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

An American opera based on an American original is this week’s Sunday Opera (1/28  3:00 p.m.) as we take a look at Lori Laitman’s 2016 treatment of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter.”  Hawthorne’s 1850 novel is a moral allegory centering on Hester Prynne’s affair with the Reverend Dimmesdale, the birth of her illegitimate daughter, Pearl, and her strength and determination to make a life for them in the face of hatred and prejudice.  Laura Claycomb is Hester and Dominic Armstrong is Dimmesdale in this recording featuring the Opera Colorado Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Ari Pelto

Thursday, 1-25 on the Noontime Concert Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra Tempesta di Mare performs music by Janitsch, Kusser, Fasch, Vivaldi & Rameau.

On Monday, 1-22 we'll hear Matthew Gandorf lead Choral Arts Philadelphia & the Philadelphia Bach Collegium in a program titled "The Reformation: Influence and Inspiration."  The music is by Walter, Hassler, Praetorius, Brahms, Distler, Carpenter and J.S. Bach.

Gordon Getty is the featured composer on this week’s Sunday Opera (1/21  3:00 p.m.) in two of his works.  We’ll begin with “Plump Jack,” an adaptation by the composer of “Henry IV” Parts 1 & 2 and “Henry V” of Shakespeare featuring Lester Lynch as Falstaff as he falls from favor with Prince Hal on the death of the prince’s father.  The second opera is based on Oscar Wilde’s first published story, “The Canterville Ghost” about an American family who move into a haunted castle only to drive the poor ghost to despair.  

Monday, 1-15 on Bach at One Matthew Glandorf leads Choral Arts Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Bach Collegium in Henrich Shütz's "Musikalische Exquiem" and "Immortal Bach" by Knut Nystedt.

The Sunday Opera this week (1/14  3:00 p.m.) is turning to the ancient Greeks for the subject of Marc Antoine Charptentier’s “Medee,” the tragedy surrounding the sorceress who helped Jason, the man with whom she fell in love, steal the Golden Fleece.  She betrays her country and king (her father) and kills her brother in order for them to escape only then to be betrayed by Jason, leading to her murdering her children.  

Thursday's Noon Concert: Melomanie

Jan 10, 2018

On Thurday's (1-11) Noontime Comcert we hear the ensemble Melomanie in music by Marin Marais, Shulamit Ran, Vittorio Rieti, Bonnie McAlvin, Nicolas Bacri & Sergio Roberto de Oliveira.  Melamonie plays both baroque and modern instruments.

On Monday (1-8) Bach @ One presents instrumental pieces by Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Ludwig Krebs, J.S. Bach, J.C.F. Bach & Georg Philipp Telemann performed by the Philadelphia Bach Collegium from a September Bach at Seven concert of Choral Arts Philadelphia.

We’ll be traveling to Czechoslovakia for this week’s Sunday opera (1/7  3:00 p.m.) and two works by the Czech master, Leos Janacek.  The first is a story of misplaced love and devotion that results in murder entitled “Jenufa.”  The Jenufa in a recording from 1986 is the wonderful Elisabeth Soderstrom, Peter Dvorsky is Steva, the object of her misplaced love, and Wieslav Ochman is the misunderstood Laca.  The second opera also features Elisabeth Soderstrom in the lead, this time as Emilia Marty, the woman who has lived for over 300 years in “The Makropulos Case.”  

Join us for Thursday's Noontime Concert featuring violinist Stephen Waarts & pianist Chelsea Wang with music by Schubert, Schumann, Ravel & Stravinsky.

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