May Highlights on WVIA-FM
Homegrown Music Concert - Roy Williams & Jung Bergo
Monday, May 1st, 8pm
The Homegrown Music live concert season concludes with an evening of creative rock with artists from the Scranton area.
Roy Williams is a versatile and multifaceted musician. He appeared on Homegrown Music previously in very disparate contexts, the roots rock band And the Moneynotes and playing Gypsy jazz with the Bog Swing Band. Now he has a new project performing new original music at the piano and new new album called Last Man Standing as Brother Roy. It’s energetic music in the Springsteen tradition.
Jung Bergo are an emerging and eclectic band that’s creates original “indie rock” that also incorporates acoustic instrumentation. The group appeared on WVIA’s web video series “In the Office” and now they make their Homegrown Music live concert debut.
The two hour-concert live concert broadcast originates from WVIA’s Sordoni studio theater before a studio audience. Free audience reservations are available on a first-come-first served basis.
Homegrown Music - Jason O
Tuesday, May 2nd, 9pm
Jason Olcese is an appealing singer-songwriter from Clifford, PA, who in recent years has developed a reputation for his use of looping devices to create multi-instrumental performances in real time. This segment is an encore of Jason’s fourth studio appearance from 2015, with his original music than runs from folky to funky.
Metropolitan Opera - Cyrano de Bergerac
Saturday, May 6th, 1pm
The comedy/tragedy of Cyrano de Bergerac and his beloved Roxane, a love story for the ages, comes alive in this rediscovered operatic gem by Franco Alfano. The title role is a signature part for the charismatic star tenor Roberto Alagna, performing it with the company for the first time opposite rising star Jennifer Rowley, who plays his secret love. Marco Armiliato conducts.
Composer Franco Alfano is best-known for completing Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot. Born in 1875 in Naples, Alfano studied at the conservatory there and in Leipzig. In addition to composing he served as the Director of the conservatories in Bologna and Turin. He wrote his first opera when 21 years old; his last at the age of 77. Cyrano de Bergerac came in 1936 and is based on the famous play by Edmond Rostand.
Sunday Concert Hall - Simply Grand Concert
Sunday, May 7th, 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 is wrapping up his long tenure as Principal Cellist of the Williamsport Symphony. Naomi is an internationally-known concert artist. Both teach at Susquehanna University. Larry Vojtko hosts.
Homegrown Music - Jonah Whale
Tuesday, May 9th, 9pm
A five-piece progressive rock band from Bloomsburg, PA, Jonah Whale has released four albums including music running from very electric to more acoustic. This segment is an encore of their Homegrown Music debut session from 2015.
Metropolitan Opera - Der Rosenkavalier
Saturday, May 13th, 1pm
The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian star in Richard Strauss’s decorative opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen, the director behind the Met’s recent Falstaff, places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask, in a staging that also stars Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs. Sebastian Weigle conducts the sparklingly perfect score.
Set in an idealized Vienna of the past, Strauss’s most popular opera concerns a wise woman of the world who is involved with a much younger lover but ultimately forced to accept the laws of time, giving him up to a pretty young heiress. Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s fascinating libretto deftly combines comedy, dreamy nostalgic fantasy, genuine human drama, and light but striking touches of philosophy and social commentary. Strauss’s magnificent score, likewise, works on several levels, combining the refinement of Mozart with the epic grandeur of Wagner.
Sunday Concert Hall - Deutsche Welle Festival Concert
Sunday, May 14th, 2pm
The most famous post held by Johann Sebastian Bach was as Kantor of St. Thomas Church, Leipzig. In this program recorded in that famous space, music by Bach will be performed by the Choir of the church joined by the Leipzig University Choir and members of the Gewandhaus Orchestra conducted by Gotthold Schwarz. Also featured: the Requiem of Max Reger, a late-Romantic composer who revered Bach. Organist Ullrich Böhme provides the prelude to the concert performing the great Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582.
Homegrown Music Concert - Hillbilly Water
Tuesday, May 16th, 9pm
An energetic bluegrass trio featuring two of the members of the New Jersey band and frequent Homegrown Music guests Cosmic American Derelicts, the group performs mostly original music, both vocal and instrumental. This is an encore of their 2007 studio session.
Lyric Opera of Chicago - Das Rheingold
Saturday, May 20th, 1pm
Lyric’s ambitious new Ring starts with Das Rheingold conducted by our the company’s celebrated music director, Sir Andrew Davis. We’ll meet the Rhinemaidens, guardians of magical gold that can be transformed into a ring that grants its owner unlimited power. When Alberich steals the gold, the struggle among the legendary characters begins, as Wotan, king of the gods, vies with him for supreme power. Immerse yourself in thrilling drama and music of vast proportions during this first of four new productions from world-renowned director David Pountney. Conductor — Sir Andrew Davis; Director — David Pountney; Wotan — Eric Owens; Alberich — Samuel Youn; Loge — Stefan Margita; Fricka Tanja —Ariane Baumgartner; Fasolt — Wilhelm Schwinghammer; Fafner — Tobias Kehrer
Sunday Concert Hall - Deutsche Welle Festival Concert
Sunday, May 21st, 2pm
From the Beethoven Hall in Bonn, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Jiři Bélohlávek in music of Dvořák, Martinů and György Ligeti. Violinist Hilary Hahn is featured in the Violin Concerto No. 5 by Mozart.
Homegrown Music - Rogue Chimp
Tuesday, May 23rd, 9pm
An electronic fusion instrumental group and jam band from the Scranton area, the band has released an album, played major festivals, and also did a memorable 2014 Homegrown Music concert. This is an encore of their 2011 studio session spotlighting their creative original compositions.
Lyric Opera of Chicago - Lucia di Lammermoor
Saturday, May 27th, 1pm
If you cherish the classic tale of star-crossed love in Romeo and Juliet, then Lucia di Lammermoor will sweep you away with its intense romance. The most famous of all bel canto operas, you’ll be transfixed by the passion of the heroine and her lover Edgardo (you’ll long remember their heavenly love duet) and the vocal fireworks of Lucia’s dazzling mad scene, as she breaks your heart while sending spectacular coloratura and high notes soaring. This beautiful period production features a star cast that is not to be missed. Conductor— Enrique Mazzola; Director—Graham Vick; Lucia—Albina Shagimuratova; Edgardo—Piotr Beczała; Enrico—Quinn Kelsey; Raimondo—Adrian Sâmpetrean
Sunday Concert Hall - Dreams of the Fallen: Music of Honor and Remembrance for Memorial Day
Sunday, May 28th, 2pm
In the United States, Memorial Day is often thought of as the unofficial beginning of summer, but its significance to this country runs far deeper. "Dreams of the Fallen: Music of Honor and Remembrance for Memorial Day" seeks to recognize and memorialize, through music and poetry, those who have protected our country – often at great sacrifice – from before its founding to the present. From "Taps" to Britten's War Requiem, to numerous film scores and folk songs, conflict and memory have inspired some of the greatest music in history. This special draws from a broad variety of composers and styles, linking them with the spoken remembrances of soldiers, veterans, and poetry to help unify and console. This special's title is taken from its centerpiece, a short masterwork by young American composer Jake Runestad, "Dreams of the Fallen". The work sets the poetry of Iraq war veteran Brian Turner and features pianist Jeffrey Biegel, and the choir VocalEssence. Hosted by Steve Seel, this one-hour special honors those who have served.
From Casals to Camelot: Classical Music and John F. Kennedy
Sunday, May 28th, 3pm
"From Casals to Camelot: Classical Music and John F. Kennedy" features performances by musicians invited to the White House during JFK's presidency, as well as music composed in response to the Kennedy assassination, and for JFK events and anniversaries. Featured works include "Song of the Birds" from the 1961 Pablo Casals' White House recital; Grace Bumbry singing Strauss's "Zueignung" - a work featured in her 1962 White House recital; "Urlicht" from Mahler's Resurrection Symphony (featured in a concert section of Peter Lieberson's "Remembering JFK (An American Elegy)," and "A Simple Song" from Bernstein's Mass, commissioned for the 1971 Kennedy Center debut in Washington, D.C.
Composer Steven Mackey discusses his work for string quartet One Red Rose, composed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, with a section from that work performed by the Brentano Quartet.
Hosted by Andrea Blain, this one-hour special commemorates the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's birth, and explores how classical music featured during his presidency has become a potent means of remembering an American era that was both hopeful, and tinged with tragedy.
Homegrown Music - Bob Malone
Tuesday, May 30th, 9p
Internationally known singer-songwriter and virtuoso pianist, Bob Malone has been touring with John Fogerty when he is not performing his music in the US and Europe. He shows his witty lyric writing and New Orleans influence in this this encore of his fourth HGM session from 2015.