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What Makes It Great - Live in Princeton Nov. 30 at 8 pm

What Makes It Great - Four Choruses from Handel's Messiah

Rob Kapilow presents his next live Princeton concert at Princeton Theological Seminary Nov. 30 at 8 pm featuring Princeton Pro Musica and Monmouth Civic Chorus. Reserve your seat with a $20 donation.

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Harvey Fierstein’s 35-year-old Tony-winning play "Torch Song Trilogy" is now slimmed down and called simply "Torch Song" in a new Broadway production with Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruhl. Theater critic Howard Shapiro reviews the production this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday (11/16) at 8 am and Saturday (11/17) at 10 am.

Houston Grand Opera is turning to a music-loving armadillo named Sandy in its efforts to cultivate the next generation of opera lovers.

An opera based on an 18th century Chinese work called the “pinnacle of Chinese fiction” by Bright Sheng and David Henry Hwang is this week’s Sunday Opera (11/18 3:00 p.m.).  “The Dream of the Red Chamber” is a huge work that features some forty main characters and over four-hundred secondary characters.  In this San Francisco Opera version, the focus has been fine-tuned by librettist David Henry Hwang.  

Teaching has its side effects, and one of those is the need for “calendar art”!  The Dress Circle program this week (11/18 7:00 p.m.) is an off-shoot of that need as we present a Thanksgiving program – of sorts.  In the past, we’ve looked at family, food, and “thanks” as themes, but this time, we wanted to share with you some of the theatergoing events for which we’ve been thankful over the years.  

If you were looking for them they were not hard to find - maybe it was the tell tale bulge of the portable cassette player from their jacket pockets or that curiously large briefcase they lugged as if it were the most ordinary of things to be taking into a performance in Zurich, New York, or Rome. Eyes shifting, they took their seats. They were the pirates, those denizens of the not so secret world of illegal opera recordings. They lived in the shadows and wanted nothing more than to go unnoticed.

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Enjoy your Sundays with Great Music

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.

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.

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Sunday at 2 pm - Sounds Choral

Sounds Choral: Nov. 18 - Beethoven's Missa Solemnis Through the Eyes of Robert Shaw

Host Gabriel Crouch, director of choral activities at Princeton University, explores Robert Shaw's recording of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, including material and commentary from Shaw's notes and letters. Sounds Choral can be heard Sunday (11/18) 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.

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The chiming of bells will ring out on Nov. 11 in communities across the United States and Europe in commemoration of the 100 anniversary of the end of World War I, much as they did that day a century ago following the announcement of the Armistice, signed at 11 am on Nov. 11, 1918.

The irony couldn't have been more vivid when Maria Callas sang the words "The dead don't rise again from the grave," from Verdi's opera Macbeth, on stage Friday night at the Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg, Va.

Roy Hargrove, an incisive trumpeter who embodied the brightest promise of his jazz generation, both as a young steward of the bebop tradition and a savvy bridge to hip-hop and R&B, died on Friday night in New York City. He was 49.

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