June Highlights on WVIA-FM

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Lyric Opera of Chicago - Les Troyens


Saturday, June 3rd, 1pm

The drama of the Trojan War, replete with heroes and tragedy, has captivated audiences from literature to film, and nowhere does it come to life more vividly than in French opera’s most astounding work, Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz. Grand and glorious in its musical and dramatic breadth, this operatic retelling of Virgil’s Aeneid is rarely performed because of its enormous scale. Experience the tidal wave of sound from Lyric’s massive chorus and orchestra and the exciting ballet as this theatrical tour de force unfolds with a powerhouse cast which includes Christine Goerke, Susan Graham, and Brandon Jovanovich. Sir Andrew Davis conducts this much-anticipated Lyric premiere that will draw opera lovers from all over the world!


Simply Grand Concert - The Anglo-American Duo


Sunday, June 4th, 2pm

Violist Timothy Schwarz (the American) and pianist Jane Beament (the Brit) returned to the Sordoni Theater to celebrate WVIA’s 44th birthday on April 23, 2017. The viola was long-ignored as a solo instrument, but its dark, soulful sound suddenly captured the imaginations of new composers in the aftermath of World War I. The Anglo-American Duo presented a showcase of music for viola and piano written around 1919. Included are Sonatas by Paul Hindemith and Rebecca Clarke and music of Ernest Bloch.


Homegrown Music - Bourbon Express


Tuesday, June 6th, 9pm

A fun, retro country style quartet headed by the spouse duo of Katie and Brendan Curley, in this encore of their 2016 series debut.


Lyric Opera of Chicago - Don Quichotte


Saturday, June 10th, 1pm

More than half a century before 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 Clementine Margaine as Dulcinée, and, as Sancho, Nicola Alaimo. Sir Andrew Davis conducts.


Simply Grand Concert - Duo Montagnard


Sunday, June 11th, 2pm

Joseph Murphy, saxophone, Matthew Slotkin, guitar brought a varied program to the Sordoni Theater for Simply Grand Concert in September, 2016. Original works by regional composers were included in this program with a true Pennsylvania flavor. Mountain Songs by Robert Beaser, is a suite based on Appalachian folk tunes. Duo Montagnard also chose music by local and regional composers: Lisa Logrande, Hazelton, Girard Kratz originally from Wilkes-Barre, now in Philadelphia, Kirk O’Riordan, Easton, Dana Wilson, Ithaca NY, and Kevin Cope from Delaware. In addition these composers attended the concert and offered commentary on their work giving the audience a rare opportunity to better understand the creative process.


Homegrown Music - Kristen Toedtman


Tuesday, June 13th, 9pm

An outstanding pianist singer-songwriter also works with classical chorales. She divides her time between the Los Angeles area and the Northeast. In 2015 she released a well-received album called Limbo and following that, she made her Homegrown Music debut in 2016. This is an encore of that session.


Lyric Opera of Chicago - The Magic Flute


Saturday, June 17th, 1pm

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. Rory Macdonald conducts a cast that includes Andrew Staples, Christiane Karg, Kathryn Lewek, and Adam Plachetka.


Simply Grand Concert - Andrew Rammon & Naomi Niskala


Sunday, June 18th, 2pm

Cellist Andrew Rammon and pianist Naomi Niskala perform the Sonata No. 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven, the Sonata No. 1 of Johannes Brahms, and some of the Songs without Words by Felix Mendelssohn. Andrew has concluded his long tenure as Principal Cellist of the Williamsport Symphony. Naomi is an internationally-known concert artist. Both teach at Susquehanna University.


Homegrown Music - Tauk


Tuesday - June 20th, 8pm

This instrumental quartet has become one of the hottest bands on the national jam band scene with their complex original compositions and spirited performance honed by a long-time musical association -- three of the members had been playing together since middle school. The group put in two studio Homegrown Music sessions and a live concert. Their remarkable September 2014 Homegrown Music live concert is featured in this encore.


Lyric Opera of Chicago - Norma


Saturday, June 24th, 1pm

If you’re drawn to vocal acrobatics, Bellini’s Druid priestess Norma will thrill and astonish you. The absolute pinnacle for any prima donna with the technical prowess, sumptuous voice, and dramatic fire to master its perilous challenges, Norma stands as a crowning jewel of the bel canto repertoire. This timeless story of love betrayed runs the gamut of emotions from loyalty and passion to jealousy, revenge, and redemption. You’ll hear melodies ranging from the stunningly serene “Casta diva” to the frenzy of vocal fireworks that pour forth as Norma’s rage overflows. Don’t miss world-acclaimed soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in this dazzling masterwork! Riccardo Frizza conducts


Simply Grand Concert - Charisse Baldoria


Sunday, June 25th, 2pm

Pianist Dr. Charisse Baldoria celebrates her Filipino heritage in a varied program of piano music that includes pieces by composers from and inspired by Southeast Asia and Spain. On the program selections from the Java Suite by Leopold Godowsky, the Fantasia Baetica by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and music of contemporary New Zealand composer Gareth Farr, plus the Ballades Nos. 1 and 4 of Frederic Chopin. Recorded in WVIA Sordoni Theater.

Homegrown Music - MoR


Tuesday, June 27th, 9pm

From the archive comes one of the more distinctive Homegrown Music sessions. The series’ emphasis has been on regional artists, but we occasionally invite some notable performers whose recordings have been featured on WVIA’s Mixed Bag program. MoR are a duo from Iceland who consists of only electric bass and vocals. They do very distinctive and beautiful arrangements of everything from songs by Cyndie Lauper and Duran Duran to Icelandic folk music in this memorable 2007 session.

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