Karita Mattila as Emilia Marty in Janacek's "The Makropulos Case."
Credit Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera
Airs Saturday, May 5 at 12:00 noon. The 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season comes to a close with a live broadcast of Janáček’s The Makropulos Case, starring Karita Mattila as the enigmatic diva Emilia Marty. This season’s performances—the first at the Met in more than a decade—are conducted by Czech specialist Jiří Bělohlávek and feature Richard Leech as Emilia’s admirer Albert Gregor, Danish baritone Johan Reuter in his Met debut as Gregor’s aristocratic rival, Jaroslav Prus; and Tom Fox as the lawyer Kolenaty.
Airs Friday, May 4 at 9 p.m. Since 2004, Jack Johnson has hosted annual concerts in Hawaii featuring his musician friends to raise money for the Kokua Foundation he and his wife created to support environmental education programs. This one hour radio special features the best, one-of-a-kind collaborations from past festivals. Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, G Love and Ozomatli join Jack on his hits and covers.
Airs Thursday, May 3 at 8:00 p.m. Banjoist Bela Fleck performs alongside exceptional African musicians such as Toumani Diabate, Vusi Mahlasela, D'Gary, Anania Ngoliga and others. Recorded at the Trustees Theater during the Savannah Music Festival.
Airs Tuesday, May 1 at 9:00 p.m. Jazz is dead! Well, it's not true -- but in the history of the music, that statement is heard very often. Wynton Marsalis has found that the best way to combat that idea is simple - keep creating. Like any art form, jazz lives as an ongoing interaction between the artist, audience and larger culture. In this hour, Wynton reflects on his life and music in the 20th century and its continuation into the 21st.
Airs Monday, April 30 at 9:00 p.m. Piano Night: We look back on a night that honored the 88’s. Piano Night - every year on the Monday night between the two weekends of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage and Festival. This hour-long program includes music from Piano Heaven, a smaller stage for more intimate performances (Jessie McBride, Marco Benevento, Cynthia Chen) as well as the main stage at the House of Blues (Dr. Lonnie Smith, Victor Atkins, Bob Andrews, Tom Worrell), featuring full ensembles that change throughout the show.