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Due to the inclement weather in the Northeast, The Classical Network postponed its celebration of the musical genius of JS Bach to today. However - don’t delay your support of the great programming you enjoy here every day. Help us make our goal of 500 donations this month by renewing your membership, becoming a new member or making an additional gift.

Monday's (3/19) Bach@One features Matthew Glandorf directing Choral Arts Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Bach Collegium in J.S. Bach's Sanctus in D, BWV 238 and Cantata BWV 215, "Praise Your Good Fortune."

Sunday evening, 3/18 on Half Past we'll hear orchestral music by Witold Lutoslawski , Tristan Keuris and Boris Tishenko along with "Murder in the Dark" for harpsichord by Klaas De Vries.  Music from the past half-century, Sundays at 11 PM. 

In honor of Early Music Month, the focus will be on three works by 20th and 21st century composers who found inspiration in music of the Renaissance.  Join Ross Amico for William Kraft’s “Vintage Renaissance,” written for the Boston Pops, George Frederick McKay’s “Suite on Sixteenth Century Hymn Tunes,” after works of Louis Bourgeois, and Lukas Foss’ “Renaissance Concerto” for flute and orchestra.  American composers cast an affectionate look back, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Pauline Viardot (1821-1910) ran a salon in Paris for decades with the original score of Don Giovanni on display, and Rossini genuflected to it. Tchaikovsky was another of the many notables who attended the salon. She was a close friend of Chopin, Franz Liszt and Ivan Turgenev. Her parents and siblings were also known and notable musicians, and she herself was a singer, a pianist, a teacher and composer. 

Nearly all early music enthusiasts are familiar with the Cantigas of Santa Maria of Alfonso the Wise, those delightful 13th century pieces describing the miraculous intervention of the Virgin in healing all kinds of human ailments and misfortunes.  But did you know that a collection of secular music may also have existed at Alfono's court?  The Dufay Collective have done exhaustive research on the instruments of the day and the secular styles then in vogue andhave put together a program of secular music that very well may have existed at the court.  Hear some of these pieces on Fri

Picture Perfect: March 16 - St. Patrick's Day

Mar 16, 2018

It’s never too early to start celebrating.  Join Ross Amico for music from movies about Ireland, including “The Luck of the Irish” (Cyril J. Mockridge), “Angela’s Ashes” (John Williams), “Circle of Friends” (Michael Kamen), and “The Quiet Man.”  It’s an airing of the green for St. Patrick’s Day, this Friday at 6 pm. 

  

Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett scores the new Broadway musical Escape to Margaritaville, about the shenanigans at  a Caribbean bar that's an escape for vacationers. Howard Shapiro reviews the new musical this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am (3/16 and 3/17). 

March is Early Music Month.  Join Ross Amico for the second of two Noontime Concerts featuring highlights from the 2016 Guild for Early Music Festival.  This Friday, Guild members John Burkhalter and Janet Palumbo will cohost the Noontime Concert, introducing music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Periods.

This year’s festival will take place on Sunday from 12:30 to 5:30 pm at Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ.  Take a pilgrimage back in time on The Classical Network with the Guild for Early Music, this Friday (3/16) at 12 pm.

Actor, author and theater director Simon Callow discovered a whole new side to composer Richard Wagner when he was asked to create a stage show to celebrate the bicentennial of Richard Wagner's birth in 2013, and now Callow has turned his discoveries into a book, Being Wagner, which was just released in the U.S.  This Saturday (3/17), A Tempo host Rachel Katz chats with Callow about his thoughts on this musical giant, including how his darker side, including his seemingly obsessive focus on anti-Semitism, has colored the way his music has been, and should be, received.

Familiar voices, many from the past, will be showcased on this week’s Sunday Opera (3/18  3:00 p.m.) in an all-star presentation of Giacomo Puccini’s “Il Trittico.”  We’ll sample three recordings.  The first, “Il Tabarro” stars Leontyne Price, Sherrill Milnes, and Placido Domingo.  “Suor Angelica” stars Renata Tebaldi in the title role and Giuletta Simionato as the callous Principessa.  Leo Nucci is the cantankerous “Gianni Schicchi” with Mirella Freni as his daughter Lauretta, and Roberto Alagna as her love, Rinuccio.  Also featured in this cast are Eva Podles, Barbara Frittoli, and Dalibo

The 3/18

 (7:00 p.m.) Dress Circle will feature recordings produced by The York Theatre Company which, for over 48 years, has been dedicated to the production of New Musicals, and through their Musicals in Mufti Series, concert performances of forgotten shows.  Ted Otten and Michael Kownacky have found and will be sampling four recordings of shows presented by The York Theatre Company on this week’s program.  

This Thursday (3/15 at 12:30) brings the next Organ Recital live from the Princeton University Chapel, with the Korean-born American recital organist Ahreum Han in a fun and varied program - music from Grieg's Peer Gynt, Jacques Offenbach's overture to Orpheus in the Underworld, and works by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Widor and Berveiller.

Wednesday, 3-14 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Schumann's Fantasiestücke op 12 performed by Bolai Cao and Haydn's Sonata No. 58 played by Ying Li.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evening at 10.

Sunday evening, 3-11, at 11 on Half Past we'll hear John Tavener's Eternal Memory for orchestra, William Bolcom's Piano Quartet and Inner Voices by Chinary Ung.  Music from the past half-century Sundays at 11 PM. 

The Zarzuela - the beloved Spanish tradition that combines both popular and operatic music with choruses, dancing and dialogue - dates back in in one form or the other to the mid seventeenth century. La Generala by Amadeo Vives, is from 1912, and this week on the Lyric Stage we have the musical selections from it.

Picture Perfect: March 9 - King Arthur

Mar 9, 2018

“Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil is rightwise king born of all England.”  Join Ross Amico for music from movies inspired by the legends of King Arthur, as rendered by Sir Thomas Malory (Miklós Rózsa, “Knights of the Round Table”), Chrétien de Troyes (Jerry Goldsmith, “First Knight”), Marion Zimmer Bradley (Lee Holdridge, “The Mists of Avalon”), and Hal Foster (Franz Waxman, “Prince Valiant”).  It’s more than just another knight at the movies, this Friday at 6 pm. 

On Friday, 3-9 the Noon Concert from Mélomanie includes contemporary and Baroque works. We'll hear music by Mark Hagerty, Roberto Pace,  Jennifer Margaret Barker, Ingrid Arauco, Sergio Roberto de Olivieta, Georg Philipp Telemann, Giuseppe Tartini and Johann Joachim Quantz.

Wednesday (3/7) at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Mozart's "Kegelstatt" Trio for clarinet, viola and piano.  Then mezzo Sophia Fiuza Hunt sings songs by Musto, Price, Rzewski, Berger and Heggie.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon, repeated Monday evening at 10. 

This Wednesday, 2-28 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Bolai Cao in Prokofiev's Sonata No. 8 in B-flat and Tianyi Shen, Sanu-Eun Lee and Tianxu An in Brahms' Sonata for Clarinet, Cello & Piano.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and again Monday evenings at 10. 

This week’s Dress Circle (2/18  7:00 p.m.) will be a survey of some of the CDs of a group formed in 1995 called “The Broadway Kids.”  This rotating cast of young people between the ages of eight and sixteen, had to appear in at least one Broadway or off-Broadway show or a major national tour in order to audition, and we’ll be looking at three of their eight CDs including The Broadway Kids “Sing Broadway,” “Back on Broadway,” and “Sing America.”  

The Dress Circle begins the month of February (2/4  7:00 p.m.) with its monthly feature to showcase some of the shows that have opened this month.  The menu of productions spans some 72 years with the earliest being Irving Berlin’s long forgotten musical “Face the Music” from 1932.  Along the way, we’ll also be looking at a musical was based on some of the stories of Chaucer from “The Canterbury Tales” starring Hermione Baddeley.  

Just for fun, this week’s Dress Circle (1/28  7:00 p.m.) will be celebrating “Backward’s Day” a few days early.  Every January 31st, Backwards Day gives people the chance to reverse their ways, to go back to a simpler way of life, just to have a wonderful time eating dinner for breakfast, wearing their clothes backwards, talking backwards, or even just saying goodbye when they meet someone. 

Welcome to January and a new year that’s hopefully happy and healthy for you and yours.  This week’s Dress Circle (1/7  7:00 p.m.) is staying with tradition as we’ll take a look at some of the shows that have opened on Broadway during the chill of January.  Those shows include “The Happy Time,” “Sweet Charity,” “Darling of the Day,” “Celebration,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “The Ziegfeld Follies of 1936” among others.  It’s a great mix of old and new, just like every New Year, and it’s here for you at The Classical Network.  Join us each week at 7:00 p.m.

It seems that there are always suggestions for ways to approach the New Year, and on this week’s Dress Circle (12/31  7:00 p.m.), we thought we’d add a few more but from the musicals.  Some of those “words of wisdom” come from shows like “Do I Hear a Waltz?”, “Snoopy,” “The Tap Dance Kid,” “Mame,” “Mr.

An anthem in a musical usually comes when a character is at a crossroads, and we’ll be taking a look at a variety of anthems on this week’s Dress Circle (12/10  7:00 p.m.).   At some point in most musicals, one or more characters have to take stock of their situation and overcome some obstacle in order to find a happy ending, and that moment of personal crisis has given birth to some of the greatest songs in musicals.  Join as we sample anthems from “Ragtime,” “Steel Pier,” “Chess,” “La Cage Aux Folles,” “The Color Purple,” “Company,” and more.  It’ll be an hour of memorable numbers and per

Just in time for Thanksgiving!  This week’s Dress Circle (11/19  7:00 p.m.) will feature some Broadway Turkeys!  We took a look at the champs last week, so it’s only fair that we take a look at some of the failures that outnumber them by at least 10 to 1.  There are many factors that contribute to a show’s failure.  The show may just be bad, the direction or casting misguided, or one aspect, either the book or score, just isn’t up to par, but sometimes, there are unseen factors as when a backer pulls out, reviews are mediocre even though the show is good, and many more.

The Dress Circle is ushering in November (11/5  7:00 p.m.) with our monthly feature as we look at some of the shows that opened this month.  This time, we’ll be sampling a dozen shows that includes “Into the Woods,” “Seussical,” “The Lion King,” “Billy Elliott,” “Grand Hotel,” and “Young Frankenstein” by performers such as Christopher Fitgerald, Roger Bart, Sutton Foster, Joanna Gleason, Robert Westenberg, Heather Headley, and David Shiner.  We’ll also hear selections from “Mary Poppins,” “Jersey Boys,” “Kiss Me Kate,” and “Teddy and Alice” as well.  Don’t forget to follow The Dress Circle

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