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Picture Perfect: June 22 - Confidence Games

Jun 21, 2018

It’s the equivalent of a cinematic shell-game, with music from movies about charlatans and hucksters, including “The Magician” (Erik Nordgren), “The Flim-Flam Man” (Jerry Goldsmith), “Catch Me If You Can” (John Williams), and “Elmer Gantry” (André Previn).  Listen with confidence, this Friday at 6 pm.

We’re a bit late for Mother’s and Father’s Days, but we’re early for Grandparent’s Day, and it’s really never too late to celebrate “parents” and caregivers in any form.  We’ll do that on The Dress Circle this week (6/24 7:00 p.m.) as we turn to the musicals to take a look at some stage parents from shows like “Honk!”, “Falsettoland,” “Aida,” “Seussical,” “Earnest in Love,” and “Ragtime” with special appearances by Beniamino Gigli and Miss Bette Davis.  Join us to see if it’s true that “Parents Are People too.” 

Wednesday, 6-20 at noon we'll hear music from the graduation recital of violist En-Chi Cheng: Elegie, op. 44 by Alexander Glazunov, Bach's Partita in d minor BWV 1004 as transcribed for viola and the Viola Sonata by Mikhail Glinka.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evening at 10. 

Jean-Yves Thibaudet on Between the Keys/June 19th

Jun 18, 2018

This week's edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys features internationally acclaimed pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in both words and music.

Sunday evening (6-17) at 11 we'll hear Johan Kvandal's Wind Quintet, the University of Miami Chorale in Sleep by Eric Whitacre and the 10th Symphony by Alexander Moyzes.  Music from the past half-century or so.

As related in the Gospel of Luke, a young wastrel burns through his family fortune, then returns home to the arms of his forgiving father.  It’s an off-center Father’s Day tribute, as we listen to ballet music inspired by the Parable of the Prodigal Son, including works by Hugo Alfvén and Sergei Prokofiev.  Father knows best, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Gian Carlo Menotti's first success and still one of the finest of his operas, was Amelia Al Ballo, Amelia Goes to the Ball. He wrote it beginning in 1933 and finished the orchestration in 1937. Members of the Curtis Institute of Music (where Menotti had studied) premiered the opera at the Academy of Music in Phiiladelphia on April 1, 1937, in an English translation by George Mead. A few days later, the same cast presented it in New York, where is was so successful the Metropolitan picked it up and first performed it on March 3, 1938.

Join host Amanda Quist, Associate Professor and Chair of the Conducting, Organ, and Sacred Music Department at Westminster Choir College, as she surveys some of the many choral works based on poem settings. Enjoy this program Sunday (6/17) at 2 pm.

On Friday's Distant Mirror hear the late 13th--early 14th century Tournai Mass, the very first complete mass, that is, the first mass in which the ordinary remained fixed, although the mass movements were composed by several anonymous scribes.  The Trio Medaieval performs.  There's also music of King Henry VIII of England, who, when not beheading wives or detroying monasteries, had time to write some happening tunes, such as the suite "Rose without a Thorn" written while wooing Anne Boleyn. The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble performs.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

With Father’s Day right around the corner, what better time to revisit the spaghetti western?  After all, whose Dad doesn’t like spaghetti?  We’ll sample from music for the “Dollars” Trilogy” (“A Fistful of Dollars,” “For a Few Dollars More,” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”), composed by Ennio Morricone, and the “Sabata” Trilogy (“Sabata” and “Return of Sabata”), composed by Marcello Giombini.  Tell Dad it’s all-you-can-eat.  We’ll be piling the plates high, this Friday at 6 pm. 

The delightful stage output of Marvin Hamlisch is the subject of this week’s Dress Circle (6/17  7:00 p.m.)  as we look at songs from familiar shows like “A Chorus Line” (with songs from the Italian and Japanese original cast recordings), “They’re Playing Our Song” and “The Good-bye Girl” (both Broadway and West End casts), and “The Sweet Smell of Success.”