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.
11/20, Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food and Gratitude. Music and stories for Thanksgiving--a holiday tradition at WVIA. Classical music is the heart and soul of the program. Between the music, no clichés about pilgrims and pumpkin pies. Instead, it's a contemporary celebration of the spirit of Gratitude. "I had a chance to listen to Giving Thanks and was greatly enriched by the experience." – Bill Moyers (Encore Thanksgiving Day, 2:00pm)
11/27, WVIA Simply Grand Concert: Duo Montagnard. Duo Montagnard, Joseph Murphy, saxophone, Matthew Slotkin, guitar brought a varied program to the Sordoni Theater for Simply Grand Concert in September, 2016. Original works by regional composers were included in this program with a true Pennsylvania flavor. Mountain Songs by Robert Beaser, is a suite based on Appalachian folk tunes. Duo Montagnard also chose music by local and regional composers: Lisa Logrande, Hazelton, Girard Kratz originally from Wilkes-Barre, now in Philadelphia, Kirk O’Riordan, Easton, Dana Wilson, Ithaca NY, and Kevin Cope from Delaware. In addition these composers attended the concert and offered commentary on their work giving the audience a rare opportunity to better understand the creative process. Larry Vojtko hosts.
12/4, WVIA Simply Grand: Mod2. A program of music for oboe and piano. These performers from New York City came to the Sordoni Theater with a varied program will include music from the classical through the modern eras; pieces written expressly for the oboe as well as transcriptions of songs to reveal the lyric nature of this indispensable double reed instrument. Among the featured composers are: Sergei Rachmaninoff, Robert Schumann, Paul Hindemith and Gaetano Donizetti. Kevin Chavez plays oboe, oboe d’amore and english horn. Carol Ann Aicher is the pianist. Larry Vojtko hosts. (Encore)
12/11, San Francisco Symphony. Herbert Blomstedt conducts a program of favorites: Symphony No. 2 of Jean Sibelius and the Piano Concerto No. 19 by Mozart featuring soloist Peter Serkin.
12/18, Advent Voices. Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join Lynne Warfel for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.
3pm, Christmas with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The sounds of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir floated into many homes during the holidays in the '60s & '70s on Goodyear and Firestone albums, bringing lush renditions of favorite Christmas carols. Those warm memories and feelings come right back again in this holiday special. The choir continues its tradition of great artistry with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and surprises with lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics.
12/25, The Messiah Sing-Along.
It’s become the regional holiday tradition for families and music lovers that gives music lovers the opportunity to join with The Arcadia Chorale in performing one of the great masterworks of the choral art. Recorded by WVIA at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre.