September Highlights on WVIA-FM

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Beginning the weekend of September 2 & 3 weekends on WVIA-FM get a facelift, with the addition of two new shows: Ask Me Another and Fresh Air Weekend.

Ask Me Another


Saturday, 11 am

Ask Me Another brings the lively spirit and healthy competition of your favorite trivia night right to your ears. With a rotating cast of funny people, puzzle writers and VIP guests, it features the wit of host Ophira Eisenberg, the music of house musician Jonathan Coulton, and rambunctious trivia games, all played in front of a live audience.

What Listeners Say--
"Intellectual brain teasers for all levels of nerd. Fun, funny, and really quite fantastic."
"Ask Me Another is quirky, witty, and makes my trivia heart sing!"


freshair.jpgFresh Air Weekend


Sunday, 6 pm

Fresh Air Weekend collects the best cultural segments from the week's programs and crafts them together for great weekend listening.

What Listeners Say--

"I have listened... for years. Never heard a bad interview. Always so entertaining and educational. It has made my life better."

"I got into my car and turned on NPR, just as this show was starting. I found a parking place and didn't get out of my car until the show was over. Great conversations!"

In addition Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me moves to Saturday at 10 am with a rebroadcast Sunday at 7pm.


San Francisco Opera - La Gioconda


Saturday, September 2, 1pm

This year’s season opens with an archival recording of a 1979 performance by two legends: Renata Scotto and Luciano Pavarotti. Amilcare Ponchielli’s masterpiece is based upon the Victor Hugo play about the tribulations of the beautiful Gioconda. Barnaba, a spy of the Inquisition, lusts after La Gioconda. He decides that in order to win over Gioconda, he must prove her lover, Enzo, to be faithless. He then sets up a meeting with Enzo and his former lover, Laura. He arranges for La Gioconda to also be present and chaos ensues. Bruno Bartoletti conducts.


Deutsche Welle Festival Concert: Eroica

Sunday, September 3, 2pm

Today’s concert is a celebration of Beethoven. Cellist Nicolas Altstedt and Pianist Alexander Lonquinch perform the Cello Sonata No. 5. And the West German Radio Symphony is led by Marek Janowski the Symphony No. 3, ‘Eroica’


San Francisco Opera - Aida


Saturday, September 9, 1pm

A captive Ethiopian princess must choose between patriotic duty and love for an enemy Egyptian captain. San Francisco Opera gave Verdi’s grand Egyptian epic bold new production inspired by contemporary Los Angeles street artist RETNA. This passionate love story of an Egyptian military hero, Radames, and a captured Ethiopian princess, Aida, features San Francisco Opera favorites Brian Jagde and Leah Crocetto. Nicola Luisotti conducts.


WVIA Special: Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Chamber Concerts

Sunday, September 10, 2pm

We’ll enjoy performances by principal players of the the excellent regional orchestra from the 2016-2017 season. Among the works to be heard: the “Archduke” Trio of Beethoven, and the Piano Quintet, Op. 81 of Dvorak. Larry Vojtko hosts.


San Francisco Opera - Madama Butterfly


Saturday, September 16, 1pm

Cultures clash when a trusting young woman marries an American naval officer stationed in Nagasaki. Puccini’s gut-wrenching music takes the audience on an emotionally charged journey through innocence, betrayal and sacrifice towards a heartbreaking finale. Lianna Haroutounian as Cio-Cio-San has been called “a Butterfly for the ages!” by The Mercury News.

San Francisco Chronicle says “In his first U.S. appearance, the Italian tenor Vincenzo Costanzo made an impressive Pinkerton, singing with ardor and stylistic assurance.” Yves Abel conducts.


Sunday Concert Hall - San Francisco Symphony 

Sunday, September 17th, 2pm

For the opening concert of the season Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in Roman Festivals by Ottorino Respighi and welcomes soloist Daniil Trifonov to perform the Piano Concerto No. 2 of Frédéric Chopin.


San Francisco Opera - Andrea Chenier


Saturday, September 23, 1pm

An ardent poet and a young noblewoman are passionately attracted only to be separated by the turmoil and terror of the French Revolution. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts this powerful, melodic score by Umberto Giordano in a lavish period production by acclaimed director David McVicar. Yonghoon Lee made SF Opera debut in the title role. The Mercury News pointed out, “Singing with big, muscular sound, his opening aria, ‘Un di all’azzurro spazio,’ came across with passionate emphasis.” Anna Pirozzi sings the role of Maddalena. The soprano “...rose to impressive heights with a fluent and eloquently shaped rendition of the great aria ‘La mamma morta.’ --San Francisco Chronicle.


Sunday Concert Hall - San Francisco Symphony

Sunday, September 24, 2pm

Soprano Susana Philips shares James Agee’s memories of youth in Knoxville, Summer of 1915 by Samuel Barber. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique” by Tchaikovsky.


San Francisco Opera - Dream of the Red Chamber


Saturday, October 30, 1pm

Cao Xueqin wrote one of China’s greatest classical novels—as famous in China as Romeo and Juliet is in the West—recounting the love triangle between a young nobleman and two very different women: one his spiritual soulmate, the other a beautiful heiress.
The San Francisco Opera commissioned two brilliant creative artists of our time composer Bright Sheng and playwright David Henry Hwang to transform the novel into an opera. The LA Times wrote, “Bright Sheng has a terrific feel for orchestration. He uses brass, winds and percussion (Western and Chinese) in original and highly imaginative ways. Pitches bend in ways that sound almost acrobatically impossible. Chinese folk tunes get transformed into rapturously expressive new music, gorgeously colored.” George Manahan conducts.

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