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Lyric Opera of Chicago - Carmen

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Saturday, July 1 at 1pm

Opera has plenty of femmes fatales, but there’s only one Carmen. Her allure proves spellbinding as she seduces a hapless corporal and then a dashing bullfighter. You’ll feel the heat as you’re captivated by Bizet’s bewitching melodies — the smoky Habanera, the playful Seguidilla, the provocative Gypsy Song. Every single melody in this ever-popular opera is a beloved hit, and each is brought to life by a cast of spectacular leading artists: Ekaterina Gubanova as Carmen, Joseph Calleja as Don José, Eleonora Buratto as Micaela, and Christian Van Horn as Escamillo. Harry Bicket conducts.

 

Sunday Concert Hall -Stephen Foster: America's Bard

Sunday, July 2 at 2pm

It’s hard to imagine American music without the work of Stephen Collins Foster.  Foster was born on July 4, 1826 – fifty years to the day after the Declaration of Independence was signed.  In 19th century America, popular songs were churned out by the dozens, but no other composer of the day wrote as many great songs with as much sticking power as Foster.  We all grew up singing Oh, Susannah, Beautiful Dreamer, Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair, Old Folks at Home … the list goes on and on.   This one-hour program, written and hosted by Naomi Lewin of WQXR, includes those songs, and many others – plus instrumental numbers.  Among the performers: Marilyn Horne, Thomas Hampson, Itzhak Perlman, and Leopold Stokowski leading the Philadelphia Orchestra.

 

Sunday Concert Hall - Leroy Anderson and the Boston Pops

Sunday, July 2 at 3pm

This special explores the partnership between the Boston Pops Orchestra and the composer of many light classical miniatures that will be remembered for generations. Leroy Anderson’s music, including Bugler’s Holiday, Fiddle-Faddle
and The Typewriter, are heard with the Boston Pops Orchestra, with conductor Keith Lockhart playing host. Also heard are Anderson’s classic Boston Pops arrangements of George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Meredith Willson. Seiji Ozawa, John Williams and Leroy Anderson all comment on the music.
Leroy Anderson and the Boston Pops is produced by Kurt Anderson, the composer’s son, and is distributed by the WFMT Radio Network to radio stations nationwide. This program is underwritten in part by the Leroy Anderson Foundation.
 

Independence Day Specials

11:00 am, Stephen Foster: America's Bard

It’s hard to imagine American music without the work of Stephen Collins Foster.  Foster was born on July 4, 1826 – fifty years to the day after the Declaration of Independence was signed.  In 19th century America, popular songs were churned out by the dozens, but no other composer of the day wrote as many great songs with as much sticking power as Foster.  We all grew up singing Oh, Susannah, Beautiful Dreamer, Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair, Old Folks at Home … the list goes on and on.   This one-hour program, written and hosted by Naomi Lewin of WQXR, includes those songs, and many others – plus instrumental numbers.  Among the performers: Marilyn Horne, Thomas Hampson, Itzhak Perlman, and Leopold Stokowski leading the Philadelphia Orchestra.

1:00 pm, Let Freedom Sing

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

2:00 pm, Don Gillis: An American Original.

In this WVIA production host/producer Larry Vojtko introduces you to another master of classical music on the lighter side—Don Gillis. Gillis was producer of the famous NBC Symphony concerts conducted by Arturo Toscanini. We’ll hear several works inspired by the American Southwest where Gillis lived as a young man.

 

Lyric Opera of Chicago - Eugen Onegin

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Saturday, July 8 at 1pm

Intensely passionate drama set to some of opera’s most sweeping, soulful, and heart-stoppingly beautiful music — that is Eugene Onegin. Tatiana is a lovesick country girl, and Onegin is the sophisticated young man who callously spurns her love before realizing, too late, what a mistake he’s made. Here is Pushkin’s profoundly human, hopelessly romantic, ultimately devastating story, elevated by Tchaikovsky’s richly layered and unabashedly expressive music. Find out why Eugene Onegin is beloved by opera audiences the world over. Alejo Perez conducts this outstanding cast: Onegin—Mariusz Kwiecień; Tatiana—Ana María Martínez; Lensky—Charles Castronovo; Gremin—Dmitry Belosselskiy.

 

Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts - Power Plant

Sunday, July 9 at 2pm

Europeans are willing to turn any building into a concert hall. The Heimbach Power Plant opened in 1907 and boasts that it is one of the most beautiful hydroelectric power plants in the world. Lars Vogt, German pianist of world renown, was captivated by its brilliant acoustic and invited his friends to make chamber music in this out-of-the-way hamlet in Germany's southwestern Eifel Mountains. From this week-long festival featuring what Mr. Vogt calls "absurdly talented musicians" we’ll hear a program of Brahms, Schumann, Debussy and Ligeti.  Host: Rick Fulker

 

Homegrown Music - Jesse Terry

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Tuesday, July 11, 9p

A talented singer-songwriter who tours nationally, Jesse Terry’s 2012 album Empty Seat on a Plane was featured on the weekly Mixed Bag album review series. In 2013, the Connecticut-based Terry brought his band for a session of first rate original music in an electric folk setting. This is an encore of that session.

 

Lyric Opera of Chicago - Don Giovanni

Saturday, July 15 at 1pm

Mozart and da Ponte’s retells the famous story of the notorious libertine Don Juan with a mixture of comedy and drama. Elements of opera buffa and opera seria are seamlessly interwoven in a masterpiece of storytelling. As the insatiable Count, Mariuz Kwiecien; his objects of desire: Donna Anna, Marina Rebeka; Donna Elvira, Ana Maria Martinez; Zerlina, the unsuspecting, yet energetic peasant girl, Andrianna Chuchman; Donna Anna’s protector Don Ottavio, Antonio Poli; Zerlina’s exasperated finance Masetto, Michael Sumuel. Rounding out the cast is Kye Ketelsen as Don Giovanni’s devoted, yet cranky servant Leporello.

 

Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts - Les Siecles

Sunday, July 16 at 2pm

Les Siècles is a remarkable period instrument orchestra from France. The ensemble offers ballet music of the 20th century: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Jeux by Claude Debussy and Le Sacre du Printemps by Igor Stravinsky. Also the Flemish Radio Chorus joins conductor Francois-Xavier Roth and the orchestra for a performance of the rarely heard Solemn mass for the Coronation of Napoleon by the once popular opera composer Etienne Méhul. The mass was said to have left its mark on Beethoven's ‘Eroica’ Symphony. Hosted by Rick Fulker.

 

Homegrown Music - Tom Hamilton and the Work in Progress Band

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Tuesday, July 18 at 9p

Scranton-based jazz and fusion saxophonist is a world class artist who has appeared on several recordings including as part of the late Phil Woods’ Festival Orchestra and toured with many jazz greats. Hamilton had a reputation as the ultimate side-man. But in 2014, he stepped out as leader of a group performing his original compositions, spanning jazz, funk and Latin-influenced music. He brought his band, including such notable figures as Marko Marcinko, Bill Washer and Paul Rostock to WVIA for an outstanding live performance in September 2014. This segment features all the music from that concert.

 

Lyric Opera of Chicago - The Daughter of the Regiment

Saturday, July 22 at 1pm

Enjoy a classic recording of Donizetti’s sparkling comedy featuring Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti. Madcap comedy and impeccable coloratura come together as Sutherland portrays the feisty tomboy raised by a regiment of French soldiers. Pavarotti is the young Swiss villager, Tonio, who conquers her heart—and a slew of high Cs. This was the role of that led to the great tenor’s moniker, “The King of the High Cs”.  WVIA’s Peter Wynne guides us through the afternoon of effervescent music, superb vocalism, and enchanting comedy.

 

Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts - Ural Philharmonic

Sunday, July 23 at 2pm

Early 20th century Russia was a tremendously productive period in music history. In the ballet The Golden Age, Shostakovich ironically depicts the meeting of soccer teams from the Soviet Union and the West. His imagination fired by technological innovation, Mosolov imitates the sound of an iron forgery in his ballet music named Steel. Myaskovsky described his Tenth Symphony as "so massive that it seems to be made of iron." Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto, in contrast, is pure romanticism. Pianist Boris Berezovsky is featured.We’ll also be treated to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. Hosted by Rick Fulker

 

Homegrown Music - Michael Duzt

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Tuesday, July 25 at 9pm

Hazleton-area singer-songwriter Michael Dutz is a long-time veteran of the Homegrown Music series, first as a bassist with the Sterling Koch Force, and more recently as a folk-style acoustic artist. This edition of Homegrown Music features an all-new collection of original songs in a solo setting.

 

La Opera On Air - Macbeth

Saturday, July 29th, 1pm

Shakespeare’s work has inspired many composers. Giuseppe Verdi set three of the Bard’s plays to music: Falstaff, Othello and Macbeth, his first setting of Shakespeare. Placido Domingo takes on yet another baritone role as the title character. Ekaterina Semenchuk is the manipulative Lady Macbeth and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo is Banquo. James Conlon conducts.

 

Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts - Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Sunday, July 30th, 2pm

Mahler Chamber Orchestra is a "nomadic collective" of 45 top musicians from 20 countries who get together for tours in Europe and worldwide. The self-governed orchestra has in fact performed in 35 countries on five continents. The collective of nomads made a stop at the Beethovenfest in Bonn - and swept the audience away with their musical insight and momentum. Violinist Pekka Kuusisto tackles Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Also on the program: Arnold Schönberg’s Ode to Napoleon - and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. Rick Fulker hosts.

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