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Exploring Ralph Vaughan Williams in October 2022

Kelly, Gerald; Portrait of Ralph Vaughan Williams, O.M. (ca. 1961)
Sir Gerald Kelly PRA (1879 - 1972) Credit line: (c) Royal Academy of Arts / Photographer credit: Prudence Cuming Associates Limited
Kelly, Gerald; Portrait of Ralph Vaughan Williams, O.M. (ca. 1961)

Best known for The Lark Ascending, Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote nine symphonies, operas, film scores and was an avid collector of English folk songs.

Week of October 3, 2022 - Musical Landscapes Landscapes are a wonderfully rich subject in music, so just slow down and take in the sights and sounds of our musical travels. We start in an outdoor café, listening to Augustin Lara’s song about the Andalusian city Granada. Then our tour walks through the gardens with Manuel De Falla and rides the sea's waves with Debussy. We'll climb the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains to listen to Pepe Romero play Francisco Tárrega's Recuerdos De La Alhambra, and this is all just in the first hour!

Week of October 10, 2022 - Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1858, 150 years ago) We'll look at the life and music of the composer of nine masterful symphonies, editor of the English Hymnal, an ambulance driver in WWI, and great-nephew to Charles Darwin, Ralph Vaughan Williams, a prolific and intriguing figure who was at the vanguard of English music in the early 20th century.

Week of October 17, 2022 - Carnegie Hall, Part I Bill joins Gino Francesconi, director of Carnegie Hall’s Archives and Rose Museum, to take listeners backstage for an intimate view of the hall, its history, and the legendary performers who have appeared there. From the world premiere of Dvorak’s New World Symphony in 1893, to U.S. debuts by Jascha Heifetz, Igor Stravinsky, and Béla Bartók, to appearances by artists and activists who challenged racial restrictions and the political status quo, including Mahalia Jackson, Martin Luther King, Jr., the Beatles, and Leontyne Price.

Week of October 24, 2022 - Carnegie Hall, Part II Bill and Carnegie Hall’s Archivist Gino Francesconi continue touring backstage for a view of the three concert venues, the hall’s history, and the legendary performers who have appeared there. Carnegie Hall has been the stage for thousands of premieres from all genres of music and spoken word. We will listen to artists’ stories and hear some of the great ones like Ella Fitzgerald and Leonard Bernstein who have graced its stage.

Week of October 31, 2022 - Symphony, Part V  This week we are continuing a theme that has fascinated Bill McGlaughlin for many years, the development of the symphony. In this fifth installment of our series, we will be listening to four symphonic composers born in the 1860s and 1870s. These are beautiful, surprising works by Jean Sibelius, Carl Nielsen, Sergei Rachmaninov, and Charles Ives.