Upcoming and Noteworthy

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

Thursday, 1-25 on the Noontime Concert Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra Tempesta di Mare performs music by Janitsch, Kusser, Fasch, Vivaldi & Rameau.

On Monday, 1-22 we'll hear Matthew Gandorf lead Choral Arts Philadelphia & the Philadelphia Bach Collegium in a program titled "The Reformation: Influence and Inspiration."  The music is by Walter, Hassler, Praetorius, Brahms, Distler, Carpenter and J.S. Bach.

Gordon Getty is the featured composer on this week’s Sunday Opera (1/21  3:00 p.m.) in two of his works.  We’ll begin with “Plump Jack,” an adaptation by the composer of “Henry IV” Parts 1 & 2 and “Henry V” of Shakespeare featuring Lester Lynch as Falstaff as he falls from favor with Prince Hal on the death of the prince’s father.  The second opera is based on Oscar Wilde’s first published story, “The Canterville Ghost” about an American family who move into a haunted castle only to drive the poor ghost to despair.  

Monday, 1-15 on Bach at One Matthew Glandorf leads Choral Arts Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Bach Collegium in Henrich Shütz's "Musikalische Exquiem" and "Immortal Bach" by Knut Nystedt.

The Sunday Opera this week (1/14  3:00 p.m.) is turning to the ancient Greeks for the subject of Marc Antoine Charptentier’s “Medee,” the tragedy surrounding the sorceress who helped Jason, the man with whom she fell in love, steal the Golden Fleece.  She betrays her country and king (her father) and kills her brother in order for them to escape only then to be betrayed by Jason, leading to her murdering her children.  

Thursday's Noon Concert: Melomanie

Jan 10, 2018

On Thurday's (1-11) Noontime Comcert we hear the ensemble Melomanie in music by Marin Marais, Shulamit Ran, Vittorio Rieti, Bonnie McAlvin, Nicolas Bacri & Sergio Roberto de Oliveira.  Melamonie plays both baroque and modern instruments.

On Monday (1-8) Bach @ One presents instrumental pieces by Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Ludwig Krebs, J.S. Bach, J.C.F. Bach & Georg Philipp Telemann performed by the Philadelphia Bach Collegium from a September Bach at Seven concert of Choral Arts Philadelphia.

We’ll be traveling to Czechoslovakia for this week’s Sunday opera (1/7  3:00 p.m.) and two works by the Czech master, Leos Janacek.  The first is a story of misplaced love and devotion that results in murder entitled “Jenufa.”  The Jenufa in a recording from 1986 is the wonderful Elisabeth Soderstrom, Peter Dvorsky is Steva, the object of her misplaced love, and Wieslav Ochman is the misunderstood Laca.  The second opera also features Elisabeth Soderstrom in the lead, this time as Emilia Marty, the woman who has lived for over 300 years in “The Makropulos Case.”  

Join us for Thursday's Noontime Concert featuring violinist Stephen Waarts & pianist Chelsea Wang with music by Schubert, Schumann, Ravel & Stravinsky.

A “complete failure” will air as this week’s Sunday Opera (12/31  3:00 p.m.) when Handel’s “Serse” (“Xerxes”) will be presented.  In 1738, this mix of high tragedy and low comedy went against the desires of audiences of the day, but it is this mix that has made it one of Handel’s most beloved and staged operas after, possibly, “Julius Caesar.”  Add to the tragi-comic mix that the king does not get what he wants, accepts it with humility, and lives to tell about it, well, it just made for a bad night of 18th century theatergoing.  Our cast from a 1998 recording includes Judith Malafronte as Xerxes, Jennifer Smith as Romilda, the object of his desire, Susan Bickley as Amastre, the princess to whom he’s been betrothed, and Brian Asawa as Xerxes’ brother Arsamene, the man who loves and is loved by Romilda.  

Enjoy this Christmas Eve edition of Sounds Choral as Ryan James Brandau continues his exploration of the Christmas music of JS Bach this week on Sounds Choral, Sunday (12/24) at 2 pm.

Two Christmas themed operas, and some additional holiday music, will be featured on this week’s Sunday Opera (12/24  3:00 p.m.).   The first is Hans Pfitzner’s charming fantasy entitled “Das Christ-Elflein” about a wood elf who travels with the Christ Child in order to find out more about humans and the celebration of Christmas.  The cast includes Helen Donath, Janet Perry, Alexander Malta, and Nikolaus Hilebrand with Kurt Eichhorn conducting.  

Penna Rose directs the Princeton Chapel Choir in a special Advent program, made up entirely of music and readings for the season.  Among the featured highlights will be Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata,” this Tuesday at 12 pm.

This Monday (12-18) on Bach at One Julian Wachner leads the Choir & Orchestra of Trinity Wall Street in J.S. Bach's Cantata 13, "Meine Seufzer, meine Tränen" (My sighs, my tears) and BWV 39, "Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot" ("Break with hungry men thy bread."

This week’s Sunday Opera (12/17  3:00 p.m.) is one of understanding, love, and compassion in Alexander von Zemlinsky’s “Der Traumgorge” which follows Gorge who loses his love Grete because of the fairytale world in which he lives.  He travels to find his idealized fairytale princess only to find another, Gertraud, who lives in pain, poverty, and loneliness, being accused of witchcraft and arson.  As he comes to understand Gertraud, and through his own poverty, Gorge finds meaning in his life.  David Kuebler is Gorge, and the three women in his life, Gertraud, Grete, and the Princess are Pa

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