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11:00am

Mon January 7, 2013
Lucerne Festival

Lucerne Festival

Hélène Grimaud

Airs Monday, January 7 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 join us as conductor James Gaffigan is joined by pianist Helene Grimaud and baritone Hans Christoph Begemann. The concert features Wolfang Rihm's Symphony Nähe fern (world premiere of the complete version) and Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15.

12:00pm

Sat January 5, 2013
Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera: Berlioz’s Les Troyens

Scene from Les Troyens
Cory Weaver Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, January 5 at 11:00 a.m.  The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Les Troyens, led by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi. The cast for Berlioz’s epic, which travels from war-ravaged Troy to the North African shores of Carthage, is led by Bryan Hymel as the Trojan hero Aeneas; Deborah Voigt as Cassandra, the cursed prophetess; Susan Graham as Dido, Queen of Carthage; Dwayne Croft as Cassandra’s fiancé, Coroebus; Karen Cargill as Dido’s sister, Anna; Eric Cutler as Dido’s court poet, Iopas; and Kwangchul Youn as Narbal, Dido’s advisor.  Les Troyens will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, January 5. The performance will also be transmitted worldwide as part of The Met: Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 1,900 movie theaters in 64 countries.

11:59pm

Fri January 4, 2013
Holiday

Holiday Specials on Red River Radio

Red River Radio's holiday offering continue through New Years with a wide variety of  specials. We will celebrate our diverse culture through the sacred and secular, classical, jazz, folk, world, and popular music, story telling, drama, humor, cooking, religion, philosophy, and more. Join us as we celebrate with each other throughout this season of joy. If an item you heard was removed and you'd like more information, contact Bill Beckett at wbeckett@lsus.edu.

Here are Red River Radio's holiday offerings for 2012: (Click on the Post Title)

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12:00pm

Fri January 4, 2013
Special

The Emerson String Quartet Perform Dvorak

Airs Friday, January 4 at 12:00 noon  In December of 1891, Czech composer Antonin Dvorak accepted the offer of Jeanette Thurber to become the director of the National Academy of Music in New York City. Mrs. Thurber hoped that the conservatory, which she founded in 1885, would foster the development of American concert music. It was Dvorak's opinion that the future music of America must be based on its folk melodies, which would serve as the real foundation of any serious and original school of composition in the United States. The first half of this special features a performances of Dvorak's music by the Emerson String Quartet, including the String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major Opus 51 and the String Quartet No. 12 in F Major Opus 96 ("The American").  Dvorak’s final two quartets, with their mastery of form, color and expression,are a fitting summation of Dvorak's exceptional achievement in this genre. On the 2nd half of this special we’ll hear the Emerson Quartet performed the Cypresses for string Quartet and his Opus 105, the 13th quartet written by Dvorak.

8:00pm

Thu January 3, 2013
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Punch Brothers 2011 - Part One

Airs Thursday, January 3 at 8:00 p.m. The first of two episodes culled from the Punch Brothers 2011 performance at the Trustees Theater during the Savannah Music Festival The tradition of stringband playing in the United States dates back at least 200 years. In the early 19th century, the fiddle-banjo duo that was essential to the dance music of the day eventually incorporated other instruments such as the guitar, mandolin and double bass. Such an assemblage, of whatever instrumentation, became known simply as a "stringband." By the 1870s, African-American dance houses had musicians who played violin, banjo and bass fiddle, and by the 1920s and 30s, stringbands were among the forerunners of modern country music and bluegrass. Soon, artists began to record stringband music in collaboration with other popular music styles such as blues and jazz. In this episode, we listen to a stringband that has drawn upon nearly every style of music from the past 100 years, the Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile.  Part one of two.

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