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Folkstage hosted by Rich Warren: Heather Styka

Heather Styka

Heather Styka

Saturday, January 17 at 8:00 pm

Rich welcomes singer-songwriter-poet and Chicago native Heather Styka back to the city for this live broadcast from Levin Studio. As Heather’s official website tells us (among many other things): “When listeners describe singer-songwriter Heather Styka as an ‘old soul,’ the term applies to more than the wisdom beyond her years in her writing. Styka’s tunes have a vintage familiarity that draws inspiration from folk and Tin Pan Alley sounds, but the vivid images of her lyrics render her songs as fresh, smart, and unexpected as they are hummable. Also a poet and writer, Styka crafts songs that analyze moments, places, time, changes, solitude, relationships, and community.

“With her pure, soulful, ‘classically modern folky warble’ and ‘nimble fingerpicked guitar’ (Dispatch Magazine), Styka’s performances feel as candid as late night conversation and as comfortable as coming home.”

The Sopranos with Debbie Voigt: Mozart’s Sopranos

Debbie Voigt

Debbie Voigt

Saturday at 3:30 pm

According to WQXR New York: “Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart said, ‘I like an aria to fit a singer as perfectly as a well-tailored suit of clothes.’ This week, host Debbie Voigt explains why that makes Mozart’s sopranos the luckiest sopranos in the world. She also reveals why singing Mozart is good medicine for the voice, and how Mozart’s real-life experience made him particularly compassionate and understanding toward women.”

The sopranos in this episode include Kiri TeKanawa, Renée Fleming, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and Roberta Alexander, and we hear excerpts from three Mozart operas: The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, and Don Giovanni.”

Live from the Met: Renée Fleming as The Merry Widow

Renée Fleming

Renée Fleming

Saturday, January 17 at Noon 

From the Metropolitan Opera in New York, hear a live broadcast of Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow with Renée Fleming as Hanna, Nathan Gunn as Danilo, Kelli O’Hara as Valencienne and Alek Shrader as Camille. Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

From the Metropolitan Opera’s website: “The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehar’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman. Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch and costume designer William Ivey Long have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s.”

The New York Philharmonic This Week: Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma

Thursday, January 15 at 8:00 pm

Kurt Masur conducts the New York Philharmonic with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, vocal soloists, and NY Choral Artists. The program includes Dvořák ‘s Cello Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic in Concert: Gustavo Dudamel Conducts Lang Lang

Gustavo Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel

Wednesday at 8:00 pm

LA Phil music director Gustavo Dudamel conducts with young piano virtuoso Lang Lang in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The program also includes Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales, Paul Desenne’s Sinfonia Burocratica ed’Amazzonica, and Ravel’s La Valse. Recorded at Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The Tuesday Night Opera with Peter Van De Graaff: Greek Tragedy

Paul Claudel

Paul Claudel

Tuesday, January 13 at 8:00 pm

In this edition of The Tuesday Night Opera, Peter presents a discussion and recording of Milhaud’s Oresteia of Aeschylus featuring Dan Kempson, Lori Phillips, Jennifer Lane, and the University of Michigan Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Kiesler.

With a libretto by poet-dramatist Paul Claudel, Darius Milhaud set to music the ancient Greek tragedy originally created by Aeschylus out of even older myths: the Oresteia, the story of the Trojan War hero Agamemnon, his son Orestes, his wife Clytemnestra, and his daughters Iphigenia and Elektra. Probably the most famous modern-day musical setting of elements from this story is Richard Strauss’ opera Elektra; for his January opera sequence, Peter Van De Graaff is including this far lesser-known interpretation, performed by musicians of the University of Michigan.

The score came to the Ann Arbor school’s attention via the intervention of composer William Bolcom, who studied with Milhaud and wanted to encourage performances of what he called his teacher’s “magnum opus.”

Live from WFMT: The Chicago Harp Quartet

Chicago Harp Quartet

Chicago Harp Quartet

Monday at 8:00 pm

Host Kerry Frumkin welcomes the youthful and exciting Chicago Harp Quartet – Emily Ann Granger, Cathy Litaker, Kelsey Molinari, and Marguerite Lynn Williams — to WFMT’s Levin Studio for this live broadcast. From the CHQ’s website:

“Since its formation in 2012, the Chicago Harp Quartet has presented innovative and charismatic performances on concert stages across the country.  The Quartet is building bridges between traditional chamber music and the unique harp ensemble by commissioning and creating new works as well as transforming classics.  Members of this dynamic quartet have performed across the globe spanning five continents. By combining the unique backgrounds of each member as extensively trained orchestral and chamber musicians, the CHQ brings an unprecedented level of ensemble skill to harp chamber music.”

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcasts: Ildar Abdrazakov

Ildar Abdrazakov

Ildar Abdrazakov

Sunday at 1:00 pm

CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti conducts this concert, which features bass Ildar Abdrazakov. The program, recorded at Symphony Center, includes Prokofiev’s The Meeting of the Volga and the Don, Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, and excerpts from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet with CSO Brass.  From Mr. Abdrazakov’s official website:

“Ildar Abdrazakov has established himself as one of opera’s most sought-after basses. Since making his La Scala debut in 2001 at 25, the Russian singer has become a mainstay at leading houses worldwide, including New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera, and Munich’s Bavarian State Opera. Also an active concert artist, he has performed at London’s BBC Proms and at New York’s Carnegie Hall, as well as with leading international orchestras.”

Arias and Songs with Larry Johnson: Happy 100th Birthday!

larry-johnson

Saturday at 5:00 pm

On this week’s edition of Arias and Songs with Larry Johnson, Larry celebrates the centennials of an eclectic group of accomplished singers born in 1915, with recordings by artists including Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Eleanor Steber, Mario del Monaco, Billie Holiday, Alice Faye, and Edith Piaf.

The Sopranos with Debbie Voigt: The Girls of Opera and the Women Who Play Them

Debbie Voigt

Saturday at 4:00 pm

WQXR New York’s lively series The Sopranos with Debbie Voigt celebrates “the essential operatic role and the people who have given it voice.” Here’s more from WQXR.com:

“The ‘girls’ of opera are the ingénues, the teenagers in love, and the sassy chambermaids. The women who play them have fresh and flexible voices. While their careers lengthen, these women are still convincing as young and innocent girls — and, of course, sometimes not-so-innocent girls. This week, host Debbie Voigt takes a listen to the sopranos who have found the vocal Fountain of Youth. Artists including Helen Donath, Judith Blegen, Edita Gruberova, and Barbara Bonney are heard in excerpts of operas by Beethoven, Donizetti, Mozart, Richard Strauss and others.”