Airs Monday, December 30 at 11 a.m. On this week's concert from the San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart leads the orchestra with pianist Simon Trpceski in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40. The concert opens with Schreker's Prelude to Act 1 of Die Gezeichneten and closes with the Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 by Saint-Saens. From the archives we'll also hear Respighi's Pines of Rome and the Introduction from Romeo et Juliet by Berlioz.
Airs Sunday, December 29 at 6 p.m. While gridlock and division in Washington make it difficult for either party or ideology to set the policy agenda, single-party government prevails in three-quarters of the states. In 24 states Republicans control the governorship and both houses of the legislature, and in 13 states Democrats enjoy one-party control. Comparing economic growth, education, health care, quality of life and environment, and the strength of civil society, do red or blue states win out? The debaters are Hugh Hewitt, Gray Davis, Stephen Moore, and Michael Lind.
Airs Friday, December 27 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we’ll hear new tracks from Hayley Reardon, Brigitte DeMeyer, and Jesse Thomas & Leonard “Peaches” Sterling. Also on the program cuts from Robert Earl Keen, Buddy Guy, the good Reverend Gary Davis, Son House, and John Hiatt. Then, in the second hour … Twang Darkly joins me in the studio for some live cuts from their latest CD, “Modal Creatures,” and in our final hour, we wander By Way Of Sorrow. Join me Friday Night at 9 for the Caravan on Red River Radio.
Airs Saturday, December 28 at 12 noon. The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Puccini’s Tosca, starring soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role. Tenor Marcello Giordani is Tosca’s lover, the artist and revolutionary Cavaradossi, and baritone George Gagnidze is the corrupt police chief, Scarpia. Marco Armiliato leads this performance of Puccini’s celebrated tragedy. Tosca will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.
Airs Thursday, December 26 at 9 p.m. "A Season's Griot" is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures the tales and traditions of African-American and African peoples.