Radio - Local Programs
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.
5/29, San Francisco Symphony. Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas welcomes pianist Yefim Bronfman for a performance of the epic Piano Concerto No. 2 of Johannes Brahms. Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 and Three Pieces, Op. 6 of Alban Berg round out the program.
Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts --
Classical performances captured live and featuring some of the world's classical stars performing in Germany's palaces, churches, and concert halls - a front row seat is reserved for you!
6/5, Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts. Fazil Say rocks! Whether as pianist or composer, the concerts by that Turkish artist go to the gut, to the nerve system, to the heart. On this, the opening program of the Deutsche Welle Festival Concert series we’ll hear both sides of Fazil Say – as soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto Number 23 and in a performance of his 2015 composition named Chamber Symphony.
Performing is the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra from New York, on tour in Europe in April 2015 and guests at the festival Heidelberg Spring. Also on the program: the Siegfried Idyll and Haydn’s Symphony Number 80. And as you’ll hear, Haydn rocks too!
6/12, Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts. Her avant-garde style is hip and exotic, and she draws artsy crowds in Beijing, New York and Paris. Zulan is a composer and performer who fashions her own sound cosmos out of Western, Chinese and Mongolian traditions. In its Campus Project with the Beethovenfest in Bonn, Deutsche Welle commissioned Zulan to write a piece to be performed by Zulan's own ensemble named Mongolism together with the National Youth Orchestra of Germany. Audibly eager to show what they can do, those young musicians are joined by Herbert Schuch in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3. An energetic concert!
6/19, Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts. It's been called the world's premiere piano festival, and all the stars on the keyboard firmament do line up in the Ruhr District, the de facto megacity that is Germany's central rust belt. The most recent edition highlights Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, who died 100 years ago, in 1915. Somewhere between Chopin's grandson and the granddaddy of the hippies, Scriabin is exotic and eccentric, a synaesthetic genius and a weirdo - but impossible to pidgeonhole and always worth a listen. As are the two pianists featured in this show. Host: Rick Fulker
6/26, WVIA Simply Grand Concert. Recorded in WVIA’s Sordoni Theater we hear a program by Mod2: Kevin Chavez, oboes and Carol Ann Aicher, piano. These professional artists make their homes and careers in New York City. In this program Kevin plays three double-reed instruments: oboe, oboe d’amore, and English horn. Music by Robert Schumann, Gaetano Donizetti, Paul Hindemith and Kenneth Fuchs. Larry Vojtko hosts.