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The Score
With Peter Van De Graaff
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handel's messiah - mormon tabernacle choir
April 20, Easter, 2pm
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, conducted by Mack Wilberg, perform Handel's masterwork. Recorded live on April 18, 2014. In the summer of 1741 Handel was at the peak of his musical prowess, but depressed and in debt. He began setting Charles Jennens' Biblical libretto to music at his usual breakneck speed. In just 24 days, "Messiah" was complete. Right up to the day of the premiere, "Messiah" was troubled by production difficulties and last-minute rearrangements of the score. Despite these difficulties, the oratorio soon became a favorite of audiences, with a popularity that lasts to this day.

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carnegie hall live/britten's war requiem
April 30 at 6pm
Hailed as “a phenomenon” who “pulls together the most intellectually enticing and emotionally gripping [performances] in New York” (The New Yorker), Robert Spano leads his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a stirring performance of Britten’s towering masterpiece. The composer created this mammoth meditation on war and peace by juxtaposing Latin texts from the Mass for the Dead with depictions of battle by Wilfred Owen, a British poet who died in World War I.

byu school of music on-air
Weekdays, 1pm and 8:30pm
A steady stream of superb performances from the BYU School of Music goes over the air each day on Classical 89. In a lifetime of listening, most of the music we get to hear is produced as a studio recording. Lovely as these recordings may be, many aficionados will insist that nothing compares with adrenalized performances before live audiences! The School of Music records their musicians live, and then Classical 89 takes great pride in helping those performances have a long and well-deserved afterlife on the radio. We'll put your ears (and maybe even your heart) in the De Jong Concert Hall, the Madsen Recital Hall, and wherever else the faculty and students of BYU may be performing.

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friday favorites
Fridays at10am, 2pm
You don’t have to be a music encyclopedia to enjoy classical music! Twice each Friday Classical 89 highlights an every-day listener who talks about a favorite classical piece. It’s a chance to let everyone else know what makes good music great to them. Tune in Fridays at 10am and 2pm. If you’d like to participate in Friday Favorites, e-mail us at

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