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Enjoy hearing young musicians on From the Top at noon, guitar favorites on Classical Guitar Alive at 5 and conversations about the arts on A Tempo at 7.

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Seven of the shows opening through the rest of this Broadway season are musicals - some old, some new. This week on In a Broadway Minute, Theater Critic Howard Shapiro will preview the upcoming musicals Friday (2/22 at 8 am) and Saturday (2/23 at 10 am).

Carnegie Hall's 2019-2020 season includes a celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, including a multi-continent Ode to Joy project, and this Saturday (2/23 at 7 pm) A Tempo previews some of the highlights. Host Rachel Katz will speak with Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson about the season, and also about the upcoming Migrations Festival, which kicks off next month and is devoted to exploring the impact and influence of immigrants on American culture.

You think that you have relationship issues?  Well, we’re going to be looking at some complicated connections on this week’s Sunday opera (2/24 3:00 p.m.), and then, we’ll have a bit of careless abandon!  We’ll begin with Laurent Petitgirard’s operatic version of “Joseph Merrick the Elephant Man.”  With a book based loosely on the play by Bernard Pomerance by Eric Nonn, the story centers on the life of an extremely deformed man who craves kind human interaction and to live like a “normal man.”  The cast includes Nathalie Stutzmann, Nicolas Rivenq, Robert Breault, and Marie Devellereau with the French Opera Chorus and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo with the composer conducting.  

We’re celebrating black history month on this week’s Dress Circle (2/24 7:00 p.m.) by looking at shows featuring black casts like “Simply Heavenly,” a musical with a book and lyrics by Langston Hughes based on his novel “Simple Takes a Wife” and other “Simple” stories, “Purlie,” a musical based on Ossie Davis’ play “Purlie Victorious,” and “Raisin” based on Lorraine Hansberry’s “Raisin in the Sun.”  

This week on The Lyric Stage, Fritz Wunderlich and Cecilia Bartoli sing music from Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro and Cosi fan Tutti. Mozart's deceptively simple-looking music is full of surprises and challenges, and Wunderlich and Bartoli are superb interpreters.

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Enjoy your Sundays with Great Music

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.

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.

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.

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Sunday at 2 pm - Sounds Choral

Sounds Choral: Feb. 24 - British Choral Works

Steven Sametz, Artistic Director of The Princeton Singers, hosts Sounds Choral this Sunday (2/24) surveying Britsh choral works. Sounds Choral can be heard at 2 pm.

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Orchestras and opera companies have been seeking out ways to bolster diversity and inclusion in their ranks, and A Tempo this Saturday (2/16 at 7 pm) looks at two new initiatives. Host Rachel Katz will speak with Jesse Rosen, president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, which recently announced its Catalyst Fund, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, that will provide grants to youth and adult orchestras to work with a consultant to create programs and strategies that promote equity, inclusion and diversity.

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Opera Philadelphia

Opera Philadelphia this week announced details of its 2019-2020 season, including its third annual Fall Festival, O19. A Tempo this Saturday (2/9 at 7 pm) explores more about the season in a conversation with President and General Director David Devan, and Music Director Corrado Rovaris, about the season, which will include a tribute to the 20th anniversary of Rovaris' debut with the company.

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