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Paws for a litter of music from films with catty titles and characters, including selections from “Cat People” (Roy Webb), “The Wind and the Lion” (Jerry Goldsmith), “To Catch a Thief” (Lyn Murray), and “The Leopard” (Nino Rota).  It’s a stretch for feline tails, as purr the theme.  We’ll let the cats out of the bag, this Saturday at 6 pm.

Shana tova!  Welcome the year 5781 with music for the Jewish High Holy Days, including Herman Berlinski’s “Shofar Service,” David Stock’s “Yizkor,” and John McCabe’s “The Chagall Windows” – luminous, strange, and beautiful impressions of stained glass tableaux from the synagogue of Hadassah Medical Center.  It’s a fresh start, from toot to atonement, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Episode No. 273 of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys welcomes special guest pianist and composer Geoffrey Burleson, in conversation with The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler.

Half Past: Sept. 13

Sep 13, 2020

Sounds Choral this Sunday (9/13 at 2 pm) introduces its latest new host - Ethan Sperry, Director of Choral Activities at Portland State University, and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Oregon Repertory Singers. This week he presents a selection of choral music drawn from various folk music traditions from around the world, including the Middle East, India, South Africa and Eastern Europe.

Some performers become legends because of their larger-than-life personalities, and we’ll be celebrating one such artist on this week’s Dress Circle (9/13 7:00 p.m.) as we remember Elaine Stritch.   Of course, we’re including the song for which she’s probably best known, “The Ladies Who Lunch” from Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” but we’ll also be looking at her work in two of her forgotten musical outings: Noel Coward’s “Sail Away” (both the New York and London cast recordings) and the Leroy Anderson, Walter & Jean Kerr parody of the silent film era “Goldilocks.”  

This second of three broadcasts marking the  milestoneand 20th anniversary of Iris Orchestra led by its founder and Artisic Director Maestro Michael Stern finds Maestro Stern joining David Osenberg, via zoom, to celebrate. This program focuses on Iris Orchestra’s recorded legacy and features music of Andre Caplet with harpist Elizabeth Hainen as soloist and then three American works, two of them Iris commissions: The Symphony No.

Take flight with music from movies about airports and airplanes, including selections from “The V.I.P.s” (Miklós Rózsa), “The Terminal” (John Williams), “Airport” (Alfred Newman), and “North by Northwest” (Bernard Herrmann).  Rush more to Rushmore.  Departure is this Saturday at 6 pm.

Episode No. 272 of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys finds The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler answering the musical question: “Where’s the Orchestra?”

Sounds Choral celebrates Labor Day by saluting essential workers with music reflecting the variety of American choral music. Join host Deborah Simpkin King Sunday (9/6) at 2 pm.

Help us celebrate September, the month of morning glories and chickens, on this week’s Dress Circle (9/6 7:00 p.m.) as we look at a few of the shows covering over 100 years of theatre history that opened in New York this month.  From our earliest opening, Victor Herbert’s popular “The Red Mill” from 1906, we’ll sample songs from shows such as “Rose Marie,” “Fine and Dandy,” “Flying Colors,” “The Boy Friend,” “The Vagabond King,” and “The Student Gypsy or The Prince of Liederkranz” before our latest opening, 2012’s “Chaplin.”   

This program begins our fifth season of  IRIS WIRED, The Classical Network’s bi-monthly series of concerts of the IRIS Orchestra, the innovative ensemble based in Germantown Tennessee and led by its Artistic Director Michael Stern. Though 2020 has been a nightmare for performance arts organizations…it still marks milestones and it is the 20th anniversary of Iris and Maestro Stern will join host David Osenberg via zoom to celebrate on the next three consecutive Friday evenings beginning with this program.

I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody – instead of a bum, which is what I am.  “Picture Perfect” has been moved to a new time, SATURDAY AT 6PM.  This Labor Day weekend, hear Leonard Bernstein’s original cues, long believed lost, for “On the Waterfront;” also Aaron Copland’s original recordings for “The Red Pony,” some dances from Virgil Thomson’s “Louisiana Story” – so far, the only film score to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music – and Elie Siegmeister’s “They Came to Cordura,” which provides the now-familiar “Picture Perfect” signature tune.

Episode No. 271 of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys finds The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler in a creative programming mood.

Half Past: Aug. 30

Aug 30, 2020

Host James Jordan shares selections from the latest CD from Westminster Choir College's Westminster Williamon Voices this Sunday (8/30) on Sounds Choral at 2 pm.

We’re heading back to school on this week’s Dress Circle (8/30 7:00 p.m.) but with a bit of a difference befitting the current environment.  We’ll have favorites such as “Back to School,” “An Apple for the Teacher,” “My Friend the Dictionary,” “I’m in Love with Miss Logan,” and “I’m Not Asleep, I’m Just Resting My Eyes.”   We’re also including a wonderful monologue by Joyce Grenfell (performed by Maureen Lipman) about the “joys” of being a nursery school teacher.   We’ll be augmenting with our school songs with some songs befitting the times – tune in to find out what we’ll be including.  

On Friday August 28th from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM, The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler hosts a special two-hour program celebrating the centenary and artistry of conductor Guido Cantelli, who was born April 27th 1920.

Picture Perfect: August 28 - Latin Swords

Aug 27, 2020

Feeling a little out of shape?  Boxed in?  Blue?  Put some swagger back into your step with an hour of audacious music from Latin swashbucklers.  Thrill to selections from “Captain from Castile” (Alfred Newman), “The Mask of Zorro” (James Horner), “Puss in Boots” (Henry Jackman), and “The Adventures of Don Juan” (Max Steiner).  A cape, a plume, and seven-league boots are guaranteed mood-elevators.  Forget your cares!  We ride hell-for-leather, this Friday at 6 pm.

On this week’s episode  (No. 270) of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler presents a wide variety of short works for piano and orchestra by William Thomas McKinley, W.A. Mozart, E. J. Moeran, Elliott Carter and Edward Burlingame Hill.

Between the Keys is an exclusive production of The Classical Network and WWFM.org

Half Past: Aug. 23

Aug 23, 2020

Walt Disney goes continental on this week’s Dress Circle (8/23 7:00 p.m.) as we look at several very familiar Disney vehicles translated for audiences in Germany, Spain, Italy, and France.  Our German selections come from the Stage and Screen versions of “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin.”  From Spain, we’ve planned songs from “Beauty and the Beast” and “Bambi.”  Our Italian contingency comes from one of our favorites, “Biancaneve e i sette nani” (“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”) and the French from “The Little Mermaid,” “The Lion King,” “Toy Story,” and “Pinocchio.”   

You may know The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler as a composer, pianist and host of the weekly ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys. But did you know that he's also been reviewing classical recordings for Classicstoday.com ever since this review website launched in 1999?

Classicstoday.com's Executive Editor David Hurwitz is a longtime associate and friend of Jed's, and The Classical Network is delighted to showcase Mr. Hurwitz's insights in a special two hour program featuring conversation and music.