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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

Picture Perfect: April 28 - Comic Adventurers

Apr 28, 2017

Get out your Silly Putty! Ross Amico will have plenty of vibrant colors for you to enjoy this week on “Picture Perfect,” when the focus will be on comic adventurers – as in heroes from the funnies.  Tune in for music from film adaptations of "Prince Valiant" (Franz Waxman), "The Phantom" (David Newman), "Dick Tracy" (Danny Elfman), and "The Adventures of Tintin" (John Williams).  He'll see you in the funny pages, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Cadenza: Gail Archer

Apr 27, 2017

Curtis Call: April 26 - Student Composers

Apr 26, 2017

Curtis Calls this week features music of four Curtis student composers: Emily Cooley, Alyssa Weinberg, Rene Orth & Nick DiBerardino. 

Featuring: Won Suk Lee, percussion; Shannon Lee, violin; Zsche Chuang Rimbo Wong, viola; Jean Kim, cello; Gloria Ferry-Brennan, violin; Emma Resmini, flute; Yuhsin Su, clarinet; Chen Cao, cello; Jia Cheng Xiong, piano; Sijia Huang, percussion; Zubin Hathi, percussion; Branson Yeast, cello; Michael Davidman, piano; Abigail Fayette, violin; Angela Sin Ying Chan, violin; Sung Jin Lee, viola; Zachary Mowitz, cello.

Half Past: April 23 - Carter, Harbison and Galbraith

Apr 23, 2017

Join Carl Hemmingsen Sunday, April 23rd at 11 PM for A Symphony of 3 Orchestras by Elliott Carter, John Harbison's Cello Concerto and Incantation & Allegro by Nancy Galbraith on Half Past.

Music written by English composers for the Ballets Russes.

Quite often, a composer's name is forgotten although his songs are cherished for a long time; Hugh Martin is one of those composers, and on tonight's program, we'll sample some of his well-known and lesser-known work from film, TV, and stage through shows like MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, HANS BRINKER, LOVE FROM JUDY, and HIGH SPIRITS.

The operas of Cavalli (Part 2).

Shakespearean Comedies

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