November Highlights on WVIA-FM

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Il Pirata


Saturday, November 4th, 1pm

“When we listen to Meade, we begin to know the sound of golden age singing.” – Opera Today Angela Meade, one of the great bel canto artists of our day, takes on the demanding role of Imogene in Bellini’s Il Pirata (The Pirate). This was Bellini’s third opera and the one that established his reputation. It’s a story of love, rivalry, betrayal, murder and madness.


Sunday Concert Hall - San Francisco Symphony


Sunday, November 5th, 2pm

Charles Dutoit is the guest conductor for a program that includes music from two ballets: The Firebird by Stravinsky and Ravel’s Mother Goose. And Nikolai Lugansky is the soloist in the stunning Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Rachmaninoff.


La Cenerentola


Saturday, November 11th, 1pm

The fairy tale of of Cinderella becomes a glittering bel canto gem through the talented pen of Gioachino Rossini. Cecilia Bartoli is the overworked stepdaughter who catches the eye of a prince. The cast also features William Matteuzzi, Alessandro Corbelli, and Enzo Dara. Riccardo Chailly conducts the ensembles of the Teatro Communale di Bologna.


Sunday Concert Hall - San Francisco Symphony


Sunday, November 12th, 2pm

The edgier side of Aaron Copland is explored in this program that includes the Orchestral Variations, Inscape, and the Piano Concerto. Also Robert Schumann’s shining, triumphal Symphony No. 2.




Saturday, November 18th, 1pm

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. Opera Southwest’s Artistic Director 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. This performance, recorded in the fall of 2014 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center--Journal Theater in Albuquerque was the first performance of the work in over 143 years, and was the American premiere.


Sunday Concert Hall - Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food and Gratitude


Sunday, November 19th, 2pm

Giving Thanks offers a contemporary celebration of gratitude, with classical music and stories of Thanksgiving. This year's special guests include world-famous chef Jacques Pepin, and his 13-year-old granddaughter, Shorey, with whom he co-authored his most recent book, "A Grandfather's Lessons"; Francis Lam, new host of The Splendid Table, with his recent, James Beard Award-winning Thanksgiving essay about immigrants.
(Encore Thanksgiving Day, 2:00pm)


Thanksgiving Special - Every Good Thing


Thursday, November 23rd, 11am

On this day of grace and thanks, who and what will you include in your gratitude? Join Valerie Kahler and Steve Seel as they give thanks for one of life's most meaningful gifts: music. Enjoy a range of performances, from Jay Ungar's Thanksgiving Waltz and Aaron Copland's Simple Gifts, to Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 (Movement I) and Dvorak's Legend. No. 5. It's an hour of inspiring stories and music for Thanksgiving. 


Riders of the Purple Sage


Saturday, November 25th, 1pm

Arizona Opera staged this stage work based on Zane Grey’s famous novel. Follow this wild west adventure through the sweeping vistas and massive canyons of the Southwest. Award-winning composer Craig Bohmler (b. 1956) is essentially a composer of vocal music with two other operas, seven musicals and numerous choral works and songs in his output. He has served on the staffs of prestigious institutions such as the Houston Grand Opera and the Aspen Music Festival.


Sunday Concert Hall - San Francisco Symphony


Sunday, November 26th, 2pm

Music for voice and orchestra is featured in today’s concert. Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and tenor Simon O’Neill are featured in Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler. The concert opens with Schubert’s unanswered question, the Symphony in B minor, ‘Unfinished’.

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