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Whether they’re at home or self-isolating at their dorms, students at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music didn’t let an extended Spring Break - and the resumption of classes online - get in the way of making music. Beginning March 27, students and alumni have been live streaming 90 minute Tiny Dorm Concerts - taking its name as a variant on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert.

Just as musicians have to keep making music despite being shut in at home, dancers have to keep moving as well to feed their creative spirit - and stay in shape. So when Ballet Hispánico was forced to cancel its two-week season at the Joyce Theater this month, it launched “#BUnidos” - a social media project to stay in touch with its audience and dance students, give its dancers an outlet to share their art, and celebrate its 50th anniversary season.

Juergen Frank

Violinist Jennifer Koh remembers the challenges she faced as a young musician, and how even a single cancellation could create a major financial crisis. That inspired her to launch Alone Together, a commissioning project to support young, emerging composers who might lose out on opportunities amid the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak and resulting cancellations. Koh describes her goals for the project, including weekly Saturday premieres on Facebook and Instagram, on Friday's "On a Positive Note" at 10 am and 5 pm.

Dominic M. Mercier

Opera Philadelphia has found a way to remind people what they love about opera - share clips from past productions through "Opera On the Couch" via social media. Frank Luzi, vice president of marketing and communications, talks about the initiative.

Picture Perfect: April 4 - The English Abroad

Apr 2, 2020

We’re not going anywhere anytime soon, but thankfully there are plenty of movies and music to engage the imagination.  So pack your valise for selections from “Enchanted April” (Richard Rodney Bennett), “A Passage to India” (Maurice Jarre), “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (Thomas Newman) and “Around the World in 80 Days” (Victor Young).  We’ll be doing some armchair traveling, this Friday at 6 pm. 

If you look at the events calendar on Lincoln Center’s website, you might be surprised to find it still chock full of daily events. In addition to listing daily opera streams offered by the Metropolitan Opera, the performing arts center has launched its own Lincoln Center at Home initiative in response to social distancing, featuring pop-up classrooms, concerts for kids and performances from its vast archive of Live From Lincoln Center concerts. Dan Wallace. senior program manager in the education department, discusses these programs. 

Although our attention now centers around  the pandemic, our health and well-being and helping to flatten the curve, the Beethoven 250th anniversary year still looms in our collective artistic mind and spirit here at The Classical Network. This week our Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler celebrates the fifth anniversary of his ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys with an all-Beethoven program. Except that’s it’s all Beethoven with a twist.

When Kaufman Music Center in New York City was looking for online content to share, there were a number of options to consider.  Not only is it the home of Merkin Concert Hall, it also includes the Lucy Moses School - a community music school offering music and dance instruction.

This program is  first of two recitals given by Curtis piano alum and now faculty member Meng-Chieh Liu. He titled the series A Silver Touch, this first recital recorded back in November of 2018 and features Mr. Liu with friends and colleagues from Custis’ faculty and student ranks in music of Lutoslawki, Schumann, Holst, Bach and Stravinsky.

While Princeton University Concerts had to cancel the rest of its season, its staff has found a way to preserve at least some of the spirit of the programs.

Host Steven Sametz celebrates the birthdays of Bach and Mussorgsky, as well as Sir William Walton, with a selection of their choral works. Listen Sunday (3/29) at 2 pm.

From the Top is known for its multi-talented young people whose creativity goes beyond music. So it was really no surprise that the idea for its Daily Joy, short musical performance videos recorded by its alumni and shared online each day, came from those very talented artists. Executive Director Gretchen Nielsen and cellist Sarah Tindall, a senior from Harleysville, PA who performs David Popper’s "Vito" on her Daily Joy, shared their thoughts about what inspired the ideas for the project.

Cellist Jan Vogler, director of the Dresden Music Festival, is organizing a 24-hour music marathon featuring musicians including Jeremy Denk, Jennifer Koh, Gil Shaham, Orli Shaham, Brooklyn Rider and more. The festival, which will be live-streamed on Facebook, You-Tube and other social media platforms, kicks off at 6 pm on Friday, March 27. Find links here.

Picture Perfect: March 27 - Inspired by Hemingway

Mar 26, 2020

Nick sat against the charred stump and smoked a cigarette.  He lit a match and watched it burn and as it burned he thought of boxers and marlins and the Spanish Civil War.  The stories were brave and strong and good.  He thought about selections from “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (Victor Young) and “Islands in the Stream” (Jerry Goldsmith) and “The Killers” (Miklós Rózsa) and “The Old Man and the Sea” (Dimitri Tiomkin).  He ordered a mojito and prepared to face the music, this Friday at 6 pm.

  The celebrated American pianist Anthony de Mare joins the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, celebrating Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday with the culmination of “Liasons: Re-imagining Sondheim from the piano.” This multi-year commissioning project involves 50 composers who were invited to create original piano pieces based upon songs by the iconic Broadway legend.  “Tony de Mare invited a wide range of composers to contribute, casting a net that embraces contemporary classica

The Bard College Conservatory Orchestra led by guest conductor James Bagwell perform a program of Americna works from the 1930s by two composer from very different backgrounds. The New York -Jewish composer Aaron Copland's complete 1938 ballet Billy the Kid alongside the Arkansas-born African American composer Florence Price's 1932 Symphony No. 1

Sounds Choral this week delves into Edward Elgar's oratorio The Dream of Gerontius with host Gabriel Crouch. Listen Sunday (3/22) at 2 pm.

What, you doubt the Baron’s veracity?  Then surely the music must speak for itself.  Tune in for selections from “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” (Michael Kamen), “Münchhausen” (Georg Haentzschel), “The Saragossa Manuscript” (Krzysztof Penderecki), and “The Three Worlds of Gulliver” (Bernard Herrmann).  Tall tales rub shoulders with Lilliputians, this Friday at 6 pm.

On Wednesday, 3-18 at noon we'll hear the Sonata No. 1 for violin solo by Bach, Poème by Ernest Chausson, and piano pieces by Debussy and Chopin.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10:00.

Episode 247 of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys is devoted to what the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler calls “the new, the old and the unexpected.”

The Bard College Conservatory Orchestra led by their Music Director and longtime President of Bard College, Maestro Leon Botstein in program recorded back in October- a quite varied symphonic evening. Charles Ives’ third Movement of his Holiday Symphony ‘The Fourth of July’ shares the program with the final symphony of the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius and the rarely heard Symphony No 3 ‘Liturgique’ of Swiss-born French composer Arthur Honegger. To close out familiar Romantic music the Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture by Tchaikovsky.

It’s Friday the 13th.  Bad luck for Victor McLaglen.  Still four days away, but John Wayne will pound his face so hard that he’ll still be spitting teeth on St. Patrick’s Day.  Raise a pint (or two or three) with Barry Fitzgerald, to selections from “The Luck of the Irish” (Cyril J. Mockridge), “Angela’s Ashes” (John Williams), “Circle of Friends” (Michael Kamen), and “The Quiet Man” (Victor Young).  Shamrocks will shake amidst the blarney rubble, this Friday at 6 pm. 

In anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day, green up with music from – and in celebration of – the Emerald Isle.  Tune in for works by Irish composers John Larchet, Philip Hammond, Howard Ferguson, and A.J. Potter, and works on Celtic themes by Percy Grainger, Sir Arnold Bax, and John Foulds.  Green is the new black, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Wednesday, 3-11 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear music for guitar by Regondi, Albéniz, Falla & Roberto Gerhard, for harp by Smetana and for cell and piano by Gabriel Fauré.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10:00.

Conrad Tao Visits Between the Keys March 10th

Mar 10, 2020

Episode 146 of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys brings the highly acclaimed and innovative composer/pianist Conrad Tao to the studio, where he and the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler discuss musical matters close to this young musician’s heart and mind. Selections include works by Debussy, Rachmaninov, Copland, Rzewski and, of course, Conrad Tao himself.

Tune in this Tuesday at 10:00 PM for Between the Keys, an exclusive production of The Classical Network and WWFM.org.