The poppy symbolizes a number of things, including eternal life, sleep, and beauty, and red poppies have become a Memorial Day symbol. The hardy flowers sprang up on the World War I Flanders battlefields, where so many soldiers lost their lives. You’ll hear a couple of musical poppies, and other music of remembrance, on Sunday Baroque this Memorial Day weekend.
Robert Schumann was responsible for getting Schubert's Symphony No. 9 ready for its first performance. Schumann declared it was "the greatest symphony since Beethoven wrote his Ninth!" We'll enjoy it tonight.