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A Between the Keys Double Header on July 7th

22 hours ago

Baseball may have been in limbo during the lockdown, yet we’ve got a veritable “double header” for this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys.

“I’ve been wanting to devote an entire program to a couple of large-scale and utterly disparate works for piano and orchestra,” says Jed Distler, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence and the writer, producer and host of Between the Keys.  “So I came up with a wild pairing that probably hasn’t been done before.”

Sounds Choral this week features the recording of Paul Moravec's "Sanctuary Road," adapted from the writings of William Still, a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Listen Sunday (7/5) at 2 pm.

Maestro Stern has compiled a program from Iris Orchestra archive performances of American music to celebrate the 4th of July weekend. The broadcast features music of Arthur Foote, Samuel Barber, a rare version for Solo Trumpet & Orchestra of George Gershwin's evergreen Rhapsody in Blue, Trenton's own Georg Antheil and a violin Concerto 'Orchid in Fog' by the young American composer Adam Schoenberg. He composed the work for the soloist heard in this performance, Anne Akikio Meyers.

Picture Perfect: July 3 - Independence Day

Jul 2, 2020

COVID may have robbed us of a “Picture Perfect” tenth anniversary celebration.  Luckily, there’s something else to make noise about!  On the eve of Independence Day, drown your disappointment in an hour of cinematic fifes and drums, including selections from “The Patriot” (John Williams), “George Washington Slept Here” (Adolph Deutsch), “Revolution” (John Corigliano) and “Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot” (Bernard Herrmann).  Yankee Doodle goes to town, this Friday at 6 pm.

On this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler explores Schumann’s popular piano cycle Kinderszenen Op. 15 in comparative performances for all of its thirteen movements.

Half Past: June 28

Jun 28, 2020

Great works of music are determined by the timeless quality of their human messages that can speak to new generations. Sounds Choral host James Jordan this week looks at Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" and the way it resonates in our present times. Listen Sunday (6/28) at 2 pm.

Get lost!  Strike out for unknown territory with selections from movies about lost worlds and forgotten civilizations, including “King Solomon’s Mines” (Mischa Spolianksy), “She” (James Bernard), “The Man Who Would Be King” (Maurice Jarre), and “Lost Horizon” (Dimitri Tiomkin).  The journey is the destination.  Let music be your map, this Friday at 6 pm.

A Musical Melting Pot on Between the Keys June 23rd

Jun 23, 2020

On this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler presents a veritable melting pot of music and musicians.

Selections include works by William Byrd, Terry Riley, Eleanor Alberga, Sara Feigin, Terry Riley, George Crumb, Frederic Chopin, Elena Ruehr, Gerald Busby and Bela Bartok, along with Erroll Garner’s unique take on Chopin’s C-sharp Minor Waltz.

Half Past: June 14

Jun 23, 2020

Half Past: June 21

Jun 21, 2020

Host Steven Sametz explores the intersection of choral music and social justice theme, including Joel Thompson's "Seven Last Words of the unarmed" this Sunday (6/21) on Sounds Choral at 2 pm.

“Hey, Dad?  You want to have a catch?”  Celebrate Father’s Day with music from movies about model fathers, complicated fathers, and father-son wish fulfillment.  Enjoy selections from “The Godfather” (Nino Rota), “Field of Dreams” (James Horner), “Life with Father” (Max Steiner), and “To Kill a Mockingbird” (Elmer Bernstein).  You can try to rank the music, but Father’s Day rates a tie.  (Yes, it’s a pun.  Dads love puns.)  Spare a thought for dear old Dad, this Friday at 6 pm.

Happy Father’s Day!  We’ll honor Dad with an hour of music about sports, including “Rugby” by Arthur Honegger, “Half-Time” by Bohuslav Martinu, “The Yale-Princeton Football Game” by Charles Ives, and highlights from the baseball opera “The Mighty Casey” by William Schuman.  Combine with a La-Z-Boy and a cold beer, and it’s a recipe for dad contentment, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Beethoven Served Rare on Between the Keys June 16th

Jun 16, 2020

This week on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler presents piano music of Beethoven in rare recordings.

Host Deborah Simpkin King challenges listeners to listen well to all that is taking place around us, featuring choral selections by composers of color. You can hear this program Sunday (6/14) at 2 pm.

We’re remembering Donald O’Connor on this week’s Dress Circle (6/14 7:00 p.m.) as we look back on several of his film performances including “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Call Me Madam,” “I Love Melvin,” and “Singin’ in the Rain.”   We’ll include songs from his television musical performance as the god Hermes in “Olympus 7-0000,” and we’ve even included songs from his 1982 Broadway debut in “Bring Back Birdie.”  

Picture Perfect: June 12 - Wizards and Sorcerers

Jun 11, 2020

Balrog, beware… YOU SHALL NOT PASS!  Commence your weekend with an hour of musical enchantments, including selections from “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (Howard Shore), “The Sword and the Sorcerer” (David Whitaker), “Dragonslayer” (Alex North), and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (John Williams).  Prepare to be charmed, this Friday at 6 pm.

This week on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler brings you a program made entirely of listener requests.

“I reached out to listeners on my Between the Keys Facebook page,” DIstler explains. “The rule was that you could suggest a recording or performance as long as it wasn’t your own recording or your own composition, and that your request couldn’t exceed ten minutes.”

Half Past: June 7

Jun 7, 2020

Host James Jordan shares music of composer James Whitbourn that's relevant to our time and remembering the people lost to Covid-19 and the tragic death of George Floyd. Listen Sunday (6/7) at 2 pm.

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