Airs Saturday, February 8 at 12 noon. The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Dvořák’s lyrical fairy tale Rusalka, starring Renée Fleming in one of her signature roles. Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the cast that also includes Piotr Beczala as the Prince, Dolora Zajick as the witch Ježibaba, Emily Magee in her network broadcast debut as the Foreign Princess, and John Relyea as Rusalka’s father, the Water Gnome. Rusalka will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.
Airs Friday, February 7 at 11 p.m. On two days in the spring of 1959, after a string of critically acclaimed and successful albums, Miles Davis recorded what would become Kind Of Blue. Nothing would ever be the same – for Jazz or for Miles Davis. There’s no real way to tell why a record captures the imagination and attention of the world. Some do, some don’t. Miles Davis constantly recorded music, and almost all of it added to his popularity and critical acclaim. But over the years, Kind Of Blue found a larger and larger audience. Soon enough, it became the best selling Jazz album of all time. Through the host Josh Jackson and interviews with musicians Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Cobb, Jackie McLean, David Amram and others, you will hear the story of the making of Kind Of Blue, as well as the lasting impact of this classic Jazz staple.
Airs Friday, February 7 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll hear new tunes from The Royal Oui, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, and the Alabama Shakes plus a couple from Julie Miller and Allison Crowe. We'll also talk with Monty Brown who gives us a Profile of Jesse Thomas & Leonard "Peaches" Sterling on Blues at the Bottom and we'll feature Steve Howell and the Mighty Men in our studio to talk about and play some tunes from their latest release, called "Yes, I Believe I Will."
Airs Sunday, February 9 at 6 p.m. In 1973, Elvis Presley had every right to be excited for the future. He had signed a new recording contract, formed his own publishing company and finally controlled his business. With a pile of new songs, Elvis decided to record at the legendary Stax Studios in Memphis – home to some of the brightest soul artists of the time. In this one-hour radio special, you’ll hear highlights from those sessions and talk with the people who were in the room.
Airs Thursday, February 6 at 9 p.m. Despite disability, poverty, isolation and prejudice, a surprising number of blind African American musicians who came from the gospel tradition influenced not just gospel music, but blues, bluegrass, and American vernacular music up to and beyond rock and roll. Using narrative, archival audio, interviews, scholarly commentary and music, Heavenly Sight tells this little known story through broadcast and a comprehensive, interactive web site.