Select Mondays 7pm
- Hosted by Eric Hradecky
Encore on WNIU is an occasional series which airs on select Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
Host Eric Hradecky is pleased to present the 2016-2017 season of Encore. Each broadcast features a performance and commentary from regional classical musicians. Tune in for your premier access.
September 19, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051
by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
September 26, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.
Join Maestro Steven Larsen and Eric Hradecky as they discuss the 2016-2017 season.
October 3, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.
Overture to "Die Fledermaus (The Bat)"
by Johann Strauss, Jr. (1825-1899)
October 10, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.
Ludwig van Beethoven | Leonore Overture No 3
Beethoven | Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor
.....Awadagin Pratt, piano
Beethoven | Symphony No. 3 in E flat (Erocia)
This all-Beethoven program features three of the master’s greatest works: the overture from his only opera, Leonore; Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, first performed in 1803; and his third symphony.
Pianist Awadagin Pratt, acclaimed for his musical insights and intensely involving performances, brings his talent to the RSO with the performance of Piano Concerto No. 3. Mr Pratt graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he became the first student in the school's history to receive diplomas in three performance areas - piano, violin, and conducting.
October 17, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.
Symphony No. 2 in C Minor (“Resurrection Symphony”)
October 24, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.
Santa Fe, Les Voyage, The Bravest Journey by Emily Bear
George Gershwin | Rhapsody in Blue
…..Emily Bear, piano
Gustav Holst | The Planets, Op. 32
November 7, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.
NIU Student Ensembles
November 21, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.
Majestic Overtures and Choruses from the Great Operas
Johann Strauss II | Overture to Die Fledermaus
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov | Procession of the Nobles from Mlada
Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky | Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
Richard Wagner | Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Handel | "Happy We" from Acis and Galatea
Guiseppe Verdi | "Va, pensiero" from Nabucco
Guiseppe Verdi | "Anvil Chorus" from Il trovatore
Richard Wagner | Prelude to Act III and “The Bridal Chorus” from Lohengrin and "Entry of the Guests" from Tannhauser
Richard Wagner | "Entry of the Guests" from Tannhäuser
Carl Maria von Weber | "Hungers' Chorus" from Die Freischütz
Modest Mussorgsky | "Coronation Scene" from Boris Godunov
Thrill to the majestic overtures and choruses from the great operas- featuring the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center’s Mendelssohn Chorale.
January 30, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
The Three Violins of Rachel Barton Pine
Pietro Locatelli | Violin Concerto No. 12 in D major (“The Labyrinth”)
Antonio Vivaldi |Viola d’amore Concerto in D minor
Camille Saint-Saëns | Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Tracy Silverman | Anthem25 for Electric Violin and Orchestra
Mozart | Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV 550
Featuring Rachel Barton Pine, violin, viola d’amore, electric violin.
March 6, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Brahms & Schumann
Leo Weiner | Divertimento No. 5, op. 39 (“Hungarian Impressions)
Johannes Brahms | Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor
.....Ilya Kaler, violin and Daniel Kaler, cello
Robert Schumann | Symphony No. 2 in C major
Internationally renowned violinist Ilya Kaler joins his award-winning son, cellist Daniel Kaler, for Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor.
Ilya Kaler is a Gold Medal winner at three of the world’s prestigious international violin competitions: the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1986), the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki (1985), and the Paganini Competition in Genoa (1981).
March 13, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Arthur D. Montzka Memorial Concert
Leonard Bernstein | Symphonic Suite from “On the Waterfront”
*Performance by the Concerto Competition Winner, TBD*
Felix Mendelssohn | Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op.90
March 20, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring
Lars-Erik Larsson | Barococo
Darius Milhaud | Kentuckiana (Divertissement on 20 Kentucky Airs)
Howard Levy | Concerto for Diatonic Harmonica
.....Howard Levy, diatonic harmonica
Aaron Copland | Appalachian Spring Suite
Multiple Grammy Award winner Howard Levy is an acknowledged master of the diatonic harmonica, innovative composer, and recording artist.
May 8, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Strauss’ Last, Mahler’s First
Carlos Chavez | Sinfonia India
Richard Strauss | Four Last Songs
.....Kathy Pyeatt, soprano
Mahler | Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Titan")
Nationally acclaimed soprano Kathy Pyeatt, known for her intelligent singing and “impeccable voice”, returns to the RSO to perform Strauss’ Four Last Songs.
May 15, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Sebastian Bach | Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, BWV 1046
.....Mark Robinson and Kate Swope, horns
Ludwig van Beethoven | Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 with
the Mendelssohn Chorale
Encore is proud to partner with Rockford Symphony Orchestra and Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Support for Encore on WNIU is made possible, in part, by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Mark Hilde of Edward Jones, and Upper Cervical Care Center.