Upcoming and Noteworthy

What's ahead on The Classical Network? Catch some of these great programs coming your way.

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Eleven new productions of plays will open on Broadway by the end of December. They range from world premieres and British imports to a revival. Theater critic Howard Shapiro runs through the line-up this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday (9/21) at 8 am and Saturday (9/22) at 10 am. 

On Friday, 9-21 the Noontime Concert presents Big Jim and the Small-time Investors from the Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival.  Eric Salzman is the composer with lyrics by Ned Jackson.

Idyllic communities can cast some long shadows.  Explore the dark underbelly of small-town life and the consequences of bucking conformity with music from “Peyton Place” (Franz Waxman), “Far From Heaven” (Elmer Bernstein), “Edward Scissorhands” (Danny Elfman), and “Kings Row” (Erich Wolfgang Korngold).  Good fences make good neighbors, this Friday at 6 pm.

Johannes Ockeghem was the leading composer of the Franco-Flemish school in the late 15th century, and the most influential composer between Dufay and Josquin. On Friday's Distant Mirror you can hear one of his early cantus frimus masses, the Missa Caput, in a performance by the Clerks' Group directed by Edward Wickham.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Journey to Seville with this week’s Sunday Opera (9/23 3:00 p.m.) and the LA Opera production of George Bizet’s “Carmen” featuring Ana Maria Martinez as the ill-fated title character.  Joining Martinez is Brandon Jovanovich as obsessed Don Jose, and Amanda Woodbury as the faithful Micaela.  Rounding out the quartet is Alexander Vinogradov as the egotistical bullfighter Escamillo.  James Conlon conducts the La Opera Chorus and Orchestra.  

Andy Aitchison

A Tempo this Saturday (9/22 at 7 pm) features a conversation with author Judith Chernaik, whose book, Schumman: The Faces and the Masks, was published this month. Host Rachel Katz will speak with Chernaik about the way Schumann expressed and wove these various personas through his music, critical writing and personal correspondence, as well as how his relationship with Clara - and his struggle with Clara's father - are reflected in his music. 

We’re happy to be celebrating the career of a very special performer on this week’s Dress Circle (9/23 7:00 p.m.) as we present a program in our “So Far” series dedicated to the work of Audra McDonald.  Join us for selections from some of her stage appearances in musicals like “Carousel,” “Ragtime,” “Marie Christine,” “110 in the Shade,” and “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.”  Her work in television musicals includes “The Sound of Music” and “Annie,” and we’ll also look at some of the studio cast recordings and concert work in “Wonderful Town,” “Allegro,” and “Dreamgirls.”  

This week on the Lyric Stage selections from Act 3 of Richard Wagner's Die Walkure from a 1988 studio recording with Hildegarde Berhrens as Brunnhilde, Jessye Norman as Sieglinde and James Morris as Wotan. James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Jessye Norman will also sing  "In the Still of the Night" by Cole Porter and "Spring is Here" by Rodgers and Hart. Her versions of these standards are idiosyncratic - she sings them much like she sang Wagner - but very enjoyable.

The Lost Chord: September 23 - Well-Seasoned

Sep 20, 2018

Celebrate the arrival of autumn with Henry Hadley’s Symphony No. 2, “The Four Seasons,” and Leo Sowerby’s work for solo organ, “Comes Autumn Time.”  Hadley was music director of the Seattle Symphony, the first conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, associate conductor of the New York Philharmonic, and instrumental in the establishment of the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood.  Sowerby was a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1946 for his cantata “Canticle of the Sun.”  Enjoy seasonal evocations by American composers of experience, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Sunday Night (9-23) at 11 on Half Past we'll hear the Concerto for Marimba & Orchestra by Tomas Svoboda, Homage for Frame Drum & Viola by Glen Velez and two short pieces by Beata Moon: Dinner is West and Wood, Water & Land.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past, Sundays at 11 PM.

Wednesday, 9-19 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Chopin's Cello Sonata and Joseph Schwantner's Wild Angels of the Open Hills with words by Ursula Le Guin for soprano, flute and harp.  Performances from Curtis Institute student recitals, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

There have always been operas based on actual events, and this week’s Sunday Opera (9/16 3:00 p.m.) is one of those.  “Bel Canto,” with a score by Jimmy Lopez and libretto by Nilo Cruz, uses the novel of the same name by Ann Patchett which, in turn, uses the 1996 – 1997 Japanese Embassy Crisis in Lima, Peru as its source.  The plot deals with a terrorist takeover of a party at the Embassy, and the relationships that develop during the four ensuing months.  

You are in love with one who does not return your love, so to prove how much you love her, you serve her your beloved pet cat for dinner  because there is nothing else in the house. She is impressed by the gesture, and agrees to marry you. Basically that is the story of La Colombe, Charles Gounod's one act comic opera he wrote only a year after setting Faust to music with its triumph of God over Mephistopheles, and its cosmic backdrop. Horace does not serve Sylvie a cat, but he does have an adored dove he tells Sophie he has sacrificed for her dinner.

Sunday evening (9-16) at 11 on Half Past we'll hear the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in Leo Brouwer's Cuban Landscape with Rain.  Also on the program of music from the past half-century: Allen Shawn's Sextet for Piano & Winds and Alberto Ginastera's String Quartet No. 2.  

A 9/11 Tribute on Between the Keys this Tuesday

Sep 11, 2018

This week's edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys commemerates the 17th anniversary of the 2001 September 11th attacks with a unique work by The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence, composer/pianist Jed Distler, his 50 minute "110 for 911," for speaking pianist and electronics. Mr. Distler is both pianist and speaker in this archival recording from its world premier performance on February 16th 2003 at West-Park Presbyterian Church in New York City.