Airs Thursday, December 6 at 11:00 a.m. Born from the trauma of the Second World War, Edinburgh's unique combination of festivals is a triumph of international shared storytelling. Encompassing classical music, theater, literature, popular and folk music, science, visual art and a city-wide sharing of culture, this radio series will give listeners a first-hand experience of being in one of the world's most creative and cosmopolitan cities during a period when over 600,000 visitors experience the "annual cultural equivalent of the Olympics" during which over 4,000 performances take place in hundreds of venues ranging from exquisite concert halls to site-specific fringe spaces.
Among the classical music highlights are: the Trio Zimmerman, His Majesties Sagbutts, Les Vents Francais, Leif Ove Andsnes, Leonidas Kavakos, Nicola Lugansky, the Calder Quartet, Luca Pisaroni, the European Youth Orchestra, the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and many othes. This radio series will give listeners an unprecedented and intimate tour of what many consider the world's greatest festival city.
Airs Tuesday, December 4 at 2:00 p.m. Celebrate Christmas with the sound of soaring voices. Stile Antico, the award-winning choir from London, pays a visit to St. Paul's Church on Harvard Square for a concert of radiant sacred music for the Christmas season by the most acclaimed composers of the renaissance. Hear the group's luminous blend of voices sing the intricately woven music of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. Hosted by Cathy Fuller of WGBH.
Airs Saturday, November 24 at 12:00 noon Recorded this summer in the Royal Opera House Covent Garden between two gala performances celebrating the 20th anniversary of Angela Gheorghiu's international debut appearances, the acclaimed soprano specially made time available to look back on her legendary career and discuss some of her most famous roles, in conversation with Jon Tolansky.
In this intimate and revealing portrait of one of the very greatest artists of our time, Verdi's La traviata, Massenet's Manon, Puccini's La boheme, Puccini's Madama Butterfly and also Vladimir Cosma's Marius et Fanny are on the bill, and there is an aria that Angela Gheorghiu will be singing when she is the star soloist in the World Orchestra for Peace's Sir Georg Solti Centennial Concerts in New York and Chicago later this fall.
Airs Saturday, November 10 at 12:00 noon. Red River Radio is pleased to bring back the Cleveland Orchestra for another superb season of broadcast concerts from the orchestra's home at Severance Hall in Cleveland and from concerts performed around the country and the world. This week we'll hear a concert featuring Misuko Uchida as conductor and pianist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9 in Eb; Mozart's Serenade No. 11; and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C. Then, from the archives, Copland's suite from “Our Town” with the Cleveland Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas.
Airs, Saturday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m. The Mozart Festival is recorded in Mozart's hometown of Salzburg, Austria and includes performances by some of the world's leading soloists and orchestras, backstage clips with performers, and location-recorded features touring the Mozarteum Foundation's priceless collections, including Mozart's original manuscripts and personal possessions. On this week's program we'll hear Mozart's the Gloria from Mass in C with soprano Sophie Mitterhuber, alto Bernadette Furch, tenor Maximilian Kiener, and bass William Hackett joined by the Salzburg Chorus and Orchestra under János Czifra. The we'll hear the first movement from Mozart's Piano Concerto in E-flat with pianist Emanuel Ax and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Pablo Heras-Casado. We'll also feature Mozart's Aria “Tiger! wetze nur die Klauen” from Zaide with soprano Mojca Erdmann and David Afkham leading the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and the concert concludes with the final two movements from Mozart's Symphony in C, “Jupiter”.