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On Tuesday November 6th at 10 PM, Episode No. 176 of Between the Keys will feature a single, solitary large scale work, the Fantasia by the Swedish composer Claude Loyola Allgén.

"Allgén lived from 1920 until 1990, " says host Jed Distler, who is the Classical Network's Artist-in Residence." He never really got recognition until the end of his life. In a way, it's understandable, because Allgén composed vast amounts of difficult  large-scale pieces, and he lived and worked in isolation from the music community at large. Apparently Allgén was also a rather prickly character."

Temple University Symphony Orchestra led by Andreas Delfs perform music by Glinka, Rachmaninov & Stravinsky

Sunday (11-4) evening at 11 on Half Past we present William Bergsma's Quintet for Flute & Strings along with Banana/Dump Truck by Steven Mackey.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

It’s autumn in the North countries, as well as in the Nordic soul.  Test your limits. not only for lengthening shadows, but also on gratuitous vowels, with music by Danish composer Rued Langgaard – his Symphony No. 4, “Fall of the Leaf” – and Finnish master Einojuhani Rautavaara – “Autumn Gardens,” the composer’s meditation on beauty in nature and the transience of life.  The shadows lengthen and the days grow short, even as the names grow long, this Sunday at 10 pm.

The Lyric Stage: Nov. 4 - Russian Opera

Nov 4, 2018

Prince Igor is best known for the Polovtsian Dances. In fact perhaps Russian opera itself is best known for the Polovtsian Dances, and this week we have those dances for you in an idiomatic, spectacular version conducted by Valery Gergiev with the Kirov Opera orchestra and chorus. But Russian opera is much more than the Polovtsian Dances, as the other excerpts we have this week show. Valery Gergiev leads the coronation scene and Boris' death scene from Boris Godiunov, and Sir George Solti and Renee Fleming perform the letter scene from Eugene Onegin.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (11/4 at 2 pm) is hosted by Amanda Quist, chair of conducting, organ and sacred music at Westminster Choir College and will focus on the music of Palestrina and JS Bach, featuring Palestrina's Missa Sicut lilium inter spinas and Bach's Cantata BWV 45.

… And suddenly, it’s November!  As usual, this week’s Dress Circle (11/4 7:00 p.m.) will celebrate the new month by looking at some of the shows that opened on Broadway in November, and we have quite a hefty list from which to choose.  Some of the shows we’ve chosen, which span over 114 years, include the forgotten Rodgers and Hammerstein musical based on a novella by John Steinbeck entitled “Pipe Dream,” the big Tony Award winner from last year by David Yazbeck, “The Band’s Visit,” and the Elton John / Tim Rice massive stage hit, “The Lion King.”  

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.

Hosted and produced by The Classical Network's ASCAP award winning Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, Kids on Keys is proudly sponsored by Jacobs Music

1580 to 1620 has been called the Golden Age of English Lute Music.  More than 2000 pieces survive. Many are ballad settings and almost all are anonymous.  On Friday's Distant Mirror you can hear several of these performed on lute, orpharion, annd ciittern  by Paul O'Dette.  Also on the program: th Missa Brevis of Palestrina, one of his more substantial and sonorous mass settings to be written in 4 parts.   Peter Phillips directs the Tallis Scholars.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

With a time change imminent (tomorrow night, we “fall back”), shun the darkness with music from movies inspired by Jules Verne’s novels of science, progress, and adventure.  Enjoy selections 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 takes us to some very strange places, yet manages to overcome all obstacles.  Still, it’s always a good idea to bring a harpoon, just in case, this Friday at 6 pm.

Welcome to December!  As usual, we’ll be starting the month with a selection of songs from shows that opened in New York in December on this week’s Dress Circle (12/2 7:00 p.m.).   We’ll be sampling material from over 100 years of Broadway magic that begins with Victor Herbert’s 1906 operetta “Mlle. Modiste” and ends with 2017’s “SpongeBob SquarePants.”  Along the way, there’ll be songs from “Drood,” “City of Angles,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Show Boat,” and “The Music Man” as well as some other familiar works.  It’s all about Broadway openings this week on The Dress Circle! 

Wednesday (10-31) at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear the Sonata for Viola & Piano by George Rochberg and the Piano Trio No. 1 in d minor by Anton Arensky.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Between the Keys goes to Italy October 30th

Oct 30, 2018

When The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler met his wife, the Italian New York-based artist Maria Scarpini, he had no idea that Italy would become a major part of his life. 

"We go at least once a year, and I sometimes play concerts, " says Jed. "Usually we're based in Milan, and I feel so much at home with the city's growing arts scene and the sense of civility that seems to prevail. Milan also is home to my favorite pizza in the universe: S.P.I.B., at Via Legnone 34!".

Temple University Wind Symphony led by Patricia Cornett perform music by Richard Strauss, Gustav Holst, Michael Daugherty, Mason Bates & Charles Ives.

Sunday evening, 10-28  at 11 we'll hear Mediteranean Dances by Charles Camileri, Joaquin Rodrigo's Sonata Pimpante and the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Turkish composer Ahmed Saygun.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

With Halloween looming, wander the creepy cornfields to music by George Crumb (“A Haunted Landscape), Morton Gould (“Jekyll and Hyde Variations”), and Dominick Argento (“Le Tombeau d’Edgar Poe”).  Walk softly around these spine-tingling exercises in American Gothic, this Sunday at 10 pm.

The Lyric Stage: Oct. 28 - A Comic One Act by Haydn

Oct 28, 2018

Joseph Haydn composed the comic opera L'infedelta delusa or Deceit Outwitted in 1773 early in his long tenure in service to the Esterhazy family. It's light fare, a burletta per musica, literally a musical joke, with a silly libretto by Mario Coltelina but one that serves the music well in a genre that is about absurd fun and good music. Sandrina wants to marry the peasant Nanni who's sister Vespina wants to marry the rich Nuncio but can't because Nuncio is going to marry Sandrina because her father says so, etc.

Distant Mirror: Oct. 26 - Trio Mediaeval

Oct 26, 2018

The Trio Mediaeval visits Distant Mirror this Friday night with the Missa Alma Redemptoris Mater of 15th century English composer Lionel Power.  The mass, based on the Marian antiphon of the same name, is one of the earliest masses to feature the cantus firmus in all the movements of the ordinary.  Power, with the possible exception of John Dunstable, is considered the greatest English composer of the 15th century.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

October 30th marks the 80th anniversary of the notorious “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast that brought the Martians to Grover’s Mill, outside Princeton, NJ, and set off a national panic.  2018 also happens to be the 120th anniversary of the publication of H.G. Wells’ novel.  We’ll wrap up our “Hear the Difference” fundraiser with a special live double-celebration, featuring music from films inspired by Wells’ classic and other cinematic Mars-Earth exchanges.  Watch out for that heat ray, this Friday at 6 pm!

(Note: This program aired live and was not recorded as webcast.)

Host Ryan Brandau, Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica and Amor Artis, presents some rarely heard choral works by Johannes Brahms this Sunday (10/28) on Sounds Choral at 2 pm. The musical selections will include Brahms' Alto Rhapsody, Nanie and Schicksalslied.

Unsung piano legends are the topic for this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, hosted by the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler.

“Although the pianists you’ll be hearing this hour are not necessarily household names,” says Distler, “they nevertheless count among the keyboard world’s most distinctive voices, and made significant contributions. Needless to say, hundreds of pianists share their distinction, I hasten to add, and this is only a small sample.”

Audra McDonald will be featured again on this week’s Dress Circle (10/28 7:00 p.m.) as we take a second look at her career “So Far.”  This time, we’ll be including selections from her performance as Bess in the 2012 revival of “Porgy and Bess.”  We’ll also be sampling songs from several of her solo CDs by the likes of Rodgers and Hart, McHugh and Fields, Kern and Wodehouse, Arlen and Gershwin, and Bernstein and Sondheim to name a few.  It’s a celebration of one of Broadway’s most delightful leading ladies, so join us for a happy hour in the Dress Circle.

Rutgers Symphony Orchestra led by Kynan Johns performs music by Missy Mazzoli, Beethoven & Holst

Sunday evening at 11 (10-21) we'll hear Boris Tishchenko's String Quartet No. 4 and Phaeton by Christopher Rouse.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past.