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."
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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.
Airs Sunday, April 8 at 10:00 a.m. Join the world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir for a Celebration with “Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise,” “Our Savior’s Love,” “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee;” and “Since By Man Came Death” from Messiah. On Songs of Easter we'll hear “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today;” “This Is the Christ,” “Rejoice, the Lord is King;” and “Morning Mood” from Peer Gynt.
Airs Thursday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m. In this episode, we listen to Wynton Marsalis leading the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts. During the mid-1990's, trumpeter and bandleader Wynton Marsalis was leading his septet, one of the most artistically and commercially successful jazz bands of its time. When he became the full-time artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in 1995, he essentially folded his septet into the resident orchestra, allowing him the artistic palate with which to paint the entire range and history of jazz while still offering up new and original work. In this episode, we listen to Wynton Marsalis lead the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra through this 2009 recording.
Airs Friday, April 6 at 12:00 noon George Frideric Handel’s Messiah will be conducted by Jane Glover. The soloists include Elizabeth Futral, soprano; Jennifer Rivera, mezzo-soprano; John McVeigh, tenor and Christopheren Nomura, baritone.