Airs, Saturday, May 26 at 12:00 noon. “I have won power…but there is no happiness in my tortured soul.” - Boris It’s one of the most searing lyric dramas of all time, featuring arguably the greatest bass role ever created. The magnificent Ferruccio Furlanetto is Boris, who’s haunted by the specter of the child he murdered to become Czar, surrounded by whispers and enemies, and threatened by a pretender to his throne. And not only that — his people are starving. The score radiates all the grief and grandeur that was Czarist Russia, with thrilling music for the huge chorus. But this masterwork is extraordinary in its intimacy, too — revealing Boris as both the public and the private man, as it peels open the psyche of a tormented ruler who succumbs to his own guilty conscience. In a stunning fusion of singing and acting, Ferruccio Furlanetto simply is Boris. “Whether in private demonstrations of power, private fragility, or final collapse, he is the intense center of a monumental tragedy.” Der Standard, Vienna. Lyric favorites Andrea Silvestrelli and Raymond Aceto, two resplendent voices, join Mr. Furlanetto in this opera that boasts not just one but three great bass roles. The celebrated Czech tenor Štefan Margita is Shuisky, the Czar’s duplicitous advisor.
Airs Friday, May 25 at 9:00 p.m. Bob Marley is an icon - his music and image are instantly recognizable and can be found everywhere. Behind that legend lies a story of a man who wanted everyone to hear his deeply religious and political message. The documentary Marley traces Bob's life, from his early childhood in a Jamaican slum to becoming the first superstar to emerge from the developing world. In this one hour radio special, you'll hear highlights from the soundtrack and film and talk with Bob's friends and family.
Airs Thursday, May 24 at 11:00 a.m. Starting with the Civil War, which spurred the eventual creation of Memorial Day, we present an objective, nostalgic, entertaining, and respectful music/sound chronicle of America’s war history. This program is highlighted by music of the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World Wars I & II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf, touching also on Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. It documents our country’s strife over our entry into some wars, but respectfully acknowledges the hardships of combat, and honors our fighting men and women who have given the ultimate. You’ll witness moments of entertainment and nostalgia with the U.S. Air Force Band, The Navy Band and Country Current, the BBC Orchestra & Royal Air Force Band, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Canadian Brass, Bette Midler; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Mitch Miller; Steppenwolf; Joan Baez; Jefferson Airplane; plus music from top Broadway shows such as The King & I, Bloomer Girls, Hair, Phantom of the Opera, and songs from talented unknowns. You'll hear the heartfelt remembrances of Army and Air Force veterans, including Generals Norman Schwarzkopf and Colin Powell, and the voices of Presidents Roosevelt, Eisenhower, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, and Obama.
Airs Thursday, May 24 at 11:00 a.m. Brahms' Violin Concerto with special guest Gil Shaham. They'll also present Kaija Saariaho's Laterna Magica in its New York Premiere and the Shostakovich Sixth Symphony, created to convey "joy and youth" — a perfect springtime program from one of our nation's top orchestras.
Note: Yefim Bronfman was unable due to perform to illness and Gil Shaham agreed to step in an play the Brahms Violin Concerto at the last minute.
Airs Thursday, May 24 at 8:00 p.m. The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile live from the 2009 Savannah Music Festival in the historic Lucas Theatre for the Arts. Composer/Singer/Mandolinist Chris Thile released his first recording when he was just 13. But that was half his life ago, and the now 28-year old virtuoso is involved in an ensemble that has occupied his life since 2007 called the Punch Brothers. It was after the breakup of his very popular contemporary acoustic group Nickel Creek that Thile joined four of his musical buddies to conceive a modern bluegrass band - one with a lot of range, but aesthetically a bluegrass band. Tune in for an episode featuring the Punch Brothers' incredible performance at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts earlier this year during the Savannah Music Festival.