classical music highlights

This month's edition of First Fridays in Concert features live performances of the music of Boccherini by the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, as well as Mendelssohn's "Scottish" Symphony, which kicked off the new season of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra.  

Tonight we'll enjoy a page from Tchaikovsky's musical calendar, "The Seasons:" December, Christmas-tide.

Although it's become an essential part of the Christmas season, Tchaikovsky actually wrote his iconic ballet, "The Nutcracker" during a July heat wave. We'll enjoy a complete performance tonight.  

Gustav Mahler thought each of his symphonies should contain a universe of sound. Tonight we'll enjoy his First Symphony, which includes a quote from Handel's "Messiah."  

Emanuel Ax says he thinks Haydn's Piano Concertos aren't performed much these days because they're not showy enough, but today we'll enjoy his performance of the Concerto No. 3.