Musical Moments is a weekly radio program hosted by Amy Kaiser, the director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
July 30 and August 1: Tenor Centennial Salute – It’s been 100 years since the death of Enrico Caruso and the birth of Giuseppe di Stefano; Amy features opera arias and Neapolitan songs from each.
July 23 and 25: Ravel and Denève ~ L’Enfant et les Sortilèges – Amy shares L’Enfant et les Sortilèges from composer Maurice Ravel, as conducted by Stéphane Denève of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
July 16 and 18: Berlioz and Shakespeare – Amy shares drama for orchestra from Roméo et Juliette. (Rebroadcast)
July 9 and 11: Antiphonal Glory: Schütz and Gabrieli – Amy shares music from composer Heinrich Schütz and Giovanni Gabrieli that is designed to be sung, recited, or played alternately by two groups.
July 2: Gabriel Fauré: Mélodies and Requiem – Amy shares Fauré’s Requiem in D minor, which he composed between 1887 and 1890, as well as some of the composer’s art songs. Please note: We will not air the usual Sunday rebroadcast of this program, due to the Classic 107.3 Countdown.
June 25 and 27: Henry Purcell’s King Arthur – Amy shares Purcell’s music from the semi-opera “King Arthur, or The British Worthy”, which dates from early June of 1691.
June 18 and 20: Ravel with Thibaudet and Denève – Amy shares music of composer Maurice Ravel, as performed by pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and SLSO conductor Stéphane Denève.
June 11 and 13: Mostly Monteverdi – Amy shares music from Claudio Monteverdi, the Italian composer, string player, choirmaster, priest, and pioneer in the development of opera.
June 4 and 6: Camille Saint-Saëns ~ France & Africa – Amy shares the Africa fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 89, and more works by the French composer.
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.