Randall Hodgkinson

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Night Music

WCMS will be joined two acclaimed musicians: Rhonda Rider, cello (left) and Ashleigh Gordon, viola (right); and for a nocturnal program that examines the dark hours from a variety of angles. Arthur Foote’s dreamy A Night Piece and Franz Schubert’s elegant Notturno highlight its amiable sides. Meanwhile, Luigi Boccherini’s Night […]


The final Main Stage concert of the season presents a set of musical memorials: Schubert’s Variations on ‘Trockne Blumen’ adapts one of the last songs from his great songs cycle Die schöne Müllerin. His D-minor String Quartet repurposes, in its slow movement, another of his lieder, “Death and the Maiden.” […]

American Expressions

The WCMS season opens with a multi-disciplinary celebration of music from the Americas: North, South, and Central. Valerie Coleman’s meditative Fanmi Imèn (after Maya Angelou’s poem, “Human Family”) and Dvorak’s popular “American” Quartet frame the program. In between comes Jessie Montgomery’s exuberant Strum, plus music by Gabriella Lena Frank (featuring […]

Censored Identity

Blacklisted by Stalin, Sofia Gubaidulina uses the beautiful sounds of the flute, viola and harp to express sadness and joy. Sadly, Felix Mendelssohn was banned in Nazi Germany, and his timeless music is loved by all who hear it. Korngold fled Nazi Germany to find himself embraced by Hollywood where […]