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Savor the majesty of the organ repertoire on Pipedreams every Sunday at 7 am. With Heart and Voice brings you sacred music at 1 pm and Sounds Choral surveys choral works at 2 pm.

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Find today's line-up of great jazz and community affairs programs on JazzOn2.

The Piano Matters - Wednesdays at 10 pm and Sundays at Noon

The Piano Matters compares recordings of great piano works performed by various artists past and present, analyzing and explaining differing approaches to the music.

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We’ll be off to Spain and tilting at windmills on this week’s Sunday Opera (9/15 3:00 p.m.) with Jules Massenet’s “Don Quichotte” from the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  Ferruccio Furlanetto is the fabled knight of the “Woeful Countenance” and Clementine Margaine his Dulcinee.  Along for the ride will be Nicola Alaimo as the faithful Sancho.  Sir Andrew Davies conducts the Lyric Opera Chorus and Orchestra.  Join host Michael Kownacky for an afternoon that will continue with more music of Massenet including his short two-act opera “Therese” featuring Agnes Baltsa and Francisco Araiza.  

We’re going to be showcasing something we think that’s missing in many places on this week’s Dress Circle (9/15 7:00 p.m.): heart.  Our songs with heart come from shows including “Chess,” “Carnival,” “On Your Toes,” “Damn Yankees,” “The New Starlight Express,” and “Tarzan” as well as others including “The Land of Smiles,” “Inside U.S.A.”, “Spring Is Here,” and “Leave It to Me.”   We’ll look at hopeful hearts, stalwart hearts, broken hearts, and giddy hearts, but with everything said and done, we still “gotta have” it.

  As a teenager, Teresa Stratas sang pop songs, but did not study music formally until she saw her first staged opera performance in 1954 when she was 16, La Traviata. That was it, she knew what she wanted, to sing like that. Without ever having a voice lesson, she auditioned for the Royal College of music in her home town of Toronto, with Jerome Kern's "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", the closest thing to a classical piece she knew. But the school saw potential, and gave her a scholarship.

The Lost Chord: September 15 – Casals’ Pals

Sep 12, 2019

Pablo Casals was a giant-of-an-artist and of a man. He stood up to the Franco regime and refused to perform in countries that recognized Franco’s authority. He rediscovered the Bach cello suites. He played for both Queen Victoria and John F. Kennedy.  He founded the Prades Festival.  He established the Puerto Rico Symphony and Conservatory.  He gave master classes, conducted and recorded at Marlboro.

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Exploring Music - Weeknights at 7 pm

This week: "Distant Neighbors" - Journey to the deep and rich musical history of our neighbor to the south, Mexico.

Bach at One - Mondays at 1 pm

Enjoy music by Bach from Trinity-Wall Street, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Choral Arts Philadelphia and others every Monday.

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Chamber Music on Sunday Nights at 9

Enjoy the best in chamber music performance Sunday nights at 9 with leading chamber music players from around the world. David Finckel and Wu Han, Co-Artistic Directors.

Arts and Cultural News Headlines

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Of the 16 new productions opening on Broadway through the year’s end, 10 are plays rather than musicals. Theater critic Howard Shapiro runs down what's opening on Broadway this Fall on In a Broadway Minute Friday (9/13) at 8 am and Saturday (9/14) at 10 am.

A public meeting organized this past week by the Westminster Foundation, which opposes Rider University's plan to move Westminster Choir College's programs to its Lawrence Campus and sell Westminster's campus in Princeton, drew members of the public concerned about the choir college's future. This Saturday on A Tempo (9/14 at 7 pm), host Rachel Katz reports on some of the concerns that were raised by speakers, students and members of the community.

Hildegard von Bingen has been recognized as a pioneer not only for her contributions to Western music, but also for her writings on science and medicine, and her advocacy for some reforms within the Christian church -- accomplishments that were no small feat for a woman at the time. Some of those themes are played out in a new musical now in development called "Hildegard - An Unfinished Revolution" that will be staged as a reading Tuesday Sept. 10 at Princeton University's Lewis Center for the Arts.

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