Upcoming and Noteworthy

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

Saturday, April 29, 4 pm  

• Trumpet Concerto (2003) -- Thomas Sleeper (b. 1956)

• Serenade for tenor, clarinet, horn, viola, cello, bass and piano -- Franz Berwald ( 1796 - 1868)

• Sinfonia di Soffiatori (1962) -- Geirr Tvett (1908 - 1981)

• Det gamie Kvernhuset, Op. 204

It's a salute to the legacy of Lou Harrison on this week's PostClassical, a bi-monthly series featuring PostClassical Ensemble and hosted by author, music historian and co-founder of PostClassical Ensemble, Joseph Horowitz, and Exploring Music host Bill McGlaughlin. This month's episode is titled "Celebrating the Lou Harrison Centenary" and provides an in-depth look at the music of this great American composer with performances from a concert this past Monday at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Washington, DC.

Friday's Noontime Concert: John Adams

Apr 28, 2017

Join Carl Hemmingsen for the Friday Noontime Concert (April 28) from National Sawdust.  The Attacca Quartet performs Adams' String Quartets 1 & 2 and "Book of Alleged Dances."  Hear John Adams, himself introduce the music.

This month's live organ concert broadcast from Princeton University Chapel features Daryl Robinson, Assistant Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College. The concert will take place at 12:30 pm and will feature works by living composers - Jean Guillou, Jason Roberts, David Conte and Aaron David Miller. Join host David Osenberg for this final organ concert program of the season.

Fred Stucker

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra returns to The Classical Network under Music Director Xian Zhang this Thursday at 8 pm in a concert performance of Tchaikovsky's March Slav, Op. 31 and Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36, a suite drawn from Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, and one of Haydn's "London" Symphonies - No. 102 in B-flat. Glenn Smith is your host for this concert program. 

Join Jed Distler on April 25th at 10 PM for Between the Keys, with an unusual episode that explores possible musical links between composers Claudio Monteverdi, George Benjamin, Philip Glass, Franz Schubert, François Devienne and Noah Creshevsky. These composers, however, share at least one personal link: they all were born on January 31st.

This week's Tuesday concert (April 25) comes your way at 10 am from Merkin Concert Hall and features Mayuko Kamio, violin, and Noreen Cassidy-Polera, piano. The program features Mozart's Sonata in E minor, K 304, Ravel's Sonata for Violin No. 2 in G major, Op. 77 and Franck's Sonata in A major. Alice Weiss is your host.

Concordia Chamber Players return to The Classical Network Friday April 21 at 4 with music for strings including the String Quartet No. 2, Company by Philip GlassDebussy's String Quartet, Op. 10, and the String Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 97 by Dvorák. Join host Glenn Smith for this program from Trinity Church, Solebury, PA.  

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and on this month's broadcast of What Makes it Great (Friday at 8 pm), host composer, conductor, author and commentator Rob Kapilow explores the music of Duke Ellington. Joining Rob will be the Kyle Athayde Dance Party Big Band. This concert was recorded earlier this month at the home of What Makes it Great, Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center in New York City.

Jacques Offenbach's opera The Tales of Hoffmann was his last work and was left incomplete at the time of his death.  As a result, it is often staged with many changes that are against Offenbach's wishes.  On this week's Sunday Opera at 3 pm, we'll be looking at this wonderful score as it was meant to be produced and featuring a stellar cast lead by Francisco Araiza as Hoffmann, Samuel Ramey as all four of Hoffman's evil foils, Anne Sofie von Otter as The Muse / Niklausse, Eva Lind as Olympia, Jessye Norman as Antonia, and Cheryl Studer as the treacherous Giulietta.

This week's Celebrating Our Musical Future (Monday at 8 pm) returns to Princeton University as the Princeton University Orchestra performs the world premiere of the Piano Concerto Old Nassau by Music Department faculty member Juri Seo.

This month's ACO Experience concert broadcast (Monday at 9 pm) features works by Bruno Mantovani (Chamber Concerto No. 2), Andreia Pinto-Correia​ (Elegia a Al-Mu'tamid), Mohammed Fairouz​ (Wind Quintet [1.March]), Mehmet Ali-Sanlikol (Harabat [The Intoxicated]) and Saad Haddad (Manarah).

Bach at One continues with The Handel Project from Trinity-Wall Street - this week we begin with the first part of Handel's oratorio Solomon.

Join Jed Distler on April 18 for Between the Keys with guest pianist 2015 Warsaw Competition Award Winner Seong-Jin Cho for music and conversation. Works include Chopin's Ballade No. 4 Op. 52 and the Preludes Op. 28.

This Monday at 8 pm, Celebrating Our Musical Future heads to the Midwest and Northwestern University just north of Chicago for a special Easter Monday performance of George Frederic Handel’s oratorio Messiah as performed by the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble led by Donald Nally, who is also founder and director of the Philadelphia-based choral ensemble The Crossing. Also performing will be one of Chicago’s top Baroque ensembles the Callipygian Players led by David Schrader.

For many, Prokofiev's opera output is limited to Love for Three Oranges, but he wrote 14 in all, and on this week's Sunday Opera, we'll be looking at two of them:  Betrothal in a Monastery, the story of a young couple's trials as they try to marry against her father's wishes with often comic missteps along the way, and Maddalena, a one-act opera featuring a faithless woman who successfully rids herself of both her husband and lover in a unique way. Join Michael Kownacky at from 3 - 7 pm for this afternoon of rarely-heard operas.

On the Wind -- Saturday, 4 pm

Our Noontime Concerts this week celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival, which takes place at SymphonySpace in New York City and is curated by composer/conductor Victoria Bond. Ross Amico is your host on Tuesday for performances of music by Pauline Oliveros, Brian Ferneyhough, Harold Meltzer, Kyle Gann, Joan Tower and Victoria Bond. Ms. Bond's music will also be featured in Thursday's Noontime Concert, hosted by Carl Hemmingsen, along with music by Ben Johnston, Margaret Brouwer and Valerie Coleman, flutist with the Imani Winds.

The Chamber Music Society (Sunday 9 pm) presents Contemporary Visions – Rebonds for Percussion by Iannis Xenakis, Road Movies for Violin and Piano by John Adams, and Steve Mackey’s Micro-Concerto for Solo Percussion, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano. That's Saturday at 9 pm.

This week on Celebrating Our Musical Future (Monday 8 pm), we feature performances by the Peabody Symphony Orchestra from the Peabody Conservatory at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University located in Baltimore. These performances took place last fall and under the direction of guest conductor and longtime Peabody faculty member Leon Fleisher.  The program will include Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 and Franz Joseph Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante in Bb Major with Peabody student musicians as soloists. Then Maestro Marin Alsop will lead this orchestra in the Symphony No.

Join host Carl Hemmingsen today at noon for music of JS Bach, Rameau and Handel from the Lenape Ensemble.

Friday's Noontime Concert - Tango Dreams/Serenity

Apr 6, 2017

Join host Carl Hemmingsen Friday for a Noontime Concert from Symphony Space featuring music of Ray Luedeke & Giya Kancheli for clarinet, accordion and strings.

This week's Sunday Opera (3 pm) will be taking two looks at operas with a connection to Gertrude Stein.  The first is The Mother of Us All, an opera about Susan B. Anthony by Virgil Thomson with a libretto by Stein that features Mignon Dunn in the title role along with James Atherton, Philip Booth, Batyah Godfrey, and the Santa Fe Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Raymond Leppard, cond.  The second is a 21st century work by Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek titled "27" which looks at Stein's life with Alice B. Toklas in Paris, starring Stephanie Blythe and Elizabeth Futral.

Pianist Johnson Li performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K 466 in this concert by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Long Yu. The program also includes Guo Wenjing's Bamboo Flute Concerto No. 2 Wildfire with soloist Tang Junqiao, Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges Suite,  and Steve Reich's Tehillim.

Between the Keys: Dynamic Duos Tuesday 10 PM

Apr 5, 2017

Join Jed Distler on April 11th at 10 PM for works by Igor Stravinsky, Franz Schubert, Emily Doolittle, Andrew Violette, Alan Rawsthorne, Johannes Brahms, Louis Théodore Gouvy, Allen Shawn and Peter Tchaikovsky in an episode devoted to piano duets.

We invite you to join us for The Classical Network In Concert, part of our on-going Celebrating Our Musical Community concert series, Tuesday at 10 am. Philadelphia-based Astral Artists will present the 2014 Astral National Auditions Winner, cellist, Gabriel Cabezas.

 

Today's On the Wind features:

  • Bengt Hallberg Blacksmith's Tune
  • Alexander Glazunov • Concerto for Saxophone
  • Trygve Madsen • Per the Fiddler
  • Carl Nielsen  Fantasy Piece for Clarinet and Piano
  • Vagn Holmboe •  Concerto for Tuba
  • John Hartmann • Fantasia Brilliante on the air Rule Britannia

Gioachino Rossini wrote some forty operas, but only a select few are performed regularly.  On this week's Sunday Opera, hear one of his rarely performed works, the massive Matilde di Shabran, an 1821 opera that tells the story of a strong young woman who defeats her rival to win the man she's decided she wants.  Our Matilde in this live recording from the 2004 Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro is Annick Massis, and her intended, although he doesn't quite know it, is the soaring Juan Diego Florez as Coradino.  Riccardo Frizza conducts the Prague Chamber Choir and the

The Signum Quartett performs music by Mozart, Beethoven and Jörge Widmann, as well as some of the works created through its #quartweet program, which invites people to submit compositions of 140 notes or less. This concert was presented by the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem.

This week Celebrating Our Musical Future again features offerings from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, spotlighting the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble led by Timothy Weiss. These young musicians eagerly and passionately perform the music of their time, and this week's program will including works by Andrew Norman, Jesse Jones, Elizabeth Ogonek, Augusta Read Thomas, Marc-Andre Dalbavie and Julian Anderson.

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