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Archive for March 5, 2014

Preview: La clemenza di Tito

mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato

[Live broadcast on Wednesday at 7:15 PM] Clemenza is the story of the benevolent Roman Emperor Titus. Like the Mozart character, the historical Titus struggled over whether or not to pardon a friend and traitor. The historical Titus did have a Romance with the Jewish queen Berenice who had sided with the Romans in their war against the Jews. That’s where the action of this opera begins

On the Air with Music of the Spheres

Cover of the Golden Record

In the year 1977 NASA launched two unmanned spacecraft, space probes programmed to survey the solar system, timed to take advantage of a rare alignment of the planets. Knowing the probes would continue their trajectories indefinitely, NASA scientists elected to place time capsules within the probes

Bernstein and the Harlem Quartet

The Harlem Quartet

Leonard Bernstein and the Harlem Quartet seem to be made of the same stuff. The great conductor knew how to swing; and his compositions often had jazzy threads running through them. Likewise, the Harlem Quartet’s discography totters between the likes of Schubert and Billy Strayhorn