October Highlights on VIA Radio
Saturday, October 5, 1pm
The story of a people’s triumph told in music of high drama and glorious pageantry, Judas Maccabaeus is George Frideric Handel at his heroic best, full of rousing choruses, ravishing duets, and fiery arias. Jane Glover conducts a thrilling work that rivals Messiah in choral splendor.
Sound the Shofar! An Ancient Instrument in Modern Times
Sunday, October 6, 2pm
The shofar, an instrument made from a ram’s horn, is heard in synagogues all over the world during the Jewish High Holidays. It has also been heard outside those contexts for ages — as a call to battle, or a way for shepherds to summon their flocks. The evocative sounds of the shofar have also captivated many classical composers. Elgar, Bernstein, Gershwin and Golijov are among those who have emulated or included the shofar in their music.
Join us on an aural journey filled with an abundance of musical examples
Sound the Shofar! concludes with a glimpse into Miguel Kertsman’s new Concerto for Violin, Horn, and Shofar as he pulls back the curtain on his creative process, revealing the secular motivation that inspired him and the sound world he intended to evoke. This special is produced and hosted by WFMT’s award-winning team of Louise Frank and Kerry Frumkin.
Israel in Egypt
Saturday, October 12, 1pm
Handel’s radiant and thrilling oratorio, Israel in Egypt, recounts the story of the Exodus. Through the music, Handel skillfully evokes the slavery and suffering of the Jewish people; the rise of Moses; the plagues of blood, fire, hailstones and locusts and Moses’ eventual triumph in leading the Israelites out of Egypt to cross the Red Sea as Pharaoh’s armies are drowned behind them. This dramatic biblical tale of liberation comes alive as Jane Glover conducts a choral tour de force by one of music history’s most imaginative storytellers.srael in Egypt. Handel’s radiant and thrilling oratorio, Israel in Egypt, recounts the story of the Exodus. Through the music, Handel skillfully evokes the slavery and suffering of the Jewish people; the rise of Moses; the plagues of blood, fire, hailstones and locusts and Moses’ eventual triumph in leading the Israelites out of Egypt to cross the Red Sea as Pharaoh’s armies are drowned behind them. This dramatic biblical tale of liberation comes alive as Jane Glover conducts a choral tour de force by one of music history’s most imaginative storytellers.
San Francisco Symphony
Sunday, October 13, 2pm
Cellist Gautier Capucon joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the symphony for an all-Russian concert, featuring a concerto by Shostakovich from a serene time of his life but full of grim memories from the past. Also featured is Tchaikovsky's enigmatic final statement and a tribute to the Jewish music that influenced so many Russian composers.
Acis and Galatea
Saturday, October 19, 1pm
Handel’s popular pastoral opera Acis and Galatea, is one of his most lyrical and enduring works. The plot is simplicity itself, condensed to its barest bones by the composer from characters in Ovid's "Metamorphoses." Shepherds and nymphs abound in a lyrical musical landscape. Musicologist Stanley Sadie, considered it the greatest pastoral opera ever composed. Jane Glover conducts and Lyric Opera favorite Elizabeth Futral sings one of the title roles.
San Francisco Symphony
Sunday, October 20, 2pm
Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in a work that helped bribe Béla Bartók off his death bed. Also featured is ballet music by John Cage that mystified and outraged both music and dance communities. The symphony's principle tuba player Jeffrey Anderson performs in a North American premiere of a concerto based on an ancient legend.
Il Tabarro & Suor Angelica
Saturday, October 26, 1pm
This week a production from Opera Delaware of two one-acts by Giacomo Puccini. Acts I and II of Puccini’s Il Trittico. Il Tabarro (The Cloak), a dark drama set on the banks of the Seine, is Puccini at his most verismo. This tale of love, loss, adultery and murder — coupled with some of Puccini’s most stunning vocal writing — is not to be missed. Suor Angelica tells the story of a young noblewoman forced to enter the convent after a youthful indiscretion that led to the birth of an illegitimate child. Tragedy, death and redemption on the landscape of Puccini’s lush orchestration.
In 1945, OperaDelaware was founded in Wilmington, Delaware to present opera with the finest voices at affordable prices. Today, OperaDelaware’s patrons are as geographically and culturally diverse as ever, stretching across the entire country, while at the same time reaching deeply into the company’s local roots. Throughout its history, OperaDelaware has earned a reputation for excellence in both opera production and arts education.
Tunes from the Crypt
Sunday, October 27, 2pm
A classic Halloween treat! From WGUC in Cincinnati comes the perfect soundtrack for Halloween listening. Selections from the films “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince,” “Inception,” and "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" join Tunes from the Crypt classics such as Bach's Toccata and Fugue, Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, and This is Halloween by Danny Elfman (from Tim Burton’s The Night Before Christmas.) This two-hour fright fest also features music from Gustav Holst, James Horner, Igor Stravinsky, Giacomo Puccini, and many others, with the diabolical Mark Perzel as host.