October Highlights on WVIA-FM
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Tuesday, October 2nd, 9p
Singer-songwriter pianist Anna Dagmar comes from a classical music background, graduating from the Eastman School of music, and works extensively in musical theater. She is currently working as a pianist with the Broadway show “Waitress” featuring the songs of Sara Bareilles. Ms. Dagmar visited Homegrown Music to perform in 2009 after the release of her CD Let the Waves Come in Threes. This encore presents that solo piano-and-vocal session on which she debuted some new songs
Saturday, October 6th, 1pm
With music by Jake Heggie and the libretto of Gene Scheer, Herman Melville’s classic tale of obsession is transformed into an opera in a production by Los Angeles Opera.
Epic in every sense of the word, Moby-Dick comes to Los Angeles after a series of sold out triumphs around the world. Returning as Captain Ahab is the sensational Jay Hunter Morris, whose “fiery brilliance in his resplendent upper range captured both Ahab’s inner strength and demonic possession” (SanDiego.com). Based on Herman Melville's classic novel, Jake Heggie’s sweeping, gorgeously detailed score has already taken its rightful place as a true contemporary masterpiece.
San Francisco Symphony
Sunday, October 7th, 2pm
Organist, Cameron Carpenter joins the San Francisco Symphony for H. Brents commissioned piece, Ice Field. Music Director Michael Tilson-Thomas also leads the orchestra in J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, and the Symphony No. 5 of Tchaikovsky.
Tuesday, October 9th, 9p
A peripatetic performer, Jan Klose grew up in Germany, Kenya and South Africa before settling in the New York area. His new recording In Tandem has been getting national attention, and features a guest appearance from Annie Haslam of Renaissance, among others. This 2008 encore features Klose is a solo acoustic setting.
Saturday, October 13th, 1pm
Our series of broadcast from the San Francisco Opera begins with Umberto Giordano’s tale of an ardent poet and a young noblewoman who are passionately attracted to each other only to be separated by the turmoil and terror of the French Revolution. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts this powerful, melodic score in a lavish period production by acclaimed director David McVicar. As the title character Yonghoon Lee. Maddalena is portrayed by Anna Pirozzi, and George Gagnidze sings the role of Carlo Gérard.
San Francisco Symphony
Sunday, October 14th, 2pm
This week’s concert conducted by Michael Tilson-Thomas opens with Samuel Carl Adams' Radial Play. Principal string players of the orchestra are featured in the Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat for violin, viola and orchestra of Mozart, and the virtuosity of the ensemble is showcased in Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra.
Tuesday, October 16th, 9pm
Indie rock band Mammoth Indigo’s music is an eclectic mix marked by great songwriting and solid vocals. Having released their sophomore album Wilt, the band is currently on a coast-to-coast tour. Before they headed west, they visited the WVIA studios for their Homegrown Music debut with a mix of songs from their album and new material.
The Barber of Seville
Saturday, October 20th, 1pm
Rossini’s comic delight is given a first-class production.
Cunning, clever, and big-hearted, Figaro is precisely the sort of person you want as a friend. His quick thinking proves invaluable in helping a young woman escape from the grasp of her guardian and into the arms of a noble suitor.
Spanish director Emilio Sagi’s buoyant and delightfully funny staging enhances the ebullient score. The cast stars the irresistible Daniela Mack, the ardent René Barbera and the charismatic Lucas Meachem in the title role. With its unfailingly charming and inventive score, this hilarious combination of vocal and visual fireworks is sure to enchant.
San Francisco Symphony
Sunday, October 21st, 2pm
This week Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony in one of Gustav Mahler's most personal musical statements, his Symphony No. 9 in D major.
The Coal Town Rounders
Tuesday, October 23rd, 9pm
A great bluegrass band from the Scranton area, the band unfortunately broke up at the end of 2016. While they were together they attracted many fans and put in two appearances on Homegrown Music including a live concert. This segment is an encore of their 2015 studio session, featuring the band’s outstanding picking.
Saturday, October 27th, 1pm
Sparkling with virtuosic singing and playful humor, this boisterous comedy pits the miserly Don Pasquale against his nephew Ernesto and Ernesto’s sweetheart, the crafty young Norina. Laurent Pelly’s topsy-turvy, rotating set and inventive 20th-century costumes perfectly capture the farcical fun.
This comic gem with music by Gaetano Donizetti who also contributed to the libretto of Giovanni Ruffini is bursting with joy and lyricism. Headlining the cast: Maurizio Muraro as Don Pasquale, Heidi Stober as Norina, and as Ernesto one of today’s masters of bel canto Lawrence Brownlee.
WVIA Simply Grand Concert
Sunday, October 28th, 2pm
Pianist Holly Roadfeldt opened the 2018-19 season of Simply Grand Concerts with a solo program of music by women composers including Clara Schumann, contemporary master Joan Tower, and Lili Boulanger, the talented sister of Nadia Boulanger one the most important composition teachers in music history. Holly also played music written expressly for her.
A Homegrown Music Halloween Anthology
Tuesday, October 30th, 9pm
Series producer George Graham goes into the archive to present a collection of songs about the spooky and supernatural by various artists.