Upcoming and Noteworthy

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

Valentine’s Day is creeping up, and The Dress Circle will be all about love this week (2/11  7:00 p.m.) with songs that ask some musical questions from some rather unfamiliar shows.  We’ll begin with a few “love” songs with titles that just were just too good to resist like “Kiss Me and Kill Me with Love” from “Ankles Aweigh” and “I Love You Like a Table” from “Waitress,” but the bulk of the show will be a series of songs that ask a variety of questions about love like “Must It Be Love?” from “Bajour,” “Why Did You Make Me Love You?” from “Radio Gals,” and “Where Is Love?” 

Thursday, 2-8 on the Noontime Concert from Astral Artists we'll hear Project Fusion, a saxophone quartet perform with harp and piano in music by Bach, Bartok, Danker, Mellis and Piazolla.

On Friday's (2-9) Noon Concert we'll hear the choral group "The Thirteen" conducted by artistic director Matthew Robertson in a program called "On the Migration of Souls."  The performance from last October includes music by John Dowland, Eric Banks, Jeffrey Van, Stacy Garop, Joshua Fishbein, William Cornysh and John Runestad.

Concordia Chamber Players return to The Classical Network Friday afternoon (2/9) for a broadcast concert at 4 pm featuring music by Reynaldo Hahn, Dave Brubeck and Claude Debussy.

Wednesday, 2-7 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Bartok's String Quartet No. 1, a Concert Piece for Trumpet & Piano by Vassily Brandt, a Fantasia for solo oboe by Telemann and "Towards the Sea" for alto flute and guitar by Toru Takemitsu.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evening at 10.

Bach at One (2/5) from Choral Arts Philadelphia features the second part of Claudio Monteverdi's "Vespro della Beata Vergine, 1610."  Artistic director Matthew Glandorf directs Choral Arts Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Bach Collegium, Dark Horse Consort and soloists sopranos Jessica Beebe & Rebecca Myers, altos Maren Maltobano & Jennifer L. Smith, tenors Michael Jones, James Reese & Nikolas Karageorgiou and basses Jean Bernard Cerin & Cody Mueller.

Richard Wagner’s second opera, “Das Liebesverbot,” is the centerpiece of this week’s Sunday Opera (2/4  3:00 p.m.).   Premiering in 1836, “Das Liebesverbot” or “The Ban on Love,” is based on Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” with a libretto by Wagner and has been called “Wagner’s lost comedy” since its premier was a disaster with the leading man forgetting his part and improvising through the performance.  This performance, recorded in 1983, features Hermann Prey, Wolfgang Fassler, and Sabine Haas.  

The Dress Circle begins the month of February (2/4  7:00 p.m.) with its monthly feature to showcase some of the shows that have opened this month.  The menu of productions spans some 72 years with the earliest being Irving Berlin’s long forgotten musical “Face the Music” from 1932.  Along the way, we’ll also be looking at a musical was based on some of the stories of Chaucer from “The Canterbury Tales” starring Hermione Baddeley.  

On Friday's Noon Concert (2/2) from Concerts on the Slope we hear Robert Schumann's Fantasiestuecke in a minor for piano trio, Rhapsody of Seasons by composer-in-residence Ke-Chia Chen and the String Sextet, op. 48 by Dvorak.

This Thursday's (2/1) Noon Concert features the Dryden Ensemble in French music, some that was and some that may have been familiar to J.S. Bach.  We hear pieces by Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jean-Henri d'Anglebert, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Marin Marais, Sylvius Weiss & Francois Couperin.

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