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Orchestral Tales: a new series from CBC's Paolo Pietropaolo

Paolo Pietropaolo

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.

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The Signature Series on CBC

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