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Between the Keys Sept. 25/New Releases

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September is a big month for new CD releases and reissues flooding the market and vying for attention. No one knows that more than The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, whose activities as radio host and frequent CD reviewer have long put him on the receiving end of the classical CD industry. "It's both a blessing and a curse to find dozens of new releases and reissues in my mail nearly every day," says Jed. "A blessing, because I'm constantly learning about new artists and new repertoire.

Sunday Night (9-23) at 11 on Half Past we'll hear the Concerto for Marimba & Orchestra by Tomas Svoboda, Homage for Frame Drum & Viola by Glen Velez and two short pieces by Beata Moon: Dinner is West and Wood, Water & Land.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past, Sundays at 11 PM. 

Celebrate the arrival of autumn with Henry Hadley’s Symphony No. 2, “The Four Seasons,” and Leo Sowerby’s work for solo organ, “Comes Autumn Time.”  Hadley was music director of the Seattle Symphony, the first conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, associate conductor of the New York Philharmonic, and instrumental in the establishment of the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood.  Sowerby was a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1946 for his cantata “Canticle of the Sun.”  Enjoy seasonal evocations by American composers of experience, this Sunday at 10 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. 

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. 

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On Friday, 9-21 the Noontime Concert presents Big Jim and the Small-time Investors from the Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival.  Eric Salzman is the composer with lyrics by Ned Jackson.

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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.

Journey to Seville with this week’s Sunday Opera (9/23 3:00 p.m.) and the LA Opera production of George Bizet’s “Carmen” featuring Ana Maria Martinez as the ill-fated title character.  Joining Martinez is Brandon Jovanovich as obsessed Don Jose, and Amanda Woodbury as the faithful Micaela.  Rounding out the quartet is Alexander Vinogradov as the egotistical bullfighter Escamillo.  James Conlon conducts the La Opera Chorus and Orchestra.  

We’re happy to be celebrating the career of a very special performer on this week’s Dress Circle (9/23 7:00 p.m.) as we present a program in our “So Far” series dedicated to the work of Audra McDonald.  Join us for selections from some of her stage appearances in musicals like “Carousel,” “Ragtime,” “Marie Christine,” “110 in the Shade,” and “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.”  Her work in television musicals includes “The Sound of Music” and “Annie,” and we’ll also look at some of the studio cast recordings and concert work in “Wonderful Town,” “Allegro,” and “Dreamgirls.”  

Wednesday, 9-19 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Chopin's Cello Sonata and Joseph Schwantner's Wild Angels of the Open Hills with words by Ursula Le Guin for soprano, flute and harp.  Performances from Curtis Institute student recitals, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Sunday evening (9-16) at 11 on Half Past we'll hear the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in Leo Brouwer's Cuban Landscape with Rain.  Also on the program of music from the past half-century: Allen Shawn's Sextet for Piano & Winds and Alberto Ginastera's String Quartet No. 2.  

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. 

You are in love with one who does not return your love, so to prove how much you love her, you serve her your beloved pet cat for dinner  because there is nothing else in the house. She is impressed by the gesture, and agrees to marry you. Basically that is the story of La Colombe, Charles Gounod's one act comic opera he wrote only a year after setting Faust to music with its triumph of God over Mephistopheles, and its cosmic backdrop. Horace does not serve Sylvie a cat, but he does have an adored dove he tells Sophie he has sacrificed for her dinner.

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