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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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art earlier this year unveiled some of the main components of its renovated musical instrument galleries, and this Saturday A Tempo (7/21 at 7 pm) takes us on a tour through some of the highlights.

We’ll journey to the 17th century on this week’s Sunday Opera (7/22 3:00 p.m.) and a production of Claudio Monteverdi’s “The Return of Ulysses” in a joint production of London’s Roundhouse and the Royal Opera.  This tale of Ulysses’ return to Penelope and the defeat of her treacherous suitors after his arduous journey  features Roderick Williams in the title role and Christine Rice as his Penelope, and they’re joined by David Shipley as Antinous, Catherine Carby as Minerva, Samuel Boden as Telemachus, and Susan Buckley as Eurycleia.  

The Dress Circle will shine a spotlight on Glenn Close this week (7/22 7:00 p.m.) in performances which might be unfamiliar to many, her outings in Broadway musicals with selections from the Richard Rodgers and Martin Charnin musical about Henry VIII entitled “Rex” where she played Princess Mary, as Charity Barnum in Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart’s “Barnum,” and her much lauded performance as Norma Desmund in “Sunset Boulevard” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black, and Christopher Hampton.  

This week on The Lyric Stage (7/25 at 8 pm) we present Maurice Ravel’s opera, L’enfant et les Sortileges, the Child and the Spells, a "lyric fantasy" in one act, with a libretto by Colette.

The Paris  Opera asked Colette  to write the scenario for a fairy ballet during WW1, and her choice to compose the music was Ravel.  Progress was slow due to Ravel’s health and his other work, but he turned his full attention to it in 1924, and finally completed it in early 1925 with the premiere in Monte Carlo conducted by Victor de Sabata and choreographed by George Ballanchine.

This Sunday (7-22)  evening at 11 on Half Past we'll hear the 4th Symphony by Krysztof Penderecki, the Quintet for Horn & Strings by Richard Wernick and a song for soprano, Spring by Dominic Argento.  Music composed in the past half-century.

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Savor the majesty of the organ repertoire on Pipedreams every Sunday at 7 am. With Heart and Voice brings you sacred music at 1 pm and Sounds Choral surveys choral works at 2 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.

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A Tempo this week (7/14 at 7 pm) visits with the four young composers participating in this year's New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, held this past week on the campus of Princeton University.

When she was in her 20s, dancer Gesel Mason started emailing black choreographers she admired, asking them to create a solo for her. To her surprise, many of them said yes.

"I did not know I was making my life's work when I started it," she says. "I was just really interested in dancing with some choreographers."

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the performing arts organizations located in the city's deluged arts district faced some difficult challenges as they sought to keep their planned seasons intact. This Saturday on A Tempo (7/7 at 7 pm), host Rachel Katz checks in with the Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera about how the hurricane impacted their plans, and how these organizations rebounded and worked around the challenges thrown at them throughout the season.

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