WSMR Quarterly Issue Reports - Q1 2020

The Florida Orchestra “Winter Dreams” Broadcast

Associate Conductor Daniel Black

Today marks another Thursday Evening Masterwork with The Florida Orchestra! This week, Associate Conductor Daniel Black is at the helm as guest violinist Benjamin Beilman performs the Sibelius Violin Concerto. In addition, the broadcast will feature Vivian Fung’s “Fanfare,” and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1, “Winter Dreams.” Be sure to tune in tonight at 7pm to Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9 for our Thursday Masterwork with The Florida Orchestra.

The Conductor

“Firm, decisive, and engaging” are a few words that help to describe Daniel Black. Black was promoted to associate conductor of The Florida Orchestra for the 2019/20 orchestra season after having a successful first season with the orchestra. This broadcast is special for Black, as it is his first time conducting a Masterworks concert with the orchestra. Other career highlights include Black being a guest conductor for the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and Dnipro State Opera and Ballet Company in Dnipro, Ukraine. Additionally, Black won the 2017 Solti Foundation U.S. opera conducting fellowship and previously was the associate conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Daniel Black and his excellent experience make him a welcomed addition to The Florida Orchestra.

The Works

Vivian Fung’s “Fanfare” kicks off this broadcast. This work by the JUNO award-winning composer was written to celebrate the 40-year career of The Alabama Symphony’s principal trumpet player John McElroy. The work opens with a “burst of color” and transitions to a “brass chorale” with traces of string and woodwind instruments that end with a reserved tone. Next, Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto presents a technically demanding work, but a spectacular one nonetheless. In 1902, Sibelius began writing his Violin Concerto when he was in his late thirties. The work received many edits and rewrites before Sibelius was content with the final product in 1905. Sibelius’ Violin Concerto eventually acquired its current status in concert halls thanks to  Jascha Heifetz’s recording of the concerto. Finally, Tchaikovsky’s “Winter Dreams” will be the centerpiece of this broadcast. Before he was satisfied, Tchaikovsky drafted three versions of his first symphony. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 showcases the composer’s ability to formulate gorgeous symphonic melodies.

Stay Connected

As always, we would like to thank The Florida Orchestra for providing us with this excellent broadcast. This allows everyone to enjoy the classical music we all share and love. It is important to keep the music going during these unprecedented times so we can all stay connected. Stay up to date with The Florida Orchestra on their website for their latest updates. Be sure to tune in next week at 7pm for another Evening Master featuring The Florida Orchestra here on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9. You can listen live or stream WSMR with the WUSF Public Media App. You can also ask your Smart Speaker to play Classical WSMR. If you miss a broadcast, you can listen on-demand at for 45 days after the airdate.

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