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Atticus Finch may have been a model father, but he was also one of cinema’s most memorable attorneys.  An ample suite from “To Kill a Mockingbird” (Elmer Bernstein) will cap an hour of music from movies about lawyers, judges, and courtrooms.  Also featured will be selections from “The Young Philadelphians” and “Inherit the Wind” (Ernest Gold), “The Paper Chase” (John Williams), and “The Magnificent Yankee” (David Raksin).  Oyez, oyez!  Approach the bench for a hint of Father’s Day, this Saturday at 6 pm.

New Music USA has launched a new program to support recording labels, ensembles, presenting organizations and others in the new music field, and A Tempo this Saturday (6/19 at 7 pm) gets a closer look at the initiative. The organization just announced the 10 participants in its Capacity Building Program, a two-year program that will provide funding, consultations with industry experts and opportunities to collaborate. Host Rachel Katz will speak with New Music USA President and CEO Vanessa Reed and Molly Joyce, Development Coordinator at New Amsterdam Records, one of the participants.

Half Past: June 13

Jun 14, 2021

Sounds Choral this week features a new release of works by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis highlighting the music of the "Forgotten Peoples" - those who live along the shores of the Gulf of Finland from Lithuania in the south to Karelia on the Russian-Finnish border.  Gabriel Crouch hosts this program Sunday (6/13) at 2 pm.

Maestro Michael Stern for this 2021 program…when we’re coming back to some normality …revels in the reopening we hope concerts and in general things to do with other people so his happy program brings us a Rossini Overture from the opera The Silken Ladder, Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, American composer Robert Beaser’s Folks Songs and Tchaikovsky’s evergreen Serenade for Strings.

Indiana Jones first cracked his whip on the big screen on June 12, 1981.   George Lucas and Steven Spielberg’s smart homage to cinematic serials of yore became a box office smash.  “Indy 5” is on the way in 2022.  For now, celebrate four decades of fedoras and five o’clock shadows with selections from John Williams’ classic scores, including “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984), “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989), and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (2008).  It’s not the years, it’s the mileage, this Saturday at 6 pm.

Skim the cream of Bulgarian music with a collection of symphonic dances by Pancho Vladigerov, the country’s first major composer to harness Bulgarian folk traditions to classical forms, and “Thracian Echoes” by American composer Derek Bermel, an affectionate souvenir of his studies in the region. There will be no balking in the Balkans, this Sunday at 10 pm.

  

  

Host Ethan Sperry is joined this week on Sounds Choral by composer and arranger Desmond Earley, director of the Choral Scholars of University College Dublin for an exploration of Irish choral music. That's Sunday (6/6) at 2 pm.

City mice go the country this week.  Displaced cops, dilapidated farmhouses, and cowboy fantasy camps form the bases for “Witness” (Maurice Jarre), “On Dangerous Ground” (Bernard Herrmann), “George Washington Slept Here” (Adolph Deutsch), and “City Slickers” (Marc Shaiman).  Whether you’re on the lam or on the lamb, the fresh air will do you good, this Saturday at 6 pm.

  

  

The winners of this year’s Pulitzer Prizes will be announced on June 11.  Tune in to sample music by past recipients, including William Schuman’s “A Free Song,” after Walt Whitman, the first piece to be recognized with a Pulitzer, in 1943; selections from William Bolcom’s “12 New Etudes for Piano,” honored in 1988; and Caroline Shaw’s extraordinary “Partita for 8 Voices,” celebrated in 2013.  Shaw, the youngest recipient of the prize for music, was 30 years-old and a doctoral candidate at Princeton University.  You might say it’s an hour of prized Pulitzer music, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Half Past: May 30

May 30, 2021

The choral music of Southeast Asia is in the spotlight this week on Sounds Choral, as host Ethan Sperry is joined by composer Saunder Choi, a former member of the Philippine Madrigal Singers. Listen Sunday (5/30) at 2 pm.

As it’s Memorial Day weekend, we turned to the musicals to see what they had to offer, and we found a variety of shows about American servicemen and women and their experiences for this week’s Dress Circle (5/30 7:00 p.m.).   The main show is Irving Berlin’s World War II fundraiser, “This Is the Army.”   Composed to raise funds for the war effort (just as Berlin’s WWI show “Yip Yip Yaphank”), the show began in New York, traveled across the country, and then to Europe and raised over $2 million ($30 million in today’s money) along the way.  A few of the songs from this show include “The Army’s Made a Man Out of Me,” “I’m Getting Tired, so I Can Sleep,” “This is the Army Mr. Jones,” and “Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning” performed by Berlin. 

May 29 marks the anniversary of the birth of Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957).  One of music’s great prodigies, Korngold composed operas, orchestral works, and chamber music of astonishing maturity from a very early age.  In the 1930s, he arrived in Hollywood, where he set about revolutionizing the art of film scoring.  Remember him on his birthday with selections from “The Sea Hawk” (1940), “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (1935), “Another Dawn” (1937), and “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938).  Lend some swagger to your weekend, this Saturday at 6 pm.

The Lost Chord: May 30 - Orchestrated Maneuvers

May 27, 2021

Get ready for Memorial Day with two symphonies composed for the armed forces.  Morton Gould wrote his Symphony No. 4 for the United States Military Academy at West Point – complete with part for “marching machine.”  Samuel Barber (pictured left) composed his Symphony No. 2 while serving in the U.S. Army Air Force.  The work’s second movement later became the basis for Barber’s “Night Flight.”  Listen in and remember, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Sounds Choral host Ryan Brandau this week explores songs without words - textless compositions that use the range and variety of the human voice - including works by Debussy, Ravel, Shaw, Vaughan Williams and more. The program airs Sunday (5/23) at 2 pm.

We’ve been hearing people complaining about being quarantined at home over the past fifteen months or so and that they want to travel, so that’s what we’re going to be doing on this week’s Dress Circle (5/23 7:00 p.m.), travelling. 

Due to the pandemic Rob Kapilow has not been able to stage What Makes It Great programs in front of live audiences, but in September of last year he went onto the stage of the home of What Makes It Great Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center in midtown Manhattan and recorded- sans audience- three programs focusing on the music of Beethoven. This is the second of these specail programs  featuring the Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47. “Kreutzer” Rob's special guest artists were Duo Prism: Jesse Mills, violon and Rieko Aizawa, piano

Sometimes it takes a good dragon to lend perspective to one’s cicadaphobia.  Fire your imagination, with music from “Dragonheart” (Randy Edelman), “Dragonslayer” (Alex North), “How to Train Your Dragon” (John Powell), and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (Howard Shore).  Rekindle your affection for dragons, this Saturday at 6 pm.

Vicariously tread the boards of Norway, through incidental music by two of the country’s most prominent composers.  Tune in for selections from “Askeladden” (“The Ash Lad”), by Johan Halvorsen, and the complete “Sigurd Jorsalfar,” by Edvard Grieg (pictured, with the playwright Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson left).  Your ticket is reserved for Norway, incidentally, this Sunday at 10 pm.

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