Classical Music

12:00pm

Sat June 16, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Show Boat

Airs Saturday, June 16 at 12:00 noon. This spectacular new production marshals the choral and orchestral forces of our world-renowned company to present Show Boat in all its glory! Created in 1927, this seminal masterpiece gave American musical theater and opera a new voice — one with powerful subject matter, astonishing musical variety and an unmistakably American atmosphere. Moving from 1890s Mississippi to Chicago to “Roaring 20s” Broadway, Show Boat follows the lives of a company of theater folk — deeply involving us in their triumphs and sorrows, while illuminating the racial and social changes that were shaping the country. You’ll love every character: Julie, Joe, Queenie…and especially Magnolia and Ravenal. She’s an aspiring young actress; he’s an irresistible, gambling cad who leaves her when his luck runs out. But Magnolia moves on with her life — eventually becoming a major star. Unforgettable songs, dazzling choreography, and an epic story that moves us with its humanity — Show Boat is both great entertainment and great art.

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10:00am

Sat June 16, 2012
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Honoring Fathers and A Father’s Gift with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Airs Sunday, June 17 at 10:00 a.m.
Join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir for a Celebration of Fathers with music including 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, 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, and more.

11:00am

Thu June 14, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

A Father’s Gift and Honoring Fathers with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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.

12:00pm

Sat June 9, 2012
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Lyric Opera of Chicago: Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos

Scene from Ariadne auf Naxos
Dan Rest Lyric Opera

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!

11:00am

Sat June 9, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

America's Music Festivals: Festival Mozaic

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.” 

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