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Picture Perfect: February 14 - Love Eternal

Feb 13, 2020

If impediments fan the flames of desire, then death must be the greatest impediment of all.  This week, it’s an hour bittersweet wish fulfillment as starred-crossed lovers connect beyond the mortal plane.  We’ll hear selections from “Somewhere in Time” (John Barry), “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” (Bernard Herrmann), “Always” (John Williams), and “Wuthering Heights” (Alfred Newman).  There’s no love like doomed love, this Friday at 6 pm.

Sounds Choral: Feb. 16 - Fortunes of Love

Feb 13, 2020

Conductor and composer Steven Sametz, artistic director of The Princeton Singers, hosts a love-themed Sounds Choral this Sunday (2/16) focusing on the "Fortunes of Love." Enjoy selections from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and Sametz's choral symphony Carmina Amoris. Listen at 2 pm.

The Lost Chord: January 16 - Educational Bonds

Feb 13, 2020

Chicago-born Margaret Bonds was one of the first black composers and performers of classical music to gain recognition in the U.S.  Yet, for all her accomplishments – her collaborations with Langston Hughes and the composition of two ballets and several theater works – the Bonds discography remains woefully thin. Tune in to hear a handful of her works alongside those of her notable teachers, Florence Price and William Levi Dawson, both of whom were major figures in the development of African-American art music.  Invest in Bonds, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Episode No. 242 on the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys celebrates one of the piano world’s most fascinating luminaries, Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938), whose 150th birthday falls on Feburary 13th 2020.

Picture Perfect: February 7 - Oscar Party 2020!

Feb 6, 2020

And the winner is… us!  As we enter Academy Awards weekend, cast a nostalgic look back on Oscar history.  We’ll sample from all five of this year’s nominees for Best Original Score, but also revel in music from some of the most honored and beloved classics of all time.  Whether or not the movies’ best days are behind them, there will be plenty to celebrate, with THREE HOURS OF QUALITY FILM MUSIC, on a special expanded edition of “Picture Perfect” – this Friday from 4 to 7 pm.

In America, artists play with authority.  In Soviet Russia, authorities play with you!  Tune in for a second installment of Shostakovich performing his own music, including the Concertino for Two Pianos, with the composer’s son, Maxim; a harrowing traversal of the Piano Trio No. 2, with violinist David Oistrakh and cellist Miloš Sádlo; “Children’s Notebook,” a collection of miniatures, introduced from the keyboard by the composer; and the Piano Concerto No. 2, with the Moscow Radio Symphony conducted by Alexander Gauk.  Shostakovich gets all keyed up, this Sunday at 10 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 puts a program together featuring noteworthy new releases that feature pianists Paul Wee, Moura Lympna, Sahan Azruni, Janelle Fung, Rosa Antonelli, Frederic Chiu, the Leonore Piano Trio, and the piano duo of Roberto Prosseda and Alessandra Ammara.

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

The Peabody Symphony Orchestra will be led by Joseph Young in Spanish flavored music by a French composer, Georges Bizet’s Suite No.1 from Carmen and then the Suite No. 1 from Spanish composer Manuel de Falla’s ballet The Three-Cornered Hat….also a rare performance of Tchaikovsky’s one and only Piano Trio in A Minor featuring noted faculty members of the Conservatory.

Host Ryan Brandau presents selections from Handel's oratorio Solomon on Sounds Choral this Sunday (2/2) at 2 pm. 

Get yourself free, with music from movies about prison breaks. Indomitable Steve McQueen does hard time on Devil’s Island in “Papillon” (Jerry Goldsmith); Paul Newman sticks it to The Man in “Cool Hand Luke” (Lalo Schifrin); Tim Robbins makes good use of a Rita Hayworth poster in “The Shawshank Redemption” (Thomas Newman); and an all-star cast, led by a barbed-wire hopping McQueen, flee their Nazi captors in “The Great Escape” (Elmer Bernstein).  Let’s face it, nobody looks good in orange. Grab a shank and a file, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Of the great composers, none enjoyed football more than Dmitri Shostakovich.  Russian football, that is.  On one occasion he even invited the entire Leningrad Dynamo over to his apartment for dinner.  Following the Super Bowl, tune in for selections from a 5-CD boxed set, on the Melodiya label, of Russian state recordings of Shostakovich (pictured, lower right, with fellow Soviet football fans) performing his own music, including a piano four-hands arrangement of the Tenth Symphony, with the second part played by Mieczyslaw Weinberg.  Shostakovich tickles the keys, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Meet Jack Pepper on Between the Keys January 28th

Jan 28, 2020

This week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys features a special guest, the 20-year-old multi-talented British composer, pianist, singer, writer and broadcaster Jack Pepper.

Celebrating Our Musical Future presents this year's edition of the annual Homecoming Concert of Westminster Choir College of Rider University, featuring the Westminster Choir led by Dr. Joe Miller. Broadcast live from Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University.
This year’s concert is titled “Appear & Inspire” words of British poet W.H Auden as set by Benjamin Britten in his Hymn to St.  Cecilia, the major work on the concert along with music by Arnold Schoenberg, Jake Runestad, Steve Barnett, Toby Hession, and Daniel Elder.

Welcome the Year of the Rat!  On the eve of Lunar New Year, travel the Silk Road to China, with music from “The Adventures of Marco Polo” (Hugo Friedhofer), “Genghis Khan” (Dusan Radic), “Mongol” (Tuomas Kantelinen), and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (Tan Dun).  Spring is in the air.  So, for that matter, are Yu Shu Lien and Li Mu Bai, this Friday at 6 pm.

On Australia Day, it’s an hour of music celebrating the beleaguered continent’s indigenous peoples.  Peter Sculthorpe devoted much of his compositional output to environmental concerns, such as climate change and preservation of wildlands, and demonstrated an overt sympathy for Aboriginal culture.  His String Quartet No.

Tonight's episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys is called The French Connection. It’s not about the famous film of the same name, but is rather a celebration of women who have helped shape the world and culture of French pianism. 

Princeton High School's annual Winter Concert recorded in Princeton University  Chapel in December 2019 feauring the music ensembles of PHS. Co-Host: director  of orchestras at PHS, Robert Loughran.

Host Gabriel Crouch, director of choral activities at Princeton University presenta a tribute to the late Stephen Cleobury longtime director at King's College,Cambridge who passed away in November, 2019.

Picture Perfect: January 17 - Dystopian Visions

Jan 16, 2020

If you think the world is in rough shape now, consider tomorrow.  Gaze into the crystal ball for an hour of cautionary tales about totalitarian government, corporate control, and technology gone awry, including selections from “Fahrenheit 451” (Bernard Herrmann), “Wall-E” (Thomas Newman), “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” (John Williams), and “Metropolis” (Gottfried Huppertz).  Embrace your humanity.  A bleak future is rendered hopeful, in large part, through music, this Friday at 6 pm.

The Lost Chord: January 19 - All Hail Hailstork

Jan 16, 2020

A pupil of legendary pedagogue Nadia Boulanger, Adolphus Hailstork is composer-in-residence at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  On the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, experience his uplifting oratorio, “Done Made My Vow,” inspired in part by King’s speeches, and the rhythmically exciting “Variations for Trumpet.”  The music is hale, but the sentiments are King, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Portrait of Composer Chen Yi from the Curtis Institute

Jan 15, 2020

Wenesday, 01-15 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear several chamber pieces performed by students at the Curtis Institute of Music by Chinese composer Chen Yi.

This week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys features relatively unknown music that nevertheless captures one’s ears and attention.

The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler invited his friend and colleague composer/pianist/writer Roger Tréfousse for a listening/discussion “blindfold test,” so to speak.

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