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Between the Keys May 16 - The 100th episode

May 16, 2017

For the 100th episode of Between the Keys, Jed Distler looks back on the music and the musicians that shaped his career.

Half Past: May 17 - Music for Strings

May 14, 2017

This Sunday night (5/14) at 11 join Carl Hemmingsen for the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Barbara Harbach's Demarest Suite and the Delme String Quartet in Robert Simpson's 5th string quartet.

Leontyne Price was an exceptional artist, and on this program she sings arias and songs by Gershwin, Verdi, Bizet, Mozart, Puccini and Richard Strauss.

Air date:  May 14th

Over the years, there have been many musicals that have been performed in concert versions for a variety of reasons, often to raise money for charities. This week's program will be taking a look at four of these with the concert performances of NYMPH ERRANT, MACK & MABEL, SOUTH PACIFIC, and ANYONE CAN WHISTLE.

Well-Tempered Baroque: May 12 - Telemann's Oratorios

May 12, 2017

Dr. Lewis Baratz introduces Telemann's celebratory cantatas written for 1724  Hamburgische Kapitänsmusik (The Militia Captians of Hamburg Annual Feast) and for the Feast of St. Michael in 1731.

For most of the 14th Century the papacy was situated in Avignon in the south of France.  The Avignonese popes were great patrons of the arts, especially music, where the liturgy for the mass and divine offices were influenced to a great degree by the practices of the Ars Nova.  On Friday night's Distant Mirror the ensemble Venance Fortunat and the choir of the University of Tours perform music from the popes' palace at Avignon.

Picture Perfect: May 12 - Poetry in Motion

May 12, 2017

Springtime makes poets of us all.  Join Ross Amico for music from “Dead Poets Society” (Maurice Jarre), “Lady Caroline Lamb” (Richard Rodney Bennett), “Il Postino” (Luis Bacalov), and “Cyrano de Bergerac” (Dimitri Tiomkin).  Tune in this Friday at 6 pm, if music and sweet poetry agree.

Our Friday night concert program features the encore presentation of What Makes it Great with Rob Kapilow, who is joined by select young musicians from area youth orchestras - Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey, Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of Bucks County and Princeton High School Orchestra. Kapilow explores Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B minor, "Unfinished," with a full performance of the work in the second part of the broadcast. Tune in at 8 pm.
 

Violinist Gergana Haralampieva performs sonatas by Beethoven and Debussy and Robert Cohen's "Five Nights in Sofia."

Between the Keys May 9th/A Thing About Machines

May 9, 2017

Join Jed Distler on Between the Keys at 10 PM for an episode first aired in 2015 about the influence of machines on music, with works by Scarlatti, Rakowski, Antheil, Leroy Anderson, Meade "Lux Lewis," Mozart, Frederic Rzewski and more.

Half Past: May 7 - Music of Francaix and Gubaidulina

May 7, 2017

Join us Sunday, May 7th at 11PM for Sofia Gubaidulina's violin concerto, Offertorium and the Piano Trio by Jean Francaix.

Verdi held back from writing "Otello" for years, only finally agreeing to take a look at Arrigo Boito's libretto with no promises that he would ever do any more than that. The lives of great composers are full of stories about  how weak opera librettos have ill served great music - Schubert and Beethoven are just two examples. But Boito's brilliant libretto brought out the best of Verdi's music, and the result is one of the outstanding operas of the repertory.

The Dress Circle - Broadcast on  May 7th 

May has certainly brought us flowers to which anyone with an allergy can attest. It has also brought us our monthly program that looks at some of the openings each month. Our May shows include old favorites as well as some newer pieces such as ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, ME AND JULIET, FLAHOOLEY, MAME, and THE MAGIC SHOW.

Dr. Lewis Baratz concludes his discussion of Francesco Cavalli on Friday, May 5th at 11 PM with contrasting some of Cavalli's most brilliant opera arias with his sacred music, with selections from Xerxe, Eliogabalo, Messe Concertata, and the Vespers of 1656.

Nearly all  early music enthusiasts are familiar with the Cantigas of Santa Maria from the court of Alfonso the Wise, those delightful 13th century pieces describing the miraculous intervention of the VIrgin in healing all kinds of human ailments and misfortunes. But did you know that a collection of secular music may have existed as well at Alfonso's court?  The Dufay Collective has done exhaustive research on instruments of the day and the secular styles then in vogue and  has put together music that very well might have been heard at the court.

And they’re off!  On the eve of the Kentucky Derby, “Picture Perfect” will focus on music from movies about horse racing.  Join Ross Amico for selections from “The Black Stallion” (Carmine Coppola), “The Reivers” (John Williams), “Seabiscuit” (Randy Newman), and “Hidalgo” (James Newton Howard).  Start your weekend with a mint julep, this Friday at 6 pm.

Curtis Students Hyun Jae Lim and Anna Do Gyung Im violins, Kumbo Xu, viola and Young in Na, cello perform Haydn's String Quartet in F, op. 50 no. 5.  Emma Resmini, Zsche Chuang Rimbo Wong and Heloise Carlean-Jones play Debbussy's Sonata.  Tianyi Shen, clarinet  and Linzi Pan, piano perform Rossini's Introduction, Theme and Variations.  Join us for student recitals from the Curtis Institute of Music Wednesday (5/3) at noon with a repeat the following Monday at 10 PM.

Between the Keys May 2nd/Impromptu!

May 2, 2017

Join Jed Distler at 10 PM Tuesday May 2nd for Between the Keys, with an episode devoted to the art of the piano impromptu, with works by Vorisek, Enescu, Richard Rodney Bennett, Schubert, Chopin, Donald Martino, Poulenc, Fauré and others.

Half Past this Sunday (4/30) at 11 PM features Larry Alan Smith's Three Movements for Orchestra, Robert Helps' Piano Quartet and Nature's Terrorists - an orchestral suite by Hampson Sisler.  Join Carl Hemmingsen for music from the past half century.

The Lyric Stage presents Prokofiev's early student opera Maddelena, which wasn't produced until the 1980s because of the complexities of its singing roles. Tune in for an early glimpse at one of the 20th centuries great composers.

It's a miracle for a musical to make it to the stage, and it's even more miraculous for a show to cross the Atlantic. We thought we'd take a look at some London shows that didn't make the trip in a new series we'll begin tonight by featuring four London shows that never made it to Broadway. They are: SHERLOCK HOLMES, KING, TESS, and CHARLIE GIRL.

Historical keyboards

Webcast contains more music than in the broadcast!!!

Listening Guide

PART I:

00:00: Gamelan influences Debussy and Poulenc

18:35: “Stampede” from Harrison Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Gamelan, recorded in live performance by Nati Draiblate and Ben Capps, with PCE percussionists Bill Richards and John Spirtas conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez

33:54: Harrison’s Grand Duo for Violin and Piano, from PCE's Naxos CD with Tim Fain and Michael Boriskin

PART II:

7:38: Harrison Concerto for Violin and Percussion, from PCE's Naxos CD

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