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Verdi wrote Macbeth for the Teatro della Pergola in Florence, where it premiered on 14 March, 1847. It was Verdi's tenth opera. Verdi deeply respected Shakespeare, and worked hard to maintain the integrity of his source when he set about to write his own version of Macbeth.

Steal some fascinating glimpses of Béla Bartók, captured in rare private recordings, with the composer at the piano, performing his own music – including fragments of the Piano Concerto No. 2 – alongside works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms.   Also featured will be a selection from a 1944 radio broadcast, with the composer speaking in English, at a concert given by his wife, Ditta.  Hungary for Bartók?  The snacks are on wax, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Half Past: Jan. 17

Jan 17, 2021

If you like the unfamiliar, we may have a program for you on this week’s Dress Circle (1/17 7:00 p.m.) as we take a second look at "Musicals with Which You May Not Be Familiar.”  This time, we’ll be looking at Cole Porter’s 1958 television musical “Aladdin” which starred Cyril Ritchard, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Sal Mineo, Basil Rathbone, and Geoffrey Holder. We’ll follow this with music from the wonderfully irreverent 1966 off-Broadway revue “The Mad Show” with music by Mary Rodgers with lyrics by Marshall Barer, Steven Vinaver, and Stephen Sondheim and performances by Linda Lavin, McIntyre Dixon, Jo Anne Worley, and Paul Sand.  

Karrin & Bill look for that much needed hope was we pass into 2021 with music by Handel, The Beatles and Sam Cooke.

A jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread—and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness.  Well, we’ve got the wilderness anyway.  Poetry warms the soul, through selections from “Dead Poets Society” (Maurice Jarre), “Lady Caroline Lamb” (Richard Rodney Bennett), “Il Postino” (Luis Bacalov), and “Cyrano de Bergerac” (Dimitri Tiomkin).  It could be verse, this Saturday at 6 pm.

The Zarzuela - the beloved Spanish tradition that combines both popular and operatic music with choruses, dancing and dialogue - dates back in in one form or the other to the mid seventeenth century. La Generala by Amadeo Vives, is from 1912, and this week on the Lyric Stage we have the musical selections from it.

Aram Khachaturian (on the right, with Prokofiev and Shostakovich) described his Symphony No. 2 as “a requiem of protest against war and violence.”  Its nickname, “The Bell,” alludes to a kind of alarm that opens and closes the work.  Leopold Stokowski will conduct the piece, in a rarely-heard recording from the late 1950s.  Then, to round out the hour, Nadia Reisenberg will perform Khachaturian’s “Toccata,” from a 1947 Carnegie Hall recital.  Sharpen up on Khachaturian, with music other than the “Sabre Dance,” this Sunday at 10 pm.

Half Past: Jan. 10

Jan 10, 2021

Sounds Choral host Ethan Sperry this Sunday (1/10 at 2 pm) presents selections from two masses for double choir - Ralph Vaughan Williams' Mass in G Minor and Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir - written as Europe was emerging from the Spanish flu when choirs could once again sing together after the Spanish flu.

It’s more about Broadway than usual on this week’s Dress Circle (1/10 7:00 p.m.) with songs about Broadway from the musicals.   We’ll be giving our regards to Broadway, hearing about the lullaby of Broadway and Broadway melody, and a couple of Broadway babies as well.  The songs come from shows such as “Smokey Joe’s Café,” “Two’s Company,” “Street Scene,” “Dames at Sea,” “A Class Act,” “Mister Wonderful,” and “Follies” along with several others. 

Cadenza- 2020 Recap

Jan 7, 2021

Picture Perfect Now on Saturday: Soviet Cinema

Jan 7, 2021

Peek behind the Curtain for music by notable composers for Soviet cinema, including selections from “Agony” (Alfred Schnittke), “Time, Forward!” (Georgy Sviridov), “The Gadfly” (Dmitri Shostakovich), and “Alexander Nevsky” (Sergei Prokofiev).  Say da to classic film music, this Saturday at 6 pm. 

All signs point north!  Keep looking up, with musical responses to the uncanny, natural phenomenon known as the Aurora Borealis.  Prepare to be dazzled by Uuno Klami’s “Northern Lights” and Geirr Tveitt’s Piano Concerto No. 4.  It’s an hour of radiant music, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Sounds Choral host Steven Sametz this week welcomes 2021 with choral works, including two New Year's cantatas by J.S. Bach, folksongs and some of Sametz's own works. Listen Sunday (1/3) at 2 pm.

We’re welcoming 2021 and January on this week’s Dress Circle (1/3 7:00 p.m.) with songs from just a few of the shows that opened in New York in January.  From George M. Cohan’s “Little Johnny Jones” to “Beautiful the Carole King Musical,” we’ll be looking at 110 years of musical history.  Along the way, we’ll hear from “The Wiz,” the revival of “No, No, Nanette,” and “Oliver!”. 

Picture Perfect Now on Saturday: Jules Verne

Dec 31, 2020

Ring in a new year with Jules Verne’s novels of science, progress, and adventure.  Enjoy music from “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” (Paul J. Smith), “In Search of the Castaways” (William Alwyn), “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (Bernard Herrmann), and “Around the World in 80 Days” (Victor Young).  Verne’s characters frequently venture into the unknown, yet manage to overcome all obstacles.  Of course, it doesn’t hurt carry a harpoon, just in case.  You could do worse than cast your lot with Verne, Nemo, Phileas Fogg, and the rest, this Saturday at 6 pm.

The Lost Chord: January 3 - Cold Comfort

Dec 31, 2020

It’s a stoic start to the year, with musical settings of the Icelandic Eddas.  Hear selections from “The Rheingold Curse,” after the “Volsunga Saga,” the earliest written sources of ancient Germanic myths, performed by Benjamin Bagby and Sequentia, and “The Creation of the World,” Part I of the massive “Edda” oratorio by Icelandic composer Jón Leifs.  It’s a new year of swan’s bone flutes, Nordic lurs, and tuned rocks, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Host Ryan Brandau shares some of his holiday favorites, in this journey through the Christmas holiday in music featuring tunes from the Renaissance through today. Enjoy Sounds Choral this Sunday (12/27) at 2 pm.

It’s certainly been a year, but we’re going to be looking at the new year with some hope and encouraging words from the musicals on this week’s Dress Circle (12/27 7:00 p.m.).  With songs from musicals like “I Remember Mama,” “Seesaw,” “70 Girls 70,” “Crazy for You,” “Fade Out, Fade In,” and “Snoopy,” we’ll craft a plan to meet 2021 headfirst and in the best possible way.  

With the grand cacophony of Christmas still fresh in everyone’s ears, we’ll hear music from movies in which toys play a pivotal role, including “Citizen Kane” (Bernard Herrmann), “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” (Danny Elfman), “Toccata for Toy Trains” (Elmer Bernstein), and “Toy Story” (Randy Newman).  Keep popping those aspirin.  It’s an hour of noise for toys, this Saturday at 6 pm.



The Lost Chord: December 27 - Have a Ball

Dec 24, 2020

Laugh away a very rough year with highlights from the notorious and uproarious Hoffnung Music Festival concerts.  Tune in for Sir Malcolm Arnold’s “A Grand Grand Overture,” for orchestra, organ, electric floor polisher, and three Hoover vacuum cleaners, and Franz Reizenstein’s “Concerto populare,” billed as “a piano concerto to end all piano concertos,” among others.  It’s a lighthearted playlist calculated to put a smile on your face and lend a boost to your spirits.  He who laughs last laughs best, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Ethan Sperry, Director of Choral Activities at Portland State University, and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Oregon Repertory Singers, hosts "A Very 'Sperry' Christmas", featuring sacred music for the season from performances he has conducted in Ohio and on the West Coast. Listen Sunday (12/20) at 2 pm.

We’re focusing on some Christmas memories from stage, screen, and radio on this week’s Dress Circle (12-20 7:00 p.m.).  After receiving quite a few requests, we’re going to once again be featuring a radio play version of “A Christmas Carol” featuring Laurence Olivier and an excerpt about Christmas festivities from Dickens’ “The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club” read by Charles Laughton. 

Join our favorite quaratined couple for a delightful and musically wide ranging holiday special.