November Highlights on WVIA-FM

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Election Coverage

WVIA will offer NPR’s Special Coverage of the midterm elections on during the evening on Election Day, November 6, 2018. Coverage will feature newsmaker interviews, reports from state races, and analysis from NPR's Political Team. Additional coverage and stories at

The final episode of The Politics Show from NPR will air Saturday Nov. 10th at 4:00 pm. Hosts Scott Detrow, Tamara Keith, and Asma Khalid provide a wrap-up of mid-term elections.


100th Anniversary of the Armistice

World War I, known in Great Britain as the Great War, came to an end with an armistice that took effect at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. Sunday November 11, 2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of the conflict and WVIA-FM will observe this event with special programming.

7:30am, Early Birds will feature highlights from a period instrument performance of Haydn's "Mass in Time of War" with the ensemble Tafelmusik under Bruno Weil.


Dream of the Red Chamber


Saturday, November 3rd, 1pm

One of China’s greatest classical novels—as famous in China as Romeo and Juliet is in the West—recounts the love triangle between a young nobleman and two very different women: one his spiritual soulmate, the other a beautiful heiress. San Francisco Opera commissioned this work with music by Bright Sheng and the libretto by David Henry Hwang and Bright Sheng.


San Francisco Symphony

Sunday, November 4th, 2pm

Emanuel Ax is one of the most-respected pianists of our time. In this concert conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas he plays the Piano Concerto No. 3 of Ludwig van Beethoven. A symphonic movement my Mahler is also featured. Blumine was originally a movement in Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, but received such harsh criticism in the early performances that the composer removed it from the Symphony. It was rescued from obscurity in the middle of the 20th century and now finds a place in the concert hall. Mahler described the movement as a "sentimentally impassioned... love-episode."


Il Trovatore

Saturday, November 10th, 1pm

Verdi’s convoluted story but compelling story of a rebel leader who loves the same woman sought by the Count, the leader of the King’s army was an immediate success. It is the apotheosis and epitome of Italian romantic and melodramatic opera. This performance was recorded at La Scala and features Salvatore Licitra as Manrico, Barbara Frittoli as Leonora, Leo Nucci as the Count di Luna and, as Azucena, Violeta Urmana. Riccardo Muti conducts. WVIA’s Peter Wynne guides us through the afternoon.


The Secret Admirers featuring Andy Goessling


Tuesday, November 13th, 9pm

On October 12, multi-instrumentalist and composer Andy Goessling succumbed to cancer at age 59. Andy is well-remembered on the regional music scene in PA and NJ for his work with Blue Sparks from Hell, Kings in Disguise, and for the past 16 years, with the national bluegrass-influenced jam band Railroad Earth. Andy could play almost any instrument. He was known for playing two saxes at the same time with Blue Sparks, and performed on mandolin and banjo with Railroad Earth. In 2000, he and his brother Dave, along with Lisa Knause, recorded this session as The Secret Admirers, one of his most personal musical projects, with creative mostly original acoustic music.




Saturday, November 17th, 1pm

From OperaDelaware a performance of Rossini’s tragedy. This production of Semiramide was part of the company’s 2017 festival celebrating the 225th anniversary of Rossini’s birth.  Andrew Moravcsik of Opera Today said of this production: “I can think of no place in America I would rather hear this type of opera than Wilmington’s Grand Opera House… This is Rossinian opera as it was meant to be experienced… Contributing decisively to the success of the Delaware Semiramide is also the conducting of the young American Rossini specialist, Anthony Barrese. He inspires the orchestra, to play with distinctive Rossinian articulation, phrasing, rhythmic pulse and exuberance… OperaDelaware has also assembled a cast of promising young singers, all about a decade into their careers—each enthusiastic, accomplished, and versed in bel canto style.” David Shengold with Opera News added “Dean Anthony’s handsome, well-staged production still gave a remarkably enjoyable sense of the piece.” OperaDelaware is a professional company founded in 1945 with a reputation for excellence presenting productions with established artists as well as emerging talent. OperaDelaware is the only professional opera company in the state and the 11th oldest in the country.


Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food and Gratitude

Sunday, November 18, 2pm

Host John Birge presents a contemporary celebration of gratitude, with classical music and stories of Thanksgiving. This year's “Giving Thanks” also celebrates the Feast Day of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. Special guests include John Rutter, with a world premiere of his latest choral work, conductor Nic McGegan, and offers a remembrance of former guest and U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall. (Encore Thanksgiving Day, 2:00pm)


A Live Homegrown Music Concert with the duo Tom Flannery & Bret Alexander and the Johnny DeFrancesco Band


Monday, November 19th, 8pm

WVIA’s monthly series of two-hour live Homegrown Music concerts resumes with the a duo of singer-songwriters and a blues-rock band.

Tom Flannery and Bret Alexander are both familiar to Homegrown Music listeners from their numerous appearances, Tom as an acoustic singer-songwriter, and Bret as a long-time member of the Badlees. They recently collaborated on a duo album called Tales from PA 6. They again join forces to perform their lyrically astute original music in an acoustic duo setting, exchanging songs by the two.

Johnny DeFrancesco comes from an illustrious Philadelphia musical family, with his brother Joey one of the best known contemporary jazz organists, and their father John, also a well-known jazz organist. Johnny is a first-rate blues guitarist and vocalist who has performed with his brother and father and also establish a solo career, releasing five albums on his own. He returns to Homegrown Music after an 18-year hiatus with a full band.

As usual WVIA members and listeners are invited to attend the live concert broadcast from WVIA’s Sordoni Theater. Free seating reservations may be obtained by clicking here.


Melodic Intersect


Tuesday, November 20, 9pm

An Indian-jazz-rock fusion trio, Melodic Intersect features a traditional Indian sitar and tabla along with electronic keyboards to perform creative, upbeat music with a groove. Last December, the group played a sold out show at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. This segment is an encore of their 2017 second Homegrown Music session.


William Tell


Saturday, November 24th, 1pm

Opera Southwest has built a reputation among opera aficionados as an under-the-radar destination for exceptional performances of rarely performed operas, especially those by Rossini. Fittingly, their 2017-18 season opened with his William Tell. While the overture is instantly recognizable, the complete opera is seldom performed and Opera Southwest mounted the New Mexico state premiere of the work at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Founded in 1972, Opera Southwest is one of America’s premier regional companies producing two to three major operas per year selected from the best of the standard repertoire. To date OSW has produced over 120 major operas, and is proud to have mounted 23 world premieres.


San Francisco Symphony


Sunday, November 25th, 2pm

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts an Almost-All-Beethoven concert. The Symphony No. 7 is complemented by both Romances for violin and orchestra featuring violinist Alexander Barantschik. The Beethoven is offset by a contemporary work, The B-Sides by Mason Bates.



Sarah Holgate


Tuesday, November 27th, 9pm

Wilkes-Barre pianist-singer-songwriter Sarah Holgate was one of the featured high school Artists of the Week on WVIA-TV a number of years ago. In 2010, she released her second album Somewhere Past Distraction to very favorable reviews. She has been performing in New York City as well as in her native Wilkes-Barre area. This is an encore of her 2010 Homegrown Music debut with some new material plus re-interpretations of songs from her CD, joined by a quartet including her brother Eric on bass.


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