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 9, 2013
Bayreuth Opera

Bayreuth Opera Presents The Ring Cycle: Das Rheingold

Airs Saturday, November 9 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."

We open with Das Rheingold with baritone Wolfgang Koch as Woton; contralto Claudia Mahnke as Fricka; soprano Elisabet Strid as Freia; baritone Martin Winkler as Alberich; tenor Norbert Ernst as Loge; tenor Lothar Odinius as Froh; and bass Günther Groissböck as Fasolt.

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11:00pm

Fri November 8, 2013
Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings & The Waymore Blues Band: Never Say Die

Airs Friday, November 8 at 11 p.m. This radio documentary pays tribute to American legend Waylon Jennings, tells the story behind his final concert at Nashville's Ryman Theatre, and features many musical highlights of that historic night.  By 2000, Waylon Jennings had over 40 years of experience on stage. He started as the bassist for Buddy Holly in the late 1950s, and over the years, Waylon continually grew as a musician and bandleader. Health problems took their toll on Waylon in the 1990s. He suffered from emphysema, diabetes and had a mild stroke. Despite all that, Waylon wanted nothing more than to get back on stage. In early 2000, he put together a band with many of his favorite musicians and called it, "The Waymore Blues Band." At the time, Waylon may not have known that it would be one of his last concerts. He may not have even cared. His only concern was to pull out all the stops and make this just as memorable as every other time he took the stage. 

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9:00pm

Fri November 8, 2013
The Emergence of Joni Mitchell

The Emergence of Joni Mitchell

Airs Friday, November 8 at 9 p.m. Joni Mitchell recently released her first album of new material in 10 years ("Shine,"), and award-winning producer Paul Ingles marks the occasion by hosting "The Emergence of Joni Mitchell," a two-hour examination of one of the most heralded songwriters of her time. In this third installment of his series on the seminal work of important figures in popular music, Ingles and his guests explore how Joni Mitchell crafted her artistry and connected with audiences over four decades. Mitchell put the experience of being a woman and being human on artful display through her blatantly honest and confessional lyrics, innovative open guitar tunings and jazz-inflected vocals. 

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8:00pm

Thu November 7, 2013
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Tony Trischka & Bruce Molsky Live

Bruce Molsky & Tony Trishka

Airs Thursday, November 7 at 8 p.m. Using fearless musical curiosity as a guiding force for more than 35 years, Tony Trischka has become one of the world's foremost banjo players, inspiring an entire generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians. Besides being one of the instrument's top pickers, he has also long been one of it's best teachers, working with young musicians to continue tapping into the creative potential of America's signature musical instrument. In this episode, we listen to a performance given by Mr. Trischka with his friend Bruce Molsky, a multi-instrumentalist who drives similar levels of influence in American old-time music.

6:00pm

Thu November 7, 2013
What's Bugging You

What's Bugging You

Aired Thursday, November 7 at 6 p.m. Fall is here and winter's just around the corner so once again we invited Dr. Beverly Burden, Associate Professor of Biology at LSUS and our resident Entomologist to join Bill Beckett and discuss our insect world, both friendly and fiendish. They discussed what's new in the insect world and took your calls and questions at 800-552-8502. Listen to the show again here.

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