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.
Airs Wednesday, November 6 at 1 p.m. The man known as the Pope’s Maestro, Sir Gilbert Levine, leads the combined forces of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Chorus in a special concert celebrating the uniquely unifying, multi-cultural message of Pope John Paul II, which brought a great American city together in music and spirit. Taped at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, this special program includes performances of Bach’s Magnificat, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”), two composers beloved by the Pontiff, among others.
Airs Saturday, September 21 at 2 p.m. This week on the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival it Bach and Bartok with a performance of J.S. Bach's Piano Concerto No. 7 in G Minor and Bartok's Violin Sonata No. 1 in C-sharp Minor with violinist Jennifer Frautschi and pianist violin Jon Kimura Parker.
Airs Thursday, June 27 at 8 p.m. Every now and then a musician comes along with an artistic conception that is so original, he/she is incapable of sounding like anyone else. Such is the case with all great artists, but at age 30, Chris Thile has become one of the most unique American musicians of our time. Tune in for excerpts from a solo performance by Mr. Thile at the 2012 Savannah Music Festival, where he wove Bach's G minor sonata into a unique collection of covers (including Josh Ritter and Fiona Apple songs) and original music in a free spirited and masterful performance.
Airs Friday, March 29 at 12 noon. Apollo's Fire- The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra under founding music director Jeannette Sorrell present Bach's St. John's Passion, with Ian Honeyman as the Evangelist; Jeffrey Strauss as Jesus; Michael McMurray as Pilate; Jolle Greenleaf & Arine Grimm sopranos; Kirsten Sollek mezzo-soprano; Richard Edgar-Wilson & Marc Molomot tenors; Tom Meglioranza baritone and Apollo's Singers & Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchestra. With the St. John Passion, Apollo's Fire has moved audiences in Cleveland, on tour, and across the country by radio. Sorrell and her stellar company of dramatic soloists perform the work as a sweeping saga, "revelatory ... with impassioned singing and playing bringing Bach's score to life with contemporary immediacy" (Opera News).