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.
7/31, Anima Eterna 2. Anima Eterna's performances make you feel that you are hearing one of your favorite works for the very first time. Anima Eterna means "eternal soul," which is also how "Immerseel" translates - the name of the group's founder and director, Jos van Immerseel. Soul music in maybe the purest sense of the word: spirited, rhythmically engaging, yet with a note of serenity throughout. Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony and “The Great” C-Major Symphony of Schubert are featured.Hosted by Rick Fulker
8/7, Anima Eterna 3. Conductor Jos van Immerseel seems married to his musicians. As though to make the point, he tosses his bouquet into their ranks after every concert. The musicality, as evident at the most recent Beethovenfest in Bonn, is audacious but never over the top. Schubert may have composed "The Magic Harp" as incidental music for a theater play, but Anima Eterna makes it sound BIG. Their programs often include a surprise. George Onslow for instance: a British-born Frenchman adored in Germany forty years after Beethoven, i.e., a true European. Check him out in this show. On the program: Franz Schubert: Overture to "The Magic Harp,"; George Onslow: Symphony No. 4 in G Major, Op. 71; Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, op. 68 (Pastoral)
8/14, West German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cologne. German piano star Gerhard Oppitz, praised by critics for his "clear-headed playing," with a work he's performed in public two hundred times in forty years yet finds a fresh adventure every time: Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2. Also Brahms' First Symphony in a triple-header salute to the composer. Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor
8/21, Budapest Festival Orchestra. As one of the Beethovenfest's orchestras in residence, the Budapest Festival Orchestra gave three electrifying performances in the most recent festival season in Bonn. Brahms adored Hungarian music, so here they return the favor in a passionate take on his Fourth Symphony. We'll also enjoy gypsy-inspired music by Liszt with a genuine cymbalom - and a wild ride on Dohnanyi's Variations on a Nursery Song with pianist Dénes Várjon. Iván Fischer, conducts.
8/28, NEPA Philharmonic Piano Competition. On June 12th, 2016 eleven young pianists ranging in age from Grade 8 to Grade 11 gathered at WVIA to perform on the WVIA Steinway in the Sordoni Theater as each competed for the top prize in this biennial competition. We’ll hear the finals in both the Junior and Senior Divisions. The program features music of Chopin, Bach, Debussy and Rachmaninoff. Larry Vojtko hosts.