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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. 

Kenneth Lonergan's play "Lobby Hero" is making its Broadway debut, starring Michael Cera as a security guard in an upscale New York apartment house. Hear theater critic Howard Shapiro's review of the play at the Helen Hayes Theater this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

The Classical Network in Concert this Friday night (4/13 at 8 pm) presents a special concert performance of works by Bach and Mendelssohn featuring Choral Arts Philadelphia and The Philadelphia Bach Collegium under the direction of Matthew Glandorf in "A Concert Tribute to Michael Korn."

This Friday's (4/13) Noontime Concert fromt the Dryden Ensemble includes 3 cantatas by J.S. Bach: "Was mein Gott will, das g'scheh allzeit," "Ich bin ein guter Hirt," & "Warum betruebst di dich, mein Herz?"

Thursday's (4/12) Noontime Concert from Concerts on the Slope in Brooklyn features the Merz Trio in Beethoven's Piano Trio in G, op. 1, no. 2, Schubert's Notturno in E-flat & Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 2

Mark Garvin

When the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania opened in 1971, its goal was to serve the diverse and changing audiences of Philadelphia and the region. Executive and Artistic Director Christopher Gruits, who took the helm in September 2016, has kept that mission front and center in planning the center's programming.

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

“La Juive,” a tragic tale of religious intolerance by Fromental Halevy will air on this week’s Sunday Opera (4/15 3:00 p.m.).  Eugene Scribe wrote the libretto for this opera which became one of the most popular operas of the 19th century after its premier in Paris on 23 February 1835.  It deals with the plight of Jews in Switzerland in the 15th century, particularly Rachel and her adoptive father Eleazar who are persecuted by the Catholic Church and are arrested after it is found that Racheal’s love Samuel is actually Prince Leopold.  

In 1938, Leonard Warren, then in his late twenties, went to his boss, the chorus master of the Radio City Music Hall where Warren had sung for three years. Warren wanted time off to prepare for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air. The boss agreed, and added that Warren didn't need to come back. (This may or may not be true.) Thus encouraged, Warren selected one of the five opera arias he knew and did the audition. The Met was stunned. The judges had never heard such a magnificent voice at the Auditions of the Air, or anywhere else for that matter.

This Wednesday, 4-11, at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear pianist Ying Li with the Fantasy Pieces op, 12 by robert Schumann and pianist Bolai Cao in Haydn's 58th Sonata.  Abigail Kent plays harp in Andrew Hsu's dahlianum and Evan LeRoy Johnson sings 3 lieder by Schubert.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon, repeated Monday evenings at 10.

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