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The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra this past week announced its plans for the 2020-2021 season, and this Saturday (1/25 at 7 pm), A Tempo host Rachel Katz speaks with Music Director Xian Zhang about the orchestra's plans for the season and Beethoven's 250th anniversary.

An opera that has been dubbed "the night of the seven stars” will fill  this week’s Sunday Opera (1/26 3:00 p.m.) with Giacomo Meyerbeer’s 1836 marathon of an opera, “Les Huguenots.”  Set in France in the tumultuous times around the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre where the French Protestants were set-upon and murdered by the French Catholics, this grandest of all grand operas has a love story at its center focusing on Valantine, a Catholic girl who renounces her faith in order to be with the Protestant man she loves, and her beloved Raoul.  The final frenzy features a mob killing a church full of women and children, and Valantin’s father killing Raoul and his daughter in a finale that is reminiscent of Halavy’s “La Juive.”  

We’re marching into February on this week’s Dress Circle (1/26 7:00 p.m.) with marches from Broadway and Hollywood.  Now, not every march is self-proclaimed as such, so we’ve looked those songs that will hopefully make you want to get up, grab a baton, and strut around the room.  Along with “Seventy-Six Trombones” from “The Music Man,” “I Ain’t Down Yet” from “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” “Follow the Fold” from “Guys and Dolls,” and “Hey, Look Me Over,” from “Wildcat,” we’ll also be looking to musicals like “Jupiter’s Darling,” “Oliver!”, and “Hello, Dolly!”.  

(Note: This week's program will air at 9 pm). This week on the Lyric Stage we have highlights from Maria Callas' Carmen. Callas never performed Carmen on stage, but many consider her 1964 recording of Bizet's opera among the best recorded versions of Carmen. To paraphrase one critic, "Callas isn't Carmen, Carmen is Callas."

On Australia Day, it’s an hour of music celebrating the beleaguered continent’s indigenous peoples.  Peter Sculthorpe devoted much of his compositional output to environmental concerns, such as climate change and preservation of wildlands, and demonstrated an overt sympathy for Aboriginal culture.  His String Quartet No.

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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.

Westminster Choir College Homecoming Concert - Live at 7:30 pm

"Appear & Inspire” - From the words of poet W.H Auden, set by Benjamin Britten in his Ode to St. Cecilia featured in this concert, plus music by Arnold Schoenberg, Jake Runestad, Steve Barnett & more.

Bach at One - Mondays at 1 pm

Enjoy music by J.S. Bach from Trinity-Wall Street, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Choral Arts Philadelphia and others, every Monday afternoon - a choral lover's delight!

Exploring Music - Weeknights at 7 pm

This week: "Mozart and Haydn Quartets”

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Special Programming - Sunday at 8 pm

Recovering a Musical Heritage - Music From a Lost Generation

James Conlon illuminates the stories and legacies of composers suppressed by the Third Reich, including Alexander von Zemlinsky, Franz Schreker, Victor Ullmann and Erwin Schulhoff.

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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Almost four decades after it was written, Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "A Soldier's Play" has made it to Broadway. This week on In a Broadway Minute, theater critic Howard Shapiro reviews the Roundabout Theater production, Friday (1/24) at 8 am and Saturday (1/25) at 10 am.

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Laura Linney is starring on Broadway in the one-woman play "My Name is Lucy Barton," adapted for the stage by the author of the popular book with the same title. Theater critic Howard Shapiro this week reviews the play on In a Broadway Minute, Friday (12/17) at 8 am and Saturday (12/18) at 10 am.

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Orchestras and Concert Halls around the country are hosting concerts and other tributes to Martin Luther King, Jr. this month, and this Saturday (1/18 at 7 pm) A Tempo will highlight two of them. Host Rachel Katz will speak with multi-genre musician Damien Sneed, who is bringing his production of "We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr." to Philadelphia's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Friday Jan. 17 as part of its North American tour, and also with composer and drummer Dr.

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As part of its celebration of Beethoven's 250th birthday anniversary, Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute is working with conductor Marin Alsop this year to create a "Global Ode to Joy" - a series of concert performances across six continents, each interpreting the work through a local lens and incorporating the local language and culture.

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