Listening With Les

From Mariposa Symphony Orchestra
Founding Music Director and Conductor
Les Marsden:

“While the MSO remains on hiatus, I’ve been asked to share my thoughts on the orchestral repertoire with you by our parent organization, the Mariposa County Arts Council. 

From time to time, I’ll publish a particular piece or composer highlighted, along with links to performances available on YouTube by some of the world’s great orchestras.

Some may remember when I presented pre-concert talks in person at the Sixth Street Cinema in Mariposa, a week before our concerts – complete with examples.   This will be something like that, and I hope you’ll find these offerings interesting – and enjoyable. 

For the most part, I’ll write of music the MSO has performed in the past – and will hopefully be able to perform for you in the future, too!”


Episode 31: the Seasonal Cheer Continues
Nov. 25, 2020

Episode 30: Let the Seasonal Cheer Begin.
Nov. 18, 2020

Episode 29: Honor, Salute – and Thank
Nov. 11, 2020

Episode 28: The Czech Mozart
Nov. 4, 2020

Episode 27: A Night on WHICH Bald Mountain?
Oct. 28, 2020

Episode 26: Mad Scientists and the organ – with a little orchestral assist
Oct. 21, 2020

Episode 25: Allow Dvorak to Set the Halloween Mood
Oct. 14, 2020

Episode 24: The Classical….SAXOPHONE?
Oct. 7, 2020

Episode 23: One of my not-so-guilty pleasures
Sept. 30, 2020

Episode 22: Doing the Right Thing. Heroism.
Sept. 23, 2020

Episode 21: Something different – Learning ABOUT Les…
Sept. 16, 2020

Episode 20: As We in the Yosemite Region Endure THIS
Sept. 9, 2020

Episode 19: Never Heard Sibelius’ Third?
Sept. 2, 2020

Episode 18: Proof That Critics Can Be Idiots
Aug. 26, 2020

Episode 17: Vasily Kalinnikov: Lesser-known,
but pleasurably memorable

Aug. 19, 2020

Episode 16: Last week: Rossini’s Barber.
This Week: Mozart Marries OFF that Barber
Aug. 12, 2020

Episode 15: Flat-out fun at a time at a time when
we could ALL use a little. Or a LOT.

Aug. 5, 2020

Episode 14: Victor Herbert and Dudley Buck:
A Double Header to Close Out My July
All-American Survey of Composers

July 29, 2020

Episode 13:  Samual Barber’s Adagio: Moving –
and ironically, JFK’s favorite piece of music

July 22, 2020

Episode 12: America, Copland, Lincoln –
and the Shame of Paranoia

July 15, 2020

Episode 11: A Spring during this Summer by
the dean of American Composers
July 8, 2020

Happy Independence Day: A Full MSO Concert
July 4, 2020

Episode 10: Dvořák’s love of the New World
and the feeling that became mutual

July 1, 2020

Episode 9: Today’s Lunch: A Nice Bowl
of Dalmatian Suppe…

June 24, 2020

Episode 8: A much-needed, brief respite from
this deadly-serious time in our world

June 17, 2020

Episode 7: Back to the Sea with Rimsky-Korsakov
– and his magnificent teller-of-tales

June 10, 2020

Episode 6: The Golden Age of Hollywood – and its most
magnificent film score?
June 3, 2020

Episode 5: “NOBODY Crosses Beethoven”
May 27, 2020

Episode 4: “Who WAS that Masked Man!?”
May 20, 2020

Episode 3: “One Laughs While the Other Cries…
May 13, 2020

Episode 2: That’s quite a mystery, Elgar! 
May 4, 2020

Episode 1: Happy Birthday, Will Shakespeare! 
April 23, 2020