Kids Commute - Summer Listening! Week 4

Jul 9, 2018

William Tell and his son in the town square
Credit 'Healthy Living,' 1917, by C.E.A. Winslow

Hi-Yo Silver, away! It’s week four of the Kids Commute Summer Listening Series! The Kids Commute team wants to make sure you stay in touch with great music over your summer break, so for five weeks, we’re bringing you a special extended episode of Kids Commute. As is the Kids Commute custom, there’s a Quizlet at the end of the program. Answer the super-easy quizlet question and receive one of our all-new prizes!

This week we’re exploring the William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini. Of course we’ll give you all the important details about Rossini’s incredible life. We’ll talk about and listen to sound clips of some compositions that made him very wealthy and successful during his life. Because his opera William Tell is about three hours long, we’ll just focus on the Overture, which is a very exciting piece all by itself. It’s so exciting, part of it was used as the theme to very famous radio and television show, The Lone Ranger.

MUSIC: Overture to William Tell
COMPOSER: Gioachino Rossini
CONDUCTOR/ORCHESTRA: Kevin Rhodes/Traverse Symphony Orchestra

And now, on a fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo Silver! We bring you...The William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini.


The Overture to Demetrio e Polibio - the opera Rossini wrote when he was only 14!

The Overture to The Barber of Seville, which Rossini used for three different operas:

The Overture to The Thieving Magpie (for which each new page of music was thrown out the window):

This is Dame Joan Sutherland singing “Bel Raggio Lusinghier” from Semiramide:

Here’s one of The Lone Ranger radio shows:

Here’s the first episode of the television series, The Lone Ranger!