May Highlights on WVIA-FM
Homegrown Music - The Marcus Eaton Trio
Tuesday, May 1st, 9pm
Marcus Eaton’s music combines virtuosic guitar playing and the musical sophistication of progressive rock with appealing vocals and thoughtful lyrics. Eaton has toured and recorded with David Crosby. This is an encore of a studio session with his trio from 2010.
Roméo et Juliette
Saturday, May 5th, 1pm
Bartlett Sher’s production of Gounod’s sumptuous Shakespeare adaptation was a hit of the 2016–17 Met season (“a revelation” declared the Huffington Post). Now the sweeping tragedy returns with Ailyn Pérez and Bryan Hymel, both celebrated in French repertoire, as the star crossed young lovers. Plácido Domingo conducts.
Perhaps the most enduringly successful of the many operatic settings of the world’s consummate love story, Roméo et Juliette is an excellent example of French Romanticism, a tradition that values subtlety, sensuality, and graceful vocal delivery over showy effects. In the opera there is a slight shift of focus away from the word games of the original play and a greater focus on the two lovers, who are given four irresistible duets, including a brief final reunion in the tomb scene that does not appear in the play
World Choral Spectacular
Sunday, May 6th, 2pm
Join host Brian Newhouse for highlights from the 11th World Choral Symposium in Barcelona, a week-long festival featuring performances by some of the finest choirs in the world. The two-hour program explores a wide variety of repertoire and singing styles.
In addition to two of America's finest choirs—Salt Lake Choral Artists, and Westminster Choir—audiences will hear highlights of fantastic ensembles from Sweden, the Philippines, Latvia, Spain, Canada, South Africa and many other countries in this new, lively and diverse celebration of choral music.
Homegrown Music - Tod Pronto
Tuesday, May 8th, 9pm
Singer-songwriter Tod Pronto whose recent third album Hide Away from the Sun has been featured on WVIA’s Mixed Bag program. His music has received national airplay and praise by fellow artists such as Jonathan Edwards. He makes his Homegrown Music debut with a collection of original songs in a solo acoustic context.
Orphée et Eurydice
Saturday, May 12th, 1pm
One of opera’s most beautiful masterpieces, Gluck’s exquisite drama introduces us to Orpheus, the poet and musician whose every word and note communicate the most overwhelming love for his Eurydice. Refusing to accept her death, he courageously journeys to the Underworld to bring her back to life. As the legendary musician, Orphée, Dmitry Korchak. Eurydice is portrayed by Andriana Chuchman. Harry Bicket conducts.
Deutsche Welle Festival Concert
Sunday, May 13th, 2pm
Tensions in Heimbach. "Absurdly talented musicians" is how festival director and pianist Lars Vogt describes the artists he invites to an out-of-the-way retreat in the west German countryside. The Heimbach sound – big, yet intimate, sometimes edgy and unmistakable, coming as it does from a historic hydroelectric power plant – has become a mainstay of this radio series. Heimbach is a village in the mountains of western Germany where great musicians gather every summer for the festival named "Tensions." And we're heading that way in this Deutsche Welle Festival Concert for chamber music by Mozart and Dvorak - and by a seldom heard composer from the early 20th century named Rudi Stephan. And stretching the concept of chamber music about as far as it can go, the Symphony Number One by Gustav Mahler, adapted for chamber ensemble.
Homegrown Music Live Concert - Van Wagner and Timothy Zieger
Monday, May 14th, 8pm
WVIA’s unique monthly series of live concert broadcasts continues with two outstanding Northeastern Pennsylvania singer-songwriters.
Van Wagner, from Danville, PA, is a remarkably prolific artist who has released 22 albums so far with songs ranging from his experiences as a lumber jack and coal miner, to humorous tunes and songs based on history. His recent CD King of the Quarry is based on the slate mining from the York, PA area in the last century. He returns to Homegrown Music with to perform more from his seemingly endless well of outstanding compositions.
Timothy Zieger, from Factoryville, PA, made his Homegrown Music debut earlier this year with an impressive collection of original material with an acoustic ensemble. In addition to performing and recording, Zieger also conducts regular songwriting workshops. For his first appearance on the Homegrown Music concert series, he will also be joined by his group.
As usual, WVIA’s members are listeners are invited to attend the live broadcast from the station’s Sordoni Theater-Studio. Admission is free by reservation. Reservations are available on a first-come-first served here.
Homegrown Music - Midnight Pilot
Tuesday, May 15th, 9pm
A first-rate Americana group, Midnight Pilot’s members include two brothers, and have been making music together since childhood. Their debut eponymous album Midnight Pilot has been featured on WVIA’s Mixed Bag. This is an encore of their 2015 Homegrown Music debut session.
Saturday, May 19th, 1pm
There’s no character in opera more powerfully dramatic than the court jester Rigoletto, whose acid tongue and all-consuming desire for revenge lead to catastrophe for himself and his sweet, love-struck daughter Gilda. Marco Armiliato conducts an outstanding cast that includes Matthew Polenzani as the womanizing Duke of Mantua, Alexander Tsymbalyuk as the menacing Sparafucile. The overprotected and doomed Gilda is played by Rosa Feola and as the misguided jester of the title role Quinn Kelsey.
Deutsche Welle Festival Concert - Berlin Festival
Sunday, May 20th, 2pm
How to stay young? Ask Marek Janowski. He was 78 when he conducted this concert, but he moves like a man twenty years younger. And he doesn't have to do much to persuade the Berlin Philharmonic to follow his lead. On the program: Three orchestral preludes from the opera "Palestrina" by Hans Pfitzner, and the Symphony No. 4 by Anton Bruckner.
Homegrown Music - Cavage and Sudigala
Tuesday, May 22nd, 9pm
Banjo player David Cavage and guitarist Josh Sudigala are outstanding bluegrass players who have been members of the group Hickory Project. This encore of their debut studio session features the duo performing mostly original music in an intimate duo setting.
Saturday, May 26th, 1pm
Lyric Opera of Chicago continues its thrilling journey through Wagner’s Ring cycle with "Die Walküre", a riveting, devastating drama that involves complex relationships between brother and sister, husband and wife, father and daughter. The cast includes some of today’s finest Wagnerians: Brandon Jovanovich as Siegmund, Elisabet Strid as Sieglinde, Eric Owens is Wotan. As Brünnhilde: Christine Goerke and as Fricka: Tanja Ariane Baumgartner. Sir Andrew Davis conducts
WVIA Special: Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis
Sunday, May 27th, 2pm
"The greatest work that I have composed”. That’s Beethoven’s opinion of his Missa Solemnis. Combined forces of Marywood University and the community performed this monumental work for chorus, orchestra and vocal soloists. Dr. Rick Hoffenberg is the conductor of The Marywood University Concert Choir, Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania, Wyoming Seminary Civic Orchestra, and soloists Helen Hassinger, soprano; Carla Jablonski, mezzo-soprano; Omar Najmi, tenor; and Ryan Kuster, bass-baritone. Recorded Sunday, April 29, 2018 in the Sette LaVerghetta Auditorium, Marywood University. Larry Vojtko hosts.
Homegrown Music - The Bog Swing Band
Tuesday, May 29th, 9pm
Multifaceted musician Roy Williams has been involved with numerous groups, including And the Moneynotes and more recently his Brother Roy project. He is also an outstanding swing-style guitarist in the Django Reinhardt style. The Bog Swing Band is an acoustic ensemble doing hot jazz with including standards and original music. This is an encore of their 2011 studio session.