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Thu January 17, 2013
Erich Leinsdorf

Erich Leinsdorf: Perfectionist, Pioneer, and Pedagogue

Part 2 Airs Thursday, January 17 at 11:00 a.m. Come join us as we celebrate the 100th birthday of conductor and educator Erich Leinsdorf. His legacy as a perfectionist conductor of operas, orchestral music and concertos, a passionate educator of performing musicians and a devoted advocate of an enormously wide-ranging arena of composers, is discussed by distinguished artists and others who worked with him. 

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Wed January 16, 2013
At Home with John Lunn

At Home with John Lunn: Composer of the Downton Abbey

Airs Wednesday, January 16 at 11:00 a.m.  If you’ve watched the series, then you’ll know that the soundtrack is amazing, and if you’ve not seen this series, then you should, because it is amazing as well.  Downton Abbey was one of the most viewed period dramas there is and has been commissioned for a second series later this year.  So, if you’ve not see it, you should check it out! Celebrated film composer John Lunn, the creator of the theme music for the award winning Downton Abbey television series, welcomes Red River Radio listeners into his home as he talks with host Jon Tolansky, about his life and career, composing for Downton Abbey, the Edwardian era, and some of his favourite music from that period.  His chosen composers of the time are Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Holst, and by way of a diversion across the English Channel to France, Debussy.  There are also extracts from Mr. Lunn’s Downton Abbey score and another of his latest works.


Tue January 15, 2013
Healing the Broken-Hearted

Healing the Broken-Hearted

St. James Cathedral

Airs Tuesday, January 15 at 11:00 a.m. Healing the Broken-Hearted: Young Chicago Musicians Reply to Violence, a concert of healing in response to the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. For the first time ever, five of Chicago’s nationally recognized children’s choirs will join together in concert at St. James Cathedral.  They will perform not just as young choirs singing together, but as musical citizens determined to sing with ‘one voice’ in service of the grieving families who lost their beautiful children. The combined choirs will be joined by an interfaith roster of spiritual leaders and a cast of celebrated vocal artists. The radio broadcast will be hosted by 11 year-old Masha Lakisova, a talented violinist and engaging speaker. These celebrated choirs will feature a diversity of American song in remembrance of children lost to violence. The concert will include a newly commissioned ‘mass in remembrance’ by composer Lita Grier.  Nearly three hundred musicians will devote this musical memorial to the families and friends of the children and teachers lost to violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.  The beauty and solace of music, especially music made by young people, has the power to heal.


Mon January 14, 2013
Lucerne Festival

Live from Lucerne

Airs Monday, January 14 at 11:00 a.m.  Red River Radio is pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for you to share world-class performances from this year's Lucerne Festival.  The award-winning production team from WQXR in New York was on the ground in Switzerland in to produce these four concert broadcasts. On this program we'll hear the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Choir and the Swedish Radio Choir all under Daniel Harding with soprano Mari Eriksmoen, alto Bernarda Fink, tenor Andrew Staples, and bass Franz-Josef Selig, in Franz Schubert's Gesang der Geister über den Wassern (Song of the Spirits over the Waters), Robert Schumann's Nachtlied (Night Song), and Franz Schubert's Mass in E-flat major.


Sun January 13, 2013
America Abroad

America Abroad: Islamism in Africa

Airs Sunday, January 13 at 6:00 p.m. The assault on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya shocked the American public. African extremist groups like Ansar Dine, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and Boko Haram threaten to further destabilize a fragile continent. America Abroad will take listeners to Mali, Nigeria, and Kenya's Swahili Coast to learn about these groups, the threat they present, and how African countries are-or aren't-combating them.