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      The Music of George Gershwin

      Easy listening today as we hear songs of Broadway and movies along with a recording by Gershwin himself. The ‘’Who’s Who” of singers include Fred Astaire, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Jane Froman.

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      A Bastille Day Program

      Perhaps some French onion soup, bread and a glass of wine will help celebrate the holiday with arias from French opera performed by Bryan Hymel, Lily Pons, Piotr Beczala and Diana Damrau as well as a song sung by Thomas Hampson.

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      Raging Divas

      The claws come out in three operatic catfights from Adriana Lecouvreur, Aida and La Gioconda. Winners and losers are Renata Scotto, Elena Obratzova, Renata Tebaldi, Giulietta Simionato, Montserrat Caballe and Shirley Verrett.

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      Songs of Richard Strauss

      Nine songs by the master are heard today including one with Strauss himself accompanying. Among the song interpreters are Jussi Bjoerling, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Placido Domingo, Lisa Della Casa, Jonas Kaufmann, Elisabeth Schumann, Gerhard Husch, Hilde Gueden and Heinrich Schlusnus.

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      Conductor Sir Thomas Beecham

      Considered England’s first conductor to achieve international status, Beecham was a major influence in that country’s musical life during the first half of the twentieth century. Victoria de los Angeles and Jussi Bjoerling will be heard in La Boheme along with selections by Delius, Mozart, Mascagni and Bizet.

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      On Wings of Song

      We float on the air today with Mendelssohn’s song of this name, move on to fireflies, various birds and butterflies. Taking flight are Jussi Bjoerling, Susan Graham, Ben Heppner, Rita Streich, Ian Bostridge, Ann Murray, Gerard Souzay, Felicity Lott and more.

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      Four Wagnerian Sopranos

      Who makes the final cut for the four greatest Wagnerian sopranos of the twentieth century? Larry’s nominees are Frida Leider, Kirsten Flagstad, Astrid Varnay and Birgit Nilsson.

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      June Brides

      Tradition has it that June is the month for brides. We march down the aisle to the Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin, note the weddings of Kathleen Battle and Placido Domingo as Romeo and Juliet and Leontyne Price’s wedding night in Strauss’s The Egyptian Helen plus more.

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