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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.

Sounds Choral welcomes Deborah Simpkin King to its rotating roster of hosts this Sunday (9/23 at 2 pm). In this episode, she explores the myth that holds that all choral music is religious music.

Dr. King is Founder and Artistic Director of Ember, the pro-amchoral ensemble of Schola Cantorum on Hudson, and PROJECT: ENCORE, an international advocacy initiative in the promotion of post-premiere performances of new music. 

Last year the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler learned about a CD debut from a pianist named Steven Spooner. What was unusual was that this release contained fifteen CDs and one DVD.

The Lost Chord: September 16 - Best at Verse

Sep 16, 2018

During his time with the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation (1937-1944), Lars-Erik Larsson provided music for everything from cantatas to radio plays to brief vignettes to accompany the recitation of poetry.  Material from these projects would frequently find its way into the composer’s concert works, including “Hours of the Day” (the source of his famous “Pastoral Suite”) and “God in Disguise.”  Enjoy these poetic suites with bucolic settings, this Sunday at 10 pm. 

Sounds Choral this Sunday (9/16) presents Rossini's Petite messe solennelle. Join host Gabriel Crouch, Director of Choral Activities at Princeton University, at 2 pm.

There have been many musical dynasties over the years, and we’ll be looking at one of them on this week’s Dress Circle (9/16 7:00 p.m.) when we look at the dynasty that began with Richard Rodgers, continued with his daughter Mary Rodgers, and is currently represented by Mary’s son, Adam Guettel.  From Richard, we’ll hear a medley of many of his familiar songs arranged by Peter Nero.  To represent Mary’s work, we’ll look at her musicals “Once Upon a Mattress” and “The Mad Show” along with a song she contributed to “Working.”  

On this week's Distant Mirror hear music from the Carmina Burnana, those 11th-13th century student songs that became the model for Karl Orff's masterpiece centuries later:  Love songs, songs of morality, drinking and gaming songs, and songs of spiritual needs.  A performance by the Boston Camerata directed by Joel Cohen.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

Nick sat down against the charred stump and smoked a cigarette.  He lit a match and watched it burn and as it burned he thought of boxers and marlins and the Spanish Civil War.  The stories were brave and strong and good.  He thought about selections from “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (Victor Young) and “Islands in the Stream” (Jerry Goldsmith) and “The Killers” (Miklós Rózsa) and “The Old Man and the Sea” (Dimitri Tiomkin).  He ordered a mojito and prepared to face the music, this Friday at 6 pm.

This Wednesday at noon we'll hear violinist Stephen Tavani and pianist Michelle Cann in music by Beethoven, Britten and Sibelius from Tavani's graduation recital at the Curtis Institute last year.  He was  appointed Assistant Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra earlier this year.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Beethoven: Kreutzer Sonata op. 47

Sibelius: Danses champetres, op. 106

Britten: Suite for Violin & Piano, op, 6 (selections)

Sunday evening 9-9 at 11 on Half Past we'll hear JoAnn Falletta lead the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in the Cello Concerto by Iranian composer Behzad Ranjbaran.  Also on the program, the Lydian String Quartet performs John Harbison's 2nd  String Quartet. Music composed in the past half-century on Half Past.

The Lost Chord: September 9 - Have a Blast

Sep 9, 2018

Shana tova!  Get ready for the Jewish High Holidays with three works highlighting the shofar, a ram’s horn blown as a symbolic call to worship during the holiday season.  Enjoy “Call of the Shofar” for trombone quartet, by Matthew H. Fields; “Shofar Service” for baritone, trumpets, shofar, and chorus, by Herman Berlinski; and “Tekeeyah” (“A Call”) for shofar, trombone, and orchestra, by Meira Warshauer.  Horn in on the High Holidays, this Sunday at 10 pm.