June Highlights on VIA Radio

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Die Walküre


Saturday, June 1, 1p

In Wagner's second opera in the The Ring of the Nibelung time has passed since the gods moved to the their new home Valhalla, and their leader Wotan is still in search of the gold that will grant him unlimited power. He wants to use the twins Siegmund and Sieglinde, born to him out of wedlock, to retrieve it. But Fricka, as guardian of marriage, insists that Siegmund pays for his husband transgressions and wants him killed. Wotan reluctantly agrees and forces the valkyrie Brunnhilde, his warrior daughter, also raised out of wedlock, not to protect Siegmund in a fight. But the valkyrie falls in love with Siegmund and disobeys Wotan, and as a result she is stripped of her divinity and left on a fire-encircled rock. Brunnhilde’s efforts are useless as Siegmund pays with his life in this doomed saga that moves from the realm of the gods to the human sphere. Sir Antonio Pappano conducts a cast with Stuart Skelton as Siegmund, Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde, John Lundgren as Wotan and Dame Sarah Connolly as Fricka.


Deutsche Welle Festival: Russian National Orchestra

Sunday, June 2, 2p

The Beethovenfest invites us to experience three famous last works: the Overture to William Tell the last of Rossini's 39 operas, the Violin Concerto by Schumann that had a troubled history and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 15, a look back on a lifetime of creativity.


Dan Masterson


Tuesday, June 4, 9p

Singer-songwriter-pianist Dan Masterson has released two EPs and last year issued his first-full length album, funded by fans, When Reality Calls, which has been attracting attention and airplay nationally. This is an encore of Masterson’s debut Homegrown Music session from 2014, spotlighting his appealing original songs performed on the WVIA Steinway piano.




Saturday, June 8, 1p

The third opera in Wagner’s four-part Der Ring des Nibelungen, Siegfried is set in mythological times, when gods and other creatures contend for dominion over the earth while humans are emerging as a new power. Orphaned at birth, Siegfried learns his true identity and fulfills his destiny to become Brünnhilde’s savior and lover. Tenor Stefan Vinke sings the heroic title character. Nina Stemme sings Brünnhilde, and John Lundgren sings the role of the enigmatic Wanderer. Sir Antonio Pappano conducts.


Deutsche Welle Festival: Tensions in Heimbach

Sunday, June 9, 2p

Heimbach was designed as a power plant, but the acoustics and beautifully-crafted architecture combined to transform the space into a uncommon concert hall. Turn the world's most "absurdly talented" (quoting festival director Lars Vogt) chamber musicians loose on a historic hydroelectric power plant, and the sparks fly. Tune in for the most recent harvest of musical energy from a extraordinary festival in the German countryside. The program includes the Clarinet Trio of Brahms, The 2nd Piano Trio of Shostakovich, and music for string by Tchaikovsky.


Bob Malone


Tuesday, June 11, 9p

While the Homegrown Music live concert series is on summer hiatus, series producer George Graham is presenting rebroadcasts of memorable past concerts. This one features singer-songwriter and pianist extraordinaire Bob Malone, who regularly plays as part of John Fogerty’s band, and has toured and appeared with many prominent artists including Ringo Starr. Bob has been a regular on Homegrown Music over the years, and this segment is an encore of a memorable concert with his band from 2008.


Simon Boccanegra


Saturday, June 15, 1p

Verdi's dark drama of political intrigue is a story of simmering, long-held resentment that finally resolves into forgiveness and reconciliation. Set in 14th century Genoa, it tells of a great sea-going hero who reluctantly accepts high office; and who late in life discovers the long-lost daughter who had disappeared years ago. It is one of Verdi's great portrayals of the father-daughter relationship, and the score often glitters with Italian light to offset the dark colours of revenge. Verdi revisited the work in the years of his maturity and transformed the white-hot melodrama into an opera full of subtlety and wisdom that foreshadows his late masterpieces. Carlos Alvarez stars in this production from the Royal Opera House, London.


Deutsche Welle Festival: Schwetzingen Academy

Sunday, June 16, 2p

The Schwetzingen Festival's Orchestral Academy explores what happens when a "modern" orchestra delves intensively into the principles of historic performance practice. We have the results from the most recent season in a "Mostly Young Mozart" program. Nicholas McGegan conducts Mozart’s Violin Concertos 1 and 5, plus Symphonies 4 and 29


Karolina Rose


Tuesday, June 18, 9p

A Philadelphia native, Karolina Rose last year released an album Invicta which has received airplay on public and college stations from coast to coast. Influenced by artists like Kate Bush, Ms. Rose creates intriguing original music, which she performs in a solo setting in her Homegrown Music debut.


The Queen of Spades


Saturday, June 22, 1p

Tchaikovsky's dark opera about obsession and greed, The Queen of Spades tells of the young impoverished officer Gherman as he attempts to end his run of bad luck by trying to discover the old Countess's secret of winning at cards. At the same time he becomes obsessed with the Countess's granddaughter, Lisa, and desperately tries to win her hand in marriage. Willing to risk everything, Gherman ends up gambling with love and life and losing at both.

The cast is led by the tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko as Gherman with soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as the granddaughter Lisa. Renowned mezzo-soprano Dame Felicity Palmer captivates in the role of the Countess who seals Gherman's fate. Antonio Pappano conducts the Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in Tchaikovsky's richly sonorous and dramatic score.


WVIA Simply Grand Concert

Sunday, June 23, 2p

Faculty members of Mansfield University perform a varied program of classical music during the final Simply Grand Concert of the season recorded in the Sordoni Theater Sunday March 24, 2019 Flutist Christine Fish Moulton is featured in a number of works performing with her colleagues Alissa Rose, soprano, Susan Laib, oboe, and Richard MacDowell, clarinet. The pianist for this concert is WVIA’s own Gary Boerckel, host of Music to My Ears heard Sundays at 1:00pm on VIA Radio.

The program consists of:

Three Bach arias--

  • Zerfleisse, Mein Herze from the St. John Passion
  • Hört Doch! der sanften Flöten Chor from Cantata No. 206
  • Ei! wie schmeckt der Kaffee süsse from Cantata No. 211 (The “Coffee” Cantata)

Two Woodwind trios (fl, ob, cl)

  • Walter Gieseking - Flute Sonata
  • Malcolm Arnold - Fantasy for solo flute
  • Walter Piston - Flute Sonata


Potter's Daughter


Tuesday, June 25, 9p

Classically-trained pianist-composer Dyanne Potter-Voegtlin is a Northeastern Pennsylvania native who last appeared on Homegrown Music in 1992. After leaving the region and raising a family, Ms. Potter-Voegtlin returned to the Homegrown Music series after 28 years, with new music and a band including her son Ian, and notable jazz bassist Lincoln Goines. Shortly after this 2018 session, the group recorded a new album The Blind Side. This encore presents the group’s distinctive, creative and wide-ranging original music, both instrumental and vocal.


La forza del destino


Saturday, June 29, 1p

Antonio Pappano conducts La forza del destino with a star-studded cast that includes Anna Netrebko as Leonora, Jonas Kaufman as Don Alvaro, and Ludovic Tézier as Don Carlo di Vargas. Verdi and his librettist and friend Francesco Maria Piave based La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny) on Ángel de Saavedra's highly dramatic play Don Alvaro, o la fuerza del sino. The story tells how the intended elopement of Leonora and Don Alvaro goes wrong when Alvaro accidentally kills Leonora's father. Both lovers escape, but only to lead separate lives as wanderers, with the father's dying curse ringing in their ears and Leonora's brother in vengeful pursuit. When the three are finally reunited, the conclusion can only be a dramatic one. Verdi's brilliant score covers a wide range of settings and emotions, from tense confrontations to rowdy song-and-scenes in a tavern and an army camp. It also boasts some of the composer's very best tunes.


Deutsche Welle Festival: World premiere

Sunday, June 30, 2p

"Beethoven's ghost was in the room," says Stefan Asbury the conductor of this concert, relating the moment when composer Bernhard Lang's new piece Monadologie began to take shape. We have it here, along with the work it was patterned after: Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto.


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