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From the Archives with Frank Byrne
Saturdays, 11 a.m - noon Sundays, 6 - 7 p.m.

From the Archives is a curated tour of the world’s greatest composers, conductors and performers, captured in distinctive and memorable audio recordings.

Building on a lifetime of collecting recordings, host Frank Byrne shares the best performances he knows, each with a special element that sets it apart. A lifelong student of classical music, Byrne’s love of collecting classical music is only eclipsed by his joy in sharing it with friends.

Thanks to the wealth of recorded classical music available today, we have the opportunity to explore and consider performances that the average listener may never have heard. Listening together on From the Archives, we will gain insights to those great musicians who truly bring this music to life. Please join us.

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Charles Ives was decades ahead of his time in his unconventional compositions. Hear his amazing “Concord Sonata” for piano, an original organ composition written at age 15, and a recording of the man himself singing and playing the piano.
  • Enjoy masterful and (in one case) quirky variations on music composers wrote earlier in their careers and then used in variations. Hear contrasting works by Norman Dello Joio and Franz Schmidt. Don’t be surprised if you hear echoes of tunes you've heard before!
  • Beethoven recycled! In this case, he used incidental music composed for “The Ruins of Athens” and adapted it for the reopening of the Josephstadt Theater in Vienna. The new and improved music was “The Consecration of the House” and if you’ve only heard the overture, there’s a lot more fine music to enjoy.
  • We’re celebrating July 4th with musical Americana! Hear music by Aaron Copland, William Schuman, Samuel Augustus Ward and a healthy dose of John Philip Sousa. It’s a time to celebrate and a time to remember.
  • Dynamic works by Ernest Bloch and Bela Bartok show that music for large string orchestras can be incredibly powerful, especially when interpreted by master conductors like Rafael Kubelik and Constantin Silvestri.
  • Hear the music of Richard Wagner in virtuoso transcriptions for symphonic band. Wagner himself heard his music played by bands and approved of the adaptation. After hearing these compelling performances, you’ll have a thrilling new perspective on his music.