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Savor the majesty of the organ repertoire on Pipedreams every Sunday at 7 am. With Heart and Voice brings you sacred music at 1 pm and Sounds Choral surveys choral works at 2 pm.

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Find today's line-up of great jazz and community affairs programs on JazzOn2.

The Piano Matters - Wednesdays at 10 pm and Sundays at Noon

The Piano Matters compares recordings of great piano works performed by various artists past and present, analyzing and explaining differing approaches to the music.

Coming Up on The Classical Network

We’ll be celebrating two works of Edward German (German Edward Jones) on this week’s Sunday Opera (12/16 3:00 p.m.) with his operas “Merrie England” and “Tom Jones.”  Basil Hood wrote the libretto for the patriotic romance “Merrie England” featuring a romantic rivalry centering around Elizabeth I and Sir Walter Raleigh who was in love with Bessie Throckmorton, one of the queen’s ladies in waiting.  The cast features William McAlpine, June Bronhill, Monica Sinclair, and Peter Glossop.  

The work of Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson will be showcased on this week’s Dress Circle (12/16 7:00 p.m.) as we look at their musical written with lyricist Tim Rice that mixes personal relationships and political intrigue played against the background of the international chess tournament.  “Chess” began as a concept album in 1984 and made it to the London stage two years later where it stayed until 1989.  It crossed the Atlantic to Broadway in 1987 but had a much shorter stay of only 68 performances.  

In the 1950's and the 1960's the many recordings Renata Tebaldi and Mario Delmonaco made together were some of classical music's best sellers. They made eleven of them, and in 1954 Manon Lescaut was the first of this long collaboration, and both of these beloved singers were at the top of their form on this studio recording.

The Lost Chord: December 16 - Christmas Roses

Dec 13, 2018

It’s a Christmas bouquet, of sorts, with Hugo Distler’s “Die Weihnachtsgeschichte” (“The Christmas Story”), an otherworldly, a cappella masterpiece punctuated by seven variations on the carol “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen” (“Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming”), and Emil Waldteufel’s waltz, “Roses de Noël.”  The holidays are in bloom, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Sunday (12-16) at 11 PM join Carl Hemmingsen for music from the half past century.  We'll hear the NY Chamber Symphony in Aaron Jay Kernis's Symphony in Waves and the 6 pianos of Piano Circus in Loud by Grahman Fitkin.

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Celebrating Our Musical Future - Monday at 8 pm

Westminster Choir College: An Evening of Readings and Carols

Enjoy this treasured Princeton seasonal highlight, featuring guest artists organist Ken Cowan, harpist Elaine Christy and the New Jersey Youth Choir under the direction of Patricia Joyce.

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Sunday at 2 pm - Sounds Choral

Sounds Choral: Dec. 16 - Handel's Messiah

Host James Jordan welcomes conductor Gary Graden back on Sunday (12/16), as they discuss Graden's new release of a recording of Handel's Messiah with the St. Jacob Chamber Choir and ensemble REBaroque. Hear this new episode Sunday at 2 pm.

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Chamber Music on Sunday Nights at 9

Enjoy the best in chamber music performance Sunday nights at 9 with leading chamber music players from around the world. David Finckel and Wu Han, Co-Artistic Directors.

Celebrate Your Holidays With Music With Special Seasonal Programs

Arts and Cultural News Headlines

Photo by Joan Marcus

Mike Birbiglia is an actor, comedian and author, and in his one-man Broadway show called "The New One," he’s also a storyteller. This week on In a Broadway Minute, Theater Critic Howard Shapiro reviews the show, now at the Cort Theatre. Hear the review Friday (12/14) at 8 am and Saturday (12/15) at 10 am.

Photo courtesy of John Hoffmeyer

As a student at Princeton University, John Hoffmeyer has been combining his love of literature with music, finding links between them and creating performance opportunities that have opened doors to classical music for new listeners. The founder of the Princeton Chamber Music Society, Hoffmeyer was recently named a 2019 Rhodes Scholar, and he is now looking forward to delving more deeply into these connections and providing more experiences that expand access for more people and communities to classical music.

For his multimedia tribute to jazz pioneer and war hero James Reese Europe, Jason Moran doesn't wear his usual performance attire. His wife, the musician Alicia Hall Moran, had some ideas for a more meaningful costume.

"She told me I needed to experience the same weight and pressure Europe and his soldier musicians did when they performed in uniform overseas," says Moran.

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