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We’ll be going “down to the sea in ships” on this week’s Sunday Opera (10/21 3:00 p.m.) with an encore production of Jake Heggie’s version of “Moby Dick.”  Jay Hunter Morris leads the cast as Captain Ahab, and he’s joined by Joshua Guerrero as the Greenhorn (Ishmael), Morgan Smith as Starbuck, Musa Ngqungwana as Queequeg, and Jacqueline Ehols as Pip.  The performance features James Conlon leading the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra.  

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”

Ricky Ian Gordon’s treatment of John Steinbeck’s heartbreaking 1939 novel “The Grapes of Wrath” is this week’s Sunday Opera (4/22  3:00 p.m.).  This world premier recording features Brian Leerhuber as the desperate Tom Joad leading his extended family away from the horrors of the dustbowl only to find that California holds no promise for them at the end of their journey.  The cast also includes Roger Honeywell as Jim Casey, Kella Kaduce as Rosasharn, Andrew Wilkowske as Tom’s hapless brother Noah, Robert Orth as Uncle John, and Deanne Meek and Peter Halverson as Ma and Pa Joad.

An American opera based on an American original is this week’s Sunday Opera (1/28  3:00 p.m.) as we take a look at Lori Laitman’s 2016 treatment of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter.”  Hawthorne’s 1850 novel is a moral allegory centering on Hester Prynne’s affair with the Reverend Dimmesdale, the birth of her illegitimate daughter, Pearl, and her strength and determination to make a life for them in the face of hatred and prejudice.  Laura Claycomb is Hester and Dominic Armstrong is Dimmesdale in this recording featuring the Opera Colorado Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Ari Pelto

It’ll be a bit of nostalgia on this week’s Dress Circle (7/30 – 7:00 p.m.) as we take our first look at a series of CDs published under the title The Smithsonian American Songbook.  This program will look at songs by a variety of composers and lyricists such as Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Frank Loesser, E.Y.