Airs Monday, May 26 at 11 a.m. On this week's broadcast concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra music director Manfred Honeck will be joined on stage by pianist Yefim Bronfman in a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor.” Mr. Bronfman will all play several encores by Liszt and Chopin. The concert also features Johann Strauss, Jr., Franz Lehar, Henry Mancini, and Jerome Kern.
Airs Sunday, May 25 at 6 p.m. Roy Orbison cared about two things in life more than anything else, music and family. Often those two combined, but Roy's sons never got the chance to share the stage with their dad. They did find a tape of a song that Roy never finished, and as a family Roy's boys completed the song as his baking band. In this in-depth look at Roy’s 1989 posthumous comeback album, Mystery Girl, we'll here classic songs (“You Got It,” “She’s a Mystery to Me” and more), plus rare recording sessions, comments from his legendary collaborators, exclusive interviews with Roy’s sons (Wesley, Roy Kelton and Alex), Jeff Lynne and more.
Airs Saturday, May 24 at 12 noon. Join the Lyric Opera of Chicago for a Puccini masterpiece and one of the most beloved operas of all time with a stellar cast featuring Stefano Secco as Lt. B. F. Pinkerton and Maryann McCormick as Suzuki with Christopher Purves as Sharpless, Patricia Racette as Cio-Cio-San and Richard Ollarsaba as the Imperial Commissioner. This performance also features Will Liverman as the Official Registrar, David Govertsen as The Bonze, Anthony Clark Evans as Prince Yamadori, Laura Wilde as Kate Pinkerton and Tye Pauley as Butterfly’s child Sorrow.
Airs Friday, May 23 at 10 p.m. This 2-hour radio special, which had it’s first airing in December, 2010 commemorating the 30th anniversary of his death, centers on John Lennon’s last radio interview, along with Yoko, recorded at the Dakota in New York City, only hours before Lennon’s death on December 8, 1980.
Airs Friday, May 23 at 9:00 p.m. When Janis Joplin knew what she wanted, there was very little that could stop her from getting it. With her music, she pushed and experimented until it felt just right. Her fourth and final album – Pearl– showed Janis at the top of her game, working hard with a new band and new ways to use her voice. In this one hour radio special you’ll hear about Janis’ final years and the making of Pearl from her sister and author Laura Joplin, road manager John Byrne Cooke, Pearl producer, the late Paul Rothchild and author Holly George Warren. The host is David Gans (KPFA, Grateful Dead Hour). Music includes Pearl classics from the original album, rare studio outtakes and live cuts from the era. CD also adds a four track radio sampler with full alternate takes of “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Move Over,” “Get it While You Can” and “My Baby” from the Pearl Sessions deluxe reissue from Legacy Recordings.