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Classica is a channel for the classical music lovers. It brings home live broadcasts of concerts, world premieres, and legendary recordings of the best classical music, operas, and ballets. It also features documentaries and interviews about the greatest artists and orchestras, and world renowned stages.

CLASSICA NOVEMBER 2020 CHANNEL SCHEDULE & HIGHLIGHTS

ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA SPECIAL

Every Saturday of November

On three consecutive Saturday evenings in November, Stingray Classica broadcasts an opera and two never-before-seen concerts featuring the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by maestros Kent Nagano and Daniel Oren. On Saturday, November 7, our special programming kicks off with a magnificent production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca from the Masada Opera Festival in Tel Aviv. This political thriller – one of Puccini’s most famous operas – is set in 1800, during the Coalition Wars in Rome. Soloists are Sergey Murzaev as police officer Scarpia, while Gustavo Porta takes the role of painter Mario, and Svetla Vassileva sings the title role of the famous Roman diva Tosca. On the next two Saturdays (November 14 and 21), Kent Nagano conducts the Israel Philharmonic in concerts recorded in Tel Aviv in 2014, featuring the incredible Russian piano virtuoso Daniil Trifonov in dazzling performances of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s and Franz Liszt’s first piano concertos. Moreover, the concerts feature Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 and an early symphonic work by Georges Bizet, his Symphony C Major.

CHAMBER MUSIC PREMIERES

Every Wednesday of November

On Wednesday evenings in November, Stingray Classica broadcasts brand-new chamber music performances. On November 4, a special concert event celebrates the diversity and richness of Canada through the eyes and ears of its people. The Ensemble Made in Canada’s Mosaïque Project features a commissioned suite of piano quartets by fourteen Canadian composers, each inspired by a region of that vast country. On Wednesday, November 11 and 18, Stingray Classica continues the chamber music special with two renditions of celebrated chamber music works performed by the well-known Ébène Quartet, in which Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Quartet No. 2 is followed by Robert Schumann’s Piano Quartet, Op. 47 – the so-called “creative double” of his Piano Quintet. Schumann’s Piano Quartet is among the most frequently performed piano quartets in the repertoire.

VOX MAGO SPECIAL

Every Sunday of November

On three consecutive Sunday afternoons in November, Stingray Classica broadcasts remarkable Baroque choral works by the Belgian chamber choir ensemble Vox Mago, directed by Patrick Debrabandere. Two editions of Vox Mago’s concert cycle In Tempus Adventus, with works by Telemann, Zelenka, J.S. Bach, Heinichen and Graupner, start this special on November 15 and 22. Both concerts were recorded in the beautiful beguinage Our-Lady Ter Hooyen in Ghent, Belgium. The Vox Mago Special reaches its zenith with a performance of Carl Gottlieb Reißiger’s oratorio ‘David’ (1851). Reißiger is a contemporary of Richard Wagner whose work seems to have slipped into oblivion, but fortunately Vox Mago rectifies this. Reißiger’s ‘David’ follows the model of Beethoven’s Christus am Ölberge, Op. 85, which was at the root of the 19th-century Romantic oratorio tradition.

CLASSICA DECEMBER 2020 CHANNEL SCHEDULE

Classica Best of 2020

02 to 20 December

To end 2020 on a happy note, Stingray Classica’s editorial team selected some of the most popular titles of this year’s special programming. The first three Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday evenings of December, our viewers can enjoy some spectacular opera’s, exciting documentaries, and captivating concert performances premiered during this calendar year in Stingray Classica’s Best of 2020 special! Re-watch Vladimir Horowitz’s legendary 1976 performance of Rach 3, discover innovative orchestral projects like The Morricone Duel and Gaming in Symphony, and enjoy some recent opera productions from the MET!

ICE DANCE SPECIAL

03, 10 & 17 December

As the days get colder, Stingray Classica invites viewers to a winter wonderland. During the Holiday period, the Imperial Ice Stars perform a series of captivating performances combining the beauty of ballet with the effortless appeal of the art of ice dancing. On Thursday evenings in December, enjoy iconic classical ballets like The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

24 to 26 December

Stingray Classica celebrates Christmas with a series of seasonal favourites! From December 24 to the 26, invite holiday classics home to become part of your holiday tradition. With several enchanting ballets, celebratory oratorios, and spiritual concerts, this selection offers a colourful palette of captivating seasonal programs for everyone. Notable highlights are Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248), as presented by the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists on the 24th, and an enchanting interpretation of Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel from the Semperoper Dresden on December 25. Ending the Holidays on a spiritual note, Stingray Classica premieres a selection of Christmas Cantatas by J. S. Bach, performed by Collegium Vocale Gent, led by Philippe Herreweghe.

YEAR’S END PREMIERES

05, 12 & 19 December

On three consecutive Saturday evenings, Stingray Classica presents the last premieres of 2020. Starting on December 5, with 2017’s edition of the Europakonzert, the Berlin Philharmonic takes classical audiences to the mythical place Paphos, the birthplace of Aphrodite. The soloist is Andreas Ottensamer with his interpretation of von Weber’s highly elaborate Clarinet Concerto. Next week’s premiere honours the late Mariss Janssons, celebrating his 75th birthday in 2018, conducting the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in a varied program with works by Stravinsky, Hummel, and Beethoven. On December 19, the special closes with a truly unique historic occasion: Welsh composer Sir Karl Jenkins conducts The World Orchestra for Peace, and 2,000 singers perform Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. The performance is the largest ever staged and was uniquely performed in synchronisation with a specially commissioned war-archive film.

NEW YEAR’S GALA FROM BERLIN

30 and 31 December

Over several decades, the Berlin Philharmonic has established its star-studded New Year’s Eve tradition through its annual “Gala from Berlin” concerts. Stingray Classica celebrates the transition to the new year with four excellent editions of the series. On the December 30 and 31, the Berlin Philharmonic rounds off the year with concerts under the baton of British star conductor Sir Simon Rattle, featuring Russia pianist Evgeny Kissin and Italian opera star Cecilia Bartoli. Furthermore, Stingray Classica also brings the editions of 2016 and 2017 to your screen! Piano phenomenon Daniil Trifonov performs Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato ends 2020 on a high note with an incredible vocal performance in songs by Richard Strauss

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