Airs Saturday, December 27 at noon. The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Verdi’s La Traviata. Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka, who made a notable debut as Donna Anna in the 2011 new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, brings her acclaimed Violetta to the Met for the first time. American tenor Stephen Costello stars opposite her as her impetuous lover Alfredo, with American baritone Quinn Kelsey as his disapproving father, Giorgio Germont, and Marco Armiliato conducts. La Traviata will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, December 27.
Airs Friday, December 26 at 9 p.m. A Season's Griot is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for nearly 20 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. This year's program will celebrate Peace with special guests Pamela Reid, Joyce Grear and the show's poet laureate, Beverly Burnette. We'll also feature music from The Healing Force and Marvin Gaye.
With help from coaches of both teams, the Trinity School of Texas Titans come to grips with their loss against the Fredericksburg Heritage Christian Eagles.
Credit Gary Borders
As sunset approached, the sky streaked with pastels of orange and blue, and a full moon beginning to rise, the six-man football state championship got underway at Bulldog Field in Zephyr. That’s in Brown County, on the edge of West Texas, in goat country. Seemingly out of nowhere, the stadium lights appeared after our 306-mile drive. We pulled into a gravel parking lot, dust filling the air. Zephyr means “gentle, mild breeze.” Wind was ruffling the American flag near the concession stand.
Airs Thursday, December 25 at 2 p.m. What sweeter music can we bring than a carol… 17th-century English poet and cleric Robert Herrick captured the beauty of a joy-filled Christmas Day filled with sunshine and flowers. In 1988 John Rutter clothed these words in his own beautiful carol setting. This year the Rochester, NY chamber choir Madrigalia, and their new Artistic Director Cary Ratcliff, return to public radio for Christmas with Madrigalia 2014, a holiday concert that celebrates the beauty and joy of the season. This one-hour program, recorded live in concert, features beautiful music for the season by John Rutter, David Conte, Ola Gjielo, Michael Praetorious, Philip Stopford, and John Tavener, along with a number of Cary Ratcliff’s own arrangements.
Airs Thursday, December 25 at 1 p.m. Over the past nine years PRI and Washington National Cathedral have developed an audience for a Christmas Lessons & Carols as a part of the Cathedral’s own Christmas activities and PRI’s Holiday specials. With the Cathedral choirs and guest musicians, along with actors and clergy, the Cathedral Music and Worship department has been able to develop its own distinctive style of broadcasting of the Nativity story through readings, hymns, anthems and carols. The program has a reach nationwide of over 100 stations, geographically reaching from Honolulu and Alaska to Florida, New England, the Midwest and Virginia. Now comes a new tradition - Messiah from Washington National Cathedral - with the unstoppable popularity of Handel’s Messiah each Christmas across America from concert halls and churches. Each year the Cathedral’s annual Messiah performances during the first weekend of December attract an audience of some 6000 from the greater Washington area. With a team of the finest international soloists, coming from the US and abroad, these performances offer exceptional value for a very high-quality, popular Christmas broadcast.