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Friday Night Broadcast - NJSO Performs Beethoven and Berlioz

The Classical Network in Concert this Friday (11/24) presents the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Music Director Xian Zhang in a concert program of Beethoven and Berlioz.

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Coming Up on The Classical Network

The new Christmas show on Broadway is a musical revue called "Home for the Holidays" at the August Wilson Theatre. Hear Theater Critic Howard Shapiro's review this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

Picture Perfect: November 24 - Kings Row

Nov 23, 2017

With a new “Star Wars” right around the corner, we’ll hear an extensive suite from one of John Williams’ acknowledged influences, Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s “Kings Row.”  The setting couldn’t be more different – “Kings Row’s” struggle of decency against sinister impulses takes place in a small Midwestern town – but Korngold's opulently orchestrated score brims with romance and heroism.  Check out that rousing opening fanfare, this Friday at 6 pm.

The Romance of the Rose is a medieval French poem styled as an allegorical dream vision. The work's stated purpose is to entertain as well as to teach others about the art of love. It's one of the great masterpieces of French literature and has influenced much  of European culture including Dante and Chaucer.  Much of the text was set to music and on Friday's Distant Mirror you can hear several of the resulting chansons as the ensemble Alla Francesca performs. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

“Amleto,” an opera by Franco Faccio that disappeared for over 140 years, is the special treat on this week’s Sunday Opera (11/26  3:00 p.m.).  This broadcast is from the 2014 production by Opera Southwest and was realized and reconstructed by Southwest’s Artistic Director and conductor Anthony Barrese.  The opera premiered on May 30, 1865 in Genoa and was revised in 1871 for a La Scala production after which Faccio withdrew the score which was not to be heard again until the 21st century.  Alex Richardson stars in the title role, and he’s joined by Abla Hamza as his Ofelia, Shannon DeVine a

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Exploring Music - Weeknights at 7

This week Exploring Music launches into the first part of a two part series on the Russian Romantic composer Peter Tchaikovsky.

Music for Your Saturday

Enjoy hearing young musicians on From the Top at noon, guitar favorites on Classical Guitar Alive at 5 and conversations about the arts on A Tempo at 7.

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Giving Tuesday 2017

The Classical Network Supports Community Organizations on Giving Tuesday

The Classical Network is reaching out again this Giving Tuesday to help worthy organizations spread the word of the work they do to benefit people in our region. This Tuesday, November 28, we will be inviting representatives from HomeFront, TASK, Trenton Music Makers, the Princeton Senior Resource Center, SAVE - A Place for Animals and other local service organizations to come join us on the air and talk about their mission and the people they serve.

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Arts and Cultural News Headlines

Contemporary ballet company Ballet X celebrated the groundbreaking of its new Center for World Premiere Choreography this week, announcing plans to commission 40 new works by 25 choreographers in the next decade and promising to provide opportunities for young people in the neighborhood of its new South Philadelphia home. 

The play M. Butterfly, about a French diplomat who falls in love with a Chinese mistress, is in revival on Broadway. Join Howard Shapiro on In a Broadway Minute for a review Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

A Tempo this week explores the life and legacy of Venezuelan composer and arranger Aldemaro Romero. Hired by RCA in 1951, his career included the popular Dinner in Caracas album, collaborations with Dean Martin and Tito Puente, and the development of the Onda Nueva sound. His musical works spanned jazz, big band and classical genres and often brought in Venezuelan melodies and styles. 

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