November Highlights on VIA Radio

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Gianni Schicchi; Buoso’s Ghost

Saturday, November 2, 1p

Based on part of Dante’s Divine Comedy, Gianni Schicchi (the final installment of Puccini’s Il Trittico) is the beloved comic opera about the conniving Donati family's attempts to change their deceased uncle's will for their own gain. Buoso’s Ghost, a contemporary “sequel” to Gianni Schicchi by Michael Ching, suggests that wealthy Uncle Buoso did not die of natural causes. Packed with drama and laughs, Buoso’s Ghost fills out Puccini’s original story and confirms that no one can outsmart Gianni Schicchi! The cast features Sean Anderson, Sara Duchovnay, and Kirk Dougherty. On the podium is the composer of the second opera, Michael Ching.


San Francisco Symphony


Sunday, November 3, 2p

A program of music for a modern age by Charles Ives, Lou Harrison, George Antheil and a new work by the Symphony’s Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. Included is Ives’ enigmatic The Unanswered Question, and Antheil’s A Jazz Symphony.




Saturday, November 9, 1p

Originally premiered in 1865 in Genoa and then performed again in 1871 in Milan, Franco Faccio’s Amleto (Hamlet) was thought lost for over 135 years. Conductor and scholar Anthony Barrese spent nearly a decade in libraries and the Ricordi publishing house archive recovering the work from a microfilm of the composer’s autograph. He conducts OperaDelaware in this performance.


San Francisco Symphony


Sunday, November 10, 2p

On this day before Veteran’s Day, a tribute to ‘Old Glory’: a cantata by Antonin Dvorak titled The American Flag. The program also includes Charles Ives’ setting of Psalm 90, and his Pulitzer Prize-winning Symphony No. 3 “The Camp Meeting”. The San Francisco Symphony Chorus joins the orchestra in this American celebration. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts


Marriage of Figaro

Saturday, November 16, 1p

Featured today is a concert performance of this comic masterpiece by Wolfgang Mozart by The Milwaukee Symphony. The title role is taken up by Douglas Williams who garnered excellent reviews: “a visible, vocal, and dramatic star (Wall Street Journal); his Figaro is “beautifully sung, irrepressibly charming” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). Edo de Waart conducts. 


A VIA Simply Grand Concert

Sunday, November 17, 2p

Violinist Simon Maurer and pianist Xun Pan perform three violin sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven: 3, 4, and 7. Recorded before a live audience in the Sordoni Theater of the VIA Public Media Studios. Larry Vojtko hosts. 



Saturday, November 23, 1p

Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece Norma tells the story of the Druid priestess who sacrifices all for love and loyalty, despite ultimate betrayal. Soprano Lindsay Ohse takes on the role of Norma, one of the most challenging, and breathtakingly beautiful, roles in the soprano repertoire. From “Casta Diva” to the duet “Mira to Norma”, there’s not a second of music in the opera that won’t leave you feeling awestruck and inspired. Maestro Anthony Barrese conducts.


Thanksgiving Specials

Every Good Thing


Thursday, November 28, 1p

This Thanksgiving, host Andrea Blain and classical music fans from around the country take time to give thanks and celebrate one of life's most meaningful gifts: music. Audiences will hear listeners from across the U.S. share stories about their favorite classical music pieces.


Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food and Gratitude. 


Thursday, November 28, 2p

Giving Thanks offers a contemporary celebration of gratitude, with classical music and stories of Thanksgiving. Great American writers will grace us this Thanksgiving, 2019. Giving Thanks remembers poet Mary Oliver as she reads poems of gratitude and nature. Walt Whitman stops by to celebrate Thanksgiving and his 200th birthday, and we'll set a place at the table for New Yorker writer, best-selling author, humorist, and turkey aficionado Adam Gopnik. 


Ali Baba

Saturday, November 30, 1p

Giovanni Bottesini’s little-known work, Alì Babà is a comic opera in four acts. Alì Babà is based on the story of Alì Babà and the Forty Thieves and had virtually disappeared from opera houses over the last century and more, despite having been described as having “made its mark” in those first performances conducted by Bottesini himself in January 1871 at London’s Lyceum Theatre. Music director, Anthony Barrese, leads Opera Southwest in championing this long overlooked work, said to be modeled after Rossini.

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