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Host Gabriel Crouch reviews all the recordings that made the short list of the 2021 Gramophone Award for choral music. Listen Sunday (10/24) at 2 pm.

LA Opera is taking us to sea on this week’s Sunday Opera (10/24 3:00 p.m.) with their recent production of Benjamin Britten’s 1951 opera “Billy Budd.”   Based on the novel by Herman Melville, the story centers on the naïve and innocent sailor who, after being transferred to a new ship, becomes the obsession of the Master-at-arms, John Claggart, who is accidentally killed by Billy when Claggart pushes him too far.  This results in the hanging of the young Budd who is loved by the crew and, for whom they would mutiny, but Billy, true to his good nature, resignedly goes to his fate and is hanged for the death of Claggart. 

After last month’s look at new songs that were added to film versions of musicals, we found that we had enough material for another program, and this week’s Dress Circle (10/24 7:00 p.m.) is the result.   Some of the films from which we’ve mined our songs include “Bells Are Ringing,” “Call Me Madam,” “Grease,” “Guys and Dolls,” “The Music Man,” “Evita,” and “On the Town.”  

  This Sunday at 8 pm on The Lyric Stage we have musical selections from The Threepenny Opera, whose  disreputable characters and social and political satire of Berlin in 1928 were inspired by Elisabeth Hauptman's translation of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera from 1728.

The Lost Chord: October 24 - Byronic Beecham

Oct 21, 2021

Manfred is the quintessential Byronic hero, a romantic superman who endures unimaginable suffering and mysterious guilt in connection with the death of his beloved.  He wanders the Alps, longing for extinction, and meets his fate defiantly, rejecting all authority, whether corporeal or supernatural.  When conductor Sir Thomas Beecham resurrected Schumann’s incidental music for Byron’s dramatic poem, it was an act of total reimagination.  Hear selections from this seldom-heard 1954 recording, Sunday at 10 pm.


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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.

Pipedreams - Mondays at 11 am

Enjoy music from the diverse repertoire for the organ on Pipedreams hosted by Michael Barone - now every Monday at 11 am.

Exploring Music - Weeknights at 7 pm

This week: "Schumann" - A biography of the passionate life of one of Germany’s early romantics.

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Chamber Music on Sunday Nights - tonight at 10 pm (note special time)

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

The new Broadway comedy Chicken and Biscuits takes place at a funeral in an African-American church. It turns out to be not the sort of funeral you'd expect. Hear Theater Critic Howard Shapiro's review of the play this week on In a Broadway Minute, Friday (10/22) at 8 am and Saturday (10/23) at 10 am.

Princeton University Concerts reached out to musicians, writers, scholars and other creative professionals in an effort to explore how creative people respond to music. The result is "Ways of Hearing," an anthology published by Princeton University Press that includes submissions from Jamie Barton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Frank Gehry, Gustavo Dudamel and C.K. Williams, among others.

Most orchestras emphasize music by composers we're all familiar with: Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and so on. But a small organization received a big honor this month at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards for its extraordinary service to overlooked American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The story begins in a New Jersey elementary school, where four young girls of color — Aline Vasques, Alexis Carter, Tiahna Sterling and Arlene Acevedo — were all best friends. In middle school they began studying percussion together with Joe Bergen, a member of the Mantra Percussion ensemble. They continued through high school and graduated from Mantra's Youth Percussion Program.

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