Airs Monday, April 23 at 11:00 a.m. The sleepy town of Marlboro, Vermont has a population just under 980 people, but it bursts into life each summer when the world’s leading musicians come together to play music and learn from each other in the Marlboro Music Festival. The festival prides itself on fostering a true sense of community among artists and invites them to spend up to seven weeks to rehearse, exchange ideas and share meals. The result: a festival that showcases nearly 240 works each summer.
Airs Monday, April 23 at 9:00 p.m. Blues: A hour of the sacred and the secular at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2011, featuring the harmonica of Charlie Musselwhite, the blazing guitar of Alvin 'Youngblood' Heart, Ruthie Foster's blues and gospel and many others (Robert Cray, Mahalia Jackson Tribute).
A scene from Act III of the Met's new production of Wagner's "Siegfried" with Jay Hunter Morris as the title character and Deborah Voigt as Brünnehilde.
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Airs Saturday, April 21 at 11:00 a.m. The 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Wagner’s Siegfried, the third installment in Wagner’s epic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. Jay Hunter Morris stars as the title character, a hero so brave that he literally does not know the meaning of the word “fear.” The celebrated cast of Wagnerians includes Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde; Bryn Terfel as the Wanderer; and Gerhard Siegel as Mime. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the performance, which is part of a complete Ring cycle presented in a new production by Robert Lepage. Siegfried will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.
Airs Thursday, April 19 at 8:00 p.m. Innovators in acoustic music from America and Sweden come together to explore the commonalities between Swedish polskas and Appalachian fiddle tunes. Recorded live at the Charles H. Morris Center during the Savannah Music Festival. The country of Sweden has a folk music tradition that goes back at least 700 years. Importantly, this tradition still serves as the impetus for songs being created today.
Airs Thursday, April 19 at 11:00 a.m. Violins of Hope tells the story of a project begun in 1996 by master violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. He began to collect and restore violins with extraordinary stories dating back to one of the greatest tragedies in history. Some of the violins he restored were played by Jewish prisoners in Nazi concentration camps. Others belonged to Klezmer musical culture, which was all but destroyed by the Holocaust. The stories of these violins and their rebirth bear witness to the power of memory and music to transform anguish into hope. Read More: