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Keeping Score: Ives: Holidays Symphony

Airs Thursday, October 22 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

In the second series of

Credit: Oliver Theil

Above: In the second series of "KEEPING SCORE," Michael Tilson Thomas (pictured) and the San Francisco Symphony create three innovative episodes that communicate the power and joy of classical music. These programs explore the depths of Hector Berlioz’ obsessive desire, the American enigma as expressed by Charles Ives and the political peril that helped shape Dmitri Shostakovich.

Geography of Music

Maps help illuminate the relationships among the various composers as well as connections between music and its broader historical and cultural context. In particular, they can show the importance of geography: the physical and cultural environments that influenced the music, from European capitals to the Americas. This is not a comprehensive atlas of music, but it will help connect some of our "Keeping Score" composers to each other and to the world around them. Select a time period and begin your journey.

American composer Charles Ives created his "Holidays" Symphony as a haunting sonic portrait of New England at the turn of the 20th century, at turns sentimental and chaotic. Michael Tilson Thomas explores the riddle of Ives the loyal son and businessman versus Ives the musical maverick who made listeners confront their understanding of what music could be. The program is filmed in New England and New York City. Watch a preview.

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