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Host Gabriel Crouch looks at the 40-voice motet on Sounds Choral Sunday (5/26 at 2 pm) featuring the crowning example of this symphonic choral sound - English Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis' Spem in Allium.

Piano Quintets on Between the Keys May 21st

May 21, 2019

This week’s edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award Winning program Between the keys zeros in on the piano quintet genre, in an episode whimsically entitled “Party of Five.”

The first of two programs featuring new works from Curtis student composers captured over the span of three recitals given in December of 2017 and May and December of last year. This allows us to hear more than one work by each of the featured young composers. This program includes works by Viet Cuong, Andrew Moses, & Nick DiBerardino.
The second program in this series will air on June 3rd and featuring works by five female Curtis student composers.

Joseph Flummerfelt, conductor and long-time director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College, passed away in March at the age of 82, and Sounds Choral this Sunday (5/19 at 2 pm) celebrates his life  and legacy through his music.

Picture Perfect: May 17 - Everything's Super

May 16, 2019

More powerful than a locomotive!  Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!  It’s music from “Batman” (Danny Elfman)!  “The Incredibles” (Michael Giacchino)!  “The Avengers” (Alan Silvestri)!  And “Superman: The Movie” (John Williams)!  Punctuation receives a cold blow to the jaw, as supervillains are consigned to the Phantom Zone, this Friday at 6 pm!

It's all Machaut on Friday's Distant Mirror

May 16, 2019

It's an all Machaut program on Friday's Distant Mirror. We'll begin with his Notre Dame Mass, the first complete ordinary of the mass written by a single composer. Jeremy Summerly conducts the Oxford Camerata in a performance considered definitive since it was recorded at Rheims cathedral where the mass was first performed in 1362 conducted by Machaut himself. Then in the second hour of the program you'll hear some of Machaut's secular music as Gothic Voices under Christopher Page performs from the cd The Mirror of Narcissus. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Listening Out Loud on Between the Keys May 14th

May 14, 2019

Hosted by the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys goes all over the pianistic map for Episode No. 203, "Listening Out Loud."

“Even by our usually eclectic standards, this week’s offerings turn out to be more wide-ranging than usual, and I think I’ve come up with a play list that’s both stimulating and satisfying,” says Distler.

American composer Joan Tower's  80th Birthday Celebration concerts

Sunday evening, 5-12 at 11 on Half Past we'll hear Symphony No. 10 by Edmund Rubbra, Michael Torke's Charcoal and the Cello Concerto by Philip Glass.  Music composed in the past half-century on Half Past.

May 31st marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Walt Whitman.  We honor this most influential of American poets all month long with music inspired by his verse, including choral works, orchestral pieces, and songs.  Whitman attained a venerable status here in the United States.  More surprising, perhaps, was his impact on composers of the United Kingdom.  Tune in to this, the second of four programs, for music by Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Frederick Delius.  Walk out… toward the unknown region, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Mozart enjoyed great popularity in Prague beginning with performances of The Abduction from the Seraglio in 1783 at the National Theater, the opera house now known as the Estates Theater. His The Marriage of Figaro was a success there in late 1786, and in early 1787 Mozart made his first visit to Prague to much acclaim. The Italian opera company commissioned a new opera from him, Don Giovanni, and he returned to Prague to help supervise the first production at the Estates in October of 1787.

Deborah Simpkin King, founder and director of Ember, the vocal ensemble of Schola Cantorum on Hudson, hosts Sounds Choral this Sunday (5/12 at 2 pm) and welcomes composer, arranger and singer Bill Heigen to this week's program.

Distant Mirror: May 10 - Tournai Mass

May 10, 2019

On Friday's Distant Mirror hear the late 13th, early 14th century Tournai Mass, the very first complete mass, that is, the first mass that we know of in which the ordinary of the mass remained fixed,  although the mass movements were composed by by several anonymous scribes. The Trio Mediaeval performs. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Before American composers like Jerome Moross and Elmer Bernstein made the western distinctly their own, the task of scoring the genre fell largely to European émigrés.  Hear different perspectives on how the West was won, with music from “They Died with Their Boots On” (Max Steiner), “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” (Dimitri Tiomkin), “The Furies” (Franz Waxman), “Tribute to a Bad Man” (Miklós Rózsa), and “Once Upon a Time in the West” (Ennio Morricone).  Set your pocket watches.  The next coach leaves this Friday at 6 pm.

Wednesday, 5-8 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll present students from the Curtis Institute of Music in Five Bagatelles by Gerald Finzi, the song cycle Mädchenblumen by R. Strauss and music for violin and piano by Mozart and Wieniawski.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

A 1920s Grab Bag on Between the Keys: May 7th

May 7, 2019

On this week’s edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, host and producer Jed Distler (who is the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence) presents a “1920s Grab Bag”

Selections from various recitals of solo instrumental and chamber music performances by Columbia University student musicians, many of whom are not graduating with music degrees, entering or pursuing a professional music career. Half the program will be devoted to a recital of these young musicians playing the music of Sergei Prokofiev but you'll also hear performances of music by Rachmaninov, Ravel, Mozart, Johann Strauss Jr., Jorg Widmann & Ian Clarke.

Sunday (5-5) evening at 11 on Half Past we'll hear the Viola Concerto No. 3 by William Thomas McKinley, Ian Krouse's Labyrinth for guitar quartet and the Orchestra Hall Suite by James Lentini.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

The Lost Chord: May 5 - Songs of Democracy

May 5, 2019

May 31st marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Walt Whitman.  We’ll celebrate this most influential of American poets all month long with music inspired by his verse, including choral works, orchestral pieces, and songs, from an array of international composers.  Tune in this week for an all-American program, featuring selections by Roy Harris, Frederick Converse, and Pulitzer Prize-winner George Walker.  Sing the body electric, this Sunday at 10 pm.

The Lyric Stage: May 5 - Conductor Julius Rudel

May 5, 2019

Julius Rudel led the New York City Opera Company, from 1957 to 1979. By the time he left in 1979, it was one of America's, if not the world’s major opera houses, able to look any of the others in the eye artistically.

Welcome to May!  We don’t have flowers for you, but on this week’s Dress Circle (5/5 7:00 p.m.) we do have some of the May openings for you.  From the earliest shows, 1921’s “Shuffle Along” and a song by Eubie Blake and Nobel Sissle and 1928’s “Blackbirds of 1928” which featured songs by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields, we’ll look at the long-running Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones favorite, “The Fantasticks,” the delightful masterpiece by Frank Loesser, “The Most Happy Fella,” the backstage love letter to Broadway by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, “Me and Juliet,” as well as two back-to-back hits by the team of Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, “The Pajama Game” and “Damn Yankees.”  

Kids on Keys: Saturday May 4th at 1 PM

May 4, 2019

On Saturday May 4th at 1:00 PM, The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler hosts Kids on Keys, the monthly program showcasing young keyboard talents who are based in the station’s principal south and central New Jersey broadcasting areas.

Pianists scheduled include Athena Liu, Catherine Chu, Taksh Gupta, Kyle Huang, Christopher Pan, Sophie Zhang, Michelle Ng and Elliott Kim, along with an archival recording from 1966 featuring piano legend Grigory Sokolov at the age of sixteen.

Kids on Keys is proudly sponsored by Jacobs Music Company.


On Fridy's Distant Mirror hear dance music for Queen Elizabeth I's Violin Band, anonymous 16th century music performed by the Parley of Instruments directed by Petr Holman from the cd Music of Violenze. Then rare 15th century  English church music, featuring pieces by John Dunstable and Walter Lamb performed by the Orlando Consort. And we conclude, still in England, with more of theose pavans, galliards and almans of Anthony Holborne with Hesperion XXI directed by Jordi Savall. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

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.

And they’re off!  On the eve of the Kentucky Derby, the focus is on music from movies about horse-racing.  Tune in for selections from “The Black Stallion” (Carmine Coppola), “The Reivers” (John Williams), “Seabiscuit” (Randy Newman), and “Hidalgo” (James Newton Howard).  Start your weekend with a mint julep, this Friday at 6 pm.