Using the Holiday for Intellectual Rest and Recreation to Foster Clear Thinking and Effective Political Action during the Final Days of Trump’s Catastrophic Regime; To Counteract the Effects of Trump’s Scurrilous Vulgarity, This is the Ideal Time to Make Classical Music into a Long-Term Beneficial Habit;
December is Beethoven Month, Marking the Great Composer’s 250 Birthday: A Great Time to Get to Know This Music Starting with Several Dozen Scottish, Irish, and Welsh Songs, All in English; Then Turn to the Opera Fidelio, a Profoundly Feminist Work that Exemplifies Devotion to All of Humanity; December 22 Was the Birthday of Puccini, who Possessed the Bright Gift of Melody, So Rare in Our Time; Broadcasts of Handel’s Messiah Are Easy to Find Online and on Radio;
More Examples: Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts for Free Every Saturday Afternoon at 1pm Eastern; Last Saturday’s Opera was Hansel and Gretel in English for Children; On the Saturday After Christmas, Mozart’s Magic Flute will Follow, also in English;
Verdi Has Special Importance Because of his Key Role in Italian Independence and the Risorgimento, Part of the Great Nation Building Age in the Mid-Nineteenth Century; Verdi’s Best Work is Animated by a Strong Anti-Oligarchical Feeling; Targets Include the Egyptian Priests in Aida, Public Opinion in Luisa Miller, Parisian High Society in Traviata, the Spanish Inquisition in Don Carlo, and the Venetian and Genoese Oligarchies in The Two Foscari and Simon Boccanegra;
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Friends and Listeners to the Program!