Airs Monday, December 2 at 11 a.m. On this week's concert by the San Francisco Symphony Pinchas Zukerman will lead the orchestra and will be the solosit in Mozart's Adagio K. 261 and Rondo K. 373 as well as his Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216. Also on the concert, Hindemith's Trauermusik; Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550; and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, Op. 48.
Airs Sunday, December 1 at 6 p.m. Narrated by Leonard Nimoy and sung by the acclaimed vocal sextet The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, "Chanukah in Story and Song" is a unique holiday program created especially for public radio listeners.
Airs Saturday, November 30 at 12 noon. Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen is the perfect blend of words, action, music and drama into a "total work of art." It was the ultimate goal of Richard Wagner and nothing less than a complete revolution in theater. Wagner's vision became reality against all odds at his own festival in the Bavarian town of Bayreuth in 1876. Since then, only his own works have been performed there. The complete "Ring" premiered at the first Bayreuth Festival, and each new production has attracted the world's attention. The 2013 rendition by stage director Frank Castorf and conductor Kyrill Petrenko can be expected to generate controversy, as have productions in the past – following Wagner's own exhortation to "create something new." This week, the final heroic drama this operatic cycle with Götterdämmerung starring Lance Ryan as Siegfried with sopraono Catherine Foster as Brünnhilde, soprano Claudia Mahnke as Waltraute, baritone Alexander Marco-Buhrmester as Gunther and soprano Allison Oakes as Gutrune. This production also features baritone Andrew Shore as Alberich, bass Attila Jun as Hagen with Mirella Hagen as Woglinde and Julia Rutigliano as Wellgunde.
Airs Friday, November 29 at 9 p.m. Texas Jazz & Blues Greats is hosted by jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran, a Texas native himself. Moran was recently tapped to be the Creative Director at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts after the passing of Dr. Billy Taylor, and was the recipient of the 2010 MacArthur Fellowship. A student of the blues, Jason’s virtuoso performances marries classical, blues, and jazz with the musical influences of his generation including funk, hip-hop, and rock. The Texas Jazz & Blues Greats project was right in his sweet spot!
Airs Friday, November 29 at 2 p.m. A one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights with an exploration of Chanukah foods and traditional activities. Join hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock for a celebration of the Festival of Lights. There's plenty of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus an exploration of holiday traditions, and a special story reading by the incomparable Theodore Bikel.