Musical Moments is a weekly radio program hosted by Amy Kaiser, the director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
January 2: Mozart & Mahler with Judith Raskin – Amy shares Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate; plus Gustav Mahler’s Symphony #4 finale with the Cleveland Orchestra. Soprano Judith Raskin performs Mahler songs, accompanied by George Schick.
December 17 and 19: Beethoven ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata – Amy shares Ludwig van Beethoven’s ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata, performed by Renaud Capuçon and Martha Argerich, along with a string quartet selection from the same time period.
December 10 and 12: Singular Sopranos – Amy shares highlights from the careers of five very famous, very different, and forever amazing sopranos.
December 3 and 5: Beethoven in 1803 – Amy shares Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin sonata Op.30 #3, as well as music from the same time, including the Eroica Variations for solo piano and songs and arias about hope.
November 26 and 28: Bernstein’s Broadway Operas – Amy shares selections from Trouble in Tahiti, West Side Story (the new movie version opens December 10th!) and Candide.
November 19 and 21: Jauchzet Gott & Magnificat – Amy shares festive music by Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata #51, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, with solo soprano and trumpet; variations on the Lutheran Advent Hymn Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, for organ, and Magnificat in D Major for full orchestra, soloists, and chorus.
November 12 and 14: Waltzing Down Broadway – Do you hear a waltz? Amy shares waltzes (and some tangos and tarantellas) by musical theatre composers Cole Porter, Burton Lane, Richard Rodgers, Frederick Loewe, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim.
November 5 and 7: Beethoven Bagatelles – Amy shares Ludwig van Beethoven’s Bagatelles, Op. 119, performed by pianist Paul Lewis; the Elegischer Gesang, Op. 118, performed by Collegium Musicum 90; and the Violin Sonata #10, Op. 96, performed by Augustin Dumay and Maria João Pires.
Director of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus since 1995, Amy Kaiser is one of the country’s leading choral directors. She has conducted the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, Schubert’s Mass in E flat, Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, and sacred works by Haydn and W.A. Mozart, as well as Young People’s Concerts. Guest conductor for the Berkshire Choral Festival in Massachusetts, Santa Fe and at Canterbury Cathedral and Music Director of the Dessoff Choirs in New York for 12 seasons (1983-1995), she led many performances of major works at Lincoln Center.
Other conducting engagements include Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival, Peter Schickele’s PDQ Bach with the New Jersey Symphony, and more than 50 performances with the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Principal Conductor of the New York Chamber Symphony’s School Concert Series for seven seasons, Amy Kaiser also led Jewish Opera at the Y, and many programs for the 92nd Street Y’s acclaimed Schubertiade. She has prepared choruses for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Ravinia Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, and Opera Orchestra of New York.