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.

This Sunday evening (4-8) on Half Past we'll hear Shostakovich's symphonic poem "October," the Magnificat by Arvo Part, selections from "Canciones del Lorca" by William Bolcom and "String Poetic" by Jennifer Higdon.  Music from the past century or so on Half Past. 

The Lost Chord: April 8 - Roses of Persia

Apr 8, 2018

The mythical bird Seemorgh, from the Persian epic, the “Shanameh,” raises the abandoned newborn Zaal as her own. When Zaal goes out into the world, he is given one of her feathers, with which he is able to summon her in times of crisis.  Hear Behzad Ranjbaran’s symphonic poem, “Seemorgh,” from his “Persian Trilogy.”  Also featured will be Ranjbaran’s “Seven Passages” and Reza Vali’s “Folk Songs (Set No. 9).”  It’s a bouquet of Persian polyphonic music, this Sunday at 10 pm. 

If you’re a fan of musicals written expressly for television, we’ll have four more for you on this week’s Dress Circle (4/8 7:00 p.m.).  Our first seems be on its way to a Broadway production, but it had its start on the cult-favorite television series “Smash.”  The musical is titled “Bombshell” by Marc Shaiman and Scott M. Riesett.  

Norwegian soprano saxophonist Jan Garbarek joins the Hilliard Ensemble on Friday's Distant Mirror with selections from that award winning 1994 CD  Officium, including two 14th century Czech pieces and a selection by Cristobal de Morales.  Then we pay tribute to the ground breaking early music ensemble Musica Reservata with selections from medieval France and Italy. And there are two pieces by  Saint Colombe for two bass viols performed by Les Voix Humaines.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

Picture Perfect: April 6 - The English Abroad

Apr 6, 2018

The weekend’s coming, so pack your valise for music from “Enchanted April” (Richard Rodney Bennett), “A Passage to India” (Maurice Jarre), “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (Thomas Newman) and “Around the World in 80 Days” (Victor Young).  All aboard, this Friday at 6 pm. 

The two-play powerhouse Angels in America has opened on Broadway with Nathan Lane, Andrew Garfield and others. Join theater critic Howard Shapiro this week on In a Broadway Minute for his review of Tony Kushner’s masterwork Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

Friday's (4-6) Noontime Concert from Melomaie features music by Maggio, Wilder, Caliendo, Guillemain, Bach, Abel, Boismortier, Blavet & Couperin.

Concordia Chamber Players return to The Classical Network Friday at 4 pm in a concert program of works by Michael Haydn, Franz Hasenhörl and Ludwig van Beethoven. We'll hear Haydn's Divertimento in E-Flat for Viola, Cello and Contrabass, Hasenhörl’s Till Eulenspiegel - Einmal Anders, after Richard Strauss' famous symphonic poem, and Beethoven's Septet in E-Flat Op. 20.

Thursday's (4-5) Noontime Concert from the Network for New Music features Paul Schuette's "The Navigator" and the String Trio by Mario Davidovsky.

Penn Libraries

The voice of Marian Anderson resonates not just with beauty, but also with a proud and historic legacy. She made history as the first African American woman to sing a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955, and about 16 years earlier, a refusal by the Daughters of the American Revolution to allow her to perform before an integrated audience at Constitution Hall in Washington DC led to an outdoor concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, supported by then First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. 

The Sunday Opera (4/8 3:00 p.m.) will, in its small way, be celebrating the centennial year of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an afternoon of his two major operas: “Trouble in Tahiti,” and its sequel “A Quiet Place.”  “Trouble in Tahiti” had its world premiere at Brandeis University as part of their Festival of Creative Arts.  The barely finished opera which had a problematic physical production, was not particularly well received, but it was reworked and performed at Tanglewood before appearing on television, all in 1952.  

This Wednesday, 4-4 at noon  on Curtis Calls from the graduation recital of Slavko Popovic we air music by Messager, Poulenc, Schubert & Weber.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10. 

On Sunday evening (4-1) at 11 we'll hear music by Augusta Read Thomas, Kenji Bunch, Ned Rorem & Leo Brouwer on Half Past, music from the past half-century. 

  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.

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. 

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