Upcoming and Noteworthy

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

Graduation Recital of Pianist Chelsea Wang

Dec 12, 2017

Wednesday, 12/13  at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Chelsea Wang perform the Mozart Sonata in F, KV 533/494 and Shostakovich's 2nd Piano Sonata.

This Monday (12-11) on Bach at One Julian Wachner leads the Choir of Trinity Wall St. in music by Isaac, Webern, Sheppard, Dorman & Tallis. The performance, recorded in September from the Time's Arrow festival, features music by several 16th century composers that Webern particularly admired.

Between the Keys December 12th/Inside and Outside

Dec 11, 2017

The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler explores unusual keyboard sonorities this week on Between the Keys, in an episode he calls "Pluck, Gliss, Strum, Bang and Chime." It features works by Cardew, Cowell, Nancarrow, Schubert, Rzewski and Chopin, and is guaranteed to stretch your ears.  Listen live at 10 PM, Tuesday December 12th.

A forgotten tragedy from 1839 will be featured on this week’s Sunday Opera (12/10  3:00 p.m.) with the broadcast of Saverio Mercadante’s “Il Bravo.”  Based on a play that was, in turn, based on the novel “The Bravo” by James Fenimore Cooper, the libretto explores the inability of the Venetian government to properly care for its citizens.  Dino Di Domenico leads the cast as Il Bravo in this 1991 recording, and he’s joined by Adelisa Tabiadon, Janet Perry, Sergio Bertocchi, and Stefano Antonucci along with the Bratislava Philharmonic Chorus and The Italian International Orchestra with Bruno A

An anthem in a musical usually comes when a character is at a crossroads, and we’ll be taking a look at a variety of anthems on this week’s Dress Circle (12/10  7:00 p.m.).   At some point in most musicals, one or more characters have to take stock of their situation and overcome some obstacle in order to find a happy ending, and that moment of personal crisis has given birth to some of the greatest songs in musicals.  Join as we sample anthems from “Ragtime,” “Steel Pier,” “Chess,” “La Cage Aux Folles,” “The Color Purple,” “Company,” and more.  It’ll be an hour of memorable numbers and per

Friday's Noontime Concert (12/8) from Astral Artists, recorded at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Philadelphia, features Debussy's "Ariettes oubliees" and Schoenberg's String Quartet No. 2.

Wednesday (12-6) at noon on Curtis Calls we present music by Messager, Poulenc Schubert & Weber from the graduation recital of clarinetist Slavko Popovic.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon, repeated Monday evenings at 10.

Monday (12-4) on Bach at One we'll hear Orchestra 1B1 and the Trinity Choir in J.S. Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and the Motet: "Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied" along with the Te Deum by Arvo Pärt.

The Birds and The Bees will be the topic for this week's edition of Between the Keys, hosted by Jed Distler, Artist in Residence for The Classical Network, including works by Amy Beach, Olivier Messaien, Maurice Ravel, Rued Langgaard, Bela Bartok, Franz Schubert and others. Listen live on Tuesday December 5th at 10:00 PM, with a rebroadcast the following Monday, December 11th at noon.

We’ll head out west for this week’s Sunday Opera (12/3  3:00 p.m.) and an adaptation by Craig Bohmler and Steven Mark Kohn of Zane Grey’s novel considered by many to be the greatest western ever written, “Riders of the Purple Sage,” a story of religious persecution and cattle rustlers.  The cast from Arizona Opera includes Laura Wilde as Jane, Joshua Jeremiah as Lassiter, Amanda Opuszynski as Bess, and Joshua Dennis as Venters with Joseph Mechavich conducting.   Following the opera, join host Michael Kownacky for more American music: a secular cantata by Paul Moravec entitled “The Blizzard

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