Kids Commute - Monster Week! Wednesday

Oct 17, 2018

KC 232: MONSTER Week! Wednesday: Today, we'll hear a barking orchestra, as a warning about Cerberus, three-headed guard dog of the Underworld!
Credit Sketch: Giuseppe Arcimboldo, 1585

Hey, Kids Commuters! Welcome to Day Three of MONSTER Week! This week, we'll hear music for monsters from movies to myths.

This week's theme is in honor of our first-ever Kids Commute Live! concert, coming up this Saturday, October 20. Join us for a fun, eerie, informative concert with the Interlochen Arts Academy Band, with lots of extra special Interlochen guests. Our finale will be an interactive performance of Eric Whitacre's wacky "Godzilla Eats Las Vegas!" Tune in all week for a chance to win tickets for the concert. Ticket-winning kids are invited to a pre-concert party at Interlochen Public Radio!

Today, we'll hear music about a mythical beast - the giant, three-headed dog Cerberus that guards the gates of the Underworld in Greek and Roman myths. Cerberus appears in the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Eurydice dies, and Orpheus tries to walk down to the Underworld to get her. At the gate, he's greeted by the Furies (Goddesses also called the Eumenides) and a bunch of ghosts, telling him - go back! No mortal man can walk here!

To warn him off, the orchestra barks three times as a warning about Cerberus. Listen in for the barking orchestra! Today's music is from the opera "Orpheus and Eurydice" by Christoph Wilibald Gluck.

KC 232
"Chi mai dell'erebo" ("Who walks in Darkness?")
"Orpheus and Eurydice"
Christoph Wilibald Gluck
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner

Here's today's Kids Commute: