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Picture Perfect Now on Saturday: Charles Dickens

Dec 10, 2020

Humbug!  This week on “Picture Perfect,” it’s music from movies inspired by the writings of Charles Dickens.  Tune in for selections from “Nicholas Nickleby” (Lord Berners), “Oliver Twist” (Sir Arnold Bax), “David Copperfield” (Sir Malcolm Arnold), and “A Christmas Carol” (Richard Addinsell).  Blame it on an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato.  There will be more of gravy than of the grave about it, this Saturday at 6 pm.

The Lost Chord: December 13 - Pieces of Eight

Dec 10, 2020

Celebrate Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights, with music on Jewish themes and by Jewish composers, including “Aspects of a Great Miracle” by Michael Isaacson, “Three Hassidic Dances” by Leon Stein,” and “The Klezmer Concerto” by Ofer Ben-Amots.  Enjoy your fill of light and latkes, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Half Past: Dec. 6

Dec 6, 2020

This week Sounds Choral host Deborah Simpkin King presents two works based on carols of the season - Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols and Conrad Susa's Carols & Lullabies. Tune in Sunday (12/6) at 2 pm.

It’s a showcase of the “shows of December” on this week’s Dress Circle (12/6 7:00 p.m.) as we look at just a few of the shows that opened in New York this month.   We’re beginning with a 19th century show, “The Ameer,” by Victor Herbert via a march from the score played by the U.S. Coast Guard Band. 

The music is big... it’s the PICTURES that got small.  Tune in for an hour of television music by composers better known for their film scores.  We’ll hear selections from “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” (Bernard Herrmann), “Wagon Train” (Jerome Moross), “Lost in Space” (John Williams), and a medley of classic television themes (Jerry Goldsmith).  You’re invited to think inside the box, this Saturday at 6 pm.

Over the centuries, the character of Saint Nicholas has undergone a remarkable transformation from austere-but-generous religious figure, to gift-giving, jolly old elf.  We’ll sample two sides of the Patron Saint of Children.  First, Joseph-Guy Ropartz recounts the grisly legend of the pickled boys, in his cantata “Le Miracle de Saint Nicolas.”  Then, 19th century Philadelphia composer William Henry Fry anticipates the Straussian tone poem, with a Clement Moore-inspired “Santa Claus Symphony.”  Tune in for two faces of St. Nick, this Sunday at 10 pm. 

Sounds Choral: Nov. 29

Nov 29, 2020

Host Gabriel Crouch presents selections from the new album featuring Sarah Kirkland Snider's Requiem for the Endangered on Sounds Choral this Sunday (11/29) at 2 pm. 

We’re celebrating a Broadway leading man on this week’s Dress Circle (11/29 7:00 p.m.) as we shine a spotlight on Brian Stokes Mitchell.  In this first segment, we’ll sample some of his performances on Broadway in the hits “Ragtime” by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and the revival of Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me Kate.”  We’ll also look at two concert versions of the musicals “South Pacific” by Rodgers and Hammerstein from Carnegie Hall and the Encores City Center production of the Jule Styne, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green musical “Do Re Mi.” 

Generally speaking, steampunk is a science fiction subgenre that employs forward-looking technologies and gadgetry – in many cases literally powered by steam – in incongruous, quasi-Victorian settings.  Enjoy selections from “Hugo” (Howard Shore), “The Golden Compass” (Alexandre Desplat), “Wild Wild West” (Elmer Bernstein), and the H.G. Wells-Jack the Ripper thriller “Time After Time” (Miklós Rózsa).  Things will get pretty steamy, this Saturday at 6 pm.

The Lost Chord: November 29 - Fool's Paradise

Nov 26, 2020

Inspired by Brueghel’s painting “The Land of Cockaigne,” Knudage Rissager’s ballet, “Slaraffenland,” imagines a Promised Land “where roasted pigeons fly around in the air with knives and forks in their backs, and the streets are paved with marzipan and chocolate.”  A silly boy wanders into the country of King Sauce and becomes ill from overindulgence.  Along the way, he encounters Robin Hood, the Three Musketeers, Captain Fear, Fountains of Liqueur, Cigarettes, and the Candy Princess.  Conclude the long, gluttonous holiday weekend with a dose of musical tryptophan, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Steven Sametz, Artistic Director of the Princeton Singers, hosts Sounds Choral this Sunday (11/22 at 2 pm) featuring music of thanks and praise as we head into the Thanksgiving season. The program will include works by Sametz, Aaron Copland, Stephen Paulus, Stephen Sondheim, and Randall Thompson.

Half Past: Nov. 22

Nov 22, 2020

Not all animated musicals come from the Disney Studios, and we’re going to look at four of them on this week’s Dress Circle (11/22 7:00 p.m.).  From an immigrant mouse to a famous cat and mouse team to bucolic animals telling an iconic American story to a beloved pair of misfits, we’ll hear songs from “An American Tail,” “Tom and Jerry the Movie,” “Tom Sawyer,” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.”  We’ve planned another happy hour that we hope will incite some fond memories.

Posing a question asked of many-a composer...'where'd ya get that tune?"...this episode features music of Haydn, Brahms, Rachmaninov as well as Antonio Carlos Jobim & Thelonius Monk.

There’s more to Thanksgiving than turkey and football.  We’ll hear music from movies reflective of what’s best in human nature and most admirable in the American character, including selections from “The Cummington Story” (Aaron Copland), “Field of Dreams” (James Horner), “The Best Years of Our Lives” (Hugo Friedhofer), and “Lincoln” (John Williams); then count our blessings and aspire to do better, this Saturday at 6 pm.

The Lost Chord: November 22 - Homebodies

Nov 19, 2020

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s hardly surprising our thoughts, memories, and desires would be full of home.   It’s a good time then to listen to John Fitz Rogers’ “Magna Mysteria,” a 2010 work that weaves together Latin biblical texts and poetic verse of the 6th century philosopher Boethius, elevating the idea of home – and the seeking of home – to a metaphorical or spiritual realm.  Also on the program will be Aaron Copland’s “Letter from Home,” of 1943-44.  In a year when reunions may be difficult, home is in our hearts, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Half Past: Nov. 15

Nov 15, 2020

James Jordan hosts Sounds Choral this Sunday (11/15) with a "sneak hear" of the new CD by The Same Stream choir, "The Fire of Love & Songs of Innocence," featuring music by Patrick Hawes. Tune in at 2 pm.

We’re featuring a sister-act on this week’s Dress Circle (11/15 7:00 p.m.) as we look at those Callaways, Ann Hampton and Liz with selections from their musical and solo recording careers.  Suggested by their recent concert and CD entitled Sibling Revelry, we’ll hear duets including something they call “The Huge Medley” and a song from Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along.”  

Bach's Antidote

Nov 14, 2020

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