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.
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!
6/19, 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, Deutsche Welle Festival Concert. If this May 2015 concert was a pre-taste of the future of the operatic genre, it seems to be in good hands - or vocal chords. Korea's Sumi Hwang enchanted with her highly emotional soprano, Italy's Leonardo Caimi with his tender yet powerful tenor. Breakneck coloraturas by French mezzo soprano Karine Deshayes contrasted with the luminance of German Wagner and Strauss soprano Manuela Uhl, who sang Beethoven and Puccini. A Ukrainian mezzo from the Crimea - Lena Belkina - and a Russian baritone from Novosibirsk - Roman Burdenko - gave fresh meaning to an oft-heard cliché: making music doesn't solve political conflicts, but certainly can ignore them. Among the arias: E lucevan le Stele, Casta Diva and Un bel di vedremo.
7/3, An Independence Day Double-Bill. First, Let Freedom Sing! The Mormon Tabernacle Choir are an American Institution that have entertained audiences for generations. As we celebrate the Fourth of July as a nation, the Mormon Tabernacle will perform patriotic and national music as only they can. At 3:00pm It’s a WVIA production: Don Gillis: An American Original. Host/Producer Larry Vojtko introduces you to another master of classical music on the lighter side—Don Gillis. Gillis was producer of the famous NBC Symphony concerts conducted by Arturo Toscanini. We’ll hear several works inspired by the American Southwest where Gillis lived as a young man.
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!
7/10, Changes and Variations. Thiswas the motto of the Beethovenfest in Bonn. The festival 's new director Nike Wagner filled the program with changes in the form of world premieres, new arrangements and variations. Thoroughly in the spirit of Beethoven: Cellist Nicolas Altstaedt and pianist Alexander Lonquich on one hand, the chorus that calls itself Vox Bona on the other. Featured are the first three Cello Sonatas and some of his song settings arranged for chamber chorus. Host: Rick Fulker
7/17, The 64th ARD International Music Competition 2015. This is one of the most prestigious classical music competitions held annually in Munich. Past winners include Jessye Norman, Heinz Holliger, Maurice Andre, Christoph Eschenbach and Thomas Quasthoff. The names of this year's winners may be unfamiliar to you, but probably not for long. This year's competing categories: trombone, flute, voice and piano duo.
7/24, Anima Eterna 1. Bonn's Beethoven Hall attracts the world's greatest to the Bonn Beethovenfest. This most recent fest had Anima Eterna from Bruges as its Orchestra in Residence. In three programs. Anima Eterna proves that there's much more good music to be discovered. Beethoven deserves to be played a lot of course, but hearing him ten thousand times more often than Berwald or Onslow is in fact a historical distortion. On the first program we hear symphonies by Haydn and Berwald and a double piano concerto by Mendelssohn. Hosted by Rick Fulker
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