Upcoming and Noteworthy

What's ahead on The Classical Network? Catch some of these great programs coming your way.

In Friday's (10-13) Noontime Concert we'll the Lenape Chamber Ensemble in Mendelssohn's String Quartet, op. 44, no. 1, Stravinsky's Suite from "L'histoire du soldat" and the piano quartet in A major by Chausson.

Wednesday's (10-12) Noontime Concert from the Thirteen Choir is a program titled "Reincarnations."  We'll hear music by Orlande de Lassus, Samuel Barber, Michael Tippett, Tarik O'Regan, Ted Hearne & Thomas Tallis.  Matthew Robertson directs.

This Wednesday (10-11 at noon) we hear students from the Curtis Insitute of Music perform a Bartok string quartet, solo oboe music by Telemann, a concert piece for trumpet & piano by Vassily Brandt and "Toward the Sea" for guitar and flute by Toru Takemitsu.  Curtis Calls, Wednesdays at noon, repeated Monday evenings at 10.

Celebrating Our Musical Future this Monday (10/9) features the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra in a program that includes El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla, the Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor by Frederic Chopin and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 in B Minor 'Pathetique.'

The world premiere production of Chinese American composer Bright Sheng’s “Dream of the Red Chamber” is this week’s Sunday Opera.  (10/8  3:00 p.m.)  The task of adapting this mid-18th century novel which consists of 120 chapters and nearly 600 named characters fell to Tony Award Winning playwright David Henry Hwang who focused on the tale of one of the “twelve beauties” of the story Dai-yu and her tragic love for Bao Yu.  It’s a story of love, treachery, and loss.  The primarily Asian cast features Pureum Jo as the doomed Dai-yu and Yijie Shi as Bao Yu.

One of our favorite singers will be featured on this week’s Dress Circle (10/8  7:00 p.m.) as we look at the legendary Ella Fitzgerald through her incredible series of recordings that are catalogued under the “Songbook” Title.  Fitzgerald, who began singing by chance in 1934 when her name was drawn at random to be a contestant in an amateur contest at the Apollo Theatre, wowed the audience with her rendition of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Judy” at the spur of the moment.  She had intended to dance but changed her mind at the last minute.  She would go on to be known as the “First Lady of Song” for

This Monday (10-9) on Bach at One we'll hear Choral Arts Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Bach Collegium in Cantata 11, "Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen" ("Praise God in his realms") and Cantata 106, "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit" ("God's time is the best of all times")

Thursday's (10/5) Noontime Concert from Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra includes J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, a Concerto in G by Johann Friedrich Fasch and Telemann's Concerto in F, TWV 54:F1.

Join Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra Tempesta di Mare as The Classical Network in Concert broadcasts the first concert in the ensemble's Telemann 360 Project, marking the 250th anniversary of Georg Philipp Telemann's death.

Join us Friday at noon (10-6) for a performance by Quatuor Ebene from the Williams Center for the Arts at Lafayatte College.  We'll hear string quartets by Mozart, Beethoven and Ravel.

Celebrating Our Musical Future takes you to the Manhattan School of Music for concerts by the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia and Chamber Orchestra Monday at 8 pm.

Umberto Giordano is our composer for two tales of doomed love on this week’s Sunday Opera (10/1   3:00 p.m.).  We continue with our season from the San Francisco Opera and their recent production of “Andrea Chenier.”  The poet Chenier (Yonghoon Lee) is falsely accused by the servant Gerard (George Gagnidze) and sentenced to death during the French Revolution.

The first Dress Circle program of October (10/1   7:00 p.m.) will be the traditional monthly feature that looks at some of the shows that opened this month.  This time we’ll be including some recent works like “Big Fish” and “The Last Ship” as well as looking back at favorites like “Cabin in the Sky,” “Mack and Mabel,” and “The Boy from Oz” with performances by Julie Andrews, Hugh Jackman, Norbert Leo Butz, Bernadette Peters, and more.  The varied menu will also include “High Button Shoes,” “Victor/Victoria,” “Wicked,” and “Porgy and Bess.”   Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and that y

This Monday (10-2) on Bach at One we'll hear Choral Arts Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Bach Collegium in 2 works of J.S. Bach: Sanctus in D, BWV 238 & Cantata BWV 215, "Priese dein Gluck."  Matthew Glandorf conducts.

The midday Princeton University Chapel Organ recitals return for a new season this Thursday, Sept. 28, with a performance by Benjamin Sheen, featuring program of works by Sir William Walton, Mozart, Schumann and Louis Vierne.

Hungarian music on this Wednesday's "Music from Marlboro"

Sep 26, 2017

Hungary for chamber music?  Join Ross Amico for music by Zoltán Kodály (his Serenade for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 12) and Ernő Dohnányi (the Piano Quintet in C minor, Op. 1) in performances from the Marlboro Music Festival, this Wednesday at 6 pm.

Over the next three weeks, The Piano Matters will explore the artistry of Glenn Gould, who passed away 35 years ago and would have been 85 this year, in a series of programs celebrating his performances of Bach - including his lauded recordings of the Goldberg Variations - as well as music by other composers. Host David Dubal welcomes fellow pianist, scholar and writer Benjamin Laude, who received his Masters and Doctorate from Juilliard, as his special guest they discuss Gould's style and survey various recordings.

On Friday's (9/29) Noon Concert from Melomanie we'll hear, on baroque intstruments:

Sonata by Francois Couperin

Gulliver Suite for 2 Violins by Telemann

Selections from 44 Duos by Bartok

Les Folies d'Espagne by Jean-Pierre Guignon

Just a Regular Child (2016) by David Schelat

Improvisations performed by Daniela Pierson & Christof Richter, baroque violins

Dance Suite by Couperin

Matthew Glandorf conducts Choral Arts Philadelphia & Philadelphia Bach Collegium in J.S. Bach's Cantatas BWV 134, "Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiss" and BWV 14, "Waer Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit."

This Monday Celebrating Our Musical Future presents a performance by the West Chester University Wind Ensemble and also the West Chester University Concert Choir. Tune in at 8 pm.

Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” with Lianna Haroutounian in the title role is this week’s Sunday Opera (9/24 3:00 p.m.) from the San Francisco Opera.  The libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa was based on a play by David Bilasco which in turn was based on a short story by John Luther Long.  That short story’s basis was in stories told to Long by his sister along with the French novel “Madame Chrysantheme” by Pierre Loti.  The two-act version that premiered at La Scala on February 17, 1904 was poorly received, but Puccini re-wrote it into a three-act opera and included the now-famous h

To many people, the name Johnny Burke is unknown, and we’ll be trying to remedy that on this week’s Dress Circle (9/24 7:00 p.m.) when we air a Johnny Burke Songbook.  We guarantee you’ll know many of the songs penned by this gifted lyricist who also wrote music when the occasion arose, and we’ll sample some of those songs from his Broadway musical “Donnybrook!” based on “The Quiet Man,” as well as some of his film work for the “Road” films of Hope and Crosby, “Rio,” “Morocco,” and “Utopia.”  Please join us every Sunday evening or as a webcast on The Classical Network’s website.  You can al

Shostakovich and Glazunov on "Music from Marlboro"

Sep 20, 2017

Selections will include Shostakovich’s “From Jewish Folk Poetry,” with soprano Benita Valente, mezzo-soprano Glenda Maurice, and tenor John Humphrey, with Luis Batlle at the keyboard, and Glazunov’s String Quintet in A major, with violinists Sylvie Gazeu and Ernestine Schor, violist Toby Hoffman, and once-and-future Guarneri Quartet cellists Peter Wiley and David Soyer.

This Thursday's (9-21) Noontime Concert from Manhattan Chamber Players features:

Brahms' Trio for Violin, Horn & Piano in E-flat, op. 40 &

Dvorak's Piano Trio in F minor, op. 65

On Friday's (9-22) noontime concert from the Downtown Concert Series we'll hear the Akropolis Reed Quintet (oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon & bass clarinet) in music by Mark Mellits, Nico Muhly, Nikolai Kapustin, David Biedenbender & George Gershwin.

Today's Noontime Concert (9/19) is drawn from this summer’s Cape May Music Festival, featuring performances by the New York Chamber Ensemble. There will be selections from two programs. The first will include music by Philippe Hersant (“Héliades” for flute and strings), Johan Kvandal (from his Hardanger fiddle quintet) and Felix Mendelssohn (his String Quintet No. 2). Then saxophonist Eddie Barbash will join the group for riffs on a variety of old favorites by Cole Porter, Ruben Fuentes, Manuel Ponce, Vincenzo Bellini and Harry Warren.

Bach Cantatas 66 & 68 from Choral Arts Philadelphia

Sep 18, 2017

Join us Monday (9/18) on Bach at One for J.S. Bach's Cantata BWV 66, "Rejoice, your hearts" & Cantata BWV 68, "God has so loved the world." Matthew Glandorf directs Choral Arts Philadelphia. Monday afternoon at 1:00.

Celebrating Our Musical Future once again features offerings from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio. This Monday at 8 pm we’ll hear choral ensembles from Oberlin perform music of Frenchman Jean Langlais and American Dominick Argento. Also on the broadcast solo performances by Oberlin students in music of again a French-American axis-  a work for solo cello by Henri Dutilleux and a set of African American Spirituals.

Performances from the San Francisco Opera continue on this weeks’ Sunday Opera (9/17 3 p.m.) with another tale of doomed love in Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida.”   Leah Crocetto sings the title role, Brian Jagde is her Radames, and Ekaterina Semenchuk is the spurned Amneris.  They’re joined by George Gagnidze as Amonasro, Raymond Aceto as Ramfis, and Anthony Reed as the King of Egypt.  Nicola Luisotti conducts.  Stay tuned after the opera for some interesting Verdi including the sinfonia for “Aida” that was written, but never used, for the opera’s European premier in 1887 as well as another rarity,

This week’s Dress Circle (9/17  7 p.m.) is taking a second look at some of our “new to us” recent acquisitions before they enter our permanent catalogue to be used in upcoming programs.  We’re including a few cast recordings including “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” the failed 2015 revival of “Gigi” which starred Vanessa Hudgens, and the current London cast of “Dreamgirls” starring Amber Riley.  Composer Charles Strouse will perform a few of his own works from the CD "Charles Strouse Sings," and we'll also showcase Kristin Chenoweth in performance from her televised special "Coming Home."

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