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November 26, 2008

"The Bourgeois Gentleman"

Today marks the Performance Today debut of Houston's River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Conductor JoAnn Falletta leads them in a recent performance of Richard Strauss' suite, "The Bourgeois Gentleman." Written for a play by Moliere, it's music about a commoner who aspires to join the nobility. Strauss manages to make fun of both along the way.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Overture to "La Clemenza di Tito"
    The Lausanne Chamber Orchestra with conductor Yehudi Menuhin
  • Franz Schubert
    "Kupelwieser" Waltz
    Pianist Michel Dalberto
    Chopin Manor, Duszniki Zdroj, Poland
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Divertimento for Oboe and Orchestra
    Oboist Beat Anderwert with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and conductor Christian Zacharias
    Metropole Hall, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • "The Piano Puzzler"
    This week's contestant is Pat Girardot from Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
  • Maurice Ravel
    "Ondine" from "Gaspard de la Nuit"
    L'Octuor de France
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • Claude Debussy
    "Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum" from "Children's Corner"
    Pianist Michel Dalberto
    Chopin Manor, Duszniki Zdroj, Poland

hour 2

  • Aaron Copland
    Prelude for Piano Trio
    Pianist Michael Boriskin, violinist Nicholas Kitchen, and cellist Wilhelmina Smith
  • Charles Trenet
    "April in Paris" and "Street Corner"
    Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin
    Grand Theatre, Quebec, Canada
  • Richard Strauss
    "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme," Op. 60
    The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra with conductor JoAnn Falletta
    The Church of St. John the Divine, Houston
  • Aaron Copland
    "Simple Gifts" from "Appalachian Spring"
    Prairie Winds
    Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, Michigan
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