For several years now, I have been talking with Missouri Symphony Orchestra Maestro Kirk Trevor and my KBIA colleagues about a show that I felt we should be producing and broadcasting. The challenge was that we had to find support for and record the program. Let me explain.
Each summer, the Missouri Symphony Orchestra brings highly skilled musicians to Columbia for a seven-week series called Hot Summer Nights. If you see any of these shows, you know that the talent is top-drawer, the settings are diverse, and the crowds are generally a wide range of ages. This latter reality is somewhat unique at classical audiences where patrons trend grayer.
Maestro Trevor liked the idea for a radio show highlighting Hot Summer Nights' performances. He fund-raised to support making and editing recordings of the entire 2015 series. Now, seven months after the curtain closed on the 2015 season and four months before the opening performance of the 2016 season, we debut the Missouri Symphony Orchestra Radio Hour this week. The show would not be happening without I Maestro Trevor, his donors, and sound engineer Rob Boullion. We plan to produce a program that should serve as a memorable audio postcard from last summer's series and a preview of the 2016 Hot Summer Nights series.
On tonight's inaugural episode, we'll hear from Maetro Trevor talking about the series and the orchestra. On the tonight's program hear Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 'Serenade No. 11 in E-flat for Winds', Hector Berlioz 'Roman Carnival Overture' and Richard Strauss 'Death and Transfiguration'.
Join Classical 90.5 each Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. through the end of May for the Missouri Symphony Orchestra Radio Hour.