** Airs Saturday, December 13 at 11 a.m. ** The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Richard Wagner’s comedy about romance and music-making in 16th-century Germany, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine. German baritone Michael Volle stars as the mastersinger and cobbler Hans Sachs, with South African heldentenor Johan Botha as the knight Walther von Stolzing and German soprano Annette Dasch as Eva.
Airs Friday, January 25 at 9 pm. This week on the Caravan we’ll feature a lot of new tracks from bands like Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and Black Prairie, the Alabama Shakes and the Be Good Tanyas as well as some new blues from Dr. John, Mavis Staples and Shreveport’s own Professor Porkchop and the dishes. During our concert hour we’ll feature First Aid Kit, recorded live At the Newport Folk Festival, and this week in our final hour we ponder some Parables & Primes.
Airs Thursday, December 11 at 8 p.m. Some historians believe that the origins of the string quartet can be traced back to the Baroque trio sonata, in which two solo instruments performed with a continuo section consisting of a bass instrument and a keyboard. Others suggest that the widespread practice of playing works written for string orchestra with just four players, covering the bass part with cello alone, helped formulate the idea of the string quartet. But everyone agrees that the string quartet rose to prominence through the work of Joseph Haydn, and that ever since, the string quartet has been prestigious, and considered a true test of a composer's art. In this program, we listen to string quartets by Haydn, Mozart and Mendelssohn, performed by the Miami String Quartet at the 2013 Savannah Music Festival.
Airs Thursday, December 11 at 6 p.m. This week on Health Matters Dr. Sanford Katz will host a program with guests Dr. David Vandermolen with Ark-La-Tex Fertility and Reproductive Medicine. They will discuss causes of infertility and available treatments and your questions will be taken at 800-552-8502.
Airs Thursday, December 11 at 11 a.m. A new series of special concert from the Mozart Festival 2014. This program features Robin Ticciati leading the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in allegro from Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in c minor, Op. 67. The Alina Ibragimóva, violin; Renaud Capuçon, violin; Gérard Caussé, viola; Léa Hennino, viola; and Clemens Hagan, cello will perform Mozart's Quintet in B-flat, KV 174. Hannes Eichmann will host.