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Discover the music of "The Great Composer You've Never Heard Of" this Friday (4/20) at 8 pm on PostClassical as author and music historian Joseph Horowitz, Maestro Angel Gil-Ordonez and Exploring Music's Bill McGlaughlin host this program devoted to the life and music of the 20th-century composer Silvestre Revueltas.

A few days in advance of the surmised birthday of William Shakespeare (on April 23, 1564), the focus is on Patrick Doyle and his music composed for the films of Kenneth Branagh, including “Henry V,” “As You Like It,” “Hamlet,” and “Much Ado About Nothing.”  Sigh no more… but be you blithe and bonny, this Friday at 6 pm. 

With all of the negative news flying about, most of us need a “happy place” to which we can escape to hide from the madness.  This week’s Dress Circle (4/22  7:00 p.m.) will offer up some happy places that are found in a variety of musicals.   Join us as we head to “Never Never Land” with Peter Pan, “My Own Little Corner” with Cinderella, and “Loveland” from “Follies.”   

Wednesday, 4-18 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear soprano Ashley Marie Robillard, baritone Dennis Chmelinsky & faculty member Michael Eliasen on piano in selections from Hugo Wolf's Italian Songbook.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10. 

Between the Keys April 17/Seriously Scherzo! Part 1

Apr 16, 2018

This week on Between the Keys, The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler launches a two part survey of the musical Scherzo. While a scherzo is defined as "a vigorous, light or playful composition, typically comprising a movement in a symphony or sonata," the genre, in fact, embraces a wide range of moods.

This first of two episodes titled "Serious Scherzo!" features music by Griffes, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Schumann, Grieg, Lukas Foss and Chopin. Performers include David Alan Wehr, Scott Dunn, Natan Brand, Andreas Staier, Eileen Joyce and Mikhail Pletnev.

This Sunday evening, 4-15 at 11 on Half Past we'll hear John Adams' My Father Knew Charles Ives, The Seven Deadly Sins by Mischa Zupko and David Sanford's Seventh Avenue Kaddish.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past. 

The Lost Chord: April 15 - April Foulds

Apr 15, 2018

Though steeped in the comparatively conservative milieu of the English musical renaissance at the turn of last century, John Foulds possessed a physical, intellectual, spiritual, and creative wanderlust.  So diverse were Foulds’ output and enthusiasms that it is difficult, if not impossible, to encapsulate the scope of his achievements within a single hour.  We’ll do our best, with his light concert overture “April – England,” “Three Mantras” from the abandoned Sanskrit opera, “Avatara,” and selections from “A World Requiem.”  It’s a Foulds paradise, this Sunday at 10 pm. 

Join host Ryan Brandau, artistic director of Princeton Pro Musica, as he presents Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass. Tune in at 2 pm.

Two words that are dear to the hearts of many people are Walt Disney, and on this week’s Dress Circle (4/15  7:00 p.m.) we’ll hear some of the music associated with Disney films but not by the originators in a show called Everybody Does Disney.  For instance, from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” we’ll hear “Heigh-Ho,” but it will be performed by The Shanghai Quartet.  “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” from “Cinderella” gets an “Andrews Sisters” treatment by Michelle Nicastro.  Louis Armstrong will stop by to perform “The Bear Necessities” from “The Jungle Book.  

Leonin and Perotin were masters of music at Notre Dame cathedral Paris around the year 1200, just after the great edifice was built, and they were the first composers that we know about who employed polyphony.  On Friday's Distant Mirror hear their Viderunt Omnes and Sederunt Principes performed by the Early Music Conssort of London and the Hilliard Ensemble. There's also some secular music for good measure as the Newberry Consort performs music for a medieval banquet.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

Picture Perfect: April 13 - Metaphorical Big Cats

Apr 13, 2018

Friday the 13th!  Beware of ladders, broken mirrors, and… black cats?  We tempt fate with music from “Cat People” (Roy Webb), “The Wind and the Lion” (Jerry Goldsmith), “To Catch a Thief” (Lyn Murray), and “The Leopard” (Nino Rota).  Throw salt over your left shoulder and caution to the wind, this Friday at 6 pm. 

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