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.

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8:00pm

Mon December 17, 2012
CPeace on the Battlefield

Peace on the Battlefield: The Christmas Truce of 1914

Airs Monday, December 17 at 8:00 p.m.
Two instances when peace broke out – right on the field of battle: The impromptu but widespread unofficial Christmas Truce of 1914 in the early months of fighting during World War 1 and the story of the National Jubilee of Peace. First, the impromptu but widespread unofficial Christmas Truce of 1914 in the early months of fighting in Europe in World War 1. Soldiers from both sides essentially said, war is hell – let’s not do it near Christmas Day.  To tell us that story, we have Stanley Weintraub, historian, professor emeritus from Penn State University, biographer and author of many books including “Silent Night- The Christmas Truce of 1914.”  Also the story of  the National Jubilee of Peace – the first major gathering of Civil War veterans from the North and South in 1911 - 50 years after the Battle of Bull Run at Manassas.  Steve Pendlebury has our story – from the place where it happened in 1911 – and was re-enacted in the summer of 2011, Manassas, Virginia.

12:00pm

Sat December 15, 2012
Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera: Verdi’s Aida

Scene from Act Ii of Verdi's Aida
Marty Sohl Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, December 15 at 12:00 noon. The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Verdi’s Aida, led by Met principal conductor Fabio Luisi and starring Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska makes her broadcast debut in the title role of Aida, Opposite Roberto Alagna as the hero Radamès. Olga Borodina returns to the role of Amneris, Aida’s rival, and George Gagnidze makes his Met role debut as Aida’s father Amonasro. Štefan Kocán sings the priest Ramfis, and Hungarian bass Miklós Sebestyén makes his broadcast debut as the King of Egypt. Aida will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12 noon on Saturday, December 15. The performance will also be transmitted worldwide as part of The Met: Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 1,900 movie theaters in 64 countries.

11:01am

Fri December 14, 2012
10:01 Spotlight

11:01 Spotlight: Victoria Williams

Victoria Williams & Her Painting of Ruby

Bill Beckett talks with Victoria Williams who has returned to Shreveport for a concert at Fairfield Studio's this Sunday Night at 7 pm. They recommend you arrive no later than 6:45 with reservation and even earlier without a reservation. Information about the concert and the House Concert Series Available at 318-220-0400 or on line at Shreveport House Concerts Here

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8:00pm

Thu December 13, 2012
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio

Bela & Marcus

Airs Thursday, December 13 at 9:00 p.m.  Tune in to hear banjoist Bela Fleck with pianist Marcus Roberts and his trio, live from Savannah in their debut performance together. The history of the banjo in jazz dates back to the earliest ensembles of the 20th century in New Orleans, when banjo players were occasionally the star of the band. Over the next 100 years, however, the banjo changed within American musical culture, gradually falling out of favor as a primary instrument within a jazz band. In the spring of 2011, the Savannah Music Festival premiered a project featuring banjoist Bela Fleck with pianist Marcus Roberts and his trio. The results proved that the banjo has always been a wonderful solo instrument in jazz, particularly in the hands of a great improvisor like Bela Fleck. Tune in to hear Marcus Roberts on piano, Jason Marsalis on drums, Rodney Jordan on bass and Bela Fleck on banjo, live from Savannah in their debut performance.

11:00am

Thu December 13, 2012
Edinburgh Festival

Edinburgh Festival

Airs Thursday, December 13 at 11:00 a.m. Born from the trauma of the Second World War, Edinburgh's unique combination of festivals is a triumph of international shared storytelling. Encompassing classical music, theater, literature, popular and folk music, science, visual art and a city-wide sharing of culture, this radio series will give listeners a first-hand experience of being in one of the world's most creative and cosmopolitan cities during a period when over 600,000 visitors experience the "annual cultural equivalent of the Olympics" during which over 4,000 performances take place in hundreds of venues ranging from exquisite concert halls to site-specific fringe spaces.
     Among the classical music highlights are: the Trio Zimmerman, His Majesties Sagbutts, Les Vents Francais, Leif Ove Andsnes, Leonidas Kavakos, Nicola Lugansky, the Calder Quartet, Luca Pisaroni, the European Youth Orchestra, the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and many othes. This radio series will give listeners an unprecedented and intimate tour of what many consider the world's greatest festival city. 

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