Uncommon Sounds: “Tubby the Tuba” kicks off a night of solo instruments you don’t often hear in classical music. Have you ever heard a Trombone Concerto? Chopin on the banjo? Or Mozart on glass harmonica? You have now!
An exotic San Francisco Symphony broadcast: Superstar violinist Gil Shaham plays the international, yet intimate Concerto #2 by Prokofiev; Britten’s ballet “The Prince of the Pagodas,” inspired by Javanese gamelan; and a performance by an actual gamelan based right here in the Bay Area. At 10, “Beethoven’s 10th” aka Brahms’ Symphony #1.
Bang the Drum Quickly: Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” joins other great drum solos in Haydn’s Symphony #103, Nielsen’s Symphony #5, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and more.
Carnival Night! With Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” leading the way for carnivals in Venice, Vienna, Norway, Aix and Pest (the city, not the vermin)!
The Final Campfire: Finishing off KDFC’s Summer Music Camp with a few more stories of how you got excited about Classical Music, and featuring Leonard Bernstein narrating “Peter and the Wolf.”