Upcoming and Noteworthy

What's ahead on The Classical Network? Catch some of these great programs coming your way.

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  The Iceman Cometh, Eugene O’Neill’s play about the self-delusions of a group of men fueled by alcohol, is now in a Broadway revival starring Denzel Washington. Theater critic will review this production this week on In a Broadway Minute, Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

Jessica Franko

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.

Picture Perfect: May 25 - Valor and Sacrifice

May 24, 2018

For Memorial Day, we honor the fallen, with music from cinematic meditations on the costs and consequences of war, with selections from “Glory” (James Horner), “Sergeant York” (Max Steiner), “The Deer Hunter” (Stanley Myers), and “Saving Private Ryan” (John Williams).  The music is moving; the heroes are unsung, this Friday at 6 pm.

There's some great  Renaissance dance music on Friday night's Distant Mirror as the Clemencic Consort performs from the collections of Pierre Phalese, Claude Gervaise and Pierre Attaignant.  Also on the program, the conclusion of the mass cycle of William Byrd as the Tallis Scholars under Peter Phillips perform the Mass for 5 Voices.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

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.  

An “all-star” version of Stephen Sondheim’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” to welcome the upcoming Princeton Festival production will air on this week’s Dress Circle (5/27 7:00 p.m.).   We’ll be playing a large percentage of this delightful score using the original Broadway cast, original London cast, the 1996 Broadway revival, and the film if time permits.  

This week we have highlights from Vivaldi's Orlando Furioso, from a much praised recording featuring Veronica Cangemi and Jennifer Larmore, with Jean-Cristophe Spinosi conducting the chorus Les Elements and the Ensemble Matheus.

Sunday (5-27) evening at 11 on Half Past we'll hear the 2nd Symphony by Philip Glass and Eric Ewazen's Ballade for clarinet, harp & string orchestra.  Music from the past half-century.

Between the Keys May 22/Varied Variations

May 22, 2018

This week's edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys finds The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler exploring piano variations.

The four distinctly different works that Distler has chosen may not be equally familiar, yet promise stimulating listening. Chopin's youthful, seldom heard Variations on "The Carnival of Venice" start things off in a recording by Nikita Magaloff. Nielsen's Chaconne is a masterpiece waiting to be discovered, and John Ogdon's recording is considered the version of reference.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.  

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." 

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