Airs Thursday, June 14 at 11:00 a.m. Join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir for a Celebration of Fathers with music including Gently Raise the Sacred Strain, Guide Us O Thou Great Jehovah, Awake and Arise, All Ye Children of Light, In the Learning of My Father, Sunrise, Sunset, from Fiddler on the Roof, As the Dew from Heaven Distilling, Hallelujah, from Christ on the Mount of Olives, Home Is a Special Kind of Feeling, from The Wind in the Willows, He's Got the Whole World in His Hands, God Be with You 'Till We Meet Again, and more.
Airs Saturday, June 9 at 12:00 noon. Vienna’s richest man is planning an incredible party. First — guests will enjoy a serious opera (the Prima Donna plays Ariadne, who’s ready to die on the island of Naxos because her lover’s jilted her). Then comes a ribald comedy, starring saucy Zerbinetta (who’s got a Ph.D. in flirting). And finally, there’s to be a pyrotechnic display. But the host suddenly decides both productions must take place simultaneously so the fireworks can start promptly at nine! The Composer’s aghast and the Prima Donna’s horrified. But watch what happens when Zerbinetta gets into the act and determines that Ariadne’s “tragedy” shouldn’t end unhappily after all! This is Strauss à la Rosenkavalier, with sparkling, luscious music that wraps itself around a witty comedy.
As Ariadne, Amber Wagner is vocally thrilling. Her voice is truly dramatic, with both amplitude and nuance. Zerbinetta’s all about stratospheric vocal acrobatics — ideal for Anna Christy, who entrances listeners with her coloratura fireworks display. The Composer is a poster child for impetuosity, and Alice Coote’s portrayal oozes emotional energy — her singing is glorious. Bacchus must sweep Ariadne off her feet — and tenor sensation Brandon Jovanovich will do just that, vocally descending from the heavens with swashbuckling boldness!
Airs Monday, June 11 at 11:00 a.m. Located in what has been called “the happiest city in America,” Festival Mozaic has been bringing high quality classical music to San Luis Obispo every summer since 1971. One of the longest running music festivals on the west coast, Festival Mozaic has kept every season fresh through its unique programming, which spans over five centuries of musical repertoire and includes everything from orchestral and chamber favorites to world music and jazz. Scott Yoo, the festival’s director, says the short 11 day festival is “a real opportunity to zero in on one side of music and really explore.”
Airs Saturday, June 2 at 12:00 noon. Look out for dancing bears and dinosaurs as into the enchanted forest we go! Lyric’s inspired production reflects the composer himself — seamlessly blending emotional profundity with slapstick humor that appeals to the kid in us all. With a hapless and endearing birdcatcher as his sidekick, Prince Tamino is searching for the girl of his dreams. The mysterious Queen of the Night says her daughter’s the one — and just waiting to be rescued from the evil wizard, Sarastro. But it turns out he’s not the evil one at all! A young couple’s journey to adulthood, the search for universal truths, Masonic rituals and religious allegory — Flute gives us much to ponder, and music that’s a wondrous joy!
The performance is crowned by the passionate, womanly Pamina of Nicole Cabell...her vibrant lyric soprano floats exquisitely above the staff. Looking every inch the prince with charisma to spare, the extravagantly gifted Charles Castronovo gives a wonderful performance as Tamino. With his marvelously rich sound, Austrian bass Günther Groissböck makes an impressive and sonorous Sarastro. Stéphane Degout’s Papageno is funny, sexy and touching. Audrey Luna brings down the house as Queen of the Night.
Airs Wednesday, May 30 at 11:00 a.m. The inaugural season of Carnegie Hall Live wraps with one of today's most popular pianists. Lang Lang shows his enormous range, from the delicate textures of Bach to the nearly orchestral sonorities of Schubert. Billions watched his performance at the 2008 Olympics, Time magazine named him one of the most 100 influential people in the world and this Carnegie Hall recital of Bach, Schubert and Chopin is sold out. BUT, with Red River Radio you can have a ticket for this concert by Lang Lang. The scheduled program features:
J. S. Bach: Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825 Schubert: Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960 Chopin: Twelve Etudes, Op. 25