebrates the magical effect of their spellbinding encores, and WCRB has chosen it as our CD of the Week!

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Ingrid Fliter, Andris Nelsons, Thomas Ades, The Lorelei Ensemble, Bernard Haitink, Jean-Yves Thubaudet
Gary Houlder/IMG Artists; Marco Borggreve; Brian Voce; Courtesy of the Ensemble; Todd Rosenberg; Andrew Eccles

As our community grapples with extreme and unprecedented challenges, WCRB and the Boston Symphony Orchestra invite you to the virtual community of concerts performed at Symphony Hall, Monday through Saturday at 8pm.

Elena Stikhina sings Casta Diva in BLO's Norma
Ben Gebo

Hear Boston Lyric Opera's production of Bellini's "Norma," starring Elena Stikhina, on demand. 

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Detail from a stained glass window at Thomaskirche, Leipzig, Germany
Morn the Gorn / Wikimedia Commons

In the depths of a fearsome epidemic that ravaged his community, a small-town German pastor wrote a hymn to bring his congregation hope. More than 400 years later, "Sleepers Awake" still comforts and inspires us, perhaps now more than ever before.

There's no getting around it: life is weird right now. If, like us, you're feeling like you need music now more than ever before, read on.

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Mar 26, 2020

We’ve entered into a time of incredible uncertainty, but it’s during times like this that a lot of us find hope and strength in music and hobbies. Here’s music that’s keeping us calm, collected and carrying on, along with a look at the activities we’ve been turning to for comfort.

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From NPR Music

Krzysztof Penderecki, one of the world's leading composers, died Sunday at the age of 86. The Polish Ministry of Affairs announced his passing in a tweet. No cause of death was given.

The Polish-born composer established himself while still in his 20s with jarring atonal works such as Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, and came to be widely admired by music fans and musicians far outside traditional classical music circles.

Morning Edition's series One-Hit Wonders / Second-Best Songs focuses on musicians or bands whose careers are defined by a single monster hit, and explains why their catalogs have much more to offer.

In this edition, NPR's classical producer Tom Huizenga makes the case for the charming, danceable St. Paul's Suite by Gustav Holst, who's best known for his symphonic juggernaut called The Planets.

Sometimes old recipes, newly tweaked, can yield astonishing results. Consider the concerto: It might be a 400-year-old formula, calling for a soloist to perform with — and often battle against — an orchestra. But occasionally, a brand new concerto arrives that offers old-fashioned thrills.

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Thomas Wilkins
Boston Symphony Orchestra

Wilkins, who has served as the Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth and Family Concerts Conductor since 2011, will be expanding his responsibilities to broaden the Boston Symphony's outreach programs with young people in schools and throughout the community.

In Concert captures the best performances by the world's best performers, from concerts in and around the Boston area. Airs Sundays at 7pm.
Hear The Bach Hour Sundays at 6am, Mondays from midnight-2am, and on demand for two weeks after broadcast.