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The story of Romeo and Juliet and their star crossed love is one of the most compelling narratives in literature, and has inspired, in various versions, plays other than Shakespeare's, seven operas, many ballets, a fantasy overture, at least ten movies in the last thirty-five years, and on and on.  Bellini and Gounod wrote the most successful operas, and while Tchaikovsky never wrote a Romeo and Juliet opera as such, he was leaning toward that goal, at the time of his death re-working material from his fantasy overture that sounds about as operatic as it gets.

This Sunday on Sounds Choral (2/25), host Ryan Brandau surveys recordings of Monteverdi's Vespers 1610.  Tune in at 2 pm.

Distant Mirror: Feb. 23

Feb 23, 2018

Get yourself free, with music from films about prison breaks. Indomitable Steve McQueen does hard time on Devil’s Island in “Papillon” (Jerry Goldsmith); Paul Newman sticks it to The Man in “Cool Hand Luke” (Lalo Schifrin); Tim Robbins makes good use of a Rita Hayworth poster in “The Shawshank Redemption” (Thomas Newman); and an all-star cast, led by a barbed-wire hopping McQueen (again), flee their Nazi captors in “The Great Escape” (Elmer Bernstein).  Face it, nobody looks good in orange. Grab a shank and a file, this Friday at 6 pm. 

We’ll be “crossing over” on this week’s Dress Circle (2/25  7:00 p.m.).  Well, the singers will be crossing over as some of opera’s greatest sing favorites from the world of Broadway.  Those singers include Eileen Farrell, Robert Merrill, Rise Stevens, Dorothy Kirsten, Thomas Hampson, Kiri Te Kanawa, Jerry Hadley, Frederica von Stade, and more.  We’ve scheduled songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Frank Loesser, Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, and the Gershwins from shows like “South Pacific,” “Music in the Air,” “The Most Happy Fella,” “Allegro,” and “The New Moon.” 

This Wednesday, 2-21 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Mozart's Quartet in A, K. 464 and Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Sonata.  Music from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon, repeated Monday evening at 10.

Between the Keys February 20th/Songs Without Words

Feb 20, 2018

The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler explores famous songs as transcribed, arranged or even "de-ranged" by various composers on this week's edition of Between the Keys, Tuesday night February 20th at 10. Featured composers include Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Franz Schubert, Stephen Sondheim and Robert Schumann.

This Sunday evening, 2-18 on Half Past we'll hear Jack Gallagher's Diversions Overture with JoAnn Falletta conducting the London Symphony along with music by Ned Rorem and Mason Bates and the Piano Trio by Pierre Jalbert.  Music from the past half century, Sundays at 11PM.