July Highlights on WVIA-FM

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TED Radio Hour


Saturdays, Noon 

Beginning Saturday July 7th at Noon the TED Radio Hour will be heard on WVIA’s main channel. The long-running Marketplace Weekend is going out of production forcing a programming change and opening up a slot for this fascinating show about creativity and innovation. Using TED Talks as a launching point to explore the best ideas in technology, entertainment, design and much more, each approach to every idea is different, and each episode is packed with ‘driveway moments’.

Host Guy Raz interviews the guests, delving deeper, dissecting the speaker's ideas and posing probing questions you’d like to hear answered. Topics explored include mankind's place in the universe and space, how the sounds around us affect our behavior and why there is power in failure.


Notes on Film


Sundays at 7:30a & 4p, beginning July 1

WVIA’s Paul Lazar shares his knowledge and passion for film scores on "Notes on Film." This half-hour program explores cinematic scores featured in films from every genre, and shares facts and items of note about the film, its music, and other interesting tidbits. The opening program features music from the soundtrack for "Star Wars: A New Hope" from 1977. The soundtrack, by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by composer John Williams, was added to the U.S. National Recording Registry in 2004, and the American Film Institute ranked the soundtrack number one on its list of best film scores. Coming in following weeks, music from "The Lord of the Rings," "Tron," "Harry Potter," "Avatar," and more.


An Independence Day Double-Bill

Sunday, July 1

2 PM Let Freedom Sing

Celebrate Independence Day with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square. Julie Amacher hosts this program of performances by this venerable musical institution as they guide us through the canon of American patriotic music. Music selections for this encore special include John Williams' "Hymn to the Fallen," Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land," "America the Beautiful," "Yankee Doodle Dandy," and "Shenandoah."

3 PM Europe Celebrates America.

A program of music by composers from Germany, Bohemia, France and other countries that reflects the long friendship between the United States and Europe. Included is a piece for brass band written by Richard Wagner to celebrate the centennial of the country, and the cantata “The American Flag” by Antonín Dvořák. Larry Vojtko hosts.


Homegrown Music - Saso Sandic


Tuesday, July 3, 9p

A native of Slovenia, singer-songwriter Saso Sandic is an alumnus of the Berklee College of Music. In 2016 he released his debut album Alley Raven, in which he was joined by a number of prominent musicians. This is an encore of Sandic’s Homegrown Music 2017 debut with an all-star backing band, including keyboardist Clifford Carter (of James Taylor’s band), Joe Bonadio (Sting’s drummer), bassist Tony Guarnier (more than a decade with Bob Dylan), and guitarist Oz Noy (Warren Haynes).


The Return of Ulysses


Saturday, July 7, 1p

The Royal Opera-Roundhouse co-production of Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses, features Roderick Williams in the title role, and conducted by early music specialist Christian Curnyn.


Baltic Sea Journey


Sunday, July 8, 2p

The Baltic Sea Philharmonic is made up of musicians from the ten countries on the Baltic Sea. Its founder and chief conductor Kristjan Järvi stands out for his imaginative ideas on the programs, presentations and packaging of music. This lineup of music old and new has a central theme: water. Included will be excerpts from Handel’s “Water Music” and Charles Coleman’s orchestration of “Aguas da Amazonia” (Waters of the Amazon) by Philip Glass.


Homegrown Music - Pi Jacobs


Tuesday, July 10, 9p

Singer-songwriter Pi Jacobs is an astute lyricist and appealing performer who recently released A Little Blue. This is an encore of her 2013 Homegrown Music session featuring notable jazz drummer Jordan Perlson.


Scottish Opera - Eugene Onegin


Saturday, July 14, 1p

Tchaikovsky and Pushkin: two of Russia’s greatest artists come together in this sweeping tale of unfulfilled love. A lovesick young girl; a cocky young man who thoughtlessly spurns her; a heart-stopping duel between should-be friends. Director Oliver Mears (Director of Opera, The Royal Opera) teams up with award-winning designer Annemarie Woods, setting this hopelessly romantic opera in a world full of memories and dreams, where the past is ever present.

Tchaikovsky’s soaring score is the most radiant of Russian lyric operas. Dramatic and expressive, it captures perfectly the desperation and raw emotion of Pushkin’s masterpiece. Natalya Romaniw, fast making a name for herself in the Russian repertoire, sings Tatyana. Samuel Dale Johnson is Onegin. Music Director Stuart Stratford conducts.


Les Musiciens du Louvre


Sunday, July 15, 2p

Orpheus - the mythical figure who at the loss of his beloved Euridice ventures into the realm of death to bring her back and charms the spirits there with his singing - is a central figure in music, embodying the concepts of love, fate and aesthetics. This program by the fabulous French early music ensemble Les Musiciens du Louvre traces the Orpheus myth in various works and touches on that other great love story, Romeo and Juliet. All in line with the theme of the most recent Beethovenfest in Bonn.


Homegrown Music Concert - Rogue Chimp


Tuesday, July 17, 9p

During the Homegrown Music live concert series’ summer hiatus, producer George Graham presents rebroadcasts of memorable live performances. This time, it’s a 2014 set by the creative electronic fusion-funk ensemble Rogue Chimp featuring violinist Mark Woodyatt.


Opera North - Un ballo in maschera


Saturday, July 21, 1p

At the heart of Un ballo in maschera is a tragic love triangle and ultimately, a lethal vendetta. This intense opera is inspired by the real-life assassination of King Gustavus of Sweden in 1792. Gustavus secretly loves Amelia, the wife of his most loyal ally, Anckarstroem. When Anckarstroem discovers the affair, he joins a plot against Gustavus which culminates in a murderous masked ball.

Dramatic arias jostle with tense ensembles and rousing choruses, and at the heart of the piece is one of Verdi's most impassioned love duets. An all-star team brings this masterpiece to Opera North for the first time: former Music Director Richard Farnes returns to conduct this new production by Tim Albery, and Rafael Rojas


Early Music in Knechtsteden


Sunday, July 22, 2p

Five centuries ago, Martin Luther had a transformative effect on nearly every aspect of German society, including education. His call for the schooling of boys and girls had an enormous impact on curricula, an important part of which was music. This is a program of vocal music from the 16th to the 18th centuries all written or used for the musical education of young people.


Homegrown Music - Jack Hardy


Tuesday, July 24, 9p

The late Jack Hardy, who passed away in 2011 was a prolific and highly influential folk singer-songwriter, who was a founder of Fast Folk musical magazine, and hosted legendary songwriter gatherings which helped to launch the careers of Suzanne Vega, John Gorka, Shawn Colvin and Christine Lavin. Hardy was a regular on Homegrown Music with several appearances. This is an encore of a mid-1980s session featuring some of his memorable songs, with a group including future Railroad Earth founder Todd Sheaffer.




Saturday, July 28th, 1p

WVIA’s Peter Wynne hosts this broadcast of Leonard Bernstein’s raucous, high-spirited musical theatre treatment of Voltaire’s satire Candide. Leonard Bernstein conducts this studio recording from Deutsche Grammophon. One of the maestros final recordings, it was released the year after his death in 1991. Bernstein conducts the London Symphony and his hand-picked cast: Jerry Hadley in the title role, June Anderson as Cunegonde and Adolph Green as Dr. Pangloss. Others principals include Della Jones, Christa Ludwig, Nicolai Gedda and Kurt Ollmann. The version of the score is described as the "final revised version 1989."

This is part of WVIA’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein.


Bamberg Symphony


Sunday, July 29th, 2p

The Deutsche Welle Festival concludes with a performance by this well-known orchestra. "Distance, Love, the Sea, Music" is the title of this Beethovenfest concert with two female vocal soloists and one of Germany's major orchestras. It includes a highly unusual symphony by Chausson based on art song and a Berlioz' rendition of Cleopatra's death, while Schubert's "Great C Major" Symphony expresses an indefinite longing.


Homegrown Music - Celtica


Tuesday, July 31, 9p

From Central PA, Celtica consists of several long-time regional music veterans, including flutist Flora Eyster performing traditional and more contemporary folk-influenced music.

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