The Classical Network In Concert

Tuesday - Friday Noon Time Concerts; Fridays at 8 pm

The Classical Network In Concert is part of our Celebrating Our Music Community Concert Series. You'll hear performances from our region's (and beyond!) world-class performing organizations, from orchestral programs  to chamber concerts, to solo performances. These concerts usually occur as Noon Time concerts, but you may also enjoy them at other times as well, including Fridays at 8 pm. The WWFM hosting staff shares responsibility for hosting these concert programs.   

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This Easter Sunday morning at 8 am, The Classical Network in partnership with Princeton University Chapel will broadcast an Easter Service with contributions from the Princeton University Chapel Choir led by the Chapel Music Director Penna Rose, Princeton University Chapel Organist Eric Plutz and an EasterMessage specifically for this broadcast by the Dean of Religious Life & the Chapel at Princeton University, Dean Alison Boden.

It's the IRIS Orchestra on this week's Friday concert broadcast (6/14 at 8 pm). Artistic Director Michael Stern leads the Germantown, Tennessee-based orchestra in Hugo Wolf's Italian Serenade, Bela Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Charles Ives' Ragtime Dances, a new work by Iris Orchestra hornist and Memphis native Robert G Patterson called Oasis, and Antonin Dvorak's evergreen Wind Serenade.

Photo by André Peele

The 15th Annual Princeton Festival kicks off this Friday (6/7) and The Classical Network will be there live to broadcast the opening concert by Concordia Chamber Players at 7:30 pm performing at Miller Chapel on the campus of the Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton. Concordia Cellist and Artistic Director Michelle Djokic will be joined by violinist Alexi Kenney and pianist Michael Brown to perform music of Beethoven, Kodaly and Mendelssohn.

Concordia Chamber Players will be featured in a special afternoon concert broadcast Thursday (6/6) at 4 pm., with works by Zoltan Kodaly, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Jean Sibelius and Antonin Dvorak from the 2018 Princeton Festival.

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The Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra comes to The Classical Network Friday afternoon (5/31) at 4 pm in a performance of music by George Frideric Handel, Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello, Georg Philipp Telemann, Antonio Vivaldi and Marin Marais.

Concertmaster Juan Carlos Zamudio leads the orchestra in the "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" from Handel's oratorio Solomon, Brescianello's Symphony in F, Op. 1 No. 5, Telemann's Viola Concerto in G, Vivaldi's Concerto for Four Violins, and a suite from the opera Alcyone by Marais. Glenn Smith is your host for this concert broadcast.

Fred Stucker

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra returns to The Classical Network for the final time this season Friday (5/31) at 8 pm. Music Director Xian Zhang leads the orchestra in Amjad Ali Khan's mesmerizing Concerto for Sarod, Concertante Group and String Orchestra, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

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A program of Bach and Handel kick off The Classical Network's broadcast series featuring performances from the 2018 Princeton Festival Friday (5/24 at 8 pm) with a concert by the Festival Baroque Chorus and Orchestra. Festival Associate Conductor Dr. Gregory Jon Geehern will lead the orchesta and chorus in Bach's Wedding Cantata No. 196 and Handel's Dixit Dominus.

The Classical Network presents Concordia Chamber Players Friday (4/26 at 4 pm) in a concert celebrating three centuries of women composers. The program includes Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Piano Quintet, Amy Marcy Beach's Piano Trio in A Minor, and Louise Farrenc's Piano Quintet in A Major.

Concordia Players who will perform will be pianist John Novacek, violinist Miho Saeguso, violist Ayane Kozasa, cellist Michelle Djokic and contrabassist Anthany Manzo. Glenn Smith will host this concert broadcast.

Photo by Fred Stucker

The Classical Network this Friday (3/29 at 8 pm) features the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra with pianist Daniil Trifonov. Music Director Xian Zhang conducts the orchestra in Richard Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra, Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto in A Minor, and Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy.

Glenn Smith will be your host for this concert broadcast.

The Classical Network in Concert this Friday (3/1 at 8 pm) presents another evening of Music from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, featuring tenor Nicholas Phan and pianist Myra Huang, who will perform Franz Schubert's Die Schöne Müllerin.

IAS Artist-in-Residence, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, will co-host this concert broadcast with David Osenberg.

Tristan Cook

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra returns to The Classical Network Friday (2/22) at 8 pm as Music Director Xian Zhang leads the orchestra in works by Mozart and Tchaikovsky. Emanuel Ax will be the featured soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-Flat, K. 482, and the NJSO will also perform Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony, Op. 58. Join host Glenn Smith for this concert broadcast.

Works by cellist-composer Zoe Keating form the program of The Classical Network in Concert this Friday (1/25 at 8 pm) in a performance from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, part of its Edward T. Cone Series.

Enjoy this year's Christmas Eve with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem at 8 pm, under the direction of artistic director and conductor Greg Funfgeld. The program includes Bach’s Cantata No. 36, Schwingt freudig euch empor; Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity and Bach’s Cantata No. 63, Christen, ätzet diesen Tag. The program will conclude with an audience sing-a-long of three favorite carols, including Silent Night.

Join us Christmas Day morning at 8 am for a broadcast of A Festival Service of Christmas Lessons & Carols by the Clergy and Choirs of Trinity Church Princeton, led by Rector Paul Jeannes and Music Director Thomas Whittemore.

Enjoy this encore broadcast of this holiday concert by The Princeton Singers' concert called ‘A Rose in Winter,’ filled with choral music from across centuries Christmas Day at noon. 

Photo by Matt Dine

Thursday evening, 12-6 at 8:00 we present The Orchestra Now under the direction of Leon Botstein in Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, Frank Martin's Six Monologues from Jedermann and the 3rd Symphony by Tchaikovsky.

Friday Evening's (11-16) concert broadcast from the Princeton Symphony Orchestra features pianist Simone Dinnerstein in J.S. Bach's Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in G minor and the Piano Concerto No. 3 by Philip Glass.  Music Director Rossen Milanov conducts a program that also includes Mason Bates Auditorium and Le tombeau de Couperin by Ravel.

Friday evening, November 9 at 8 we will present a concert by The Orchestra Now (TON) with Gerard Schwarz conducting.  The program includes Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 and Eugene Goossens Jubilee Variations.  Ten American composers each wrote a variation for Goossens!

On Friday (10-26) evening at 8 Rossen Milanov leads the Princeton Symphony Orchestra in A Bernstein Celebration.  The program includes 'Three Dance Episodes from On the Town", the "Overture to Candide" and the "Candide Suite".  Daniel Rowland joins the PSO for the "West Side Story Suite for Violin and Orchestra".

Fred Stucker

Works by four young composers will be on the program on this Friday's (10/19) broadcast of The Classical Network in Concert as the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performs works by participants in its 2018 Edward T. Cone Composition Institute under the direction of guest conductor David Robertson. The program will include works by Institute participants Jonathan Cziner, Brian Shank, Aaron Hendrix and Natalie Dietterich, as well as a work by Institute Director and Princeton Professor Steven Mackey. Glenn Smith hosts this concert broadcast Friday at 8 pm. 

Concordia Chamber Players return to The Classical Network Thursday (9/13) at 4 pm with a program featuring works by John Corigliano, Clarice Assad and Erich Korngold.

Join PostClassical Ensemble Friday (6/29) at 8 pm for a program entitled "The Russian Gershwin." The performance and discussion will focus on George Gershwin and his place in American music consciousness, and how he has been championed by musicians from other cultures.
This webcast contains added material and music not included in the broadcast. Enjoy!!

LISTENING GUIDE
PART ONE
9:22 – George Gershwin speaks and plays
15:50 – Rhapsody in Blue performed by Genady Zagor and PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez (with improvisations)
47:46 -- Arnold Schoenberg’s eulogy for George Gershwin
48:52 -- Gershwin’s Prelude No. 2, as arranged and conducted by Otto Klemperer at the Hollywood Bowl Gershwin Memorial Concert
57:18 – Ruby Elzy sings “My Man’s Gone Now” at the Gershwin Memorial Concert
1:04:13 – Lawrence Tibbett sings “Oh Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess”
1:10:21 – Jascha Heifetz plays his own arrangement of “Summertime”

PART TWO
00:00 – Kirill Gerstein plays Earl Wild’s arrangement of “I Got Rhythm”
4:24 – Kirill Gerstein’s improvised cadenza for the Gershwin concerto mvmt 2
6:41 – Gerstein discusses his cadenza
13:10 – Gershwin Piano Concerto, mvmt 2, performed by Gerstein and St. Louis Symphony conducted by David Robertson
26:54 – Gershwin Concerto, mvmt 3, performed by Vakhtang Kodanashvili and PCE conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez
37:41 – Gershwin Cuban Overture, performed by PCE conducted by Gil-Ordonez
53:00 – Jascha Heifetz plays his own arrangement of “My Man’s Gone Now”

As The Classical Network celebrates Women in Music on Tuesday (6/26), we'll bring you a special broadcast concert at 8 pm of "An Evening with Amy Beach."  This concert was presented last month at the East Lynne Theater and featured pianist Lillie Gardner. Enjoy a program of this great American composer, with David Osenberg as your host.

Yoshi Yonekawa

This week's Friday Night's Concert (6/22 at 8 pm) is a very special 1930s-style radio program from the Strings Music Festival featuring the music of George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Vernon Duke and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The program is a recreated radio broadcast concert of the 1930s presented at the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO, with the Strings Festival Orchestra led by Loras John Schissel.

Jessica Franko

This Friday afternoon (6/15) features another special 4 pm concert broadcast - enjoy the Princeton Festival Chorus and Baroque Orchestra in a 2017 performance of four Baroque choral masterworks. The program includes Beatus Vir by Claudio Monteverdi, Antonio Vivaldi's Kyrie in G minor, The Miserere in C minor by Jan Zelenka and Handel's Chandos Anthem No. 11a. Dr. Jan Harrington led the master class program from which this concert grew. 

Join  host Glenn Smith for this final Princeton Festival broadcast of the season.

The Concordia Chamber Players performs works by Aaron Jay Kernis, Ludwig van Beethoven and Richard Strauss this Friday (6/8) afternoon at 4 pm in a broadcast of its 2017 appearance at the Princeton Festival. The program includes Mozart en Route, or "A Little Traveling Music," by Kernis; Beethoven's Piano Trio in D Op. 70 No. 1, "Ghost" Trio; and Strauss' Piano Quartet in C minor Op 13.

On the concert you'll hear pianist William Wolfram, violinist Emily Daggett Smith, violist Ayane Kozasa and cellist Michelle Djokic. Glenn Smith will be your host for this afternoon broadcast.

The New Jersey Orchestra Performs on The Classical Network on the Friday Night Concert Broadcast (6/1 at 8 pm) under the direction of Music Director Xian Zhang. The program includes two beloved works by Mozart - the Ave Verum Corpus and the great Requiem.  The concert also features Joseph Rheinberger's Abendlied-Evening Songs and Ben Parry's Flame.

The soloists in the Requiem will be soprano Emily Pogorelc, mezzo-soprano Kendra Broom, tenor Roy Hage and Baritone Dogokan Kuran, with the Montclair State University Singers, Dr. Heather J. Buchanan, conductor.

The Classical Network in Concert brings a live broadcast from Princeton this Friday (4/27 at 7:30 pm)  of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem performed by the combined forces of the Princeton University Glee Club, Princeton Pro Musica, the Princeton High School Women's Choir and the Princeton University Orchestra under the direction of Michael Pratt. Soloists will be Sarah Pelletier, William Burden and Andrew Garland. 

The Classical Network in Concert this Friday night (4/13 at 8 pm) presents a special concert performance of works by Bach and Mendelssohn featuring Choral Arts Philadelphia and The Philadelphia Bach Collegium under the direction of Matthew Glandorf in "A Concert Tribute to Michael Korn."

Concordia Chamber Players return to The Classical Network Friday at 4 pm in a concert program of works by Michael Haydn, Franz Hasenhörl and Ludwig van Beethoven. We'll hear Haydn's Divertimento in E-Flat for Viola, Cello and Contrabass, Hasenhörl’s Till Eulenspiegel - Einmal Anders, after Richard Strauss' famous symphonic poem, and Beethoven's Septet in E-Flat Op. 20.

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