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Prophecies must be fulfilled, order restored, and the land made whole!  Join the quest for music from fantasy films, with selections from “The Dark Crystal” (Trevor Jones), “Willow” (James Horner), “The Lord of the Rings” (Leonard Rosenman), and “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (Howard Shore).  It’s a hero’s journey from Jim Henson to Mount Doom, this Friday at 6 pm.

The Ensemble Clement Jannequin visits Distant Mirror Friday night with the top tunes of the 1550's in Paris from their collection Fricasee Parisienne: Popular chansons from the French Renaissance. Hear selections by Sandrin, Sermisy, Crequillon and others. Then the Early Music Consort of London performs the Terpsichore Dances of Michael Praetorius.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (3/24 at 2 pm) features the premiere performance of the Julian Wachner's Epistle Mass performed by the choir of Trinity-Wall Street and NOVUS NY, with baritone Stephen Salters.

Mark Ainley returns to Between the Keys March 19th

Mar 19, 2019

The writer and scholar Mark Ainley returns to the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys on Tuesday March 19th, for an extended conversation with the show’s creator, producer and host Jed Distler, who is The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Resience.”

We welcome a new partner to the illustrious roster of conservatories, universities and colleges that make this program unique – we mention how you get to hear young musicians from across the country and with this new addition that word ‘across’ is now taken literally was we welcome our first West Coast school the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. From this 100 year old plus institution this program features chamber works performed by Conservatory students and faculty in music of Bach, Bloch, Ravel, Dutilleux and Mozart.

Edward Joseph Collins (1886-1951) was born to Irish-American parents in Joliet, Illinois.  Though he studied abroad with Max Bruch and Engelbert Humperdinck, it was in Chicago that he made his career.  Nearly a generation older than Copland and Gershwin, he too found inspiration in African-American spirituals, cowboy songs, and jazz.  Collins’ relationship to the Irish was a complex one.  Nonetheless, he couldn’t escape the pull of his heritage and its music.  Tune in to hear three of his Irish meditations, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (3/17 at 2 pm) features the South Dakota Chorale, led by founder and conductor Brian A. Schmidt, as host James Jordan surveys from its CD, Sacred Songs of Life and Love.

It’s a bit of the less familiar on this week’s Dress Circle (3/17 7:00 p.m.) as we look at some of the recordings released by producer Ben Bagley as part of his “Revisited” series.  You’ll know the composers and lyricists such as Noel Coward, Burton Lane, Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson, Frank Loesser, Richard Rodgers, and Lorenz Hart, but you may not know some of the songs from shows like “The Garrick Gaities,” “Calling All Stars,” “Huckleberry Finn,” “Senor Discretion Himself,” and “Good Morning Dearie.” 

March 15th lives in infamy as the anniversary of the murder of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.  After declaring himself Dictator for Life, Caesar was set upon by members of the Roman Senate and stabbed 23 times.  Toga is the dressing for a Caesar salad of films set in Ancient Rome, including “Julius Caesar” (Miklós Rózsa), “Cleopatra” (Alex North), “Gladiator” (Hans Zimmer), and “The Fall of the Roman Empire” (Dimitri Tiomkin).  Rome wasn’t built in a day; it falls in an hour, this Friday at 6 pm.

On Friday's Distant Mirror Allan Kelly will present a progrm that first aired in 2013 called "How I Came to Early Music" which demonstrates the almost seamless transition from Celtic and English folk music of the late 1960's and early 1970's to medieval secular music that was enjoying a  revival at that same time.    On the folk side you'll hear selections by Shirley and Dolly Collins, Pentangle, John Renbourn, The Incredible String Band and others,  juxtaposed with performances by the Dufay Collective, The Early Music Consort of London and Anonymous 4.  Join Allan at 10pm.

Between the Keys on Tuesday March 12th

Mar 11, 2019

Although there’s no theme or topic linked to 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 nevertheless has put together a fascinating and ear-catching program.

Sunday evening, 3-10 on Half Past we'll hear the Bochmann String Quartet in Alan Bush's Suite of Six, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet in Cuban Landscape with Rumba by Leo Brouwer and the Kansas City Symphony in Formosa Seasons by Gordon Shi-Wen Chin.  Music composed in the past half-century on Half Past.

The Lost Chord: March 10 - André the Pliant

Mar 10, 2019

Clearly André Previn was a lot of things.  And he made them all sound so easy.  As a composer, Previn frequently wrote at the request of friends, or for friends, performers with whom he had developed lasting relationships.  His fluency was such that his music could sometimes come across as almost off-the-cuff.  Tune in to enjoy a loosey-goosey cello sonata, written for Yo-Yo Ma, and “Diversions,” a concerto (of sorts) for orchestra, composed for the Vienna Philharmonic.  Previn goes with the flow, this Sunday at 10 pm.

The Lyric Stage: March 10 - Two Queens This Week

Mar 10, 2019

This Sunday night at 8, two of  English history's greatest queens confront each other in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, sung in English with a cast led by Dame Janet Baker as Maria, and Rosalind Plowright as Elizabeth.  Sir Charles Mackerras conducts this live performance by the English National Opera with the company's orchestra and chorus.

Host Ryan James Brandau this Sunday (3/10 at 2 pm) on Sounds Choral presents works by German Baroque composer Heinrich Schutz.

We got a little carried away by overwhelming nostalgia on this week’s Dress Circle (3/10 7:00 p.m.).  While we were planning a previous program, we listened to a cut on a newly acquired CD, and that sent that nostalgia spinning.  The result is this program that looks at some of our musical memories.  Now, these all don’t come from musicals but are pieces that played a role in our childhoods and, often, into our adult lives.  

The Capella Cordina under the direction of Alejandro Planchart was one of the most exceptional and prodiguous early music vocal ensembles of the 1970's, and on Friday's Distant Mirror you can hear them perform a beautiful mass by 16th cenury Spanish composer Cristobal de Morales, his  Mass for the Armed Man.

Before André Previn became an acclaimed conductor of symphonies, he stood before some of the greatest sight-readers in the world, who made up the Hollywood studios’ crackerjack orchestras.  From “Lassie” to “My Fair Lady” to “Rollerball,” Previn worked on over 50 films.  He was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 4.  We’ll explore a neglected aspect of this supremely talented musical polymath, with selections from “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,” “Irma la Douce,” “Dead Ringer,” and “Elmer Gantry,” this Friday at 6 pm.

Between the Keys plays Carnegie Hall March 5th

Mar 5, 2019

You know the old story: A tourist approaches a police officer and asks, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?. The officer replies, "Practice, practice, practice!".

However, one doesn't have to practice to get to Carnegie Hall for this week's episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, hosted by the Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, who presents a wide range of memorable piano recordings stemming from live concerts that took place at this iconic venue.

Rutgers Symphony Orchestra recorded last October, 2018 under the direction of Music Director maestro Kynan Johns perform music by Princeton based composer Sarah Kirkland Snider her ‘Something for the Dark’, also Danish-born Rutgers student Francesco Barfoed is the soloist in the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto  No. 1..and another number 1 finishes off the broadcast Jean Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1 in E Minor.

Sunday night (3-3) at 11 on Half Past we'll hear string quartets by Samuel Adler and Shulamit Ran along with Regular Sets of Elements for orchestra by Einojuhani Rautavaara.  Music composed in the past half-century on Half Past.

The Twin Cities’ Dominick Argento died on February 20 at the age of 91.  Acclaimed especially for his vocal music, he left behind a substantial body of operas, song cycles, and choral works, including “From the Diary of Virginia Woolf,” which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1975.  Celebrate his legacy with “Six Elizabethan Songs” for soprano and Baroque ensemble, “A Ring of Time,” composed for the 70th anniversary of the Minnesota Orchestra, and the “Valentino Dances” from his opera “The Dream of Valentino.”   It’s a musical monument to a Midwestern master, this Sunday at 10 pm.

This Sunday at 8 pm on The Lyric Stage we have musical selections from The Threepenny Opera, whose  disreputable characters and social and political satire of Berlin in 1928 were inspired by Elisabeth Hauptman's translation of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera from 1728.

Deborah Simpkin King, Pd.D, Founder and Artistic Director of Ember, the vocal ensemble of Schola Cantorum on Hudson, hosts Sounds Choral this Sunday (3/3 at 2 pm). This week she explores the African American traditions of the spiritual and of gospel music, sometimes assumed to be the same when in reality they are quite distinctive.

Lion or lamb, we’ll be celebrating the month of March on The Dress Circle this week (3/3 7:00 p.m.) with songs from some of the shows that opened in New York this month.  Our earliest show this time comes from 1954 and the Jerome Moross / John Latouche retelling of the “Iliad” and “Odyssey” in “The Golden Apple,” and our most recent show is the stage version of Disney’s “Frozen.” 

Kids on Keys: Saturday March 2nd at 1 PM

Mar 2, 2019

On Saturday March 2nd 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.