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Long week?  Feel like you’re coming apart at the seams?  Kick off your elevator shoes and relax with an hour of music from Frankenstein films!  To mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel, enjoy selections from “The Bride of Frankenstein” (Franz Waxman), “Frankenstein Created Woman” (James Bernard), “House of Frankenstein” (Hans J. Salter & Paul Dessau), “Young Frankenstein” (John Morris), and “Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’” (Patrick Doyle).  Jump-start your weekend with revivifying music straight to the neck-bolts, this Friday at 6 pm.

Wednesday, 10-17 at noon we'll hear Tianxu An in Beethoven's Sonata No. 4 in E-flat major, op. 7 and Avery Gagliano in the Sonata No. 6 in F major, op. 10 no. 2.  Also on the program: Legende by Wieniawski.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of  Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Composer/Pianists on Between the Keys October 16th

Oct 16, 2018

The topic of composers at the keyboard is near and dear to The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, who not only hosts and produces the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, but is a veteran composer/pianist in his own right.

COMF welcomes North Texas University College of Music with the second week of programs devoted to the Composition program featuring works by North Texas University faculty members and graduate students

Sunday evening, 10-14 at 11 we'll hear Russian composer Alla Pavlova's Symphony No. 3 and Farewell Finland by Czech guitarist and composer Stepan Rak.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

Viva VERDI – viva Vittorio Emanuele Re D’Italia (long live Victor Emanuel King of Italy) – a patriotic slogan used to promote national unification, at a time when the Italian peninsula was divided into separate states.  This program’s focus will be on musical unification, collaborative efforts featuring prominent Italian composers – including Antonio Vivaldi (in the serenata “Andromeda Liberata”) and Verdi himself (one of 13 composers to participate in the “Messa per Rossini”).  Give your undivided attention.  It’s Italian unification in music, this Sunday at 10 pm.

  Luciano Pavarotti's legacy as one of the finest and most affecting singers of the twentieth century is on display this week on The Lyric Stage, as he sings arias, Italian art songs, Neapolitan songs, and the duet from Madame Butterfly with his childhood friend Mirella Freni, who said Pavarotti was "like a brother" to her. The recordings are mostly from the 1970's and 1980's when he was at his vocal peak.

We never like to do this type of a program, but we felt compelled to remember another wonderful performer whom we lost far too early on this week’s Dress Circle (10/14 7:00 p.m.) as we look back at the career of Marin Mazzie who passed away after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer on September 13 at the age of 57.  For us, we’ll always remember her iconic performance as Mother in “Ragtime” where she stopped the show with her incredibly moving performance of “Back to Before.”   We were also thrilled to see her spirited performance as Lilli Vanessi / Katharine in the 1999 revival of “Kiss Me Kate.”  These two shows alone are testament to her versatility and power.  

It's the music of Orlando Gibbons and William Lawes on Friday's Distant Mirror as Fretwork performs consort music for viols from the early Stuart period in England.  Fretwork is joined by lutenist Christopher Wilson and organist Paul Nicholson.  Also on the program, more chansons from the French medieval masterpiece The Romance of the Rose.  Selections by Machaut, Binchois and Dufay.  Alla Francesca performs.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Perhaps in an attempt to subvert our fears, or to generate laughter from tension, filmmakers have frequently juxtaposed humor with the supernatural – or at any rate death.  Get into the Halloween spirit with music from four macabre comedies, including “Arsenic and Old Lace” (Max Steiner), “The Trouble with Harry” (Bernard Herrmann), “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” (Vic Mizzy), and “Beetlejuice” (Danny Elfman).  It will be a mishmash of horror and humor, this Friday at 6 pm.

This Wednesday at noon (10-10)  we'll hear guitarist Hao Yang in the Sonata by Antonio José and Giulo Regondi's Introduction et caprice.  Then Bolai Cao performs Beethoven's Sonata No. 32 in c minor.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon, repeated Monday evening at 10.

COMF welcomes North Texas University College of Music with 2 weeks devoted to the Composition program featuring works by North Texas University faculty members and graduate students

Over the course of his career as a conductor, Felix Weingartner (1863-1942) held official posts with the Vienna Hofoper (succeeding Gustav Mahler), the Vienna Philharmonic, and the Vienna Volksoper.  He was particularly renowned for his Beethoven interpretations.  However, for all his success on the  podium, he considered himself equally, if not more so, a composer.  Hear Weingartner’s Symphony No. 2, from 1901, and his 1935 recording, with the Vienna Philharmonic, of the scherzo from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.  It’s Weingartner decanted, this Sunday at 10 pm.

In the 1820's, there was a fashion for stage works featuring sonnambulism or sleepwalking. This led to a popular 1827 ballet The Sleepwalker, or the arrival of a new Lord, and it is that work that in 1830 inspired Bellini and his librettist Felice Romani to write La Sonnambula. The opera premiered in Milan in 1831.

The music is timeless, and you hardly need to know what the plot is to appreciate the opera, but it does have a plot, albeit one that has not worn well nearly 200 years after the opera's premiere.

Sounds Choral host Gabriel Crouch, Director of Choral Activities at Princeton University, welcomes Westminster Choir College's Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Joe Miller, as his guest to sample from Miller's new recording on the Westminster Choir College label of Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir with the Westminster Choir.

Celebrate October on this week’s Dress Circle (10/7 7:00 P.M.) as we showcase our regular  survey of shows that opened on Broadway this month.  The program will feature music from Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s forgotten gem “Allegro” as part of a varied menu that includes music from Sting’s musical memory “The Last Ship.”  

Corn and tomatoes from the New World!  Spaghetti and fireworks from the Orient!  Snow cones and frostbite from the Antarctic!  Defy sea serpents and the flat earth with music from “Christopher Columbus” (Sir Arthur Bliss), “The Adventures of Marco Polo” (Hugo Friedhofer), “Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West” (Sam Cardon), and “Scott of the Antarctic” (Ralph Vaughan Williams).  There’s still much to discover, this Friday at 6 pm.

Kids on Keys: Saturday October 6th at 1 PM

Oct 6, 2018

Airing every first Saturday of the month at 1 PM, Kids on Keys showcases some of the finest young piano talent in the Central and Southern New Jersey area and in the Philadelphia region.

On Friday's Distant Miror selections from The Romance of the Rose, one of the masterpieces of French literature that influenced much of medieval culture including Dante and Chaucer.  Much of the text was set to music and you can hear several selections, including pieces by Adam de la Halle and Guillaume Machaut.  The Ensemble Alla Francesca perofrms.  The program concludes with viol music from Elizabethan England: Works by Dowland, Byrd an Holborne.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Wednesday, 10-3 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Felix Mendelssohn's Sonata No. 2 in D major, op. 58 for cello & piano and the 2nd String Quartet by Bela Bartok.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Bard Conservatory Orchestra performs Symphony No. 6 of Karl Amadeus Hartmann & Schumann Cello Concerto

Sunday, 9-30 at 11 PM on Half Past we'll hear music by Kenins Talivaldis, Nigel Clarke, Norman Dello Joio & Thomas Christian David.  Music from the past half-century.

The Lost Chord: September 30 - Romania Mania

Sep 30, 2018

Travel to Southeast Europe for neglected music from Romania, including George Stephanescu’s “National Overture” and Paul Constantinescu’s Piano Concerto.  György Ligeti emerged from Transylvania to become one of the great composers of the second half of the 20th century, yet his wholly accessible and delightful “Concert Romanesc” remains little known.  There’s more to Romanian music than George Enescu, this Sunday at 10 pm.

This week on The Lyric Stage, selections from Ferdinando Paer's 1805 opera, Sofonisba, about an early third century Princess of Carthage trapped in a life or death situation between her country and the Roman empire. Jennifer Larmore heads the cast.

Paer was a noted composer in his day, and a special favorite of Napoleon, just as he had been a special favorite of Marie Antoinette before the French Revolution. He composed in many genres, and his works contain elements of both classical and romantic styles, making him a transitional figure in Opera's history.

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