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Music in the Making

Celebrate Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra’s Opening Concert Weekend

Listen to these works by Stravinsky, Beethoven and Messiaen before they’re performed this weekend!


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The orchestra rehearses on stage at Rice University
The Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra at rehearsal in Stude Hall

On this week's episode of Music in the Making, we're listening to works by Stravinsky, Beethoven and Messiaen in preparation for the Shepherd School of Music's opening orchestra concert weekend!

Music in this episode:

Stravinsky – Suite for Small Orchestra No. 2

Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra
Stude Concert Hall, 2/20/2014

Our first selection is from Stravinsky's early Neo-Classical period, his Suite for Small Orchestra No. 2. This Friday and Saturday evenings, the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra will perform an earlier work of Stravinsky, his Rite of Spring. While very different from this selection, both works contain the rhythmic poise and orchestral mastery that Stravinsky was so well known for.

Beethoven – Piano Trio in E Flat Major

Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Desmond Hoebig, cello; Jon Kimura Parker, piano
Duncan Recital Hall, 3/26/2012

Both Lin and Hoebig will be joining the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra on Friday and Saturday nights for a performance of Brahms's highly virtuosic Double Concerto.

Messiaen – Oiseaux Exotiques

Brian Connelly, piano; Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra; Larry Rachleff, conductor
Stude Concert Hall, 4/23/2008

This performance of Messiaen's Oiseaux Exotiques (Exotic Birds) features piano soloist and faculty member Brian Connelly. This Sunday night, Connelly will once again join Rachleff onstage to perform this work, featuring the beautiful bird songs from over 18 different exotic species.

For more information about upcoming events and ticket information, click here.

This episode originally aired Sunday, September 27th, 2015. Catch Music in the Making every Sunday at 7:06 PM on Classical 91.7.