Red River Radio invites you to take an exciting journey to the Imperial Cities, May 12 – May 22, 2014. Join us on this trip to Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest. The trip features a visit to the amazing Hradcany Castle in Prague, a river cruise down the beautiful Danube River, a tour of Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna, the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty for more than 200 years, and finally a trip to Budapest, the "Queen of the Danube," truly one of the world's most beautiful cities.
Airs Monday, April 28 at 11 a.m. Mariss Jansons takes the podium for the next concert by the Pittsburgh symphony and will be joined by soprano Alessandra Marc, mezzo-soprano Elena Zaremba, tenor Rafael Rojas, bass Dimitri Kavrakos and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh for Giuseppe Verdi’s Ave Maria and Verdi's Requiem. Also on the concert Verdi's String Quartet in E minor.
Airs Sunday, April 27 at 6 p.m. In this National Poetry Month special, SOTRU explores all facets of poetry and its influence in host Al Letson's life. We talk to poets from all over the country about the craft, the lifestyle, the resurgence of poems, and of course, hear some incredible poetry.
Airs Saturday, April 26 at 12 noon. The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Mozart’s comic opera Così fan tutte, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine. It features an ensemble cast: Susanna Phillips as Fiordiligi, Isabel Leonard as her sister Dorabella, Danielle de Niese as their feisty maid, Despina, Matthew Polenzani as Ferrando, Rodion Pogossov as Guglielmo, and Maurizio Muraro as the cynical Don Alfonso. Così fan tutte will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.
Airs Friday, April 25 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature new tracks from Katie Glassman and Snapshot, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Molly Tuttle and John Mailander, Yarn, and The Royal Oui plus tunes from Steve Earl, J. Wagner, Terra Naomi, Allison Crowe and Sarah Jaroz. Then in our concert hour we feature Rory Block recorded live at the Fur Peace Ranch and in our final hour we are rejoicing in the hands.
Airs Thursday, April 24 at 8 p.m. The eight-stringed instrument that looks like a small lute and was played throughout Europe for several centuries is now known everywhere as the mandolin. This unique sounding instrument first entered popular American culture in the mid 19th century, when it was primarily used as a novelty instrument. By the year 1900 however, mandolin ensembles were touring the vaudeville circuit and mandolin orchestras were forming in schools and colleges. The ensuing 40 years saw the proliferation of mandolins across the south and a handful of American virtuosos performed, recorded, composed, and arranged for the mandolin in a variety of musical idioms. In this episode, we listen to David Grisman, Don Stiernberg, Sam Bush, Tony Williamson, and performing in a one-of-a-kind mandolin summit at the Savannah Music Festival.
Washington has become the first state to have its "No Child Left Behind" waiver revoked by the Obama administration. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan notified the state of his decision today, which will restrict Washington's flexibility in spending federal education dollars.
Airs Thursday, April 24 at 6 p.m. On this Health Matters we'll be joined by Endocrinologist Dr. Laura Kimball Rivari to discuss diabetes and Dietician Alisha Smith will also address how diabetes is affected by the food we eat. We'll take your questions during the show at 1-800-552-8502 or on twitter @rrrpublicradio.