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.
Airs Wednesday, May 23 at 11:00 a.m. Join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir as they honor those who sacrificed all for their nation in the musical tribute to our fallen soldiers. The choir will perform My Country, 'Tis of Thee, God Bless America, Who Are the Brave?, America the Beautiful, Hymn to the Fallen, On This Day, Gently Raise the Sacred Strain, Homeward Bound, Rock-A My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham, Bound for the Promised Land, Down to the River to Pray, Amazing Grace, and God Be with You Till We Meet Again.
Giuseppe Filianoti, Susanna Phillips, Brian Mulligan in Lucia di Lammermoor
Credit Dan Rest / Lyric Opera
Airs Saturday, May 19 at 12:00 p.m. “Both heaven and earth have abandoned me.” Lucia In Scotland, Lucia and Edgardo are breathlessly, desperately in love. But their two clans are bitter rivals, so Lucia’s villainous brother Enrico sets out to kill his young sister’s romance. And he deploys every devious device he can muster, including lies, forgery, and finally the false revelation of Edgardo’s infidelity. Little wonder that Lucia is mentally crushed and destroyed, driven to madness and murder before she dies of a broken heart.