Cultural, Community, Information

11:00am

Mon December 15, 2014
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 2014-15

Airs Monday, December 15 at 11 a.m. Pittsburgh Symphony Radio brings out the B team this week, as Manfred Honeck conducts Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.  You’ll hear Bach’s Toccata and Fugue, arranged by Stokowski and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4.  Helene Grimaud plays the Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1. Jim Cunningham will host.

6:00pm

Sun December 14, 2014
Cultural, Community, Information

Hanukkah: A Great Miracle Happened There

Airs Sunday, December 14 at 6 p.m. "A Great Miracle Happened There: A Hanukkah Special," is a conversation between Rabbi Ismar Schorsch and Host Larry Josephson about the history, rituals and meaning of Hanukkah--and its importance in our time. Cantors David Lefkowitz and Elisheva Dienstfrey sing the music of Hanukkah. Rabbi Ismar Schorsch explains that Hanukkah is really about a Jewish civil war, a war between assimilated, Hellenized Jews and a pious band of zealots, the Maccabees.

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11:00am

Sun December 14, 2014
Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera: Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

James Morris as Hans Sachs
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

** Airs Saturday, December 13 at 11 a.m. ** The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Richard Wagner’s comedy about romance and music-making in 16th-century Germany, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine. German baritone Michael Volle stars as the mastersinger and cobbler Hans Sachs, with South African heldentenor Johan Botha as the knight Walther von Stolzing and German soprano Annette Dasch as Eva.

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9:00pm

Fri December 12, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit at Newport Folk

Airs Friday, January 25 at 9 pm. This week on the Caravan we’ll feature a lot of new tracks from bands like Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and Black Prairie, the Alabama Shakes and the Be Good Tanyas as well as some new blues from Dr. John, Mavis Staples and Shreveport’s own Professor Porkchop and the dishes. During our concert hour we’ll feature First Aid Kit, recorded live At the Newport Folk Festival, and this week in our final hour we ponder some Parables & Primes.

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8:00pm

Thu December 11, 2014
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Miami String Quartet

Airs Thursday, December 11 at 8 p.m. Some historians believe that the origins of the string quartet can be traced back to the Baroque trio sonata, in which two solo instruments performed with a continuo section consisting of a bass instrument and a keyboard. Others suggest that the widespread practice of playing works written for string orchestra with just four players, covering the bass part with cello alone, helped formulate the idea of the string quartet. But everyone agrees that the string quartet rose to prominence through the work of Joseph Haydn, and that ever since, the string quartet has been prestigious, and considered a true test of a composer's art. In this program, we listen to string quartets by Haydn, Mozart and Mendelssohn, performed by the Miami String Quartet at the 2013 Savannah Music Festival.

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