Upcoming and Noteworthy

For most of the 14th century the papacy was situated in Avignon in the south of France. The Avignonese  popes were great patrons of the arts, especially music, where the liturgy for the mass and divine offices were influenced to a great extent by the practices of the ars nova.  On Friday's Distant Mirror the Ensemble Venance Fortunat and La Schola of the university of Tours perform music from the popes' palace at Avignonese from the CD Altera Roma.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

This week (03-25-18), we have samples from two contrasting Verdi operas, his very first work, Oberto, with its influences of Bellini, Rossini and other composers of his day, and then from his next to last work 48 years later, Otello, an unquestioned work of original genius. Giuseppe Verdi was 26 when La Scala premiered Oberto in 1839. He had worked on it for 4 years, and the reception was mixed, but promising enough for La Scala to commission two more operas from the composer. Performances in other Italian cities followed, and in Barcelona as well.

Friday's (3/23) Noontime Concert from Concerts on the Slope features flutist Linda Chesis and a flock of her students at the Manhattan School of Music with pianist Hyungjun Kim.  We'll hear music by Schickle, Boismortier, Faure, Griffes, Poulenc, John Luther Adams, Messiaen & Ary van Leeuwen.

This Wednesday, 3/21, at noon on Curtis Calls tenor Evan Leroy Johnson sings lieder from Franz Schubert's "Die Schöne Müllerin."  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Due to the inclement weather in the Northeast, The Classical Network will  postpone its celebration of the musical genius of JS Bach to later this week, in order to ensure the safety of our staff and volunteers. However - there's no reason to delay your support of the great programming you enjoy here every day. Help us make our goal of 500 donations this month by renewing your membership, becoming a new member or making an additional gift. And you can enjoy a special all-Bach edition of Music from Marlboro this evening at 6 pm.

Monday's (3/19) Bach@One features Matthew Glandorf directing Choral Arts Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Bach Collegium in J.S. Bach's Sanctus in D, BWV 238 and Cantata BWV 215, "Praise Your Good Fortune."

Between the Keys March 20th/Delving into Debussy

Mar 19, 2018

To mark the centenary of Claude Debussy's death, The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler will be presenting several episodes on Between the Keys this spring devoted to the innovative composer's piano music.

Sunday evening, 3/18 on Half Past we'll hear orchestral music by Witold Lutoslawski , Tristan Keuris and Boris Tishenko along with "Murder in the Dark" for harpsichord by Klaas De Vries.  Music from the past half-century, Sundays at 11 PM. 

In honor of Early Music Month, the focus will be on three works by 20th and 21st century composers who found inspiration in music of the Renaissance.  Join Ross Amico for William Kraft’s “Vintage Renaissance,” written for the Boston Pops, George Frederick McKay’s “Suite on Sixteenth Century Hymn Tunes,” after works of Louis Bourgeois, and Lukas Foss’ “Renaissance Concerto” for flute and orchestra.  American composers cast an affectionate look back, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Pauline Viardot (1821-1910) ran a salon in Paris for decades with the original score of Don Giovanni on display, and Rossini genuflected to it. Tchaikovsky was another of the many notables who attended the salon. She was a close friend of Chopin, Franz Liszt and Ivan Turgenev. Her parents and siblings were also known and notable musicians, and she herself was a singer, a pianist, a teacher and composer.