Music has always been used to help us tell stories. Think of incidental music in plays, the music in songs, musicals and operas; and soundtracks to movies and video games.
But music also tells its own stories.
Starting on Jan. 8, 2017, on In Concert on CBC Radio 2 — and streaming online right here on CBC Music — catch a brand new season in The Signature Series.
Season 3 is called Orchestral Tales and it will bring you the same award-winning combination of storytelling and classical music mash-ups, but with a twist. On the previous seasons of The Signature Series, you met personalities based on the major and minor key signatures; on Orchestral Tales, you’ll meet vivid characters inspired by the instruments of the orchestra. And instead of zodiac-like personality profiles, on Orchestral Tales, you’ll hear fully developed stories — original flash fiction. The instruments of the orchestra, brought to life.
Each instrument has such a distinctive voice, and if you mix together the most famous melodies that have been written for a particular instrument, a fantastical character emerges — a character with a magical story to tell.
You’ll hear some of the most famous instrumental solos ever written. Catch all 10 new episodes right here on CBC Music and on CBC Radio 2 starting in early January.