Airs Saturday, January 28 at 12:00 noon. The 2011-2012 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Puccini’s Tosca, starring Patricia Racette as the fiery title character, Marcelo Álvarez as her lover, the idealistic Cavaradossi, and James Morris as the villain Scarpia. Finnish conductor Mikko Franck makes his Met debut with this season’s performances of Tosca, and veteran bass Paul Plishka, whose distinguished Met career spans more than 40 years, sings the role of the Sacristan in his final Met performance.
Airs Friday, Jan. 27, at 12 p.m. The Regional Symphony Broadcast features the Rapides Symphony performing a March 2011 concert that included young pianists. Wesley Ducote and MinJeong Kim accompany the Rapides Symphony in a performance that includes Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and more. Ducote was a winner of the 2011 Red River Radio Young Artists Competition.
Airs Thursday, January 26 at 8:00 p.m. An original production of the Savannah Music Festival, Battle Royale put two rhythm sections on stage (Marcus Roberts Trio and the Clayton Brothers), inviting various instrumentalists to the stage throughout the night for a good-natured cutting contest. The tradition of instrumental competition on the bandstand in jazz goes back to the origins of the music.
Airs Monday, January 23 at 8:00 p.m. A young woman is told to keep her heritage a secret...by her mother; a reckless partier gets shipwrecked and has to sober up enough to save the day; and an author contends with her un-supportive mother on her deathbed. Hosted by The Moth’s Producing Director, Sarah Austin Jenness.
Airs Monday, January 23 at 11 a.m. Hosted by Orli Shaham, Program 1: Napa Valley is known for its romantic atmosphere, incredible vineyards and of course – some of the nation’s finest wine! This storied region is also home to Music in the Vineyards, the 18th annual chamber music festival bringing together internationally recognized, classical musicians in unique and intimate winery settings.