Airs Monday, December 3 at 11:00 a.m. This week on Summer Stages, The Simpsons, Dolly Parton and Rachmaninoff. It's not the most obvious mix but the Westminster Choir makes it work. Hear them performing from the Spoleto Festival USA on Summer Stages from Classical Public Radio! Some of the featured works include Weelkes' In Excelsis Deo; Esenvalds' The Long Road; Kreek's Taaveti laul Nr. 104 (Psalm 104); Elder's Seven Last Words from the Cross; Crabtree's From Five Romantic Miniatures from the Simpsons; and the Westminster Choir with Christopher Costanza, cello perform Tavener's Svyatí.
Air Saturday, December 1 at 12:00 noon The ultimate blend of action, music, scene and dramatic expression was Richard Wagner's goal in his "total work of art." Deutsche Welle brings you another performance from the Festspielhaus, which Wagner designed explicitly for his music dramas. This year the festival, still in the hands of Wagner's descendents, currently led by his great-granddaughters Eva Wagner-Pasquier and Katharina Wagner, begins with a new production of Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) as staged by Jan Philipp Gloger and conducted by Christian Thielemann. Deutsche Welle's Rick Fulker is there, introducing you to the production team and soloists and looking forward to sharing the Wagner fun with those who can't make it to the festival. With the demand for tickets exceeding the supply by a factor of ten, they are not lacking in numbers and have responded warmly to the radio transmissions, which convey the sense of event.
Airs Thursday, November 29 at 8:00 p.m. Bassist Edgar Meyer and banjoist Bela Fleck had collaborated for nearly thirty years, but in 2008 when they formed a trio with tabla master Zakir Hussain, they created a small group in which each member offered up original compositions based upon their virtuosity and shared musical ideas. Tune in for part two of a 2011 Savannah Music Festival concert featuring Fleck, Meyer and Hussain live at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts.
Airs Monday, November 26 at 11:00 a.m. Once again this week on Summer Stages we return to Charleston South. It's been called "America's most friendly city", "the most polite and hospitable city in America" and even "America's sexiest city." Charleston South Carolina proves to be one of America's most musical cities too when we drop in for a concert at the Spoleto Festival USA. The Westminster Choir has the Durufle Requiem and the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra performs the equally sublime Siegfried Idyll. Don't miss the next stop on Summer Stages from Classical Public Radio.
Airs Monday, November 5 at 8:00 p.m. In this episode we explore a community where when evil rears its head, someone finds a way to set things right, even if they have to make sacrifices and defy the laws of our universe to do it. In this hour we tell the stories of real-life battles between good and evil in the world of comic books, where underdogs often come out on top and fantasy merges with reality. From creators and whistle blowers to real-life superheroes who've brought comics to life, putting on their own capes and costumes to fight for justice in their cities. The episode kicks off with host Al Letson talking about his secret ‘nerdy’ side. Then, a passionate Superman fan gets taken advantage of, and the comics community pitches in to help. Comics Alliance editor Laura Hudson causes an uproar in the comics community over an editorial about the portrayal of women in comics. Then, Cowabunga Dude! We visit the town that birthed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
A letter from an unlikely comic book fan. We learn about Cosplay, then meet a man who transformed himself into a superhero. Finally, an emotional story about a boy’s wish to become a superhero.