Upcoming and Noteworthy

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

On Thursday, 3/1 the Noontime Concert features the Lenape Chamber Ensemble in Beethoven's Serenade, op. 8 for string trio, Dvorak's Sonatina in G and the Piano Quintet by Arnold Bax.

Vincenzo Bellini’s last opera, “I Puritani,” is on offer as this week’s Sunday Opera (2/25  3:00 p.m.).  It proved to be one of Bellini’s best received operas, and it was revived frequently after its premier at the Theatre-Italien on 24 January 1835.  With a libretto by Count Carlo Pepoli, it’s a story of love, mistaken infidelity, madness, opportunistic sanity, and finally, a happy ending.  

Thursday's (2-22) Noon Concert from Tempesta di Mare features a variety of chamber music from Georg Philipp Telemann.

The music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is being featured on this week’s Sunday Opera (2/18  3:00 p.m.) through two of his well-known and much loved pieces.  The program begins with the psychological drama “Pique Dame” (“The Queen of Spades”) and a recording from 1991.  Herman has two problems: he’s in love with Liza who is far above his station in life, and he is obsessed with gambling.  He learns that Liza’s grandmother is a countess who is known as The Queen of Spades because she knows a formula that always allows her to win.  

David von Behren is the featured organist on this month's Organ Recital from Princeton University Chapel Thursday Feb. 15 at 12:30.

The program will include Te Deum, Op.n 11 by Jeanne Demessieux, Clair de Lune from Pieces de fantasie, Op. 53, No. 5 by Louis Vierne and Fugue uber den Choral "Halleluja! Gott zu loben," Op. 52, No. 2 by Max Reger.

David Osenberg is your host for this live broadcast.

Monday, 2-12 on Bach at One we present the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and New York Baroque Inc.  in music by J.S. Bach, his son W. F. Bach and Francois Couperin.

Two works by Umberto Giordano will be featured on this week’s Sunday Opera (2/11  3:00 p.m.).  Giordano was on the forefront of the verismo (realism) movement in the world of opera, and we’ll be sampling two of those on this program.  The first is one of his best-known works, “Fedora,” a tragic story of doomed love due to actions taken too quickly and without thought.   Our recording from 1986 features as Eva Marton as Fedora, and her Loris is Jose Carreras.

Thursday, 2-8 on the Noontime Concert from Astral Artists we'll hear Project Fusion, a saxophone quartet perform with harp and piano in music by Bach, Bartok, Danker, Mellis and Piazolla.

On Friday's (2-9) Noon Concert we'll hear the choral group "The Thirteen" conducted by artistic director Matthew Robertson in a program called "On the Migration of Souls."  The performance from last October includes music by John Dowland, Eric Banks, Jeffrey Van, Stacy Garop, Joshua Fishbein, William Cornysh and John Runestad.

Concordia Chamber Players return to The Classical Network Friday afternoon (2/9) for a broadcast concert at 4 pm featuring music by Reynaldo Hahn, Dave Brubeck and Claude Debussy.

Bach at One (2/5) from Choral Arts Philadelphia features the second part of Claudio Monteverdi's "Vespro della Beata Vergine, 1610."  Artistic director Matthew Glandorf directs Choral Arts Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Bach Collegium, Dark Horse Consort and soloists sopranos Jessica Beebe & Rebecca Myers, altos Maren Maltobano & Jennifer L. Smith, tenors Michael Jones, James Reese & Nikolas Karageorgiou and basses Jean Bernard Cerin & Cody Mueller.

Richard Wagner’s second opera, “Das Liebesverbot,” is the centerpiece of this week’s Sunday Opera (2/4  3:00 p.m.).   Premiering in 1836, “Das Liebesverbot” or “The Ban on Love,” is based on Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” with a libretto by Wagner and has been called “Wagner’s lost comedy” since its premier was a disaster with the leading man forgetting his part and improvising through the performance.  This performance, recorded in 1983, features Hermann Prey, Wolfgang Fassler, and Sabine Haas.  

On Friday's Noon Concert (2/2) from Concerts on the Slope we hear Robert Schumann's Fantasiestuecke in a minor for piano trio, Rhapsody of Seasons by composer-in-residence Ke-Chia Chen and the String Sextet, op. 48 by Dvorak.

This Thursday's (2/1) Noon Concert features the Dryden Ensemble in French music, some that was and some that may have been familiar to J.S. Bach.  We hear pieces by Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jean-Henri d'Anglebert, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Marin Marais, Sylvius Weiss & Francois Couperin.

An American opera based on an American original is this week’s Sunday Opera (1/28  3:00 p.m.) as we take a look at Lori Laitman’s 2016 treatment of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter.”  Hawthorne’s 1850 novel is a moral allegory centering on Hester Prynne’s affair with the Reverend Dimmesdale, the birth of her illegitimate daughter, Pearl, and her strength and determination to make a life for them in the face of hatred and prejudice.  Laura Claycomb is Hester and Dominic Armstrong is Dimmesdale in this recording featuring the Opera Colorado Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Ari Pelto

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