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July 4th at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear percussionist Neil Rao in music by Minoru Miki, Iannis Xenakis, Robert Honstein & Molly Joyce.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Half Past: July 1

Jul 1, 2018

With a rise in anti-Semitism in Europe, the Swiss-born composer Ernest Bloch decided to make the United States his permanent home.  He came to love and revere his adopted country as only an outsider could.  The epic rhapsody, “America,” was written, according to the composer, “in love for this country, in reverence to its past, in faith in its future.”  He dedicated the work to Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman.  Hear Bloch himself, full of patriotic fervor, introduce this homage to his adopted land.  Leopold Stokowski conducts the Symphony of the Air, this Sunday at 10 pm. 

The Lyric Stage: July 1 - Italian songs

Jul 1, 2018

This Sunday night at 8 on the Lyric Stage, songs by Puccini, Bellini, Rossini and several others. Cecilia Bartoli, and Carlo Bergonzi and Krassamira Stoyanova are the soloists in these songs from composers mostly best known for their operas. 

Anonymous 4 refers to 14th Century Florentine composer Francesco Landini as the Italian master of subtle refinement, and on Friday's Distant Mirror they will perform several of his love songs from their cd The Second Circle.  Also on the program lutenist  Julian Bream performs music  of Dowland, Byrd, Johnson and others from the cd The Golden Age of English Lute Music.  Finally, the King's Noyse along with soprano Ellen Hargis with 16th Century French dances and songs from the publicattions of PierrePhalese.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

Join PostClassical Ensemble Friday (6/29) at 8 pm for a program entitled "The Russian Gershwin." The performance and discussion will focus on George Gershwin and his place in American music consciousness, and how he has been championed by musicians from other cultures.
This webcast contains added material and music not included in the broadcast. Enjoy!!

9:22 – George Gershwin speaks and plays
15:50 – Rhapsody in Blue performed by Genady Zagor and PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez (with improvisations)
47:46 -- Arnold Schoenberg’s eulogy for George Gershwin
48:52 -- Gershwin’s Prelude No. 2, as arranged and conducted by Otto Klemperer at the Hollywood Bowl Gershwin Memorial Concert
57:18 – Ruby Elzy sings “My Man’s Gone Now” at the Gershwin Memorial Concert
1:04:13 – Lawrence Tibbett sings “Oh Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess”
1:10:21 – Jascha Heifetz plays his own arrangement of “Summertime”

00:00 – Kirill Gerstein plays Earl Wild’s arrangement of “I Got Rhythm”
4:24 – Kirill Gerstein’s improvised cadenza for the Gershwin concerto mvmt 2
6:41 – Gerstein discusses his cadenza
13:10 – Gershwin Piano Concerto, mvmt 2, performed by Gerstein and St. Louis Symphony conducted by David Robertson
26:54 – Gershwin Concerto, mvmt 3, performed by Vakhtang Kodanashvili and PCE conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez
37:41 – Gershwin Cuban Overture, performed by PCE conducted by Gil-Ordonez
53:00 – Jascha Heifetz plays his own arrangement of “My Man’s Gone Now”

It's all about cinema nostalgia on this week’s Dress Circle (7/1  7:00 p.m.) as we sample some popular artists singing theme songs from some memorable films.  The vocalists include Doris Day, Cliff Edwards, Johnny Mathis, Peggy Lee, Bob Hope, and Mario Lanza, and some of film themes are “Dear Heart,” “Wild Is the Wind,” “Golden Earrings,” “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing,” “Because You’re Mine,” and “Three Coins in the Fountain” just to name a few.  Don’t forget to look for us on Facebook as well as our own website at www.DCSRO.com for more information. 

Wednesday's Curtis Calls is preempted for fund raising.  Monday evening's (7-2) program includes music for piano by Prokofiev & Schumann, for solo Flute by CPE Bach and for bassoon & piano by American composer William Davis.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, this week Monday evening only at 10. 

For this week's edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classica Network's Artist-in Residence Jed Distler focuses on the New, the Old and the Unexpected.

"Actually, 'New, Old and Unexpected' was the name of my friend and colleague Tim Page's weekday afternooon NPR radio show in the 80s and 90s, "says Distler. "When I can't think of a specific theme for the week, I simply revert to 'Mixtape Mode.' Yet somehow the selections wind up cohering and making internal sense. Surely there will be some real eye and ear openers!"