April Highlights on WVIA-FM

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Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony


Sunday, April 1st - 2pm

The Symphony No. 2 by Gustav Mahler is regarded as one of the finest symphonies ever created. In a monumental sonic outpouring, Mahler tackles the topics of death, the afterlife, and resurrection. It concludes with an expansive and powerful choral movement. This recording features the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic Choir, soloists Melanie Diener and Petra Lang, all conducted by Riccardo Chailly.


Homegrown Music - Jocelyn & Chris Arndt


Tuesday, April 3rd - 9pm

Jocelyn Arndt is a powerhouse blues-rock vocalist, and her brother Chris is an ace guitarist. The young Upstate New York siblings and their band create energetic music that has attracted national attention and keeps the group on the road from coast to coast. The band put in a memorable live Homegrown Music concert last year. This is an encore of their 2016 studio session for the series.


Metropolitan Opera - Lucia di Lammermoor

Saturday, April 7th - 1pm

Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti takes on the role of the fragile title heroine who teeters between love and madness offering audiences a dazzling bel canto portrayal. Vittorio Grigolo is her lover in this chilling production by Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman. Roberto Abbado conducts.

The character of Lucia has become an icon in opera and beyond, an archetype of the constrained woman asserting herself in society. She reappears as a touchstone for such diverse later characters as Flaubert’s adulterous “Madame Bovary” and the repressed Englishmen in the novels of E. M. Forster. The insanity that overtakes and destroys Lucia, depicted in opera’s most celebrated mad scene, has especially captured the public imagination. Donizetti’s handling of this fragile woman’s state of mind remains seductively beautiful, thoroughly compelling, and deeply disturbing.


Deutsche Welle Festival Concert


Sunday, April 8th - 2pm

Maybe we'll never know who Ludwig van Beethoven's Immortal Beloved was, but his feelings are very clear in his Piano Concerto No. 4. So it is no surprise that this work would appear on the playbill at a festival with the motto "Distant Loved One." Pianist Javier Perianes performed this work at the Beethovenfest in Bonn in this Deutsche Welle Festival Concert, where we'll hear not only this concerto but also a new piece of music that was inspired by it: Be@thoven — Invocation by Tanopolski


Homegrown Music - Jones

Tuesday, April 10th - 9pm

In 1998, one of the more memorable jazz-rock fusion bands on Homegrown Music was a short-lived ensemble called Fourth House. The band’s vocalist Megan Johnson and multi-instrumentalist Kyle Esposito the formed Jones (later the Megan Johnson Band), which took a more folk and country direction. This is an encore of their 2002 studio session with a quartet.


Metropolitan Opera - Luisa Miller


Saturday, April 14th, 1pm

Plácido Domingo adds yet another role to his legendary Met career in this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczała in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years. Bertrand de Billy conducts.

Luisa Miller represents a transitional moment in Giuseppe Verdi’s unparalleled career. While reminiscent of the youthful vitality that had made Verdi an international sensation, the opera also looks forward to the dramaturgical discipline and sophistication of the composer’s middle period. The story centers on the bond between a father and his daughter as they stand together against a hostile world, and much of the dramatic and psychological acumen that would define the mature Verdi is already fully apparent in this earlier work. It is an opera very much like its title character—one that impresses with genuine virtues rather than superficial flashiness.


Deutsche Welle Festival Concert

Sunday, April 15th, 2pm

At age 30, he's one of the most exciting pianists around. The London Telegraph says that Igor Levit is "in a class of his own," and Germany's weekly "Die Zeit" declares, "Wherever he plays, people leave the hall astonished." A recital by Igor Levit is a must-hear - and you will in this Deutsche Welle Festival Concert. The star pianist performed at the Beethovenfest, playing music by two of his personal heros, Ferruccio Busoni and Johann Sebastian Bach.


Live Homegrown Music Concert - Mike Agranoff & The Bovine Social Club


Monday, April 16th, 8pm

WVIA’s monthly series of two-hour live concert broadcasts continues with the return of a humorous folksinger, and the series debut of a bluegrass influenced jam band.

Mike Agranoff is known for his often hilarious folk song parodies and clever stories, though he often performs thoughtful heartfelt songs. His past appearances on the Homegrown Music concert series have been big hits, so after a three-year hiatus, he returns to the series with what promises to be another entertaining performance.

Led by Samuel St. Thomas, the Poconos-based band Bovine Social Club combines, bluegrass, old-timey, Americana, and some rock & roll. They were the closing act at the 2017 Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts, and they make their Homegrown Music debut with their rousing, mostly original music.

As usual, WVIA’s members are listeners are invited to attend the live broadcast from the station’s Sordoni Theater-Studio. Admission is free by reservation. Reservations are available on a first-come-first served basis here.


Homegrown Music - Po Boyz


Tuesday, April 17th, 9pm

An energetic soul-funk organ-based group, Po Boyz bring a kind of classic sound with their own original music than runs from soul to jazzy. This is an encore of their 2011 Homegrown Music debut session.


Metropolitan Opera - The Exterminating Angel


Saturday, April 21st, 1pm

Following the rapturous response to his last opera, The Tempest, the Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.


Deutsche Welle Festival Concert

Sunday, April 22nd, 2pm

Berlin has five symphony orchestras - count 'em, five - and one of them just got a new principal conductor. And not just any. Vladimir Jurowski is one of the most sought-after maestros anywhere. Jurowski leads the Berlin Radio Symphony Ochestra in this Deutsche Welle Festival Concert. Joined by cellist Alisa Weilerstein in the Berlin Philharmonie, they'll play Dvorak's Cello concerto No. 2. Also on this program: Josef Suk's Scherzo fantastique for orchestra, and Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 2.


Homegrown Music - Noam Weinstein


Tuesday, April 24th, 9pm

Singer-songwriter-pianist Noam Weinstein’s compositions range from the introspective to the humorously quirky. He has released five albums since 2001. This segment encores his 2012 studio session covering the range of his original compositions.


Metropolitan Opera - Cendrillon


Saturday, April 28th, 1pm

“Glorious,” raved the New York Times when Joyce DiDonato sang the title role of Cendrillon at the Royal Opera in 2011. “Her performance was thoroughly enchanting.” Now, for the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met, with DiDonato starring in the title role. She is paired with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production.


Deutsche Welle Festival Concert

Sunday, April 29th, 2pm

One of the Germany’s newest music festivals takes place in a region of wind, waves and open spaces: For five years now, the Gezeitenkonzerte, or "Tidal Concerts," have been attracting music lovers to the North Sea coastal region to hear world-renowned musicians perform unconventional programs at unusual venues. In this Deutsche Welle Festival Concert the Hong Kong Sinfonietta performs music by Beethoven, Schubert and more.

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