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What's ahead on The Classical Network? Catch some of these great programs coming your way. Information on evening concert broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other nationally broadcast performances can be found on our home page.

Professional opera companies perform Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata more than any other opera. The title role is a touchstone role for a soprano, and the last one hundred years of recordings features almost all of the sopranos whose voice fit the role giving their version of it. 

A real musical menu is on offer for this week’s Dress Circle (3/31 7:00 p.m.).  No, there won’t be any singing produce, but there will be songs from “The Most Happy Fella,” “The Fantasticks,” “Kismet,” “Flower Drum Song,” “A Night in Venice,” and “She Loves Me.”  The menu includes spaghetti, pie, ice cream, Caesar salad, guacamole, wine, and a trip to the supermarket for more.  Tune in for a fun look at some incredible edibles. 

It's the music of 13th century French composer Adam de la Halle on Friday's Distant Mirror. Adam was a trouveres in the service of Robert of Anjou, brother of Louis IX.  He wrote chansons, motets and rondos, and you can hear several of these as the Dufay Collective perform from their cd On the Banks of the Seine. Also on the program two selections by John Dowland, as well as pieces by Robert Morton, Christopher Tye and Alfonso Ferrabosco the Younger. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

All aboard!  From the beginning, trains have provided good escapist fun at the movies.  Tune in for transporting selections from “Murder on the Orient Express” (Richard Rodney Bennett), “The Train” (Maurice Jarre), “Strangers on a Train” (Dimitri Tiomkin), and “The Great Train Robbery” (Jerry Goldsmith).  Trains are the ticket, this Friday at 6 pm.

Photo by Joan Marcus


On Friday, 3-29 the Noontime Concert includes The Starry Night by Taiwanese born Yi Yiing Chen, Fred Lerdahl's Fantasy Etudes, Oil & Sugar by Marti Epstein, A Sibyl by James Primosch (text by Susan Stewart) and Steven Hartke's Wulfstan at the Millenium for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra.

This Saturday (3/30 at 7 pm), A Tempo looks at one of the latest online learning resources available for those interested in exploring opera in more depth. The Metropolitan Opera Guild has just launched an online learning program, and host Rachel Katz will speak with Stuart Holt, director of school programs and community engagement, about the series and some of the Guild's other education initiatives and activities.

Somehow, Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo had a son, and he’s the central figure in this week’s Sunday Opera (3/31 3:00 p.m.) in Nancy Van De Vate’s “Nemo Beyond Vulcania.”  With a libretto by Van De Vate and Alan Cortes, the story uses Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” as a starting point where Nemo’s grown son is torn between his loyalty to his father’s ideals of living in a world of men to do good works or to share his life with a woman.  The cast includes Zoltan Korda, Marek Oldbrzmek, Adriana Hlavsova, Andrea Kotulanova, Jiri Klecker, and Tomas Badura.  Toshiuki Shimada conducts the Ars Brunensis Chorus and the Moravian Philharmonic.  

Photo by Fred Stucker

The Classical Network this Friday (3/29 at 8 pm) features the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra with pianist Daniil Trifonov. Music Director Xian Zhang conducts the orchestra in Richard Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra, Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto in A Minor, and Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy.

Glenn Smith will be your host for this concert broadcast.

Frederick Delius wrote Margot La Rouge in 1902 to enter into the same one acgt opera competition that had honored Cavallaria Rusitcana in 1890. The rules said the libretto must be of "the French and Italian type" , and even though Delius is said to have hated  verismo, he gave it a try, choosing what his friend and champion Eric Fenby disdained as a "sordid affair" to set to music.

Thursday, 3-28 on the Noontime Concert we'll hear Mark Hyczko lead the NBCO in music by Beethoven, Antheil, Libby Larsen, Stacy Garrup and Dmitri Shostakovich in a program called Bad Attitude.

On Sunday evening, 3/24 at 11 we'll hear the Symphony No. 5 by Rumanian composer Anatol Vieru and Richard Wilson's Gnomics for wind trio.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past. 

Edvard Grieg was a gentle, generous soul.  As Norway’s most important composer, he provided inspiration not only to Scandinavians, but also to artists all over Europe and the United States, who sought alternatives to Austro-German musical methodology.  Grieg’s personality and achievements engendered much affection and loyalty.  Tune in for an hour of music dedicated to Grieg by his friends and admirers, including Edward MacDowell, Julius Röntgen, and Percy Grainger.  Everybody loves Grieg, this Sunday at 10 pm.

We’ll be enjoying more fruits from the age of the CD on this week’s Dress Circle (3/24 7:00 p.m.) as we sample recordings made by composers and lyricists of their own works.  Many of these recordings were demos or examples of works in progress that they wanted to share with absent partners; some are from public performances, and the results are wonderfully variable.  Some of those professionals include Stephen Sondheim, Cy Coleman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Johnny Mercer, Harold Rome, Frank Loesser, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, and Hoagy Carmichael just to name a few.  

The Ensemble Clement Jannequin visits Distant Mirror Friday night with the top tunes of the 1550's in Paris from their collection Fricasee Parisienne: Popular chansons from the French Renaissance. Hear selections by Sandrin, Sermisy, Crequillon and others. Then the Early Music Consort of London performs the Terpsichore Dances of Michael Praetorius.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Prophecies must be fulfilled, order restored, and the land made whole!  Join the quest for music from fantasy films, with selections from “The Dark Crystal” (Trevor Jones), “Willow” (James Horner), “The Lord of the Rings” (Leonard Rosenman), and “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (Howard Shore).  It’s a hero’s journey from Jim Henson to Mount Doom, this Friday at 6 pm.

A Tempo this Saturday (3/23 at 7 pm) wraps up its two-week feature on the New World Symphony and its 31 years of training musicians for musical careers. This week host Rachel Katz focuses on the symphony's mission to provide career development, including expanded explorations of community outreach, alternative programming and entrepreneurial initiatives.

We’re going to the United Kingdom for this week’s Sunday Opera (3/24 3:00 p.m.) with two operas about plucky young ladies.  First will be Ireland’s Michael William Balfe’s charming “Bohemian Girl” which deals with a stolen child raised by gypsies who falls in love with an exiled Polish nobleman, and it all comes out right in the third act.   The cast includes Nora Thomas, Patrick Power, Jonathan Summers, Bernadette Cullen, and John del Carlo with Richard Bonynge leading the Irish Radio and Television Philharmonic Choir and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.  

Frederick Delius wrote Margot La Rouge in 1902 to enter into the same one act opera competition won by Cavallaria Rusticana in 1890. The rules said the libretto must be of "the French and Italian type", and even though Delius is said to have hated  verismo, he gave it a try, choosing what his friend and champion Eric Fenby disdained as a "sordid affair" to set to music.

Friday evening at 8 we present the Princeton Symphony Orchestra with soloist Rachel Barton Pine in Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1.  Music Director Rossen Milanov also leads the orchestra in Janacek's Sinfonietta and the Divertimento from the Fairy's Kiss by Igor Stravinsky.  The Friday Evening Concert from the PSO at 8 on March 22nd on the Classical Network.

Wednesday at noon (3-20) on Curtis Calls we'll hear Mozart's Quintet for Piano & Strings, K. 452, two arrangements for cello and guitar of JS Bach's music & Brahms' Trio in A minor for clarinet, cello & piano.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Edward Joseph Collins (1886-1951) was born to Irish-American parents in Joliet, Illinois.  Though he studied abroad with Max Bruch and Engelbert Humperdinck, it was in Chicago that he made his career.  Nearly a generation older than Copland and Gershwin, he too found inspiration in African-American spirituals, cowboy songs, and jazz.  Collins’ relationship to the Irish was a complex one.  Nonetheless, he couldn’t escape the pull of his heritage and its music.  Tune in to hear three of his Irish meditations, this Sunday at 10 pm.

It’s a bit of the less familiar on this week’s Dress Circle (3/17 7:00 p.m.) as we look at some of the recordings released by producer Ben Bagley as part of his “Revisited” series.  You’ll know the composers and lyricists such as Noel Coward, Burton Lane, Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson, Frank Loesser, Richard Rodgers, and Lorenz Hart, but you may not know some of the songs from shows like “The Garrick Gaities,” “Calling All Stars,” “Huckleberry Finn,” “Senor Discretion Himself,” and “Good Morning Dearie.” 

Photo by Maria Barnova


March 15th lives in infamy as the anniversary of the murder of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.  After declaring himself Dictator for Life, Caesar was set upon by members of the Roman Senate and stabbed 23 times.  Toga is the dressing for a Caesar salad of films set in Ancient Rome, including “Julius Caesar” (Miklós Rózsa), “Cleopatra” (Alex North), “Gladiator” (Hans Zimmer), and “The Fall of the Roman Empire” (Dimitri Tiomkin).  Rome wasn’t built in a day; it falls in an hour, this Friday at 6 pm.

On Friday's Distant Mirror Allan Kelly will present a progrm that first aired in 2013 called "How I Came to Early Music" which demonstrates the almost seamless transition from Celtic and English folk music of the late 1960's and early 1970's to medieval secular music that was enjoying a  revival at that same time.    On the folk side you'll hear selections by Shirley and Dolly Collins, Pentangle, John Renbourn, The Incredible String Band and others,  juxtaposed with performances by the Dufay Collective, The Early Music Consort of London and Anonymous 4.  Join Allan at 10pm.

We’ll turn to a classic recording of a much loved opera on this week’s Sunday Opera (3/17 3:00 p.m.) and a 1958 recording of Giacomo Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West” featuring a stellar cast that truly doesn’t get enough air play today.  Minnie, the “girl” of the title, is Renata Tebaldi, Mario Del Monaco is the bandit-in-disguise Dick Johnson (a.k.a. Ramerez) with whom she falls in love much to the consternation of Sherriff Jack Rance sung by Cornell MacNeil, and she saves Ramerez’s life by cheating at poker to “win” him. 

Photo by Rui-Dias Aidos

The New World Symphony has been a pioneer in the fields of musician training and innovation in programming and community outreach since its founding 31 years ago. A recent $500,000 donation has now enabled it to create a Fund for New Ventures, designed to support further efforts to explore new opportunities and possibilities in re-imagining the learning, concert and performance experiences. A Tempo this Saturday (3/16 at 7 pm) starts a two-week look at the Miami Beach, Florida-based orchestra, its history and its plans for the future.

Candide on the Lyric Stage Sunday at 8

Mar 14, 2019

This week on the LS we  feature the original 1956 production of Leonard Bernstein's Candide based on Voltaire's 18th century novella which attacks the 18th c. philosophy of optimism. Many versions of Candide exist, but this is music from the first version, with a cast that features Barbara Cook as Cuneghonde and Robert Rounseville as Candide. 

Half Past this Sunday at 11 PM is entirely dedicated to Music by Toru Takemitsu: Towards the Sea II, "Vers, l'arc-en ciel,Palma,"  Air, To the Edge of Dream and I Hear the Water Dreaming.  Music of the past half-century on Half Past.

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