Holiday Specials on Red River Radio

Red River Radio offers a wide variety of holiday special for the season beginning the day before Thanksgiving. Programs for Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, &  New Years which celebrate our diverse culture through the sacred and secular, classical, jazz, folk, world, and popular music, story telling, drama, humor, cooking, religion, philosophy, and more. Join us as we Celebrate with each other throughout this season of Joy. If an item you heard was removed and you'd like more information contact Bill Beckett at wbeckett@lsus.edu

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9:00pm

Sat April 4, 2015
Church Music

Church Music: Why We Sing

Airs Saturday, April 4 at 9:00 p.m.  A documentary exploring why we sing music at church and what it does for individuals and communities. Church music is one of the few pure forms of human expression. Just a person, their voice, and the belief that compassion is self-fulfilling and will birth more compassion. Here in a one-hour special we explore the many kinds of church music in America. The culture and the people behind the voices. Who sings and why, and what those songs say about our country.

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2:00pm

Fri April 3, 2015
The Passover story

The Passover Story with the Western Winds

Airs Friday, April 3, at 2 p.m.  Renowned actor Theodore Bikel and The Western Wind, America's pre-eminent vocal ensemble, present 25 eclectic selections that, along with an inspring 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." Miami Jewish Journal.

12:00pm

Fri April 3, 2015
St. John's Passion

Music of the Baroque: Bach's Passion According to St. John

Jane Glover

Airs Friday, April 3 at 12 noon. Music of the Baroque and the WFMT Radio Network are pleased to offer Bach's Passion According to St. John, a Holy Week Special conducted by Jane Glover. In this intimate, intensely dramatic, and deeply human telling of the Passion narrative, J.S. Bach sets scripture and poetry in music of heartbreaking emotion and beauty. Scottish tenor Paul Agnew, whom the Chicago Tribune calls "simply miraculous," returns this season to sing the Evangelist in one of the greatest choral works of all time.

Music of the Baroque was founded in Hyde Park, Illinois, 36 years ago by Conductor Laureate Thomas S. From its church choir roots, Music of the Baroque has grown to be the Midwest’s largest professional chorus and orchestra specializing in the performance of sixteenth, seventeenth and early eighteenth century music. Over the past three decades, the ensemble has brought Chicago audiences their first, and in some cases, only performances of many early masterpieces – among them, Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Telemann’s Day of Judgment, Mozart’s Idomeneo and numerous Handel operas and oratorios.

The chorus and orchestra of Music of the Baroque comprise of approximately 60 professional musicians. Chorus members have active operatic and recital careers and many perform regularly, both in the United States and abroad. Many members of the Music of the Baroque Orchestra are also members of other leading ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera orchestras. In this intimate, intensely dramatic, and deeply human telling of the Passion narrative, J. S. Bach sets scripture and poetry in music of heartbreaking emotion and beauty. Scottish tenor Paul Agnew, whom the Chicago Tribune calls “simply miraculous,” returns to sing the Evangelist in one of the greatest choral works of all time.

Bach’s Passion According to St. John will be conducted by Jane Glover. The soloists include Paul Agnew, Nathan Berg, Yulia Van Doren, Krisztina Szabó, Todd von Felker, Susan Nelson, Klaus Georg, Ryan O’Mealey, and the Music of the Baroque Chorus and Orchestra.

7:00pm

Thu April 2, 2015
Why This Night

Why This Night with Rabbi Ismar Schorsch

Larry Josephson

Airs Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. This special is a new production in a series of a conversation about Passover, one of the most important and most beloved holidays on the Jewish calendar. Larry Josephson, a secular Jew who now wants to know more about the religion of his grandparents, asks Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, to explain the meaning of Passover in a post-9/11 world. Dr. Schorsch tells Larry the story of Passover -- its history, rituals and foods, and the origins and structure of the Seder. The music of Passover, sung by some of the best cantors and choirs in the world, is artfully woven in and out of the conversation. The music was chosen by Cantor Marcia Tilchin, the Associate Producer. The program was developed and produced by Larry Josephson, and edited and mixed by Peter Zanger.

11:00am

Thu April 2, 2015
Holiday

A Celebration of Peace Through Music

Airs Thursday, April 2, at 11 a.m.  A Celebration of Peace Through Music is a celebration of music and spirit, open to people of all faiths. Conducted by Sir Gilbert Levine, the concert honors the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, in the spirit of Pope Francis. Each musical work performed was selected to reflect the spirit of these three great spiritual leaders and their commitment to peace and brotherhood among people of all faiths. Selections include Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" and Giuseppe Verdi's "Messa Da Requiem."

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