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.



Tue January 1, 2013
Holiday special

New Year's Day from Vienna 2013

Airs Tuesday, December 1 at 10:00 a.m.
The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year. Presented by NPR Music and WGBH, Boston. 


Mon December 31, 2012
Holiday special

Toast of the Nation - New Years Coast to Coast

Airs Monday, December 31 at 8:00 p.m. Count down, sing along, and dance to live music all night long. Travel from coast to coast with four celebrations of midnight from time zone to time zone. It's the perfect holiday special for any New Year's event. Spirited, improvised, grooving, and swinging, with strings, horns, voices and drums, each segment is a stop in a sequence of parties, each one contributing something new to the musical feast. WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton anchors, with additional voices along the way. 


Mon December 31, 2012
Holiday special

Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday New Year's Edition 2012

Airs Monday, December 31 at 7:00 p.m.  
Repeats Tuesday, January 1 at 6:00 p.m.
Help us roast 2012 to a crisp with The Capitol Steps and their annual year-in-review awards ceremony called "Politics Takes a Holiday!"  This year will feature all new awards, such as: 
"Best Use of $3 billion Dollars to Run for President," 
"Worst Place in Public to Admit You Had a Binder Full of Women," 
"Most Prostitutes to Ever Fit into the Secret Service's Hotel," and 
"Worst Hair Cut Ever to Demand to See Anyone's Birth Certificate." 
Go ahead, post on Facebook (hopefully you didn't invest in it) and tell your friends all about it!  If there is anything Congress can agree on, it is The Capitol Steps' one hour long special will have you laughing harder than Joe Biden at a Vice Presidential debate. So laugh away at 2012, because unlike any Presidential election, laughter is free. 


Sat December 29, 2012
Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera:Thomas Adès’s The Tempest

Scene From Act 1 of The Tempest
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, December 29 at 12:00 noon.  The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with an archival broadcast of Thomas Adès’s The Tempest, which had its Met premiere earlier in the 2012-13 season in a new production by Robert Lepage. Adès conducts this performance of his English-language opera, based on the Shakespeare play and featuring a libretto by Meredith Oakes. The performance, originally broadcast live on November 10, 2012, stars baritone Simon Keenlyside as the magician Prospero; soprano Audrey Luna in the dazzling coloratura role of the air spirit Ariel; mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as Prospero’s daughter, Miranda; tenor Alek Shrader as Ferdinand, the prince who falls in love with her; and tenor Alan Oke as Caliban, the only native of Prospero’s island.  The Tempest will be heard over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 noon CT on Saturday, December 29. 


Fri December 28, 2012
Music Of The Baroque

Music Of The Baroque Brass & Choral Holiday Concert

Airs Friday, December 28 at 12:00 noon
Please join host Peter Van De Graaff as he guides you through music of the 16th and 17th centuries by composers such as Michael Praetorius, Thomas Ravenscroft, Elizabeth Poston, Stephen Paulus, Herbert Howells, J Heinrich Schütz, Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi and Peter Cornelius, among others. Brass instruments have long been associated with ceremony and celebration. Ubiquitous in Renaissance court pageantry, their connection to royalty and wealth lent an air of respectability to any occasion. Courts and churches capitalized upon the exalted status of brass instruments, flaunting their virtuoso players and composers in order to enhance their reputations. 

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