Upcoming and Noteworthy

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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.

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.  

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.

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.

This Sunday evening, 5-20 at 11 on Half Past we'll hear:

The Lake Isle of Innisfree by Kevin Kaska, Robert Beaser's Variations for Flute & Piano, Variations for piano by Martin Amlin and Lior Rosner's Awake & Dream.

Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

With the exception, perhaps, of his own transcriptions of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Leopold Stokowski recorded more Wagner with the Philadelphia Orchestra than any other single composer.   Revisit some of Stoky’s early recordings, originally issued on 78s, including the controversial “Liebesnacht,” the original version of his symphonic synthesis after “Tristan und Isolde,” and a superb recording of “Wotan’s Farewell and Magic Fire Music” from “Die Walküre.”  The magic begins Sunday at 10 pm. 

The Lyric Stage: May 20 - Kurt Weill

May 20, 2018

In 1979, the Metropolitan Opera revived Kurt Weill's opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny which had originally appeared in Berlin in 1929. Weill's wife Lotte Lenya sang Jenny. Teresa Stratas took the  role in 1979 at the Met. Lenya saw Stratas do it, and then packed up some unpublished and little known songs by Weill, and gave them to Stratas. Here, said Lenya, nobody sings Weill's music like you do and you should have these. Or words to that effect. The result was Stratas recorded an album of 14 of these songs, and this week we have some of them for you.

Hear both sacred and secular music by William Byrd on this Friday's Distant Mirror. First, the Choir of Winchester Cathedral under the direction of David Hill performs the Byrd Mass for 3 Voices; then two consort pieces: The Leaves be Green and a praeludium and ground, both featuring Capriccio Stravagante under Skip Sempe.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

Head south with selections from “Green Fire” and “Crisis” (both by Miklós Rózsa), “Green Mansions” (Heitor Villa-Lobos & Bronislau Kaper), and “The Mission” (Ennio Morricone).  The exposure is all southern, with music from films set in South America, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Tom Stoppard's wild intellectual ride of a play, "Travesties," is making its revival on Broadway in a Roundabout Theatre production. Hear Theater Critic Howard Shapiro's review of the show this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

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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.

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