Classical Music

12:00pm

Sat June 2, 2012
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Lyric Opera of Chicago: Mozart's The Magic Flute

Dan Rest Lyric Opera

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.

11:00am

Wed May 30, 2012
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Carnegie Hall Live: Lang Lang in Concert

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

11:00am

Mon May 28, 2012
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America's Music Festivals: Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

Airs Monday, May 28 at 11:00 a.m. Quaint cottages dot the enchanted coastline here, fresh seafood abounds and the classical music is top notch. Cape Cod hosts one of the finest classical music festivals on the east coast each summer since 1979. Called “a triumph of quality,” by the New York Times, the festival features three weeks of chamber music throughout Cape Cod during August and has a well established Composer-in-Residence Program. Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival has fostered a bevy of musical talent over the years, including Dawn Upshaw, Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Bell.

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11:00am

Thu May 24, 2012
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Carnegie Hall Live: The Cleveland Orchestra

Airs Thursday, May 24 at 11:00 a.m. Brahms' Violin Concerto with special guest Gil Shaham. They'll also present Kaija Saariaho's Laterna Magica in its New York Premiere and  the Shostakovich Sixth Symphony, created to convey "joy and youth" — a perfect springtime program from one of our nation's top orchestras.

Note: Yefim Bronfman was unable due to perform to illness and Gil Shaham agreed to step in an play the Brahms Violin Concerto at the last minute.

12:00pm

Sat May 19, 2012
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Lyric Opera of Chicago: Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor

Giuseppe Filianoti, Susanna Phillips, Brian Mulligan in Lucia di Lammermoor
Dan Rest Lyric Opera

Airs Saturday, May 19 at 12:00 p.m.  “Both heaven and earth have abandoned me.”  Lucia    In Scotland, Lucia and Edgardo are breathlessly, desperately in love. But their two clans are bitter rivals, so Lucia’s villainous brother Enrico sets out to kill his young sister’s romance. And he deploys every devious device he can muster, including lies, forgery, and finally the false revelation of Edgardo’s infidelity. Little wonder that Lucia is mentally crushed and destroyed, driven to madness and murder before she dies of a broken heart.

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