Performance Today broadcast: Hans Gal Symphony no. 3, concert performance (Dec ’10), Oct 14th


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Very exciting news from American Public Media!


Performance Today to broadcast lost symphony by Hans Gál


Public Radio’s flagship live classical music program, Performance Today, will broadcast the first modern performance of Hans Gál’s Symphony no. 3 this Friday, October 14, 2011. Broadcast times vary- check your local listings.

Viennese composer Hans Gál was one of the leading composers of his generation in the years between WW I and WW II, but when Hitler came to power in 1933, Gál, who was Jewish, lost all his professional positions and found his music banned. He eventually settled in Edinburgh, where he had a long and distinguished career as an academic, but though he composed prolifically into his 90’s, his music gradually fell into obscurity.

Gál completed his 3rd Symphony in 1952, and it received performances in Vienna and Birmingham in 1955. After that, the work remained un-played until a snowy night in Stratford-upon-Avon in December 2010.

Orchestra of the Swan and Kenneth Woods also recorded the symphony for Avie records, a disc that was released in June.

Hans Gal: Symphony No. 3 in A Major, Op. 62

Orchestra of the Swan

Kenneth Woods, principal guest conductor

Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon , England , UK

December 7, 2010

American Public Media’s Performance Today is broadcast on 260 public radio stations across the country and is heard by about 1.3 million people each week.  Each station individually decides what time to air the program.  To find out where and when Performance Today is broadcast in your area, please visit

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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1 comment on “Performance Today broadcast: Hans Gal Symphony no. 3, concert performance (Dec ’10), Oct 14th”

  1. Peter

    Great news Ken!

    The BBC should be doing more – reviewing and broadcasting!

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