Upcoming and Noteworthy

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

Jacques Offenbach’s charming setting of stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann will be on air for this week’s Sunday Opera (8/13 – 3:00 p.m.).  This performance from the Los Angeles Opera stars Vittorio Grigolo in as Hoffmann and Kate Lindsey as Nicklausse and The Muse of Poetry.  Nicolas Teste appears as the four foils in Hoffmann’s life, Lindorf, Coppelius,  Dapertutto, and Dr.

A ”songbook” of the Broadway works by Frank Wildhorn will air this Sunday (8/13 - 7:oo p.m.) on The Dress Circle.  Broadway audiences first heard the music of Wildhorn in 1997 when he added three songs, with lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, to the stage version of “Victor/Victoria” after the death of Henry Mancini.  Within two years, his first complete show and biggest hit “Jekyll & Hyde,” with book and lyrics by Bricusse, would be the talk of Broadway and go on to run for 1543 performances.

This Sunday (8/13) we'll  hear John Corigliano's Piano Concerto and "The Book of Hours" by Ned Rorem on Half Past.  Music from the past half century Sundays at 11 PM.

This Monday, 8/7  at 1 PM join Marjorie Herman for Cantatas 191, the wedding cantata and BWV 137, "Praise the Lord, the mighty king of honor."  Julian Wachner directs the Trinity Wall Street Choir and Orchestra.

This Monday (8/14) on the encore presentation of Curtis Calls we'll hear:

Pianist Chang-Yong Shin in Haydn's Sonata No. 60 in C

Alice Byol Kim, violin & Jungeun Kim, piano in Wieniawski's "Souvenir de Moscow"

Baritone Dennis Tchemolinsky in "Es ist genug" from Mendelssohn's "Elijah" &

Beethoven's String Quartet in A, op. 18 no. 5

To borrow a few lines from the musicals, “It’s too darn hot,” “We’re having a heat wave,” and “Ain’t it awful the heat; ain’t it awful?” which is why there are so few Broadway openings in the months of July and August: It was simply too hot for both cast and audience.  Shows closed for the summer or moved to a “summer home” somewhere in the country until the heat broke.  Shows were even performed in mostly open-air spaces on rooftops to “beat the heat.”  Because there were fewer shows during the sumer, we combine the openings from July and August so that we can still feature a varied menu o

Our Sunday Opera continues from LA Opera on Air this week (8/6 – 3:00 p.m.) with Giuseppe Verdi’s tenth opera from 1847 “Macbeth.”  With a libretto based on the Shakespeare original by Francesco Maria Piave and Andrea Maffei, the tale of unbridled ambition features Placido Domingo in the title role.  As his Lady, you’ll hear Ekaterina Semenchuk, and the Banquo, Macduff, and Malcolm are Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Arturo Chacon-Cruz, and Josh Wheeker.  James Conlon conducts the Los Angeles Opera Chorus and Orchestra.  The afternoon continues with more Macbeths when Michael Kownacky will include

The late South African tenor Johan Bohta excels in the title role in Wagner’s “Tannhauser” in this week’s Sunday Opera (7/30 3:00 p.m.).  This 2015 performance from the Lyric Opera of Chicago which follows the poet / knight Tannhauser’s struggle between the love of the worldly pleasures in abundance in Venusberg and the emotional love he finds with Elisabeth also includes Amber Wagner as Elisabeth, Michaela Schuster as the jealous Venus, Gerald Finley as another poet Wolfram, and John Relyea as Elisabeth’s uncle Landgraf.  Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Lyric Opera of Chicago Chorus and Orch

It’ll be a bit of nostalgia on this week’s Dress Circle (7/30 – 7:00 p.m.) as we take our first look at a series of CDs published under the title The Smithsonian American Songbook.  This program will look at songs by a variety of composers and lyricists such as Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Frank Loesser, E.Y.

Schumann and Villa-Lobos on "Music from Marlboro"

Jul 25, 2017

This week’s “Music from Marlboro” serves up a Robert Schumann sandwich on Brazilian bread.  The hour will open with “Five Songs for Voice and Bassoon” by Francisco Mignone, and conclude with the String Quartet No. 6 by Heitor Villa-Lobos.  In between will be the “Andante and Variations” by Schumann, scored for the rather peculiar combination of two pianos, two cellos and horn.

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