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What has often been regarded in the United States as “hack work,” in England has been accepted as just another aspect of what it means to be a working artist. There is no disgrace in a composer earning a living, and some of the nation’s greatest musicians have contributed finely-crafted scores to its body of cinema.  Take note of music from the documentaries “The People’s Land” (Ralph Vaughan Williams), “The King’s Stamp” (Benjamin Britten), “The Green Girdle” (William Alwyn), and “The Royal Palaces of Britain” (Sir Arthur Bliss), this Saturday at 6 pm.

For Episode No. 274 of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler creates a mini-recital featuring four diverse and substantial works.

Sounds Choral this week visits with the vocal quartet New York Polyphony.  Join host Ryan Brandau this Sunday (9/20) at 2 pm as he speaks with members of this GRAMMY-nominated ensemble about their history, and plays their favorite recordings, including selections from their latest release, Lamentationes.

Though 2020 has not been what performance arts organizations had hoped it still marks milestones and it is the 20th anniversary of Iris and Maestro Stern will join me, David Osenberg, via zoom to celebrate on the three consecutive Friday evenings. This final broadcast in the series focuses on not only Iris Orchestra’s future but music that will always define us as a human race. The final symphonies of Mozart #41 ‘Jupiter’ and Schubert the Symphony No. 9 ‘The Great. In between these two masterpieces the Schicksalied of Brahms.

Paws for a litter of music from films with catty titles and characters, including selections from “Cat People” (Roy Webb), “The Wind and the Lion” (Jerry Goldsmith), “To Catch a Thief” (Lyn Murray), and “The Leopard” (Nino Rota).  It’s a stretch for feline tails, as purr the theme.  We’ll let the cats out of the bag, this Saturday at 6 pm.

Shana tova!  Welcome the year 5781 with music for the Jewish High Holy Days, including Herman Berlinski’s “Shofar Service,” David Stock’s “Yizkor,” and John McCabe’s “The Chagall Windows” – luminous, strange, and beautiful impressions of stained glass tableaux from the synagogue of Hadassah Medical Center.  It’s a fresh start, from toot to atonement, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Episode No. 273 of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys welcomes special guest pianist and composer Geoffrey Burleson, in conversation with The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (9/13 at 2 pm) introduces its latest new host - Ethan Sperry, Director of Choral Activities at Portland State University, and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Oregon Repertory Singers. This week he presents a selection of choral music drawn from various folk music traditions from around the world, including the Middle East, India, South Africa and Eastern Europe.

This second of three broadcasts marking the  milestoneand 20th anniversary of Iris Orchestra led by its founder and Artisic Director Maestro Michael Stern finds Maestro Stern joining David Osenberg, via zoom, to celebrate. This program focuses on Iris Orchestra’s recorded legacy and features music of Andre Caplet with harpist Elizabeth Hainen as soloist and then three American works, two of them Iris commissions: The Symphony No.

Take flight with music from movies about airports and airplanes, including selections from “The V.I.P.s” (Miklós Rózsa), “The Terminal” (John Williams), “Airport” (Alfred Newman), and “North by Northwest” (Bernard Herrmann).  Rush more to Rushmore.  Departure is this Saturday at 6 pm.

Episode No. 272 of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys finds The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler answering the musical question: “Where’s the Orchestra?”

Sounds Choral celebrates Labor Day by saluting essential workers with music reflecting the variety of American choral music. Join host Deborah Simpkin King Sunday (9/6) at 2 pm.

This program begins our fifth season of  IRIS WIRED, The Classical Network’s bi-monthly series of concerts of the IRIS Orchestra, the innovative ensemble based in Germantown Tennessee and led by its Artistic Director Michael Stern. Though 2020 has been a nightmare for performance arts organizations…it still marks milestones and it is the 20th anniversary of Iris and Maestro Stern will join host David Osenberg via zoom to celebrate on the next three consecutive Friday evenings beginning with this program.

I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody – instead of a bum, which is what I am.  “Picture Perfect” has been moved to a new time, SATURDAY AT 6PM.  This Labor Day weekend, hear Leonard Bernstein’s original cues, long believed lost, for “On the Waterfront;” also Aaron Copland’s original recordings for “The Red Pony,” some dances from Virgil Thomson’s “Louisiana Story” – so far, the only film score to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music – and Elie Siegmeister’s “They Came to Cordura,” which provides the now-familiar “Picture Perfect” signature tune.

Episode No. 271 of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys finds The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler in a creative programming mood.

Half Past: Aug. 30

Aug 30, 2020

Host James Jordan shares selections from the latest CD from Westminster Choir College's Westminster Williamon Voices this Sunday (8/30) on Sounds Choral at 2 pm.

On Friday August 28th from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM, The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler hosts a special two-hour program celebrating the centenary and artistry of conductor Guido Cantelli, who was born April 27th 1920.

Picture Perfect: August 28 - Latin Swords

Aug 27, 2020

Feeling a little out of shape?  Boxed in?  Blue?  Put some swagger back into your step with an hour of audacious music from Latin swashbucklers.  Thrill to selections from “Captain from Castile” (Alfred Newman), “The Mask of Zorro” (James Horner), “Puss in Boots” (Henry Jackman), and “The Adventures of Don Juan” (Max Steiner).  A cape, a plume, and seven-league boots are guaranteed mood-elevators.  Forget your cares!  We ride hell-for-leather, this Friday at 6 pm.

On this week’s episode  (No. 270) of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler presents a wide variety of short works for piano and orchestra by William Thomas McKinley, W.A. Mozart, E. J. Moeran, Elliott Carter and Edward Burlingame Hill.

Between the Keys is an exclusive production of The Classical Network and WWFM.org

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