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Week of March 24, 2008

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Richard Hickox, conductor

Christian Giger, cello

The audio for this program has been removed, per American Public Media's rights agreement with this orchestra.

Bridge: Enter Spring, Rhapsody
Britten: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra
Elgar: Symphony No. 1

This week we welcome Spring with a concert featuring the famous orchestra in Leipzig known as the Gewandhaus. That word literally means “cloth house”, and in 1781 they took their name from the only place that was big enough to hold them, the meeting hall of the Leipzig cloth merchants. At over 200 years old, they are one of the oldest and best European orchestras.

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Richard Hickox

Christian Giger

Edward Elgar

Frank Bridge © Edward Gooch