Sunday Concert Hall

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Sunday Concert Hall

Sundays at 2pm on WVIA-FM 

Fine performances recorded live including the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, and many concerts from throughout the WVIA listening area including the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.

January Schedule

1/31, San Francisco Symphony. Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas offers a hearty sonic meal in this concert of music of Sibelius, Bartok’s 2nd Violin Concerto and Brahms final Symphony No. 4. The violinist is Christian Tetzlaff.

February Schedule

2/7, San Francisco Symphony. Pianist Yuja Wang is featured in two works: the Piano Concerto No. 1 of Prokofiev and the bubbly Scherzo from the Concerto Symphonique No. 4 of Litolff. On the podium is Michael Tilson Thomas who has also chosen Fauré’s Pavane and Images of Claude Debussy.

2/14, WVIA Special: If I Loved You. For Valentine’s Day a program featuring songs and duets from the early years of Broadway up to the shows of Stephen Sondheim performed by Soprano, Bernadette Boerckel, Broadway Performer, Daniel Marcus and accompanied on piano and narrated by Gary Boerckel. You’ll enjoy music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, and more in this program recorded in October 2015 in the Sordoni High Definition Theater at WVIA, sponsored by Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater.

The Lucerne Festival.

WVIA will broadcast four programs from this international six-week festival founded in 1938, and held on the edge of Lake Lucerne which attracts many top-name classical soloists and orchestras from around the world. The series, produced by WQXR in New York, brings you four concerts from the 2015 Festival, straight from the KKL Concert Hall. The broadcasts are hosted by Jeff Spurgeon and include special intermission features and interviews with Festival artists.

2/21, Lucerne Festival Orchestra plays Haydn and Mahler.

For the first of four broadcasts from the 2015 Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, Conductor Bernard Haitink leads the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in the opening concert. Haydn's Symphony No. 60 sets the tone for the festival’s theme of “Humor.” Next, the young German soprano Anna Lucia Richter joins the orchestra for Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with texts from “The Youth’s Magic Horn,” a book of German folk poetry that Mahler frequently used for inspiration throughout his career.  Because a trip to Switzerland wouldn't be complete without a cheese tasting, during the program we'll also meet Walter Grob, general manager of the Schaukaesereii Cheese Factory in Engelberg. Grob gives us a tour of the factory located in an old monastery at the foot of Angel Mountain.

2/28, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Plays Mozart and Bruckner.

The second of four broadcasts recorded live from the 2015 Lucerne Festival in Switzerland is with Guest conductor Daniel Harding. The first half of the program is the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 18 featuring South African pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout as soloist. Bezuidenhout studied first in Australia, then at the Eastman School in New York, and now lives in London. He often performs on fortepiano, but chose the modern piano for this Mozart performance.

On the second half is Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5, "Tragic." Music writers often talk about the structure of this symphony and how it was a turning point in Bruckner’s compositional style.  Bruckner himself called it a "contrapuntal masterpiece."