music education

When financial struggles forced the American Boychoir School to close two years ago, many feared the loss of a prized muscial institution that had stretched back 80 years. Very quickly, however, the Princeton Girlchoir stepped up and offered to launch a boychoir program under its auspices. Now operating as Westrick Music Academy, the combined organization features three boys' ensembles and seven girls' ensembles and is looking ahead to even more new opportunities for young musicians.

What Makes It Great host, composer, conductor, author and commentator Rob Kapilow takes a different path... or track... this Friday (5/3 at 8 pm) as he presents "Jazz on the Tracks: The Train in Classic Jazz from Miller to Marsalis" featuring music by Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk and Wynton Marsalis. Joining Kapilow will be the Kyle Athayde Dance Party Big Band.

This concert was recorded in March at the home of What Makes it Great - Merkin Hall at the Kaurman Music Center.

Conducting superstar Gustavo Dudamel wound up his residency with Princeton University Concerts last week, participating in discussions about art and society, conducting the Princeton University Orchestra and Glee Club in two concerts, and stopping in to answer questions by young musicians attending a Seminario that brought together youth music programs from New Jersey and the region inspired by the El Sistema movement.

Join us this Friday (2/15 at 8 pm) for the next episode in the bi-monthly series PostClassical featuring PostClassical Ensemble in a special edition honoring Black History Month. Bass-baritone Kevin Deas is the soloist for this program, called Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual, featuring the music of Harry Burleigh, Nathanial Dett, William Dawson and others. Mr Deas is also joins the trio of regular hosts as special guest. This webcast contains 20+ minutes of material not heard in the broadcast!

Getting young people interested and involved in music, particularly classical music, has long been a goal of orchestras, and this Saturday (1/19 at 7 pm) A Tempo looks at two upcoming concerts designed along that mission. Host Rachel Katz will speak with Hunterdon Symphony Conductor Lawrence Kursar, whose own composition, Gingerbread Boy, designed to introduce young listeners to the brass section, will be premiered by the orchestra Saturday Feb. 2. The program will also preview the Capital Philharmonic's Youth Orchestra Festival on Saturday Jan.

This Friday (12/11) on What Makes It Great, host composer, conductor, author and commentator Rob Kapilow is joined by the Aeolus String Quartet in a program featuring one of the most beloved and well-known chamber works, Antonin Dvorak's String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, the "American." 

The work was composed during Dvorak's time in America from 1892 to 1895. This performance was recorded last November at the Kaufman Music Center in New York, home of WMIG. 

Nick Donnoli/Princeton University Concerts

Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was back in Princeton this past week for his second round of panels, performances and activities as Artist in Residence with Princeton University Concerts, this time meeting with two groups of young local musicians to provide some feedback and inspiration.

The new season of PostClassical returns with an expanded, three-hour program exploring the search for Spanish identity through music. "Falla and Flamenco" features PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez. Spanish pianist Pedro Carbone joins Gil-Ordonez and co-hosts Bill McGlaughlin (host of Exploring Music) and author, music historian and PostClassical co-founder Joseph Horowitz. The first two hours focus on Manuel de Falla, with an expanded third hour devoted to Isaac Albeniz.

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Peter Schaaf, 2004

The next Princeton-based live broadcast of "What Makes it Great" with host Rob Kapilow will be held Friday, Nov. 30 at Miller Chapel on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary and will feature the four major choruses of Handel's Messiah. Kapilow will lead members of Princeton Pro Musica and The Monmouth Civic Chorus, prepared by Ryan Brandau.

Houston Grand Opera is turning to a music-loving armadillo named Sandy in its efforts to cultivate the next generation of opera lovers.

Airing every first Saturday of the month at 1 PM, Kids on Keys showcases some of the finest young piano talent in the Central and Southern New Jersey area and in the Philadelphia region.

Hosted and produced by The Classical Network's ASCAP award winning Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, Kids on Keys is proudly sponsored by Jacobs Music