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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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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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Schumann served rare? What is the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler cooking up?

“It's a simple explination," Jed says. "I'm merely talking about rare works of Robert Schumann, and rare recordings of Schumann works. This week I hope to draw attention to wonderful performances and works that our listeners may not necessarily not know about.”

The heroic folk-legend of Swiss patriot William Tell is this week’s Sunday Opera (12/2 3:00 p.m.) from Opera Southwest.  Gioacchino Rossini’s opera, with a libretto by Etienne de Jouy and Hippolyte-Louis-Florent Bis which was based on the play by Friedrich Schiller, features the love story of Arnold and Mathilde told against the Swiss fight for freedom, led by Tell, from the Austrians who have been in power for one-hundred years. 

After EVITA, Andrew Lloyd Webber wanted to work on something a bit less massive, and on this week’s Dress Circle (12/2 7:00 p.m.), we’ll look at that smaller show’s beginnings on TV and growth into a full evening for the stage.  The musical is “Tell Me on a Sunday” and tells the story of a British girl’s relationship adventures in the United States.  The television special starred Marti Webb, and she also appeared in the West End production when it became “Song and Dance” with the addition of Webber’s “Variations” which he wrote for his cellist brother Julian.  

This week, we have scenes from Wiliamn Walton's only full length opera, Troilus and Cressida, with a libretto by Christopher Hassall.  The premiere was at Covent Garden in December of 1954.

The Lost Chord: December 3 - Epic Finnish

Dec 6, 2018

The “Kalevala,” a disparate collection of long narrative poems culled from the oral tradition, is frequently referred to as the Finnish national epic.  Its fantastic and heroic tales informed the work of Finland’s greatest artists at a time when the country began to surge toward independence after 700 years of Swedish rule and an additional century as a duchy of the Russian Empire.  Jean Sibelius turned to it repeatedly for inspiration.  Less well known, perhaps, are Robert Kajanus’ “Aino” and Uuno Klami’s “Kalevala Suite.”  Acquire some extra Finnish, this Sunday at 10 pm.

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Sounds Choral: Dec. 9 - The Recordings of Eric Ericson

James Jordan, professor at Westminster Choir College and director of the Westminster Conducting Institute, hosts Sounds Choral this Sunday (12/9 at 2 pm) in a program commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of choral conductor and educator Eric Ericson. Jordan welcomes conductor Gary Graden, a student of Ericson, as they discuss Ericson's legacy and present selections from Ericson's recordings with the Stockholm Chamber Choir.

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"The Hard Problem" is nothing less than you would expect from Tom Stoppard at his best. It's an intellectual barrage of ideas and the arguments surrounding them, tied together by a plot that seems incidental but ends up masterfully illustrating the concepts.

Blair Miller was tired of feeling like she was always the youngest person in the audience when she attends orchestral concerts - something she's done ever since she was three years old and went to Philadelphia Orchestra concerts with her mother. Now, Miller is CEO and lead advocate at ConductAction, which is developing strategies to attract younger audiences to classical music performances by drawing connections between social action and important causes to the music and composers featured on concert programs.

Photo by Peter Cunningham

When On Site Opera explored the idea of staging Amahl and the Night Visitors, General and Artistic Director Eric Einhorn set about finding a way to bring it to an appropriate venue to tell the holiday story of charity and giving. His solution was to bring it to the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen in New York - and to partner with Breaking Ground, which provides housing and other support to the homeless, to create a chorus comprised of those who have experienced homelessness in their lives.

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