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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.

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The Princeton Festival returns to The Classical Network Friday (5/25) at the special time of 4 pm with a concert by the Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra and Concertmaster Juan Carlos Zamudio. You'll hear Alessandro Stradella's Concerto Grosso in D and the Concerto Grosso in B minor Op. 6 No. 12 by George Frederic Handel, whose aria "Da Tempeste" from his opera Giulio Cesare will also be included on the program, performed by soprano Paloma Friedhoff Bello.

We’re beginning a new series of performances from The Lyric Opera of Chicago with Gluck’s “Orphee et Eurydice” as this week’s Sunday Opera (5/27 3:00 p.m.)  Dmitry Korchak stars as Orpheus, and his Eurydice is Andriana Chuchman.  They’re joined by Lauren Snouffer as Amour and the Lyric Opera of Chicago Chorus and Orchestra.  The performance is conducted by Harry Bicket.  After the opera, we’ll continue with more music of Gluck in his “balleto” “Alessandro” about the ill-fated love of Alexander the Great for Roxane.  

Wednesday, 5-23 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Bartok's String Quartet No. 5 and Mozart's Sonata in F, KV 332.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evening at 10. 

This Sunday evening, 5-20 at 11 on Half Past we'll hear:

The Lake Isle of Innisfree by Kevin Kaska, Robert Beaser's Variations for Flute & Piano, Variations for piano by Martin Amlin and Lior Rosner's Awake & Dream.

Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

With the exception, perhaps, of his own transcriptions of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Leopold Stokowski recorded more Wagner with the Philadelphia Orchestra than any other single composer.   Revisit some of Stoky’s early recordings, originally issued on 78s, including the controversial “Liebesnacht,” the original version of his symphonic synthesis after “Tristan und Isolde,” and a superb recording of “Wotan’s Farewell and Magic Fire Music” from “Die Walküre.”  The magic begins Sunday at 10 pm. 

The Lyric Stage: May 20 - Kurt Weill

May 20, 2018

In 1979, the Metropolitan Opera revived Kurt Weill's opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny which had originally appeared in Berlin in 1929. Weill's wife Lotte Lenya sang Jenny. Teresa Stratas took the  role in 1979 at the Met. Lenya saw Stratas do it, and then packed up some unpublished and little known songs by Weill, and gave them to Stratas. Here, said Lenya, nobody sings Weill's music like you do and you should have these. Or words to that effect. The result was Stratas recorded an album of 14 of these songs, and this week we have some of them for you.

Among the many definitions of a “moment,” the first is “a minute portion or point of time: instant,” and on this week’s Dress Circle (5/20 7:00 p.m.), we’ll be looking at a series of “Moment Moments.”  We were surprised by how important moments are in musicals, and we had many shows from which to choose songs.

Hear both sacred and secular music by William Byrd on this Friday's Distant Mirror. First, the Choir of Winchester Cathedral under the direction of David Hill performs the Byrd Mass for 3 Voices; then two consort pieces: The Leaves be Green and a praeludium and ground, both featuring Capriccio Stravagante under Skip Sempe.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

Head south with selections from “Green Fire” and “Crisis” (both by Miklós Rózsa), “Green Mansions” (Heitor Villa-Lobos & Bronislau Kaper), and “The Mission” (Ennio Morricone).  The exposure is all southern, with music from films set in South America, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Tom Stoppard's wild intellectual ride of a play, "Travesties," is making its revival on Broadway in a Roundabout Theatre production. Hear Theater Critic Howard Shapiro's review of the show this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

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The Princeton Festival returns to The Classical Network Sunday at 3 pm with a complete performance of Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio. Glenn Smith hosts this broadcast of the Festival's 2017 opera, featuring tenor Noah Baetge in the role of Florestan and soprano Marcy Stonikas as the heroine Leonore.

The jailer Rocco will be performed by bass Gustav Andreassen, his daughter Marzelline is soprano Danielle Talamantes, the villainous Don Pizarro is bass-baritone Joseph Barron, Jacquino is tenor Michael Kuh and Don Fernando is bass-baritone Cameron Jackson.

This Wednesday (5-16) at noon on Curtis Calls we hear Beethoven's 4th and 6th Piano Sonatas and Henryk Wieniawski's Legende.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon, repeated Monday evenings at 10. 

Mark Hyczko leads the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra in Friday's (5-18) Noon Concert with music by Dmitri Shostakovich, John Corigliano, Sebastian Currier, Alexa Canales & Michael Daugherty.

Thursday's (5-17) Noontime Concert from Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra Tempesta di Mare includes J.S. Bach's Cantatas 161 & 173a along with two orchestral suites by Telemann.

This Friday (5-18 at 8 pm) guest conductor Teddy Abrams leads the Princeton Symphony Orchestra in a program including Joan Tower's Made in America and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, Pastoral.

This Sunday night (5-13) on Half Past we'll hear Paul Chihara's Viola Concerto, Light Refracted by Jennifer Higdon & Draft by George Liderman.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past. 

A performance of his Symphony No. 3 sold over a million copies, making it one of the best-selling classical records of all time.  Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 4, completed in short score 30 years later, was to be the composer’s last major work.  Subtitled “Tansman Episodes,” the piece was written in tribute to his compatriot, Alexandre Tansman.  Tansman’s “Partita for Cello and Piano,” dedicated to the famed Spanish cellist Gaspar Cassadó, will also be featured.  Górecki does not repeat, this Sunday at 10 pm. 

Piano Excursions Sunday May 13 with Jed Distler

May 13, 2018

Airing on the second Sunday and Wednesday of each month, Piano Excursions celebrates the broadest range of jazz piano, hosted by Jed Distler, the Classical Network's Artist-in-Resident, and host of the 2017 ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys.

Listeners are in store for an hour of wonderful singing on this week’s “Dress Circle”  (5/13  7:00 p.m.) when Dinah Shore is featured singing songs from Broadway and Hollywood including songs from her film outing with Alan Jones and Robert Merrill entitled “Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick." 

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, revisit familiar tales learned in childhood with music from “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm” (Leigh Harline), “The Company of Wolves” (George Fenton), “Puss in Boots” (Henry Jackman), and “La Belle et La Bête” (Georges Auric).  It’s an hour of once-upon-a-time and happily-ever-after, this Friday at 6 pm. 

The Martin Best Ensemble visit Distant Mirror Friday night with several of the Cantigas of Santa Maria from the 13th century court of King Alfonso X, the Wise, of Castille.  These songs are in honor of the Virgin Mary in the tradition of the Provencal troubadours.  Also on the program: The Tallis Scholars perform William Byrd's Mass  for 4 Voices.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.  

George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan" is revived on Broadway with Condola Rashad as Joan of Arc. Hear Theater Critic Howard Shapiro's review this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.  

Friday, 5-11 at noon we present a concert from Mélomanie, the Delaware-based Baroque & contemporary ensemble. We'll hear music by Carl Abel, Marin Marais, Johann Quantz, Mark Hagerty, Jean-Baptiste Lully, & Christopher Braddock.

A Tempo this week continues its focus on accomplished musicians who are sharing their experiences and advice with the next generation of musicians. Host Rachel Katz will speak with two of the artists being honored this year by the Cleveland Institute of Music - harpist Ann Hobson Pilot, who became the first African American woman to hold a principal position in a major U.S.

We’ll be transported to the Yorkshire Moors for this week’s Sunday Opera (5/13  3:00 p.m.) through Bernard Hermann’s 1951 treatment of Emily Bronte’s brooding novel “Wuthering Heights.”  The opera was begun in 1943 while Hermann was writing the film score for the adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre,” but it would never be produced during his life time.  Focusing on the first half of Bronte’s novel, “Wuthering Heights” looks at the tragic love of the headstrong Cathy and the tormented Heathcliff played out against the beautifully bleak moorland.  

Piffaro The Renaissance Band presents "Back Before Bach - Musical Journeys" on this Thursday's Noontime Concert (5/10).

Wednesday (5/9) at noon we'll hear students from the Curtis Institute in Anton Arensky's first piano trio and George Rochberg's Sonata for Viola & Piano.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10. 

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem performs John Rutter's Gloria on Tuesday's Noontime Concert. The broadcast opens with Walton’s uplifting “Coronation Te Deum,” written for the 1952 coronation of Elizabeth II.

We're celebrating the birthdays of Brahms and Tchaikovsky today - and hope that you will join us in membership, either by becoming a new member, renewing your membership or making an additional donation. Think of it as a birthday gift to all the great composers out there, past and present. And when you donate, you can cast your vote for your favorite of these two titans of the Romantic era.

Brahms and Tchaikovsky were totally B.F.F. – Best Frenemies Forever.

On Half Past this Sunday  evening (5/6) at 11  we'll hear: Samuel Adler's Harpsichord Sonata, Judgement by Matthew Levy,  Vincent Persichhetti's English Horn Concerto & the Flute Sonata by Lowell Lieberman.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past.  

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