Musical Moments is a weekly radio program hosted by Amy Kaiser, the director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
October 29 and 31: Interlocking Songs – Amy shares Interlocking songs (songs with two equal and contrasting melodies running at the same time, both with independent lyrics) such as Irving Berlin’s ‘You’re Not Sick, You’re Just in Love’.
October 22 and 24: Music of Jean Sibelius – Amy shares the Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, plus the Finnish composer’s Karelia Suite and the choral finale from the tone poem Finlandia.
October 15 and 17: Beethoven Violin Sonatas Through the Years, Part I – Ludwig van Beethoven in the eighteenth century! Amy shares three early Beethoven works for violin, plus his first violin and piano sonata, dedicated to Salieri; a Romance for violin and orchestra; and a trio with piano and cello.
October 8 and 10: Bedřich Smetana and Má vlast – Má vlast, also known as My Fatherland, is a set of six symphonic poems by Czech composer Bedřich Smetana, each depicting an aspect of Bohemia’s countryside, history, or legends. Join Amy as she examines this important work.
October 1 and 3: Great Pianists ~ Maria João Pires – Maria João Pires was playing Mozart piano concertos by the age of seven. Amy features the Portuguese classical pianist in some of her finest performances.
September 24 and 26: Transmigration of Souls: Adams, Tower, & Ives – Join Amy for musical selections related to the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 from composers John Adams, Joan Tower, and Charles Ives.
September 17 and 19: Great Pianists ~ Alicia de Larrocha – Alicia de Larrocha gave her first public performance at the age of five at the International Exposition in Barcelona. Amy features the Spanish pianist and composer performing works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Domenico Scarlatti, Enrique Granados, and Isaac Albéniz.
September 10 and 12: Surprising Septets – Amy shares music by Camille Saint-Saëns, Ludwig van Beethoven, Igor Stravinsky and Gioachino Rossini.
September 3: Great Pianists ~ Martha Argerich – Martha played her first piece by ear a few months before her third birthday. Amy features the talented Argentine-born pianist performing works by Claude Debussy and Frederick Chopin.
August 26 and 28: Josquin Des Prez at 500 – Amy features music of the greatest composer of his age, a master of the high Renaissance style of polyphonic vocal music.
August 20 and 22: Verdi Baritones – Amy features Verdi arias and duets featuring Cornell MacNeil, Robert McFerrin, Robert Merrill, Sherrill Milnes, Leonard Warren, and Tito Gobbi.
August 13 and 15: Kurt Weill ~ Broadway Operas – Amy features selections from Lost in the Stars, Street Scene, and Lady in the Dark, produced on Broadway in the 1940s.
August 6 and 8: 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. (Rebroadcast)
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.
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.