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Music in the Making

Stories And Legends

Learn about the fantastic tales that inspired these famous compositions.


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Ivan Biliban’s illustration to the 1899 tale about the Firebird
Enjoy an hour of great performances from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston.

Music in this episode:

Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture

Performed by the Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra led by conductor Larry Rachleff on Feburary 9th, 2008 in Stude Concert Hall.

Richard Wagner, arr. Merlin Patterson: Ride of the Valkyries

Performed by the Moores School Wind Ensemble led by conductor David Bertman on November 9th, 2012 in the Moores Opera House.

Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird

Performed by the Moores School Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Franz Anton Krager on April 27th, 2007 in the Moores Opera House.

This episode originally aired Sunday, September 6th, 2015. Catch Music in the Making every Sunday at 7:06 PM on Classical 91.7.