It may be a while before we have significant snow in our area, so this morning we'll enjoy some virtual snow, with Debussy's "Snow is Dancing," a suite from Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Snow Maiden," and a song from the children's classic, "The Snowman."
For an all-too-brief time, Bach was employed by a music-loving prince in a little backwater of Germany. The prince gave Bach free reign to compose whatever he wanted, and provided him with an outstanding orchestra. Tonight we'll enjoy an oboe concerto Bach wrote during that happy phase in his life.
Not only did Tchaikovsky write his Nutcracker Ballet in the middle of July, with no snow in sight, the choreographer didn't tell him what the story was. He overcame both of these problems, and created the now-classic holiday favorite. We'll enjoy the dances from Act 2 this morning.