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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12:00pm

Sat November 30, 2013
Bayreuth Opera

Bayreuth Opera Presents The Ring Cycle: Götterdämmerung

Airs Saturday, November 30 at 12 noon. Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen is the perfect blend of words, action, music and drama into a "total work of art." It was the ultimate goal of Richard Wagner and nothing less than a complete revolution in theater. Wagner's vision became reality against all odds at his own festival in the Bavarian town of Bayreuth in 1876. Since then, only his own works have been performed there. The complete "Ring" premiered at the first Bayreuth Festival, and each new production has attracted the world's attention. The 2013 rendition by stage director Frank Castorf and conductor Kyrill Petrenko can be expected to generate controversy, as have productions in the past – following Wagner's own exhortation to "create something new." 
This week, the final heroic drama this operatic cycle with Götterdämmerung starring Lance Ryan as Siegfried with sopraono Catherine Foster as Brünnhilde, soprano Claudia Mahnke as Waltraute, baritone Alexander Marco-Buhrmester as Gunther and soprano Allison Oakes as Gutrune. This production also features baritone Andrew Shore as Alberich, bass Attila Jun as Hagen with Mirella Hagen as Woglinde and Julia Rutigliano as Wellgunde.

9:00pm

Fri November 29, 2013
Texas Jazz & Blues Greats

Texas Jazz & Blues Greats

Airs Friday, November 29 at 9 p.m.  Texas Jazz & Blues Greats is hosted by jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran, a Texas native himself.  Moran was recently tapped to be the Creative Director at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts after the passing of Dr. Billy Taylor, and was the recipient of the 2010 MacArthur Fellowship.  A student of the blues, Jason’s virtuoso performances marries classical, blues, and jazz with the musical influences of his generation including funk, hip-hop, and rock.  The Texas Jazz & Blues Greats project was right in his sweet spot! 

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2:00pm

Fri November 29, 2013
Chanukah

Chanukah: Candles Burning Brightly

Airs Friday, November 29 at 2 p.m.  A one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights with an exploration of Chanukah foods and traditional activities. Join hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock for a celebration of the Festival of Lights. There's plenty of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus an exploration of holiday traditions, and a special story reading by the incomparable Theodore Bikel.

8:00pm

Thu November 28, 2013
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Kathy Mattea

Airs Thursday, November 28 at 8 p.m. Though her childhood was steeped in the culture of mining and Appalachia, Kathy Mattea wasn't really exposed to much traditional mountain music. But after the 2006 Sago mining disaster in her home state of West Virginia, she took her collection of mining and mountain songs and embarked on a project that literally changed her life. Tune in to this episode for a 2010 SMF performance by Kathy Mattea at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts.

1:00pm

Thu November 28, 2013
Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food, & Gratitude

Airs Thursday, November 28 at 1 p.m. With music and stories for Thanksgiving, it”s Giving Thanks. New for 2013, two wise, witty women join us at the table:     Julia Sweeney, celebrated writer and actor. She’s best known from Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me! and Saturday Night Live. But Sweeney’s memoires and monologues on faith give her humor a deep human touch that’s perfect for Thanksgiving.    Anne Lamott, best-selling author of Bird by Bird and Operating Instructions.

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