Airs Thursday, July 24 at 11 a.m. The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America is a phenomenal new group made up of 120 of the brightest young instrumentalists in our country. After a two-week residency of intensive rehearsals, they hit the road coast-to-coast this summer. Our program finds them in Carnegie Hall, led by the dynamic conductor David Robertson.
Airs Monday, May 26 at 1 p.m. Hailed as “a phenomenon” who “pulls together the most intellectually enticing and emotionally gripping [performances] in New York” (The New Yorker), Robert Spano leads his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a stirring performance of Britten’s towering masterpiece. The composer created this mammoth meditation against war by juxtaposing Latin texts from the Mass for the Dead with shocking depictions of battle by Wilfred Owen, a British poet who died in World War I.
Airs Monday, December 23 at 1 p.m. The Valparaiso University invites you, once again, to their Christmas Concert, “A Carol Festival”. This concert features over 200 musicians in spectacular Christmas celebration, and will include the Valparaiso University Chorale, Women’s Choir, Men’s Choir, Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Concert Band. Some of the music to be performed includes portions of Handel’s Messiah, works by Benjamin Britten and John Rutter’s Gloria, Emmanuel Variants by Robert Foster for Band, Hymn to the Nativity by Brammeier, along with other traditional Christmas selections. Conductors to include Christopher M. Cock, Chorale and Men's Choir; Maura Janton Cock, Women's Choir; Dennis Friesen-Carper, symphony orchestra; and Jeffrey Scott Doebler, Chamber Concert Band. A tradition on campus for over 80 years, the Valparaiso University Christmas Concert will celebrate the holiday season in the Chapel of the Resurrection.
Airs Saturday, December 21 at 12 noon. The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream heard in its season premiere performance from October 11. James Conlon leads his first Met performances of this opera, based on the Shakespeare play. The revival, commemorating the centennial of Britten’s birth, stars Kathleen Kim and Iestyn Davies as Tytania and Oberon, the sparring king and queen of the fairies.
Airs Monday, December 16 at 1 p.m. A celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the renowned British composer Benjamin Britten through his beloved choral music for the holidays. Centerpiece of the program will be Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, which will also feature other Britten holiday works and standard carols arranged by Sir David Willcocks.