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On Wednesday 3-13 at noon we'll hear Lachrymae by Benjamin Britten, Per questa bella mano by Mozart, Ferruccio Busoni's transcription of Bach's Chaconne and Rachmaninoff's Sonata No. 2.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Leon Botstein conducts The Orchestra Now in the Friday Evening Concert. (3-15)  We'll hear them in Edward Elgar's Symphony No. 1 and Joseph Joachim's Overture to Hamlet.

Sunday evening, 3-10 on Half Past we'll hear the Bochmann String Quartet in Alan Bush's Suite of Six, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet in Cuban Landscape with Rumba by Leo Brouwer and the Kansas City Symphony in Formosa Seasons by Gordon Shi-Wen Chin.  Music composed in the past half-century on Half Past.

The Lost Chord: March 10 - André the Pliant

Mar 10, 2019

Clearly André Previn was a lot of things.  And he made them all sound so easy.  As a composer, Previn frequently wrote at the request of friends, or for friends, performers with whom he had developed lasting relationships.  His fluency was such that his music could sometimes come across as almost off-the-cuff.  Tune in to enjoy a loosey-goosey cello sonata, written for Yo-Yo Ma, and “Diversions,” a concerto (of sorts) for orchestra, composed for the Vienna Philharmonic.  Previn goes with the flow, this Sunday at 10 pm.

We got a little carried away by overwhelming nostalgia on this week’s Dress Circle (3/10 7:00 p.m.).  While we were planning a previous program, we listened to a cut on a newly acquired CD, and that sent that nostalgia spinning.  The result is this program that looks at some of our musical memories.  Now, these all don’t come from musicals but are pieces that played a role in our childhoods and, often, into our adult lives.  

The Capella Cordina under the direction of Alejandro Planchart was one of the most exceptional and prodiguous early music vocal ensembles of the 1970's, and on Friday's Distant Mirror you can hear them perform a beautiful mass by 16th cenury Spanish composer Cristobal de Morales, his  Mass for the Armed Man.

Before André Previn became an acclaimed conductor of symphonies, he stood before some of the greatest sight-readers in the world, who made up the Hollywood studios’ crackerjack orchestras.  From “Lassie” to “My Fair Lady” to “Rollerball,” Previn worked on over 50 films.  He was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 4.  We’ll explore a neglected aspect of this supremely talented musical polymath, with selections from “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,” “Irma la Douce,” “Dead Ringer,” and “Elmer Gantry,” this Friday at 6 pm.

Friday's (3-8) Noontime Concert presents American Modern Ensemble performers in music by William Kenter Anderson, Stephen Cabell, Kevin McCarter, Robert Paterson, Jonathan Posthuma, Joseph Rebman & Ari Sussman

Thursday's (3-7) Noontime Concert from Baruch Performing Art Center features cellist Joshua Roman & pianist Gilles Vansattel in music of Beethoven, Janacek and Elliot Carter and violinist Tessa Lark & pianist Andrew Armstrong in Stravinsky's Suite Italienne and Lark's own Appalachian Fantasy.

Irvine, California-based Pacific Symphony is exploring an Iranian musical tradition that it hopes to make an annual part of its season, part of its on-going efforts to offer engaging programs for audiences in its diverse community.

We’re journeying to Paris for two vastly different works on this week’s Sunday Opera (3/10 3:00 p.m.).  First, we’ll go back to the tenth century as portrayed in an often overlooked opera by Gaetano Donizetti, “Ugo Conte di Parigi.”  Based loosely on the life of Hugo the Great, the opera is yet another story of misplace love, vengeance gone wrong, guilt, and repentance, all the things that make for a good opera libretto!  

What Makes It Great delves into Schubert's Unfinished Symphony this Friday (3/8 at 8 pm). Host composer, conductor, author and commentator Rob Kapilow will talk about this work, one of the best known Romantic symphonies, and will be joined by the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia. Join host David Osenberg for this concert broadcast, and for an encore Saturday (3/9) at 1 pm, and also on Celebrating Our Musical Future Monday (3/11) at 8 pm.

At noon on March 6th we'll hear students from the Curtis Institute of Music in Mozart's Sonata in B-flat major, K. 333, Chopin's Scherzo No. 2, the Sonata for Cello & Guitar by Radames Gnattali and Abyss Lustre for flute & harp.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evening at 10.

Sunday night (3-3) at 11 on Half Past we'll hear string quartets by Samuel Adler and Shulamit Ran along with Regular Sets of Elements for orchestra by Einojuhani Rautavaara.  Music composed in the past half-century on Half Past.

The Twin Cities’ Dominick Argento died on February 20 at the age of 91.  Acclaimed especially for his vocal music, he left behind a substantial body of operas, song cycles, and choral works, including “From the Diary of Virginia Woolf,” which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1975.  Celebrate his legacy with “Six Elizabethan Songs” for soprano and Baroque ensemble, “A Ring of Time,” composed for the 70th anniversary of the Minnesota Orchestra, and the “Valentino Dances” from his opera “The Dream of Valentino.”   It’s a musical monument to a Midwestern master, this Sunday at 10 pm.

This Sunday at 8 pm on The Lyric Stage we have musical selections from The Threepenny Opera, whose  disreputable characters and social and political satire of Berlin in 1928 were inspired by Elisabeth Hauptman's translation of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera from 1728.

Lion or lamb, we’ll be celebrating the month of March on The Dress Circle this week (3/3 7:00 p.m.) with songs from some of the shows that opened in New York this month.  Our earliest show this time comes from 1954 and the Jerome Moross / John Latouche retelling of the “Iliad” and “Odyssey” in “The Golden Apple,” and our most recent show is the stage version of Disney’s “Frozen.” 

Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek joins the Hilliard Ensemble on Friday's Distant  Mirror with selections from the award-winning cd Officium including two 14th century Czech pieces and one by Cristobal de Morales.  Then a tribue to the groundbreaking early music ensemble Musica Reservata, featuring mezzo-soprano Jantina Noorman and directed by Michael Morrow.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Less than a week after Hollywood’s Biggest Night, take a look behind the film industry’s glamorous veneer with music from “Sunset Boulevard” (Franz Waxman), “The Bad and the Beautiful” (David Raksin), “The Stunt Man” (Dominic Frontiere), and “The Artist” (Ludovic Bource).  Nothing is as important as that perfect shot or the next big hit.  What price fame?  Stars are born and careers fade, this Friday at 6 pm.

On the Noontime Concerts this Thursday and Friday (February 28 & March 1) we'll hear Lenape Chamber Ensemble performances from last year's Summer Gala Concerts.  Thursday's program includes the Cello Quintet, op. 11, no. 5 by Luigi Boccherini, Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 1 & Ernest Chausson's Concerto for Violin, Piano & String Quartet.  On Friday we'll hear the String Trio, D 471 by Schubert, Vaughan Williams' Sonata for Violin & Piano from 1954 and Dohnányi's Piano Quintet

A Tempo this Saturday (3/2) features a conversation with conductor and musicologist Jane Glover, author of the new book Handel in London: The Making of a Genius. Rachel Katz is your host Saturday at 7 pm.

Many operas have been based on popular plays, and the comedy on this week’s Sunday Opera (3/3 3:00 p.m.) is an excellent example of when this works to perfection.  The opera is “La Vedova Scaltra” or “The Cunning Widow” by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari with a libretto by Mario Ghisalberti which is based on a play of the same name by Carlo Goldoni.  The fourth of five operas based on Goldoni plays by Wolf-Ferrari, the story centers on a wealthy widow who is wooed by suitors from four different countries (Great Britain, France, Spain, and Italy) and the complications that ensue.  

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.

On Wednesday, 2-27 at noon Curtis Calls will present a recital by violinist Ania Filochowska and pianist Michael Davidman.  We'll hear Tartini's Sonata in g minor "Devil's Trill," the Sonata No. 1 in G major by Johannnes Brahms and Curtis student Steven Franklin's Passacaglia and Rondo. Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Sunday evening (2-25) on Half Past we'll hear the Piano Concerto by American James Yannatos and the Harp Concerto by Dutch composer Roel van Oosten.  Music composed in the past half-century on Half Past.

CBS Records’ landmark Black Composers Series has finally come to compact disc.  Made under the direction of conductor Paul Freeman and employing world class orchestras and soloists, these recordings originally appeared on vinyl between 1974 and 1978.  Sony Classical has reissued these invaluable documents as a boxed set.  To coincide with Black History Month, we’re listening to highlights from the 10-CD collection, Sundays in February at 10 pm.  This week, we conclude our survey with music by William Grant Still (pictured), Ulysses Kay, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

This week on The Lyric Stage, Fritz Wunderlich and Cecilia Bartoli sing music from Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro and Cosi fan Tutti. Mozart's deceptively simple-looking music is full of surprises and challenges, and Wunderlich and Bartoli are superb interpreters.

We’re celebrating black history month on this week’s Dress Circle (2/24 7:00 p.m.) by looking at shows featuring black casts like “Simply Heavenly,” a musical with a book and lyrics by Langston Hughes based on his novel “Simple Takes a Wife” and other “Simple” stories, “Purlie,” a musical based on Ossie Davis’ play “Purlie Victorious,” and “Raisin” based on Lorraine Hansberry’s “Raisin in the Sun.”  

Soprano Emma Kirkby joins Gothic Voices on Friday's Distant Mirror with three selections by 12th century abbess and mystic Hildegard of Bingen from the cd A Feather on the Breath of God.  Christopher Page directs.  Then Ms. Kirkby teams up with lutenist and former spouse Anthony Rooley for three selections from John Dowland's last song cycle, A Pilgrim's Solace. There's also consort music of Orlando Gibbons, and a Dufay sacred piece  for voices and soprano saxophonne.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Photo by Maria Baranova