Upcoming and Noteworthy

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

The Dress Circle this week (9/3 7:00 p.m.) will welcome in the month of September by looking at just a few of the shows that have opened this month.  Our “baker’s dozen” includes the sadly overlooked “Fine and Dandy” by one of Broadway’s lady composers, Kay Swift along with Bock & Harnick’s “Fiddler on the Roof,” Marguerite Monnot’s “Irma La Douce,” Sandy Willson’s “The Boy Friend,” Mark Hollmann’s “Urinetown,” and the 2011 revival of Sondheim’s “Follies.”   The varied list also includes songs from Friml’s “The Vagabond King,” Berlin’s “As Thousands Cheer,” and the 1974 revival of “Gyps

Sunday (9/3) evening on Half Past we'll hear Perry Goldstein's Quintet for Saxophone & Strings, George Walker's Poeme for Violin & Orchestra and Tunes from My Home by Chen Yi.  Music from the past half-century, Sundays at 11PM.

Komm, Jesu, komm on Bach at One

Aug 28, 2017

This Monday (828) at 1 PM hear two motets:

BWV 226 - "Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf"  andBWV 229 - "Komm, Jesu, komm."

Guest conductor Scott Alan Jarrett leads the Trinity Baroque Choir & Orchestra on this edition of Bach at 1.

LA Opera’s second operatic look at Beaumarchais’ roguish Figaro will be featured on this week’s Sunday Opera (8/27 – 3:00 p.m.) in their production of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.”  Roberto Tagliavini takes the title role with Pretty Yende his beloved Susanna.  The Count and Countess Almaviva are Ryan McKinny and Guanqun Yu.  Rounding out the cast you’ll hear Renee Rapier as the impish Cherubino, Kristinn Sigmundsson as Dr.

For many, it’s truly the “most wonderful time of year” as it’s back to school time for many communities.  As always, we’ll be celebrating the happy event with a visit from some of our favorites including songs from “New Faces of 1952,” “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” “That’s What Kids Do,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,”  and "School of Rock” among several others.  We’re also including two wonderful monologues by the charming British comedienne Joyce Grenfell.  As always, you can visit us at www.DCSRO.com or on Facebook.  

Where will you be during the eclipse today?

We'll be right here bringing you great classical music before, during and after. Get in a sublime mood with Bach at One at 1 pm from Trinity-Wall Street. Then, once the sun has returned to its full orb of light, host Ross Amico will provide a musical coda from 4 - 7 pm, playing music inspired by the sun, the moon and the heavens.

Canatas 24 & 5 on Bach at One

Aug 21, 2017

This Monday (8/21) on Bach at One we'll hear Julian Wachner lead the Trinity Baroque Orchestra & Chorus in two cantatas: BWV 5, "Where Shall I Flee" and BWV 24, "An Unblemished Conscience."

LA Opera on Air begins a three opera series featuring Beaumarchais’ best-known character, Figaro, on this week’s Sunday Opera (8/20 3:00 p.m.) with Gioachino Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.”  Our Figaro in this production is Rodion Pogossov, and the couple he helps to find true love (for now), Count Almaviva and Rosina, are performed by Rene Barbera and Elizabeth DeShong.  Rosina’s peevish and somewhat lascivious guardian, Doctor Bartolo, is sung by LA favorite, Kristinn Sigmundsson.  After the opera, please join host Michael Kownacky for more music by Rossini, his Cantata in Honor of Pop

The Dress Circle will be taking a second look at the Smithsonian American Songbook CD series on this week’s program (8/20 7:00 p.m.).  This time, our composers include Duke Ellington, Kurt Weill, Richard Whiting, and Harold Arlen and will include performances by Rosemary Clooney, Dick Powell, Mildred Bailey, Bobby Short, Alice Faye, Nat King Cole, Ethel Merman, and Pearl Bailey along with several others.  Join us for an hour of delightfully nostalgic songs performed by some of the best singers of the 20th century.  

Bach Cantatas 37 and 44 on Bach at One

Aug 13, 2017

This Monday (8/14) on Bach at One  we'll hear Cantata BWV 37 "Whoever believes and is baptised shall be blessed." and BWV 44 "They shall put you out of the synagogues."  Julian Wachner conducts the Trinity Choir and NY Baroque Incorporated.

Jacques Offenbach’s charming setting of stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann will be on air for this week’s Sunday Opera (8/13 – 3:00 p.m.).  This performance from the Los Angeles Opera stars Vittorio Grigolo in as Hoffmann and Kate Lindsey as Nicklausse and The Muse of Poetry.  Nicolas Teste appears as the four foils in Hoffmann’s life, Lindorf, Coppelius,  Dapertutto, and Dr.

A ”songbook” of the Broadway works by Frank Wildhorn will air this Sunday (8/13 - 7:oo p.m.) on The Dress Circle.  Broadway audiences first heard the music of Wildhorn in 1997 when he added three songs, with lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, to the stage version of “Victor/Victoria” after the death of Henry Mancini.  Within two years, his first complete show and biggest hit “Jekyll & Hyde,” with book and lyrics by Bricusse, would be the talk of Broadway and go on to run for 1543 performances.

Cantatas 137 & 191 on Bach at One

Aug 6, 2017

This Monday, 8/7  at 1 PM join Marjorie Herman for Cantatas 191, the wedding cantata and BWV 137, "Praise the Lord, the mighty king of honor."  Julian Wachner directs the Trinity Wall Street Choir and Orchestra.

To borrow a few lines from the musicals, “It’s too darn hot,” “We’re having a heat wave,” and “Ain’t it awful the heat; ain’t it awful?” which is why there are so few Broadway openings in the months of July and August: It was simply too hot for both cast and audience.  Shows closed for the summer or moved to a “summer home” somewhere in the country until the heat broke.  Shows were even performed in mostly open-air spaces on rooftops to “beat the heat.”  Because there were fewer shows during the sumer, we combine the openings from July and August so that we can still feature a varied menu o

Our Sunday Opera continues from LA Opera on Air this week (8/6 – 3:00 p.m.) with Giuseppe Verdi’s tenth opera from 1847 “Macbeth.”  With a libretto based on the Shakespeare original by Francesco Maria Piave and Andrea Maffei, the tale of unbridled ambition features Placido Domingo in the title role.  As his Lady, you’ll hear Ekaterina Semenchuk, and the Banquo, Macduff, and Malcolm are Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Arturo Chacon-Cruz, and Josh Wheeker.  James Conlon conducts the Los Angeles Opera Chorus and Orchestra.  The afternoon continues with more Macbeths when Michael Kownacky will include

The late South African tenor Johan Bohta excels in the title role in Wagner’s “Tannhauser” in this week’s Sunday Opera (7/30 3:00 p.m.).  This 2015 performance from the Lyric Opera of Chicago which follows the poet / knight Tannhauser’s struggle between the love of the worldly pleasures in abundance in Venusberg and the emotional love he finds with Elisabeth also includes Amber Wagner as Elisabeth, Michaela Schuster as the jealous Venus, Gerald Finley as another poet Wolfram, and John Relyea as Elisabeth’s uncle Landgraf.  Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Lyric Opera of Chicago Chorus and Orch

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.

Schumann and Villa-Lobos on "Music from Marlboro"

Jul 25, 2017

This week’s “Music from Marlboro” serves up a Robert Schumann sandwich on Brazilian bread.  The hour will open with “Five Songs for Voice and Bassoon” by Francisco Mignone, and conclude with the String Quartet No. 6 by Heitor Villa-Lobos.  In between will be the “Andante and Variations” by Schumann, scored for the rather peculiar combination of two pianos, two cellos and horn.

Ross Amico will be your host for today’s Noontime Concert from Philadelphia’s Astral Artists.  Astral laureates the Jasper Quartet will be joined by Astral flutist Annie Wu, in a program of music by Mozart, Debussy, Takemitsu, Ginastera, Zhou Tian, and Pulitzer Prize winner (and Princeton University PhD candidate) Caroline Shaw.

Mozart & Bach on Friday's Noontime Concert from GEMS

Jul 21, 2017

Friday (7/21) at noon we will hear the Diderot String Quartet in Mozart's String Quartet in C, KV 465, "Dissonance" along with the Karr-Yang Duo in J. S. Bach's Sonata in A, BWV 1015.  Music from the Gotham Early Music Scene Midtown Concerts

 

Last week in NYC the third International Historic Brass Symposium took place.  It is a symposium primarily for scholars, with peer reviewed papers presented. BUT, there were also wonderful performances by internationally acclaimed soloists This week we will hear some of those performers:   Bruce Dickey, cornetto; Michael Collver, cornetto; Patrick Wibart, ophecleide and serpent; Adrien Ramon, cornet; John Foster, Baroque Trumpet; and the Opus 333 Saxhorn Quartet.

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Mozart’s much loved “Don Giovanni” is this week’s Sunday Opera (7/23 - 3:00 pm).  This performance of the story surrounding the nefarious doings and ultimate punishment of the licentious Don Juan comes from the 2015 season of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  Mariusz Kwiecien reprises his performance in the title role from the previous season, and he is joined by Kyle Ketelsen as Leoporello, Marina Rebeka as Donna Anna, Ana Maria Martinez as Donna Elvira, and Andrea Churchman as Zerlina with Sir Andrew Davis conducting the Lyric Opera Chorus and Orchestra.  After the opera, join Michael Kownacky

Beginning with Memorial Day in May, many communities enjoy a summer of a variety of parades, and this week’s Dress Circle (7/23 – 7:00 pm) will be looking at some of the parades featured in a variety of musicals including a desire to be included from “Anyone Can Whistle,” the parade of humanity found in “Grand Hotel,” the one and only Macy’s parade in “Here’s Love,” a wedding parade in “Flower Drum Song,” and an anthem to life from “Hello, Dolly!” along with many more familiar and unfamiliar shows.  Don’t forget to join us on Face Book and at our website www.DCSRO.com.  You’ll also find rec

Cantatas 18, 52 & 107 on Bach at One

Jul 16, 2017

This Monday (7/17)  afternoon at One from Trinity Wall Street:

Cantata BWV18: "Just as the rain & snow fall from Heaven

Cantata BWV 52: "False world, I don't trust you"

Cantata BWV 107: "Why do you wish to trouble yourself?"

Julian Wachner leads the Trinity Baroque Choir and Orchestra

This Friday's (7/14) Noontime Concert from Lenape Chamber Ensemble features Stravinsky's Suite Italienne for Violin & Piano, the Clarinet Quintet by Max Reger and the Piano Quartet in E-flat by Antonin Dvorak.

Performances from The Lyric Opera of Chicago continue this week (7/16 3:00 p.m.) with their production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” featuring Mariusz Kwiecien as Onegin.  Joining him will be Ana Maria Martinez as Tatyana, Charles Castronovo as Lensky, Alisa Kolosova as Olga, and as Prince Gremin, Dmitry Belosselskiy.  Alejo Perez conducts the Lyric Opera Chorus and Orchestra.  Tchaikovsky’s music will also be featured after the opera when Michael Kownacky will conclude the program with the Manfred Symphony, Op. 58 performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Ricardo Chailly.

The Dress Circle this week (7/16 7:00 p.m.) will feature the second program in our series celebrating the life and talents of George Gershwin.  Along with selections from musicals such as “Lady Be Good!”, “Oh, Kay,” and “Funny Face” as well as the films “Delicious” and “The Goldwyn Follies” which was the last film for which Gershwin wrote songs before his death.  Join us for some familiar and unfamiliar music from this American original, and don’t forget to look for webcasts of programs you may have missed.

Courtesy Marlboro Music

Since 1951, Marlboro Music has been a mecca for musicians and chamber music-lovers.  The Classical Network is pleased to announce the debut of its newest concert broadcast series, “Music from Marlboro,” featuring performances from the Marlboro archive, this Wednesday at 6 pm, hosted by Ross Amico.

2 Bach Motets on Bach at One Monday

Jul 9, 2017

This Monday (7/10) Bach at One features guest conductor Scott Jarrett and the Trinity Orchestra and Choir in "Der Geist hilft unser Schachheit"  (The Spirit gives aid to our weakness) BWV 226 and "Komm Jesu, Komm" BWV 229.  Join Marjorie Herman Monday at 1 PM.

Mozart, Prokofiev & Brahms from Lenape Chamber Ensemble

Jul 6, 2017

Friday's Noontime Concert (7/7) from the Lenape Chamber Ensemble includes Mozart's Piano Trio, K. 548., Prokofiev's Flute Sonata & Brahms' String Quartet, op. 51 no. 2.

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