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Jean-Yves Thibaudet on Between the Keys/June 19th

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This week's edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys features internationally acclaimed pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in both words and music.

We’ll travel to Sri Lanka for this week’s Sunday Opera (6/17 3:00 p.m.) and a production of Georges Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” from the Chicago Lyric Opera.  This story of desire, friendship, and sacrifice which includes one of the most famous and beloved tenor/baritone duets, “Au fond du temple saint,” stars Mariusz Kwiecien, Matthew Polenzani, and Andrea Silvestrelli with Sir Andrew Davis conducting.  

The delightful stage output of Marvin Hamlisch is the subject of this week’s Dress Circle (6/17  7:00 p.m.)  as we look at songs from familiar shows like “A Chorus Line” (with songs from the Italian and Japanese original cast recordings), “They’re Playing Our Song” and “The Good-bye Girl” (both Broadway and West End casts), and “The Sweet Smell of Success.”  

Gian Carlo Menotti's first success and still one of the finest of his operas, was Amelia Al Ballo, Amelia Goes to the Ball. He wrote it beginning in 1933 and finished the orchestration in 1937. Members of the Curtis Institute of Music (where Menotti had studied) premiered the opera at the Academy of Music in Phiiladelphia on April 1, 1937, in an English translation by George Mead. A few days later, the same cast presented it in New York, where is was so successful the Metropolitan picked it up and first performed it on March 3, 1938.

The Lost Chord: June 17 - Son Dance

Jun 14, 2018

As related in the Gospel of Luke, a young wastrel burns through his family fortune, then returns home to the arms of his forgiving father.  It’s an off-center Father’s Day tribute, as we listen to ballet music inspired by the Parable of the Prodigal Son, including works by Hugo Alfvén and Sergei Prokofiev.  Father knows best, this Sunday at 10 pm.

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The Piano Matters compares recordings of great piano works performed by various artists past and present, analyzing and explaining differing approaches to the music.

Chamber Music on Sunday Nights at 9

Enjoy the best in chamber music performance Sunday nights at 9 with leading chamber music players from around the world. David Finckel and Wu Han, Co-Artistic Directors.

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Sounds Choral: June 17 - Choral Poem Settings

Join host Amanda Quist, Associate Professor and Chair of the Conducting, Organ, and Sacred Music Department at Westminster Choir College, as she surveys some of the many choral works based on poem settings. Enjoy this program Sunday (6/17) at 2 pm.

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Rodgers and Hammerstein live again on Broadway in the large-scale revival of Carousel with voices that inlude that of soprano Renée Fleming. Hear Theater Critic Howard Shapiro's review of the revival this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

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The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra announced Sunday that Music Director Xian Zhang has extended her contract by four years, which will enable her to lead the Newark, NJ-based orchestra through its 100th anniversary and beyond. This Saturday on A Tempo (6/16 at 7 pm), host Rachel Katz will speak with Zhang about her decision to commit through the 2023-2024 season, as well as with NJSO President and CEO Gabriel van Aalst. The program will also feature a conversation with José Luis Dominguez, who was named Artistic Director of the NJSO Youth Orchestras.

The Tony Awards felt a little different this year than they have recently. It was a year without a Hamilton or a Dear Evan Hansen; there was no one original, out-of-nowhere show that came into the Tony Awards as a pop phenomenon. In fact, all four of the four nominated musicals were adaptations of existing properties: SpongeBob SquarePants, Disney's Frozen and the non-musical films Mean Girls and The Band's Visit.

Remember A Chorus Line? The immensely popular 1975 musical looked at the stories of some of the people who often work completely anonymously on Broadway.

Tonight, the 2018 Tony Awards — Broadway's highest honors — will be handed out in a ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. Lead and featured actors in plays and musicals will win prizes.

A Chorus Line was nominated for 12 Tony Awards in 1976, and won nine. But the performers in real-life choruses aren't even eligible to win.

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