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Curtis Calls: May 24

May 24, 2017

Curtis Calls features the Fantasy Piece, op. 73 by Robert Schumann and the Arnold Bax Viola Sonata performed by Zsche Chuang Rimbo Wong and Amy J Yang and the Sextet for Brass by Oskar Bohme with Curtis students Steven Franklin, Caleb Wiebe, Eric Huckins, Daniel Schwalbach, Janos Sutyak & Andrew Doub.

Half Past: May 21 - Symphonies by Hanson & Holmboe

May 21, 2017

Music from the past half century this week (5/21) on Half Past:  Howard Hanson's 6th Symphony, Louise Talma's "7 Episodes for Flute, Viola & Piano and Vagn Holmboe's 10th Symphony. 

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) wrote dozens of operas, at least 75 by most counts. Some of these are great  - Lucia, Daughter of the Regiment, L'Elisir d'Amore, the three Queens. Most opera lovers would not rank  Gianni di Parigi in the category of Lucia or Anna Bolena, but it is nevertheless a very good opera, and this week we have Act 2 for you.

May 21st
Fred Astaire's remarkable career lasted seven decades, and along the way, he performed with a great many partners. 

This week, we'll take a look at just a few of them in a program called "Fred Astaire in Duets." Several of those partners included are:  Adele Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, and Jane Powell. Join us to see who else got included!  

Soprano Emma Kirkby joins Gothic Voices with three selections by 12th Century abbess and mystic Hildegard of Bingen as well as three selections from John Dowland's last song cycle, A Pilgrim's Solace, accompanied by lutenist Anthony Rooley.  There's also consort music by Orlando Gibbons and a Dufay sacred piece for voice and sax(!).  Join Allan Kelly on Friday's Distant Mirror.

The Classical Network in Concert this week (5/19) at 8 pm features four works spanning the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

The Force is strong with this one.  The original “Star Wars” was released for the first time in theaters on May 25, 1977.  Needless to say, the film became a pop cultural phenomenon that went on to assume mythological proportions.  Join Ross Amico as he looks back fondly over 40 years to the original soundtrack release of John Williams’ influential music.