Special Programs: Upcoming Community and Cultural Programs

Red River Radio offers a wide variety of programming, from classical, jazz and blues to news, public affairs, entertainment and information programming. We will also present specials for various holidays, cultural events, and documentaries on important issues of the day. Bookmark this page for information about these various specials. This page will be updated weekly. If an item you heard was removed and you'd like more information contact Bill Beckett at wbeckett@lsus.edu


  Here is what is coming up on Red River Radio.

  The following is a list of past specials you may have heard.



Sat April 6, 2013
Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera: Wagner’s Das Rheingold

Das Rheingold
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, April 6 at 12 noon. The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold, led by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi. Luisi will lead three complete cycles of Wagner’s epic Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Met this season in honor of the composer’s bicentennial, with each of the four operas receiving a worldwide radio broadcast. Das Rheingold, the first opera in the cycle, will feature company role debuts by Mark Delavan as Wotan and Meredith Arwady as Erda. Eric Owens (Alberich), Stephanie Blythe (Fricka), Stefan Margita (Loge), Hans-Peter König (Fafner), Franz-Josef Selig (Fasolt), Gerhard Siegel (Mime), and Wendy Bryn Harmer (Freia) reprise their acclaimed portrayals from previous Ring cycles at the Met.


Fri April 5, 2013


Dave Mallett

Airs Friday Night at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we feature music by Cloud Control, Nick Brumley, and Matt The Electrician, with Blues at the Bottom by Etta Baker, Kieren Kane, Xavier Rudd and a little Buddy & Julie Miller for fun. On the concert hour, Dave Mallett takes the stage, and on Be Quite and Play the Music, it really is just a short, short time.

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Thu April 4, 2013
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Downtown Uproar

Airs Thursday, April 4 at 8 p.m. Duke Ellington is widely regarded as one of the most important composers in the history of music and his orchestra of the mid 1930's was at the beginning of its creative peak, featuring some of the finest jazz soloists in the history of the music. During the years of 1936 - 40 a series of small group sessions led by Ellington with his key sidemen, were recorded for a variety of different labels and they have all stood the test of time.

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Tue April 2, 2013
Newport Jazz Festival

Newport Jazz Festival: Darcy James Argue's Secret Society live

Airs Tuesday, April 2 at 9 p.m. The composer Darcy James Argue has steadily been rescuing the big band from the dustbin of anachronism through a combination of enormously open ears and a gigantic well of patience. But it's paying off: After the release of his debut album Infernal Machines, the greatness of the Secret Society became an open secret, and his "co-conspirators" have now recorded a much-anticipated sophomore album. Eighteen of them give us a taste, including a peek at the Brooklyn Babylon project, originally designed for live music and live painting.

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Mon April 1, 2013

Red River Radio Spotlight: STOMP!

Bill Beckett sits down in the Noel Foundation studio with Rick Schiller, Executive Director of the Angelina Arts Alliance to talk about STOMP, the highly energized, explosive, provocative, sophisticated, utterly unique stage performance coming to the Temple Theater on the Campus of on Tuesday, April 2 and Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m.  Info at www.angelinaarts.org or (936) 633-5454.


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