Musical Moments is a weekly radio program hosted by Amy Kaiser, the director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

April 16 and 18: Dancing the Ländler with Schubert & Friends – Amy shares music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Carl Maria von Weber, Gustav Mahler, and others.

April 9 and 11: Berlioz and Shakespeare – Amy shares drama for orchestra from Roméo et Juliette.

April 2 and 4: Spring with Schubert & Friends – Amy shares songs and more by Franz Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Felix Mendelssohn.

March 26 and 28: All Kinds of Altos – Mezzo soprano or countertenor? Amy shares music by Henry Purcell, George Frideric Handel, Christoph Willibald Gluck, and Benjamin Britten.

March 19 and 21: Schubert’s Last Year – Amy shares Franz Schubert’s last songs, including the Piano Sonata in A Major performed by Romanian pianist Radu Lupu.

March 12 and 14: Berlioz: Salute to Faust – Highlights from “La damnation de Faust”, in homage to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performances cancelled by the pandemic shutdown one year ago.

March 5 and 7: Schubert: Early, Late, and Great – Amy shares songs written by a teenage Schubert; plus selections from his late, great C Major “Cello Quintet”, one of the greatest compositions in chamber music.

February 26 and 28: Patter Songs – Amy shares music of virtuosic comedy, with selections from Gaetano Donizetti, Giaochino Rossini, Gilbert & Sullivan, and Stephen Sondheim, plus surprise guests! 

February 19 and 21: Schubert Fantasy Variations – Amy shares Franz Schubert’s Sonata #1 and Fantasy for Violin and Piano, plus Ludwig van Beethoven’s Variations on ‘Là ci darem la mano’.

February 12 and 14: Grand Finales in C Major – Music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Charles Ives and others.

February 5 and 7: Franz Schubert and Marian Anderson – Featuring performances of the music of Franz Schubert by contralto Marian Anderson, an important figure in the struggle for African-American artists to overcome racial prejudice during the twentieth century.

January 29 and 31: P.D.Q. Bach and Peter Schickele – Featuring Oedipus Tex (Dramatic Oratorios); Beethoven 5th Sports Commentary; Unbegun Symphony; and Schleptet.

January 22 and 24: Four Centuries of Birdsong for Winter – Music by Clément Janequin, Louis-Claude Daquin, Igor Stravinsky, Joseph Haydn, Johannes Brahms, Benjamin Britten, Olivier Messiaen, and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

January 15 and 17: Musical Moments Premiere – Franz Schubert’s composition ‘Moments Musicaux’ for piano includes a “powerful life journey in just two minutes”, the #3 in F minor, that became Amy’s starting point for this show.

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.

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