October Highlights on WVIA-FM

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Sunday Concert Hall - San Francisco Symphony


Sunday, October 1, 2pm

Mozart’s last piano concerto is also one of his finest. Pianist Andras Schiff is featured as soloist and conductor in the Piano Concerto No. 27. The centerpiece of the concert is the Lord Nelson Mass by Joseph Haydn. The San Francisco Chorus joins the Orchestra for this dramatic work.


San Francisco Opera - Don Pasquale


Saturday, October 7, 1pm

From San Francisco Opera offers one of the most popular of all opera buffas. Eternally fresh, this is Donizetti at his best. This performance of Donizetti’s somewhat bitter-sweet comedy features Maurizio Muraro in the title role along with cast members Heidi Stober (Norina), Lawrence Brownlee (Ernesto), Lucas Meachem (Doctor Malatesta), and Bojan Knezevic (A Notary). Giuseppe Finzi conducts.



Sunday Concert Hall - San Francisco Symphony


Sunday, October 8, 2pm

Violinist Leonidas Kavakos is the soloist for the famous Violin Concerto of Jean Sibelius. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the ethereal Swan of Tuonela by the Finnish composer as well as the Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish” by Robert Schumann.


San Francisco Opera - Arabella


Saturday, October 14, 1pm

From San Francisco Opera This week’s broadcast features the 1980 San Francisco Opera production of Richard Strauss’ late work, Arabella. This vibrant neo-classical score has been a favorite since its premiere in 1933. The cast included Kiri Te Kanawa in the title role along with cast members Ingvar Wixell (Mandryka), Barbara Daniels (Zdenka), William Lewis (Matteo), Alexander Malta (Count Theodor Waldner), Sona Cervena (Countess Waldner), Michael Ballam (Count Elemer), Erie Mills (Fiakermilli), Kevin Langan (Count Lamoral), and John Brandstetter (Count Dominik).


Sunday Concert Hall - San Francisco Symphony


Sunday, October 15, 2pm

Richard Strauss was one of the finest composers of vocal music and on this concert soprano, Laura Claycomb performs the Brentano Lieder, Op. 68. Under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas the winds of the Symphony performe Strauss’ Serenade, Op. 7 and Schumann’s Symphony No. 1, “Spring” rounds out the program.


Chicago Opera - Falstaff


Saturday, October 21, 1pm

Enjoy a concert performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s final opera featuring the Chicago Symphony conducted by Riccardo Muti. Baritone Ambrogio Maestri inhabits the Shakespearean role as depicted by Verdi in this masterpiece; “one of the miracles of operatic music” (James Anderson). Arrigo Boito’s brilliant libretto is a setting of The Merry Wives of Windsor, but also draws from Henry IV. The cast also includes Laura Polverelli, Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani and Saverio Fiore.



Sunday Concert Hall - San Francisco Symphony


Sunday, October 22, 2pm

Almost all-Mozart on today’s broadcast. Symphonies Nos. 35, “Haffner” and 41, “Jupiter” surround the Violin Concerto No. 1 with soloist Alexander Barantschik, concertmaster of the orchestra. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts


Caramoor Opera - Lucrezia Borgia


Saturday, October 28, 1pm

This is the first of two productions from Caramoor Opera. Donizetti’s bel canto gem tells the story of one of history’s most famous and dangerous femme fatales. One of today’s most remarkable sopranos, Angela Meade, plays the title role. Will Crutchfield leads the Orchestra of St. Lukes. Recorded live during the Caramoor Summer Festival in the outdoor Venetian Theater on its idyllic Westchester County, New York estate.


This Is My Song: 500 Years of the Reformation 

Sunday, October 29, Noon

The musical ensembles of Susquehanna University mark the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. 500 years ago Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, igniting one of the greatest religious and cultural upheavals in human history. One of Luther’s reforms was the renewed emphasis on congregational singing. Luther himself wrote about three dozen hymns and sought to position music at the forefront of the religious service. Susquehanna marks this anniversary with a concert of music based on, or inspired by, hymn tunes, including a brand-new setting of three hymns for choir and orchestra written especially for Susquehanna. Featuring the Susquehanna University Choir, Chamber Singers, Chorale, Orchestra, Wind and Brass Ensembles. Catch the TV program of this concert on WVIA-TV Thursday, October 26th 8pm with encores Friday, October 27th 2pm, Sunday, October 29th 6pm, and Tuesday, October 31st 4pm. Radio broadcast is Sunday, October 29 at noon on WVIA FM.


Sunday Concert Hall - Tunes From the Crypt


Sunday, October 29, 2pm

This special features some of the most spine tingling, spooky music from four centuries of classical music and modern film scores. While the music is the star, the program’s brief stories, character portrayals and rich sound elements add chilling fun to your listening. Spooky favorites include Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, JS Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, John Williams' Devil's Dance from “Witches of Eastwick”, De Falla's Ritual Fire Dance, and Max Steiner's King Kong Overture, among others. Tunes from the Crypt is designed to bring classical music and Halloween together in a way that captures the fun-loving spirit of the holiday while introducing listeners of all ages and sophistication to classical music’s passion, emotion and unique ability to set a mood or atmosphere. For a playlist, click here.

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