Upcoming and Noteworthy

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

Jacques Offenbach's opera The Tales of Hoffmann was his last work and was left incomplete at the time of his death.  As a result, it is often staged with many changes that are against Offenbach's wishes.  On this week's Sunday Opera at 3 pm, we'll be looking at this wonderful score as it was meant to be produced and featuring a stellar cast lead by Francisco Araiza as Hoffmann, Samuel Ramey as all four of Hoffman's evil foils, Anne Sofie von Otter as The Muse / Niklausse, Eva Lind as Olympia, Jessye Norman as Antonia, and Cheryl Studer as the treacherous Giulietta.

This week's Celebrating Our Musical Future (Monday at 8 pm) returns to Princeton University as the Princeton University Orchestra performs the world premiere of the Piano Concerto Old Nassau by Music Department faculty member Juri Seo. This work draws its inspiration from Princeton's alma mater, a song dating back to 1859. The orchestra will also perform music by Beethoven under the direction of Music Director Michael Pratt. David Osenberg will co-host this concert broadcast together with Pratt.

This month's ACO Experience concert broadcast (Monday at 9 pm) features works by Bruno Mantovani (Chamber Concerto No. 2), Andreia Pinto-Correia​ (Elegia a Al-Mu'tamid), Mohammed Fairouz​ (Wind Quintet [1.March]), Mehmet Ali-Sanlikol (Harabat [The Intoxicated]) and Saad Haddad (Manarah).

Bach at One continues with The Handel Project from Trinity-Wall Street - this week we begin with the first part of Handel's oratorio Solomon.

Join Jed Distler on April 18 for Between the Keys with guest pianist 2015 Warsaw Competition Award Winner Seong-Jin Cho for music and conversation. Works include Chopin's Ballade No. 4 Op. 52 and the Preludes Op. 28.

This Monday at 8 pm, Celebrating Our Musical Future heads to the Midwest and Northwestern University just north of Chicago for a special Easter Monday performance of George Frederic Handel’s oratorio Messiah as performed by the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble led by Donald Nally, who is also founder and director of the Philadelphia-based choral ensemble The Crossing. Also performing will be one of Chicago’s top Baroque ensembles the Callipygian Players led by David Schrader.

For many, Prokofiev's opera output is limited to Love for Three Oranges, but he wrote 14 in all, and on this week's Sunday Opera, we'll be looking at two of them:  Betrothal in a Monastery, the story of a young couple's trials as they try to marry against her father's wishes with often comic missteps along the way, and Maddalena, a one-act opera featuring a faithless woman who successfully rids herself of both her husband and lover in a unique way. Join Michael Kownacky at from 3 - 7 pm for this afternoon of rarely-heard operas.

On the Wind -- Saturday, 4 pm

Our Noontime Concerts this week celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival, which takes place at SymphonySpace in New York City and is curated by composer/conductor Victoria Bond. Ross Amico is your host on Tuesday for performances of music by Pauline Oliveros, Brian Ferneyhough, Harold Meltzer, Kyle Gann, Joan Tower and Victoria Bond. Ms. Bond's music will also be featured in Thursday's Noontime Concert, hosted by Carl Hemmingsen, along with music by Ben Johnston, Margaret Brouwer and Valerie Coleman, flutist with the Imani Winds.

The Chamber Music Society (Sunday 9 pm) presents Contemporary Visions – Rebonds for Percussion by Iannis Xenakis, Road Movies for Violin and Piano by John Adams, and Steve Mackey’s Micro-Concerto for Solo Percussion, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano. That's Saturday at 9 pm.

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