Western Wind Vocal Ensemble http://redriverradio.org en The Passover Story with the Western Winds http://redriverradio.org/post/passover-story-western-winds-1 <p><strong>Airs Monday, April 14 at 1 p.m.&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Renowned actor Theodore Bikel and The Western Wind, America's pre-eminent vocal ensemble, present 25 eclectic selections that, along with an inspiring narration, serve as musical documentary of Passover. Music includes Hebrew folk melodies, classical European liturgical music, ancient Sephardic chants, Klezmer-style improvisations, and traditional songs from the Seder. This program is designed for listeners of any religious background and provides a good introduction to a holiday whose lessons of redemption and faith are universal. "The music is an eclectic compilation of songs and compositions from many sources reflecting the tremendous diversity of Jewish cultures. Selections include Hebrew folk melodies, classical European liturgical music, ancient Sephardic chants, Klezmer-style improvisations, and traditional songs from the Seder, including the 'adopted' song of slavery, the Negro spiritual "Go Down Moses"--all sung with the superb musicianship and zest that are hallmarks of Western Wind performances."</span></p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:00:00 +0000 42672 at http://redriverradio.org The Passover Story with the Western Winds Birthday of the World Part 2: Yom Kipur http://redriverradio.org/post/birthday-world-part-2-yom-kipur-0 <div><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Airs Thursday, September 12 at 2 p.m. &nbsp;</span></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Music and Liturgy for Yom </span>Kipur<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, (The Day of Atonement) Sung by The Western&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wind with Guest Cantors, Narrated by Leonard </span>Nimoy<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 19:00:00 +0000 32477 at http://redriverradio.org Birthday of the World Part 2: Yom Kipur Birthday of the World Part 1: Rosh Hashanah http://redriverradio.org/post/birthday-world-part-1-rosh-hashanah <div><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Airs Tuesday, September 3 at 2&nbsp;p.m.&nbsp;</span></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Music and Liturgy for Rosh Hashanah, (The Jewish New Year) Sung by The&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Western Wind with Guest Cantors, Narrated by Leonard </span>Nimoy<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. In this classic&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">performance, Leonard </span>Nimoy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble join forces&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to explore the rich and profound musical and spiritual traditions of the Jewish High&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Holy Days. The Birthday of the World presents some of the most inspiring music in&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the Jewish liturgical tradition, performed by the acclaimed vocal ensemble The&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Western Wind. Mr. </span>Nimoy's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> timeless narration focuses on the universal themes of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">redemption and divine forgiveness. "Sung by The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">with outstanding cantors, this is an ideal High Holy Days service with a splendid&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">narration by Leonard </span>Nimoy<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the performance is outstanding for the beauty of its&nbsp;</span></div><div>artistry.</div><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 19:00:00 +0000 32476 at http://redriverradio.org Birthday of the World Part 1: Rosh Hashanah Chanukah in Story and Song http://redriverradio.org/post/chanukah-story-and-song <p><strong>Airs Thursday, December 8 at 2:00 p.m&nbsp;</strong>A celebration by The Western Wind performing Ladino songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern Israeli tunes.&nbsp;Narrated by Leonard Nimoy and sung by the acclaimed vocal sextet The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, "Chanukah in Story and Song" is a unique holiday program created especially for public radio listeners.&nbsp;This delightfully engaging program presents 25 eclectic selections, from the Ladino songs of the Spanish Jews and Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe to modern Israeli tunes and the ensemble's original version of "I Have a Little Dreydle." &nbsp;The ensemble performs a cappella as well as with instrumental accompaniment. The narration, written by Rabbi Gerald Skolnik, sheds new light on the holiday's customs and rituals. Listeners of all ages will hum the tunes after enjoying this wonderful program.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Leonard Nimoy 20507 at http://redriverradio.org Chanukah in Story and Song