August Highlights on VIA Radio

Last Updated by Chris Zellers on



Saturday, August 3, 1p

Recorded in performance at the storied La Scala opera house in Milan this production of Verdi’s historical drama based on the life of the leader of marauding Huns is conducted by Riccardo Chailly with Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role. The cast also includes Saioa Hernández, George Petean and Fabio Sartori.


Beethoven: Made in the Rhineland

Sunday, August 4, 2p

A composer like Ludwig van Beethoven towers over others, but even that singular genius didn't come out of the blue. A look at the musical environment that brought forth the iconic musician. The program not only includes music by the Maestro, but also works by composers close to the composer or with connections to his hometown, Bonn, such as Antonio Salieri and Andreas Romberg.


Bindley Hardware Co


Tuesday, August 6th, 9p

A fine roots-rock and country influenced band from Pittsburgh, the group was named after the nearly century-old business founded by the ancestors of leader-singer-songwriter Jon Bindley. The group serves up tasteful original music along with a creative cover in this encore of their 2018 Homegrown Music debut.


L’Elisir d’Amore


Saturday, August 10, 1p

Join Peter Wynne for a VIA opera special broadcast of Gaetano Donizetti’s beloved comedy. This recording featuring the chorus and orchestra of the Florence May Festival conducted by Gabrielle Ferro. The cast includes Barbara Bonney, Gösta Winberg, Bernd Weikl and Rolando Panerai. 

L’Elisir d’Amore is one of the enduring comedies of the bel canto era. The lovelorn Nemorino seeks the affection of the beautiful landowner Adina. But Adina promises her hand to the bumptious sargeant, Belcore. Nemorino then seeks the services of Dr. Dulcamara, a quack who passes off a bottle of wine as the love potion of the opera’s title. Will Nemorino be united with Adina? Is Nemorino really a poor villager? Tune in to find out. Bursting with lyric tunes as well as vocal fireworks, Rossini’s score is a delight from start to finish.


Brandenburgs in the Rheingau

Sunday, August 11, 2p

In its "Brandenburg Project," the Swedish Chamber Orchestra sought out contemporary composers, asking them to take a Brandenburg Concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach and come up with their own answer to it. We'll meet two of the composers who answered the call: the American Uri Caine and the Australian Brett Dean – and hear their works along with the originals: complete performances of Nos. 5 & 6, and excerpts from the other 4.


The Currys


Tuesday, August 13, 9p

Two brothers and a cousin have been making music together for most of their lives, with outstanding vocal harmonies. They have been gaining increasing national recognition with their touring throughout the US and in Europe, and from their three album releases. This is an encore of their memorable Homegrown Music live concert in 2014.


The Magic Flute


Saturday, August 17, 1p

Who can fail to be delighted and moved by the triumph of love and goodness in The Magic Flute? Join us for this operatic fairytale as Prince Tamino strives for the hand of Pamina, accompanied by his lovable sidekick Papageno. You’ll meet the evil Queen of the Night — with her stratospheric high notes and show-stopping arias — and the virtuous high priest Sarastro in a story that encompasses both the real and the fantastical. Revel in this combination of heartwarming comedy and true heroism, and the unparalleled genius and beauty of Mozart’s music. A wonderful introduction to opera for all ages. The cast includes Matthew Polenzani, Christiane Karg, Adam Plachetka, and Kathryn Lewek.


Haydn Festival

Sunday, August 18, 2p

A ten-day fest dedicated to Papa Haydn with the splendid Concerto Köln as orchestra-in-residence: this one has Haydn symphonies and an opera overture – and two works for the mandolin. Featured: Haydn’s Symphonies 26, 34, & 49. Recorded in the opulent Augustusburg Palace.


HannaH’s Field


Tuesday, August 20th, 9p

Hannah and Andrew “Bongo Bliss” Ardenski play what they describe as “modern hippie Rasta folk.” It’s an appealing reggae-influenced blend that is featured in their recent album Revolutionary Soldiers. They make their Homegrown Music debut with a collection of their original music played in a light electric setting. 


Lucia di Lammermoor


Saturday, August 24, 1p

If you cherish the classic tale of star-crossed love in Romeo and Juliet, then Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor will sweep you away with its intense romance. The most famous of all bel canto operas, you’ll be transfixed by the passion of the heroine and her lover Edgardo (Piotr Beczała)--you’ll long remember their heavenly love duet--and the vocal fireworks of Lucia’s (Albina Shagimuratova) dazzling mad scene, as she breaks your heart while sending spectacular coloratura and high notes soaring. This beautiful period production features a star cast that is not to be missed.


Bloomsburg University Young Artists’ Competition

Sunday, August 25, 2p

This program presents performances by the winners of this competition designed for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. Seven budding talents were chosen this year. Well-known professional pianist, Ron Stabinsky, served as coach for the competition and is featured as the collaborative pianist during the recital. Music for flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, piano, and voice by Debussy, Rossini, Mozart, Chopin and Carl Maria von Weber is 


Tina Graye


Tuesday, August 27th, 9p

Singer-songwriter Tina Graye last appeared on Homegrown Music in 2008. After more than decade, she has returned with a fine set of new original songs, in which she is joined in this acoustic session by Timothy Zieger, who was also recently a guest on Homegrown Music. 


Don Quichotte


Saturday, August 31, 1p

More than half a century before the Broadway musical Man of La Mancha, Jules Massenet brought Cervantes’s universally beloved dreamer Don Quixote to the operatic stage. Inspired by the greatest of all Spanish novels, Don Quichotte is the story of an eccentric idealist and self-proclaimed knight errant who tilts at windmills and fights for the honor of his lady Dulcinée. The opera combines Massenet’s fabulously atmospheric music with his own matchless theatrical flair to conjure a Spain that abounds with energy and spirit, beauty, and hope. Legendary bass Ferruccio Furlanetto bringing this signature role to vivid life with Sir Andrew Davis conducting in a production that is as gorgeous to see as it is to hear.


PBS Kids
VIA Passport



NPR Headlines

Political Unrest In Puerto Rico After Discovery Of Unused Hurricane Aid

Fed up with what they say is rampant corruption, protesters are demanding the resignation of Gov. Wanda Vázquez, who...

Amtrak To Drop $25,000 Ticket Price For Two Wheelchair Users After Complaints

NPR reported on Friday that the ticket for a two-hour ride between Chicago and Bloomington-Normal, Ill., stations...

Destructive Hail And A Massive Dust Storm Descend On Fire-Ravaged Australia

Canberra, Melbourne and other areas of southeast Australia were hit by golf-ball-sized hail that destroyed car...



ArtScene Calendar