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The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler is attracted to music where opposites attract and merge as one. "Think about the fusion of boldness and beauty, strength and sensitivity, or power and lyricism," says Distler. "These are contradictory elements, yet when they come together, creative sparks can truly fly."

This week's episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award winning Between the Keys is called "The Bold and the Beautiful," and Distler is particularly excited about its playlist.


Go down to the sea in ships, with music from “Captain Horatio Hornblower” (Robert Farnon), “Botany Bay” (Franz Waxman), “Mutiny on the Bounty” (Bronislau Kaper), and “Windjammer” (Morton Gould).  Get ready to “taste the cat” and prepare to be keelhauled, this Friday at 6 pm.

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A Tempo this week (7/14 at 7 pm) visits with the four young composers participating in this year's New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, held this past week on the campus of Princeton University.

We’re continuing with productions from England’s Royal Opera House at Covent Garden on this week’s Sunday Opera (7/15 3:00 p.m.) with their production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Macbeth.”  Shakespeare’s tragic tale of unbridled ambition features Zeljko Lucic as Macbeth, Anna Netrebko as the tortured Lady Macbeth, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Banquo, Konu Kim as Malcolm, and Yusif Eyvazov as Macduff with Antonio Pappano leading the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House.  

We looked at music of George Gershwin last week on The Dress Circle, and this week (7/15 7:00 p.m.) we’ll concentrate on lyrics by his brother Ira but with composers other than George.  Those composers supplying the music for Ira include Kurt Weill, who got Ira to begin writing again after George’s death, Harold Arlen, Harry Warren, and Burton Lane.  

The Lyric Stage presents Andre Gretry's one act L'epreuve Villageoise this Sunday night (7-15) at 8 pm. This work is an example of what Gretry did best, which was write comic operas. It's a comedy of young love, old love, and jealousy that of course ends happily. Gretry lived from 1741 until 1813 during a time of tumult in France - a long period of tensions leading to revolution and finally dictatorship. 

The Lost Chord: July 15 - Kipling Coupling

Jul 12, 2018

It’s a Kipling double-bill!  Tune in for the symphonic poem “The Law of the Jungle,” by Charles Koechlin, inspired by “The Jungle Book,” and the ballet “The Butterfly that Stamped,” by Bohuslav Martinu, after one of the “Just So Stories.”  Get ready to go wild, this Sunday at 10 pm.

This Sunday (7-15) evening at 11 on Half Past we'll hear Peter Maxwell Davies conduct his 2nd Symphony, commisioned for the 100th anniversary of the Boston Symphony.

Thursday's (7-12) Noontime Concert from the Lenape Chamber Ensemble features chamber music by Mozart, Menotti & 19th Century Polish composer Julius Zarebski.

This Wednesday, 7-11 at noon on Curtis Calls we present Prokofiev's Flute Sonata and Mendelssohn's 2nd Piano Trio.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evening at 10.

Composer/pianists on Between the Keys, July 10th

Jul 9, 2018

The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler has a special affection for his fellow composer/pianists, and has frequently showcased them on his weekly ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, sponsored by Steinway and Sons.

Sunday, 7-8  at 11 PM on Half Past we'll hear Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3, the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past. 

Carl Maria von Weber's Der Freischutz premiered in 1821. Critics today describe it as a "pivotal opera", and the "first important German romantic opera", and Weber's influence on Richard Wagner and others is clearly unmistakeable.

The Dress Circle is celebrating the life of George Gershwin this week (7/8  7:00 p.m.) as we approach the 81st anniversary of his untimely death on July 11, 1937 with a program of his lesser-known works with his brother Ira as well as with other lyricists.  Included will be songs from shows like 1925’s “Tip-Toes,” “Sweet Little Devil” from 1924, and “Primrose” written expressly for the London stage in 1924.  Although they were all well received, they have been forgotten.  

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