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.



Mon July 9, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

America's Music Festivals: Sante Fe Chamber Music Festival

Airs Monday, July 9 at 11:00 a.m.  Perched in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Sante Fe is the nation’s oldest capitol city and has become a hotbed of artistic activity. Between the inspiring landscapes, the devotion to art and the city’s own diverse multicultural nature, there is no wonder why Sante Fe calls itself “the city different.” The Sante Fe Chamber Music Festival fits perfectly into this unique atmosphere, offering a six-week season of more than 80 concerts, recitals, master classes, youth concerts and open rehearsals each year. The festival celebrates the city itself in its concert venues, including the historic St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Sante Fe Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Simms Auditiorium at Albuquerque Academy.

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Sat July 7, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Metropolitan Opera's 2012 National Council Winners Concert

Airs, Saturday, July 7 at 1:00 p.m.  The Metropolitan Opera presents the winners of the 2012 National Council Auditions. They are: Janai Brugger, soprano from Darien, IL; Anthony Clark Evans, baritone from Owensboro, KY; Matthew Grills, tenor from Newtown, CT; Margaret Mezzacappa, mezzo-soprano from Euclid, OH; and Andrey Nemzer, countertenor from Moscow, Russia. The winners were selected from nine finalists who performed arias with the MET Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Davis. Each winner receives a cash prize of $15,000, as well as invaluable career exposure: the audience for the auditions includes influential opera executives, artist managers, and music critics, and some of the biggest stars in opera received their first major recognition as National Council Winners.

The Grand Finals Concert is hosted by renowned bass-baritone Eric Owens, a 1996 National Council Auditions winner. During the judges’ deliberations, he gave a special performance of “Ella giammai m’amò,” King Philip’s aria from Verdi’s Don Carlo. The Grand Finals Concert was recorded for broadcast at a later date on public radio stations across the United States.

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Fri July 6, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

The Emergence of Bonnie Raitt: In The Slipstream

Airs Friday, July 6 at 8:00 p.m.  After a Seven Year hiatus Bonnie Raitt is emerging from the sudio with a new record and tour. It's an opportune time to hear about her new music and revisit her remarkable career and personal story. This Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and multiple Grammy-Award winner is profiled in this two hour music and commentary special featuring an exclusive interview with Bonnie as well as comments from Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Maia Sharp, Freebo, Bill Payne, Ann Powers and more. Hosted by Paul Ingles.


Fri July 6, 2012
10:01 Spotlight

10:01 Spotlight - Mahalia

Mahalia Jackson

Bill Beckett talks with Vincent Williams, Director of Mahalia and Artistic Director of Extensions of Excellence Performing Arts Inc., about tonight performance of the dramatic Gospel Musical "Mahalia" by Tom Stolz. The show will be presented tonight, Friday July 6 in Shreveport's Riverview Theatre at 7:00 p.m.   Read More Here.


Thu July 5, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

The Songbird: Lee Morse

Airs Thursday, July 5 at 9:00 p.m.  In 1917, and the age of 20, Lee Morse began her career as a singer who became her strong, deep singing voice and vocal range. She was 5-feet tall and weighed in at about 100-pounds, yet she could belt out a song that would startle an audience. Plus, she did something very few pop performers tried: Yodeling. Lee also surrounded herself with very accomplished jazz musicians. Her career lasted until her death in 1954 and during those years she also appeared in vaudeville productions as well as Broadway. Later she would appear in several short films. Although she left an impressive musical legacy over the course of a few years, Lee Morse is all but forgotten today. Join us as we venture back in time for a visit with Lee Morse “The Songbird.”