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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11:00am

Thu April 19, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Violins of Hope

Airs Thursday, April 19 at 11:00 a.m.  Violins of Hope tells the story of a project begun in 1996 by master violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. He began to collect and restore violins with extraordinary stories dating back to one of the greatest tragedies in history. Some of the violins he restored were played by Jewish prisoners in Nazi concentration camps. Others belonged to Klezmer musical culture, which was all but destroyed by the Holocaust. The stories of these violins and their rebirth bear witness to the power of memory and music to transform anguish into hope. Read More:

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11:00am

Mon April 16, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

America's Music Festivals: Canandaigua Lake Music Festival

Airs Monday, April 16 at 11:00 a.m.  The most interesting story of the festival itself is the Canandaigua Lake Music Festival’s commitment to demystifying classical music for audiences – the festival includes family performances, a master class open to the public and a series of concerts entitled “Classical Blue Jeans,” which allows artists and audiences to meet, dine together and listen to some incredible pieces of classical music.  www.LakeMusicFestival.org

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8:00pm

Sun April 15, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Bullied: Teen Stories

Phoebe Prince, A 15-year-old who committed suicide on January 14, 2010 after being relentlessly bullied.

Airs Monday, April 16 at 8:00 p.m.  Bullying isn’t a new story, but lately, it is all over the news. And while young people are often the targets and the actors in bullying, we rarely get to hear their perspectives in the media. Bullied: Teen Stories is changing that. This hour-long special produced in collaboration with WNPR includes stories from teens with first-hand insight on bullying. From being called "Osama" in a Boston classroom, to looking at whether bullying prevention programs really work in Anchorage, youth producers from around the globe help show us what we don’t we understand – but need to – about bullying. Join teen hosts Council Brandon and Peython Echelson-Russell for an hour of thought-provoking stories, interviews and teen perspectives on bullying.

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9:00pm

Sat April 14, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

New Orleans Jazz Fest: Highlights from 2011

Airs Monday, April 16 at 9:00 p.m. Jazz with a modern vibe on one side with some far reaching orchestrations on the other. John Boutte performs a Leonard Cohen song. Nicholas Payton stretches his sound into yet another direction. Leroy Jones performs a song heralding the spirit of Carnival in New Orleans. The Delfeayo Marsalis Uptown Orchestra takes on the compositions of Armstrong as well as Ellington. And finally, the Mingus Big Band turns a song originally only on piano into a giant work.

12:00pm

Sat April 14, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Metropolitan Opera: Verdi’s La Traviata

A scene from Act 1 of Verdi's "La Traviata" with Natalie Dessay (center, in red) as Violetta.
Marty Sohl Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, April 14 at 12:00 noon. The 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Verdi’s La Traviata. Natalie Dessay sings her first Met performances of the iconic leading role, Violetta Valéry. Matthew Polenzani co-stars as her love, Alfredo, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky is his disapproving father, Giorgio Germont. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the performance in the second of his four consecutive radio broadcasts this season. The opera will be seen in Willy Decker’s striking production, which premiered to critical acclaim at the Met in 2010. La Traviata will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 14.  The performance will also be transmitted worldwide as part of The Met: Live in HD series, which is now seen in more than 1,700 movie theaters in 54 countries.

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