Airs Monday, April 9 at 9:00 p.m. Some of the magical moments that WWOZ recorded during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2011. We spend the whole hour in the Jazz tent listening to ensembles visiting the city (Stefon Harris, Anat Cohen) as well as some hard-hitting local musicians (Baritone Bliss, Derek Douget, Stanton Moore Trio, New Orleans Klezmer) who take it to a place only possible in New Orleans.
Airs Monday, April 9 at 8:00 p.m. This special is a new production in a series of a conversation about Passover, one of the most important and most beloved holidays on the Jewish calendar. Larry Josephson, a secular Jew who now wants to know more about the religion of his grandparents, asks Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, to explain the meaning of Passover in a post-9/11 world. Dr. Schorsch tells Larry the story of Passover -- its history, rituals and foods, and the origins and structure of the Seder. The music of Passover, sung by some of the best cantors and choirs in the world, is artfully woven in and out of the conversation. The music was chosen by Cantor Marcia Tilchin, the Associate Producer. The program was developed and produced by Larry Josephson, and edited and mixed by Peter Zanger.
Airs Monday, April 9 at 11:00 a.m. Every year, this dynamic fourteen day festival fills Connecticut College in historic New London, CT with the sounds of early music. The festival routinely works with the leading musicians in the field of early music, and presents a series of concerts, workshops and classes for festival attendees. Amherst offers classes in all things early music, including instrumental and vocal instruction, as well as classes about Renaissance and Baroque dance and early notation. The festival hosts the largest recorder program in the United States.
Airs Sunday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. Fasten your seat belts and pass the chicken soup! Passover Dreams takes us from the Seder table to the edge of the universe. Audio magician Jim Metzner conjures up Albert Einstein, Frederick Douglass, Lenny Bruce and host of other Seder guests to plumb the depths of one of the world's oldest holidays in this Gabriel Award-winning program. The Layers of Passover's “Meaning Questions” are the tools that the Passover celebration offers as it urges us to dig deeper into our lives. Why is this night different from all other nights? What do we mean when we talk about the Promised Land? Peel away one layer and relive the flight with Moses from Egypt. Peel another layer and think about what that means for African Americans. Peel once more and see what it means in America today. For many people, America is the Promised Land. Read More:
Piotr Beczala as des Grieux and Anna Netrebko as the title character in Massenet's "Manon."
Credit Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera
Airs Saturday, April 7 at 12:00 noon. The 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Massenet’s Manon. Anna Netrebko sings her first Met performances of the title role, with Piotr Beczala in his role debut as Manon’s lover, the Chevalier des Grieux, and Paulo Szot as her cousin, Lescaut. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the performance of Laurent Pelly’s striking new production, which opened March 26. Manon will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 7. The performance will also be transmitted worldwide as part of The Met: Live in HD series, which is now seen in more than 1,700 movie theaters in 54 countries.