The Five O’Clock Favorite is driven by listener suggestions! We’d love your participation. Due to the interest in the program, it may be a week or two before you hear your selection on-air.

Suggestions are easiest to honor if they’re 20 minutes or less.

Air date: April 13, 2021

Lucia di Lammermoor: Il dolce suono (The sweet sound) – Lucia’s “mad scene”, Gaetano Donizetti

Suggested by Michelle in Portland, Oregon

This is featured in my favorite movie "The Fifth Element" with Bruce Willis. I find its appearance in the movie significant because great orchestral music is a big part of the film's character. It's not just for old fogies or music nerds!


Air date: April 12, 2021

Khovanshchina: Prelude (Dawn on the Moscow River), Modeste Mussorgsky

Suggested by Steve in Salem, Oregon


Air date: April 9, 2021

Toccata and Fugue in D minor, J.S. Bach

Suggested by Gretchen in Vernonia, Oregon

We need the power of this music!


Air date: April 8. 2021

Master and Commander: Far Side of the World – Los Manolos, Luigi Boccherini

Suggested by Doug in Portland, Oregon

"Master and Commander" uses this piece to end the movie, after Captain Jack Aubrey realizes he mistakenly left someone on board the captured French vessel that does not belong there, and the ship must put about for the chase. (As a side note, for the movie both Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany practiced playing their respective instruments; there are videos which include their own audio!)


Air date: April 7, 2021

Samson: Let the Bright Seraphim, G.F. Handel

Suggested by Doug in Portland, Oregon

When I first heard Kathleen Battle's performance of this piece it made my day. I immediately realized it would be perfect for the Five O'Clock Favorite. It's pure joy!


Air date: April 6, 2021

Good Night, Day, Johann Johannsson

Suggested by Michael in Portland, Oregon

This is a soothing contemporary piece by the late Johannsson, a talented composer who blurred lines between genres and deserves a wider audience. For those who have a traditional late afternoon “quitting time,” the title suggests the perfect farewell to the work day.


Air date: April 5, 2021

West Side Story: America, Leonard Bernstein

Suggested by Emma in Portland, Oregon

In this difficult year, life seems stressful. The first time I heard America I was mesmerized by Leonard Bernstein's music and the choreography by Jerome Robbins. Every time I hear this I feel lifted up and life gets a little easier.


Air date: April 2, 2021

Sleepsong, Rolf Lovland (arr. Desmond Earley)

Suggested by Cindy in Portland, Oregon

This incredibly beautiful piece is a great way to reduce your stress level. As you know, there's nothing like a little classical music to set your mind at ease.


Air date: April 1, 2021

What Women Want: “Everything About You”, Alan Silvestri

Suggested by Les in Oregon City, Oregon

This short piece of music was used in the credit roll from the movie "What Women Want," and it transports me to a calm and peaceful place. It is romantic, dynamic and expressive.


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