Airs Monday, November 11 at 11 a.m. On this week's concert by the San Francisco Symphony, Esa-Pekka Salonen will take the podium and lead the orchestra in music by Sibelius, Salonen, Wagner and Schoenberg. The concert opens with Sibelius' Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49 and then violinist Leila Josefowcz joines the orchestra for the Violin concerto by Salonen. Soprano Christine Brewer will then be featured in excerpts from Wagner's opera Gotterdammerung and the program concludes with the Five Pieces for Orchestra by Arnold Schoenberg.
Airs Sunday, November 10 at 8 p.m. Prisoners of War tells the story of four World War Two veterans: Harrison Burney (84), William Busier (86), Cliff Austin (79), and Robert Norton (80) - all of whom were captured in the first days of the Battle of the Bulge and imprisoned for the remainder of the war. The hour-long program runs without narration, building its story by inter-cutting excerpts from extended field recordings with each of the men. It begins with the men remembering the chaos and confusion of the battle itself and moves quickly to each man's capture, interrogation, forced march, and transport by rail car to slave labor camps in Germany and Germany-controlled territory. The program focuses in detail on the fabric of daily life in these camps, particularly starvation, disease and the brutality of the German guards. It follows the men through their liberation, debriefing, repatriation, and reintegration into American society. And it chronicles their struggle with the life-long aftereffects of trauma and the shame they felt for having surrendered.
Airs Sunday, November 10 at 6 p.m. Armistice Day or Veterans Day, whichever you call it, here is a program devoted to an understanding of what it is all about. 17 million men in 8 nations went to the war that was supposed to end all wars. Featuring original and historic material this special remembers those who've fallen and those who've served.
Airs Saturday, November 9 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."
We open with Das Rheingold with baritone Wolfgang Koch as Woton; contralto Claudia Mahnke as Fricka; soprano Elisabet Strid as Freia; baritone Martin Winkler as Alberich; tenor Norbert Ernst as Loge; tenor Lothar Odinius as Froh; and bass Günther Groissböck as Fasolt.
Airs Friday, November 8 at 11 p.m. This radio documentary pays tribute to American legend Waylon Jennings, tells the story behind his final concert at Nashville's Ryman Theatre, and features many musical highlights of that historic night. By 2000, Waylon Jennings had over 40 years of experience on stage. He started as the bassist for Buddy Holly in the late 1950s, and over the years, Waylon continually grew as a musician and bandleader. Health problems took their toll on Waylon in the 1990s. He suffered from emphysema, diabetes and had a mild stroke. Despite all that, Waylon wanted nothing more than to get back on stage. In early 2000, he put together a band with many of his favorite musicians and called it, "The Waymore Blues Band." At the time, Waylon may not have known that it would be one of his last concerts. He may not have even cared. His only concern was to pull out all the stops and make this just as memorable as every other time he took the stage.