Airs Thursday, January 19 at 10:01 a.m. The George and Peggy Schmidbauer International Competition celebrates its fifth year this Saturday and Sunday, January 21-22, 2012 on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. The competition holds the highest standards in artistry and performance, attracting musicians from all around the world to East Texas. As an annual event, the competition alternates between piano and strings, bringing rising artists from both disciplines to compete and perform for lucrative prizes and future engagements.
Airs Tuesday, January 17 at 10:00 p.m. Like many jazz musicians before her, violinist Regina Carter mined her African cultural inheritance through music. Hers is a postmodern approach; her latest record, Reverse Thread, is as likely to source from field recordings of Ugandan Jews as from contemporary Afropop and beyond. It's also delightfully easygoing, intricate yet breezy. Carter and her unique band — featuring kora (West African harp) and accordion — are the first act at the main Fort Stage
Airs Monday, January 16 at 8:00 p.m. A high school quarterback leaves Montana as a promising son and returns years later to reveal a shocking secret; a boy from Sierra Leone describes his transformation from innocent child to cold-hearted soldier; a teenage girl discovers how to control her errant parrot; and a construction worker discovers the up-side of his girlfriend’s one-year prison sentence. Hosted by The Moth’s Senior Producer, Jenifer Hixson.
Airs Monday, January 16 at 2:00 p.m. Celebrating Martin Luther King Day with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Songs from the Soul features Robert Sims, baritone and Gold Medal winner of the American Traditions Competition. Highly praised for his moving interpretations of African American spirituals, he joins the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in performances of "The Gospel Train;" "Deep River;" "Is There Anybody Who Loves My Jesus;" "I Gotta Home In-a Dat Rock;" "Down to the River to Pray;" and " Glory, Glory, Hallelujah."
Airs Tuesday, Monday 16 at 11:00 a.m. Lead by their conductor, Robert Spano, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs a King Celebration. Hosted by Fred Child and Lois Reitzes, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Yo-Yo Ma, and the Spelman and Morehouse College Glee Choirs in works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schwantner and Dvorak.