WSKG Radio

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 8:00pm
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Madrigalia, a Rochester, New York based chamber ensemble, performs choral music of all genres at the highest level of artistic excellence, and promotes the appreciation of choral singing to diverse audiences through performances, recordings, broadcasts, outreach, and the commissioning of new music.

Rediscover Madrigalia with this concert of beautiful music for the season by Conte, Gjielo, Praetorious, Ratcliff, Rutter, Stopford, Tavener and more.

Cary Ratcliff, Guest Conductor

with June Kim, oboe, Kathleen MacAuliffe, harp, and Kieran Hanlon, bass

Recorded December 6, 2013

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 8:00pm

A holiday celebration on a spectacular scale -- Music, dance and renewal of spirit at the great turning point of the year.

One of NPR's most popular holiday specials returns with new talent and old friends. Malian singer Abdoulaye Diabate joins The Paul Winter Consort with Paul McCandless, the Drummers of The Fores of Nature, Gospel vocalist Theresa Thomason, and the historic reassembly of the Paul Winter Sextet in the World's Largest Gothic Cathedral -- New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. WNYC'S John Schaefer hosts this NPR holiday broadcast favorite.

The Winter Solstice Celebration is a contemporary take on ancient solstice rituals, when people came together during the longest night of the year to celebrate the return of the sun, as the Earth begins its rotational cycle back towards summer. Now in its 33rd year, the performance at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the world's largest cathedral, is New York's favorite holiday alternative to The Nutcracker and Radio City Christmas.

The Consort musicians: Paul Winter, soprano sax; Paul McCandless, oboe and English horn; Eugene Friesen, cello; Paul Sullivan, keyboards; Jamey Haddad, drums; Eliot Wadopian, bass; and Tim Brumfield, pipe organ. The Sextet musicians: Paul Winter, alto sax; Warren Bernhardt, piano; Cecil McBee, bass; Marvin Stamm, trumpet; and Howard Johnson, baritone sax.

Out of Bounds
Sun, 12/22/2013 - 11:30am
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Denise Gelberg followed an unusual career path.  After excelling at the study of industrial and labor relations at Cornell University, she decided one day while swimming laps that what she really wanted to do was teach young children.  After earning a Masters in Education from SUNY Cortland she taught in three school districts and six elementary schools in Central New York State. 

Midway through her teaching career she took a leave of absence to return to Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations to get Ph.D.  The focus of her doctoral research, the influence of the business community on twentieth century school reform, led to her book, The "Business" of School Reforming American Schools."

After her thirty year teaching career, Gelberg turned her focus to the accreditation of quality teacher preparation programs, working with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.  She also wandered into writing fiction.  Her first fictional work, Fertility:  A Novel, was published earlier this year.

American Radioworks
Mon, 01/20/2014 - 8:00pm
Mississippi Valley Collection

On April 4th, 1967 Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a landmark speech from the pulpit of Riverside Church in New York. He called for an end to the Vietnam War. Exactly one year later, King was assassinated in Memphis. He was 39 years old. King’s speech in New York set the tone for the last year of his life. Inside the church, he was hailed for his brave, outspoken stance against the war. Outside the church, he was roundly condemned – by the mainstream press, by other civil rights activists and, most decidedly, by President Lyndon Johnson.

This documentary traces the final year of King’s life. It was one of the most challenging and controversial chapters of the civil rights leader’s career, yet it has not been the focus of significant public attention. For many, the image of King is of a social and political leader at the height of his powers – especially the period up through 1965.But that's not the way he was viewed in the last year of his life.

This program illuminates the profound personal, psychological and philosophical challenges King faced in his last year. In this time, King tried to gain support for his Poor People’s Campaign, fended off fierce critics inside and outside the civil rights movement, and endured an increasing sense of despair and isolation. King's Last March offers listeners a complex view of a man trying to push his philosophy of non-violence to a conclusion many people found more threatening than the dream he described on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial five years before his death.   More program information on the American RadioWorks website here.


Tue, 12/17/2013 - 8:00pm

A Chanticleer Christmas is celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men’s choir. The program spans the globe and the centuries – from England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classic and contemporary carols.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 9:00pm

Classical New England's James David Jacobs goes behind the scenes for Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker, uncovering the secrets of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece with conductor Jonathan McPhee, cast members, and the audience at the Boston Opera House. The story – and the music – unfolds as never before.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 7:00pm

This week, the world lost an impassioned defender of Freedom, human rights, human dignity and Peace... Nelson Mandela. His journey from Freedom Fighter, to prisoner, to President of South Africa capped a half-century of struggle angains white rule and the institution of Apartheit.

Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00pm

Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts presents a WAGNER BIRTHDAY CONCERT

Christian Thielemann, conducts

Eva-Maria-Westbroek, soprano; Johan Botha, tenor; Kwangchul Youn, bass; Bayreuth Festival Orchestra; Wagner: Die Walkür, Act I; Götterdämmerung, Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey; Tristan und Isolde, Prelude & Liebestod;  Die Meistersinger, Prelude.

Advent Voices
Tue, 12/10/2013 - 8:00pm
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Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join Lynne Warfel for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.


More information here.

Metropolitan Opera
Sat, 12/07/2013 - 1:00pm
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The Broadcast Season Begins with Verdi’s Rigoletto,
Starring Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the Title Role

Rising soprano Sonya Yoncheva makes her network debut as Gilda,
opposite Matthew Polenzani as the lecherous Duke

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season begins with a live broadcast of Verdi’s Rigoletto, starring baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in his first company performances of the title role. Tenor Matthew Polenzani co-stars as the Duke, and two artists make their network broadcast debuts: Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva, who sings Gilda, and Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado. Bass Štefan Kocán and mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova reprise their roles as the corrupt siblings Sparafucile and Maddalena, which they sang last season in the premiere of Michael Mayer’s acclaimed production.

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