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For Easter Sunday, it’s an hour of music inspired or influenced by cathedrals, including Jennifer Higdon’s “blue cathedral,” Agustin Barrios’ “La Catedral,” Joby Talbot’s “León” from “Path of Miracles,” and Adolphus Hailstork’s “Sonata da Chiesa.”  Reach for the heavens with these architects of cathedrals in sound, this Sunday at 10 pm. 

  This Sunday Night at eight o'clock (04-01-18), three singers from the early and middle parts of the twentieth century take center stage. Gino Bechi (1913-1993) was not well known outside of Italy, but his interpretation of Verdi was on a par with Robert Merrill, Leonard Warren and Ettore Bastianini. Claudia Muzio (1889-1936) easily was one of the finest sopranos of the first half century, and Richard Tauber (1891-1948) is still the touchstone for how to sing operetta, although he had an extensive career in opera as well.

Ryan James Brandau, artistic director of Princeton Pro Musica and adjunct assistant professor at Westminster Choir College, shares some of his favorite Easter motets and anthems this Sunday (4/1) on Sounds Choral. Tune in at 2 pm to hear Easter music from the Renaissance era and 19th and 20th centuries, plus Baroque works by Bach and Handel.

There will be no fooling on this week’s Dress Circle (4/1 7:00 p.m.) when we once again take a look at some of the shows that opened this month.  A few of those “shows of April” are “Beauty and the Beast,” the current smash “Anastasia,” “Carousel,” “Hallelujah, Baby!”, “The Secret Garden,” and “She Loves Me” along with several more.  Join us for another diverse evening of great music from Broadway.  As always, thank you for being a part of our musical family.  

Soprano Emma  Kirkby  joins Gothic Voices on Friday night's Distant Mirror with three selections of 12th century abbess and mystic Hildegard of Bingen from the cd A Feather on the Breath of God. Then Ms. Kirkby is  joined by lutenist Anthony Rooley for selections of John Dowland from  his last sone cycle A Pilgrim's Solace.  Join Allan Kelly at 10.

Picture Perfect: March 30 - Biblical Epics

Mar 30, 2018

Religion takes a back seat to spectacle, with an hour of music from mid-century Hollywood epics, including “Samson and Delilah” (Victor Young), “Solomon and Sheba” (Mario Nascimbene), “Sodom and Gomorrah” (Miklós Rózsa), and “The Ten Commandments” (Elmer Bernstein).  Get ready to Bible-up, this Friday at 6 pm. 

This Wednesday(3-28) on Curtis calls we present Kaija Saariaho's "Cloud Trio" & Ernest Bloch's Suite for Viola & Piano.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Sunday evening, 3/25 at 11 on Half Past we'll hear violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Reiko Uchida in Lou Harrison's "Grand Duo."  Also on the program: David Gompper's "Flip" performed by the Royal Philharmonic and "Black Topaz" for clarinet, flute, piano, percussion, trombone & trumpet by Joan Tower. 

This week (03-25-18), we have samples from two contrasting Verdi operas, his very first work, Oberto, with its influences of Bellini, Rossini and other composers of his day, and then from his next to last work 48 years later, Otello, a work of unquestioned original genius. Giuseppe Verdi was 26 when La Scala premiered Oberto in 1839. He had worked on it for 4 years, and the reception was mixed, but promising enough for La Scala to commission two more operas from the composer. Performances in other Italian cities followed, and in Barcelona as well.

This Sunday on Sounds Choral (3/25), Amanda Quist, associate professor and chair of the Conducting, Organ and Sacred Music department at Westminster Choir College, surveys Mozart's Requiem. Tune in at 2 pm.

For most of the 14th century the papacy was situated in Avignon in the south of France. The Avignonese  popes were great patrons of the arts, especially music, where the liturgy for the mass and divine offices were influenced to a great extent by the practices of the ars nova.  On Friday's Distant Mirror the Ensemble Venance Fortunat and La Schola of the university of Tours perform music from the popes' palace at Avignonese from the CD Altera Roma.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.  

Picture Perfect: March 23 - Medieval Times

Mar 23, 2018

For Early Music month, it’s a tapestry of music from movies set in the Middle Ages, including “Becket” (Laurence Rosenthal), “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (Alfred Newman), “The Warlord” (Jerome Moross), and “The Lion in Winter” (John Barry).  Barry’s score, an intriguing blend of old and new, won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1968.  There’s nothing middling about this music.  Join Ross Amico for an hour of intrigue and funny haircuts, this Friday at 6 pm. 

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