Upcoming and Noteworthy

What's ahead on The Classical Network? Catch some of these great programs coming your way. Information on evening concert broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other nationally broadcast performances can be found on our home page.

Prepare to get “lost.”  It’s an hour of music from fantasy films set in lost worlds, including “King Kong” (Max Steiner), “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (Bernard Herrmann), “One Million Years B.C.” (Mario Nascimbene), and “Jurassic Park” (John Williams).  The music will be larger than life, this Friday at 6 pm.

It's an all English Distant Mirror this Friday nightt, highlighted by countertenor Russell Oberlin's performance of the 12th century St. Godric songs, the earliest English music that we know of.  Then 14th Century English music, both sacred and secular, is performed by the Hilliard Ensemble.  The Tallis Scholars are next with Thomas Tallis' Spem in Alium.  The program concludes with William Byrd's 9th Pavan and Galliard Passing Measures  with Davitt Moroney on the harpsichaord.  Join Allan Kelly at 10.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art earlier this year unveiled some of the main components of its renovated musical instrument galleries, and this Saturday A Tempo (7/21 at 7 pm) takes us on a tour through some of the highlights.

We’ll journey to the 17th century on this week’s Sunday Opera (7/22 3:00 p.m.) and a production of Claudio Monteverdi’s “The Return of Ulysses” in a joint production of London’s Roundhouse and the Royal Opera.  This tale of Ulysses’ return to Penelope and the defeat of her treacherous suitors after his arduous journey  features Roderick Williams in the title role and Christine Rice as his Penelope, and they’re joined by David Shipley as Antinous, Catherine Carby as Minerva, Samuel Boden as Telemachus, and Susan Buckley as Eurycleia.  

The Dress Circle will shine a spotlight on Glenn Close this week (7/22 7:00 p.m.) in performances which might be unfamiliar to many, her outings in Broadway musicals with selections from the Richard Rodgers and Martin Charnin musical about Henry VIII entitled “Rex” where she played Princess Mary, as Charity Barnum in Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart’s “Barnum,” and her much lauded performance as Norma Desmund in “Sunset Boulevard” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black, and Christopher Hampton.  

This week on The Lyric Stage (7/25 at 8 pm) we present Maurice Ravel’s opera, L’enfant et les Sortileges, the Child and the Spells, a "lyric fantasy" in one act, with a libretto by Colette.

The Paris  Opera asked Colette  to write the scenario for a fairy ballet during WW1, and her choice to compose the music was Ravel.  Progress was slow due to Ravel’s health and his other work, but he turned his full attention to it in 1924, and finally completed it in early 1925 with the premiere in Monte Carlo conducted by Victor de Sabata and choreographed by George Ballanchine.

The Lost Chord: July 22 - A-fjordable Theater

Jul 19, 2018

Vicariously tread the boards of Norway, through incidental music by two of the country’s most prominent composers.  Tune in for selections from “Askeladden” (“The Ash Lad”), by Johan Halvorsen, and the complete “Sigurd Jorsalfar,” by Edvard Grieg.  It’s Norway, incidentally, this Sunday at 10 pm.

This Sunday (7-22)  evening at 11 on Half Past we'll hear the 4th Symphony by Krysztof Penderecki, the Quintet for Horn & Strings by Richard Wernick and a song for soprano, Spring by Dominic Argento.  Music composed in the past half-century.

The Noontime Concert this Thursday, 7-19 features members of the Lenape Chamber Ensemble in a piano trio by Haydn, Poulenc's Sonata for Cello & Piano and Schubert's Death and the Maiden String Quartet.  The performers: violinists Cyrus Beroukhim & Emily Daggett Smith , violist Danielle Farina, cellist Arash Amini and pianist, Marcantonio Barone.

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. 

The Lost Chord: July 15 - Kipling Coupling

Jul 15, 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. 

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. 

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.


NJSO

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.

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