Between the Keys with Jed Distler

Tuesdays at 10 pm

Between the Keys may or may not begin at the piano but will always find Jed taking the listener on a creative, imaginative and unique musical journey as only someone of his experience could present. 

Between the Keys is supported by Jacobs Music.

The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler devotes this week’s edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys to Webster Aitken (1908-1981), a pianist not well-known to the general public, yet one whose artistry significantly contributed to American piano culture.

 The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler offers a cool program guaranteed to take the sweltering edge off of a hot August night, this week on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys. Featured performers include Alison Brewster Franzetti, Amy X. Neuberg, Jerry Kuderna, Eileen Joyce, Jascha Spivikovsky, Ignace Jan Paderewski, Alberto Reyes, Rob Schwimmer, Ingrid Haebler, Feona Lee Jones, Joshua Fried and Jed Distler himself. 

On this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist in Residence Jed Distler explores piano sonatas written in a single, uninterrupted movement, with works by C.P. E. Bach, Alexander Scriabin, Jean Raats, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Nicolai Medtner and Konstantin Eiges.

Tune in this Tuesday at 10:00 PM for Between the Keys, an exclusive production of the Classical Network and WWFM.Org.

Jed Distler and Between the Keys visit NYU

Jul 31, 2019

The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler is a guest artist during NYU's Summer Piano Intensive, where New York University faculty and students gather for two weeks of concerts, classes and lecture/demonstrations.

He will play some of his own compositions and transcriptions during an Artist Faculty Recital, sharing the stage with fellow pianists Eduardus Halim, Yoojung Kim, Manuel Laufer and Robin McCabe. 

Donald Manildi returns to the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys with treasures from the International Piano Archives at the University of Maryland, which has flourished in size, scope and importance under his curatorial watch since 1993.

Between the Keys meets IKIF 2019 on July 23rd

Jul 23, 2019

During the last two weeks in July, scores of world class pianists from seasoned veterans to emerging young competition winners descend upon New York City to participate in concerts, master classes, lectures and meetings with private students. Now in its 21st year, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival Music has long established itself as both a tradition and an institution, attracting pianophiles from all over the world, spearheaded by the pianist and IKIF Artistic Director Jerome Rose and Festival Director Julie Kedersha.

Between the Keys on July 9: “Liszt Makers”

Jul 9, 2019

Franz Liszt’s music dominates this week’s edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, hosted by the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler.

“We haven’t had an all-Liszt program for some time,” says Distler,” so I decided to pour through my collection and put together a play list of terrific performances by some of the best ‘Liszt Makers’ on record.”

Grand Finales on Between the Keys, July 2nd

Jul 2, 2019

What makes a grand finale grand?

A grand finale can be combative and defiant, like the fugue from Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata, especially when Claudio Arrau delves into the music, leaving no stone unturned. A grand finale can be a vast, rugged landscape, as in Charles Ives’ First Sonata, navigated by its premier explorer, William Masselos. In the capable hands of Leonard Pennario, the finale of Robert Schumann’s Piano Sonata No. 1 runs wild yet never loses control.

The new, the old and the unexpected take center stage this week on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys.

Comparing pianists performing the same work is one of Jed Distler’s favorite things to do on his ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys. So he’ll devote this week’s episode to a full round of a game he calls “Dare to Compare.”

On this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler examines the legacy of legendary 19th century piano pedagogue Thedor Leschetizky through recordings by his students, both famous and obscure.

On this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler surveys a wide berth of American piano concertos.

“I’m always amazed at how piano concertos by American composers are so eclectic and stylistically far-ranging,” says Distler. “The composer roster I’ve put together for this episode speaks for itself.”

Featured composers include George Antheil, Victoria Bond, Amy Beach, George Gershwin, Edward Macdowell, Philip Glass and Paul Schoenfield.

Between the Keys Binges on Scarlatti: May 28

May 28, 2019

Christmas in May? “Well, why not,” says The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler.

Each Christmas season, Jed usually offers an all-Scarlatti episode on his ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys. However, this week, Jed decided to indulge in a Scarlatti binge many months in advance, breaking with tradition.

Piano Quintets on Between the Keys May 21st

May 21, 2019

This week’s edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award Winning program Between the keys zeros in on the piano quintet genre, in an episode whimsically entitled “Party of Five.”

Listening Out Loud on Between the Keys May 14th

May 14, 2019

Hosted by the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys goes all over the pianistic map for Episode No. 203, "Listening Out Loud."

“Even by our usually eclectic standards, this week’s offerings turn out to be more wide-ranging than usual, and I think I’ve come up with a play list that’s both stimulating and satisfying,” says Distler.

A 1920s Grab Bag on Between the Keys: May 7th

May 7, 2019

On this week’s edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, host and producer Jed Distler (who is the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence) presents a “1920s Grab Bag”

This week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys is devoted to the artistry of legendary Swiss pianist Edwin Fischer (1886-1960).

“Fischer was a genius,” says The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, who writes, produces and hosts Between the Keys. “His best recordings are just otherworldly, as if some musical spirit inhabited his fingers, and the piano’s hammers were replaced by lungs and vocal chords. His music making simply transports you. I envy those who'll be hearing him for the first time!".

Between the Keys April 23: The 200th Episode

Apr 23, 2019

The ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys airs its 200th program this week.

Between the Keys Goes Dancing on April 16th

Apr 16, 2019

Shall we dance?

That’s the musical question this week on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, hosted by The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler.

Composers include Satie, Halffter, Dvorak, Grieg, Mozart, Bach, Schoenberg, Schubert, William Davis, Franco Casavola and Robert Helps.

Tune in this Tuesday April 16th at 10 PM for Between the Keys, proudly sponsored by Jacobs Music Company. This program  is an exclusive production of The Classical  Network and WWFM.Org.

Mazurka Madness on Between the Keys April 9th

Apr 9, 2019

This week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys features The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler and special guest co-host Nadia Shpachenko, exploring Chopin’s Mazurkas in comparative performances.

“More than any of Chopin’s works, the Mazurkas seem to lend themselves to a wide variety of valid interpretive styles and options,” says Distler. “As a consequence, hearing two pianists playing the same Mazurka is like experiencing night and day in the same city.”

This week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys is devoted to Boleros and Barcarolles.

Join The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler for music by Poulenc, Hallfter, Chopin, Griffes, Busoni, Poulenc, Casadesus and Rorem, among others. Pianists include such luminaries as Leon Fleisher, David Alan Wehr, Raymond Lewenthal, Frank Merrick, Jean-Philippe Collard, and Alicia de Larrocha.

Happy Anniversary to Between the Keys, March 26th

Mar 26, 2019

March 26th 2019 marks the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys’ fourth anniversary.

“I can’t believe how much time has gone by,” says The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, who has produced, written and hosted Between the Keys since it launched back in March 2015. “And when I look at the range of programming and the variety of special guests we’ve had, I’m all the more amazed.”

Mark Ainley returns to Between the Keys March 19th

Mar 19, 2019

The writer and scholar Mark Ainley returns to the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys on Tuesday March 19th, for an extended conversation with the show’s creator, producer and host Jed Distler, who is The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Resience.”

Between the Keys on Tuesday March 12th

Mar 11, 2019

Although there’s no theme or topic linked to this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler nevertheless has put together a fascinating and ear-catching program.

Between the Keys plays Carnegie Hall March 5th

Mar 5, 2019

You know the old story: A tourist approaches a police officer and asks, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?. The officer replies, "Practice, practice, practice!".

However, one doesn't have to practice to get to Carnegie Hall for this week's episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, hosted by the Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, who presents a wide range of memorable piano recordings stemming from live concerts that took place at this iconic venue.

Music for Two Pianos on Between the Keys Feb. 26th

Feb 26, 2019

This week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys. “The Spirit of 176 Part 2,” is entirely devoted music for two pianos

“I’ve been a two-piano nerd for decades,” says Jed Distler, host for Between the Keys, and the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence. “I loved to play through all kinds of repertoire in college, while one of my first major professional engagements involved the premier of Andrew Violette’s Third Sonata for Two Pianos. That was kind of a baptism by fire, from which I’ve never recovered, thank goodness!”

Sonatina Time on Between the Keys Feb. 19th

Feb 19, 2019

This week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys is devoted to piano sonatinas.

“It’s interesting how sonatinas are, in theory, smaller sonatas, yet the fact is that some sonatinas are bigger than sonatas, and that some sonatas are smaller than sonatinas,” says Jed Distler, host for Between the Keys, and the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence. “I thought it would be a good idea to comb through a variety of sonatinas and sonatina movements, combining some familiar works with music that you may not have heard.”

The Exploding Piano meets Between the Keys Feb 12th

Feb 12, 2019

On this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler plays host to pianist Kathleen Supové, one of America’s major champions for the music of our time, whose innovative  “Exploding Piano” concerts have long compelled audiences to reconsider the ways and means of the traditional recital.

This week on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler features recordings by Monique Haas (1909-1987), one of the finest French pianists of her generation, with works by Bach, Mozart, Debussy, Ravel, Roussel, Bartok and Hindemith.

Tune in this Tuesday night February 5th at 10 for Between the Keys, only here on The Classical Network and WWFM.org.

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