Airs Sunday, December 8 at 6 p.m. In this special program, you'll hear Nelson Mandela as you've never heard him before. This program draws on 50 hours of recorded conversations with Mandela, held for many years in Johannesburg by archivists at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. The man chosen to record Mandela's life story was Rick Stengel, a young reporter working in South Africa for Rolling Stone magazine. From 1992 to 1996, Stengel shadowed Mandela, using his small cassette machine to record the stories which would help in the writing of Mandela's autobiography, 'Long Walk to Freedom'. The program features extensive interviews with journalists and with Mandela himself, recounting growing up and his political activities, imprisonment and then ascent into the leadership of South Africa. The two other key voices in the documentary are the current managing editor of Time Magazine Rick Stengel and freelance radio producer Robin Benger. CBC Radio was the first radio network anywhere in the world to be given full access to these remarkable recordings.
Airs Monday, December 9 at 11 a.m. This week on the San Francisco Symphony, conductor Herbert Blomstedt will be joined by pianist Garrick Ohlsson for the Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-Flat Major by Mozart. Then maestro Blomstedt will lead the orchestra in the Symphony No. 5 by Tchaikovsky and the Symphony No. 3 by Sibelius.
Airs Friday, December 6 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature new music from One Mile An Hour and the Be Good Tanya's plus tracks from Myshkin's Ruby Warbler, Patty Griffin, Andrew Bird, Michael Hedges, Maggie Koerner along with Blues from Odetta and Lizz Wright. Then, in our concert hour we'll hear Charles Bradley live at the Newport Folk Festival and in our final hour we'll duck and hide from the Vigilante Man.
Airs Saturday, December 7 at 12 noon. The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season begins with a live broadcast of Verdi’s Rigoletto, starring baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in his first company performances of the title role. Tenor Matthew Polenzani co-stars as the Duke, and two artists make their network broadcast debuts: Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva, who sings Gilda, and Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado.
Airs Thursday, December 5 at 8 p.m. The lineage of great jazz musicians in Georgia goes back to the early 20th century when such renowned musicians as Fletcher Henderson came out of Atlanta University, moved to New York city and formed one of the finest big bands of all time. In this episode we feature previous Savannah Music Festival performances by trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and trumpeter Marcus Printup, both of whom are from Georgia and will return to the SMF in 2011.