WSVH/WWIO FEATURED PROGRAMS FOR OCTOBER, 2005



NPR World of Opera

Saturday, October 1, at 1:30 pm

Giacomo Puccini: Tosca
Leonard Slatkin makes the short trip across the Kennedy Center, from the National Symphony to the Washington National Opera, to lead Puccini's steamy drama. Once derided as a "shabby little shocker," Tosca is anything but shabby in this vivid production. And while we may not consider Tosca shocking any more, there's still plenty of emotional wallop in this performance starring tenor Salvatore Licitra, Sylvie Valayre, and Juan Pons in an acclaimed performance as Baron Scarpia, one of opera's all-time great villains.
Sylvie Valayre (Tosca); Salvatore Licitra (Caravadossi); Juan Pons (Scarpia); Valerio Lanchas (Sacristan); Phillip Skinner (Angelotti); Peter Joshua Burroughs (Spoletta)


Music Americana

Saturday, October 1, at 8:00 pm

Dick Wallace hosts this locally produced folk music show. Playlists are available at the Music Americana archive page.


The Green Island

Saturday, October 1, at 9:00 pm

Harry O'Donoghue hosts this locally produced Celtic music program. Playlists are available at the Green Island archive page.


From the Top

Sunday, October 2, at 1:00 pm

This week From the Top is at the Paramount Theater in Abilene, Texas. The concert taping will feature young musicians from both inside and outside Texas, including a fiddle ensemble from Abilene; flutist Natalie Zeldin, 15, from Boca Raton, Florida; violinist Shannon Lee, 12, from Plano, Texas; pianist Michael Ye, 16, from Austin, Texas; and mezzo-soprano Katherine Edwards, 17, from San Anselmo, California.


Latino USA

Sundays at 6:00 pm - New program

NPR's journal of news and culture is the only nationally-distributed English-language radio program produced from a Latino perspective. It combines news, cultural, and public affairs journalism with compelling sound to bring a rich understanding to a wide spectrum of listeners. Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa is the host of Latino USA. She is also urban affairs correspondent for CNN and a former NPR News reporter.


Agenda Hispana

Sundays at 6:30 pm - New program

This Spanish-language show, hosted by Federico Feldstein, is produced at member station WUGA in Athens. It provides information for Spanish-speaking communities across Georgia and the organizations that serve them, and seeks to foster understanding between Hispanics and their non-Hispanic neighbors.
(These two programs replace the repeat of Car Talk. You can hear Car Talk at 10:00 am on Saturdays)


The Birthday of the World: Rosh Hashanah

Monday, October 3, at 8:00 pm

The Birthday of the World: Music and Traditions of the Jewish High Holy Days illuminates the important prayers of the High Holy Days and features some of the most inspiring music in the Jewish liturgical tradition, focusing on the universal themes of redemption and divine forgiveness. The programs were written by Rabbi Gerald Skolnick, and narrated by Leonard Nimoy. The music is performed by the acclaimed Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, who are joined by four guest cantors, several other noted singers, and a shofar player. Part one presents the major prayers of Rosh Hashanah. The music is drawn from a wide variety of Jewish traditions, including ancient chants and folk melodies, 19th-century compositions by Lewandowski and Kaminsky, and contemporary compositions and arrangements by Helfman, Secunda, and Levine.
(Pre-empts first hour of Studio GPB)


Georgia Gazette Consumer Call-In

Friday, October 7, at 3:00 pm

Host Mike Savage is joined by Secretary of State Cathy Cox, Public Service Commission Chairman Robert Baker, and a representative from the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs, to answer listeners' consumer questions. The number to call is 1-866-RADIO-GA (1-866-723-4642).


Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Friday, October 7, at 8:00 pm

Guest John Medeski
The unofficial leader and driving force behind New York's acid jazz/groove band Medeski Martin and Wood, pianist John Medeski is a brilliant and eclectic musician. He plays an array of vintage keyboard instruments that lead him to explore a variety of musical genres, including jazz, hip-hop, funk, soul, and rock. His jazz roots are strong, and his technical proficiency -- honed at the New England Conservatory -- is evident when Medeski joins McPartland on "Bemsha Swing" and "Caravan."


NPR World of Opera

Saturday, October 8, at 1:30 pm

Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky: The Maid of Orleans
One of the great sopranos of her generation, Mirella Freni brings a lifetime of musical and dramatic experience to a stirring and truly distinguished performance in the title role of The Maid of Orleans, Tchaikovsky's moody, romantic take on the story of Joan of Arc. Plus a star turn by the great Russian baritone Sergei Leiferkus as Lionel, the love of Joan's life. Stefano Ranzani conducts this Washington National Opera production.
Mirella Freni (Joan); Sergei Leiferkus (Lionel); Corey Evan Rotz (Raymond); Evgeny Nikitin (Thibault); Phillip Skinner (Bertrand); Viktor Lutsiuk (King Charles VII); Maïra Kerey (Agnés); Vladimir Moroz (Dunois); Trevor Byron Scheunemann (Lauret); Feodor Kuznetzov (Archbishop)


Music Americana

Saturday, October 8, at 8:00 pm

Dick Wallace hosts this locally produced folk music show. Playlists are available at the Music Americana archive page.


The Green Island

Saturday, October 8, at 9:00 pm

Harry O'Donoghue hosts this locally produced Celtic music program. Playlists are available at the Green Island archive page.


From the Top

Sunday, October 9, at 1:00 pm

From the Top returns to the Lone Star State to record as guests of the San Antonio Symphony in the beautiful Majestic Theatre. Among the young musicians on today's show will be a saxophonist from Texas who shares an audio diary of his auditioning for college, and a pianist from Quebec who portrays "the cowboy with a strange accent" in one of the show's silliest skits ever.


The Birthday of the World: Yom Kippur

Tuesday, October 11, at 8:00 pm

Part two of The Birthday of the World: Music and Traditions of the Jewish High Holy Days, narrated by Leonard Nimoy. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, brings the penitential period of the Jewish New Year to its fulfillment. Traditionally on Yom Kippur, Jews fast from sunset to sunset and spend the entire day in prayer in the synagogue. The rich liturgy contains some of Judaism's most profound and moving music. This program presents most of the important prayers from the Yom Kippur liturgy. The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble is joined by four outstanding cantors, Alberto Mizrahi, Faith Steinsnyder Gurney, Jacob Ben-Zion Mendelson, and Charles Osborne.
(Pre-empts first hour of Studio GPB)


Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Friday, October 14, at 8:00 pm

Guest Linda Ronstadt
Grammy-winning vocalist Linda Ronstadt has created stellar performances in a number of musical genres. Whether singing pop, country, Latin, or jazz, Ronstadt's crystal clear tone is unmistakable. Ronstadt recently revisited the American standards that earned her multi-platinum success in the '80s. She joined McPartland in Worcester, Massachusetts, for a live Piano Jazz, where they had the audience on their feet with stunning versions of "Lush Life" and "Miss Otis Regrets."


NPR World of Opera

Saturday, October 15, at 1:30 pm

Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila
Ella Fitzgerald once sang, "Delilah was a floozy!" at least until she met "this buckaroo named Sam." And that's not a bad summation of Saint-Saëns's colorful Biblical blockbuster. The Washington National Opera brings it to us in a production featuring the splendid soprano Olga Borodina as the one-time floozy, and Karl Tanner as the man who brings down the house -- literally. Giovanni Reggioli conducts.
Olga Borodina (Dalila); Karl Tanner (Samson); Alan Held (High Priest); Kyle Ketelson (Abimelech)


Music Americana

Saturday, October 15, at 8:00 pm

Dick Wallace hosts this locally produced folk music show. Playlists are available at the Music Americana archive page.


The Green Island

Saturday, October 15, at 9:00 pm

Harry O'Donoghue hosts this locally produced Celtic music program. Playlists are available at the Green Island archive page.


From the Top

Sunday, October 16, at 1:00 pm

From the Top's "What The Heck Was That Piece" Highlights Show celebrates the adventuresome spirit of the young people on our show by featuring the kids who brought us extraordinary performances of out-of-the-way music. A young pianist introduces us to the quizzical piano music of Polish composer, Milos Magin; we'll hear a fabulous and raucous piece written by a 10-year-old boy from New York City; and the dubious super-hero "Viola Man" drops in to bolster the self-esteem of a young violist.


Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Friday, October 21, at 8:00 pm

Guest Doug Wamble
Guitarist and singer/songwriter Doug Wamble grew up listening to the southern gospel, country and blues traditions of his Tennessee home. Once he developed his love for jazz, Wamble began to soak up the sounds of jazz masters like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Ornette Coleman. Along the way, he discovered that his off-the-cuff singing was a hit with fans and critics alike. Wamble and McPartland span the jazz genre as they play "St. Louis Blues" and Charlie Parker's "Naima."


NPR World of Opera

Saturday, October 22, at 1:30 pm

Giacomo Puccini: Madame Butterfly
Puccini was a master of over-the-top opera, fraught with passion, violence, betrayal, and heartbreak. He seldom wove those key ingredients together into a more affecting package than Madame Butterfly. In this Houston Grand Opera production, conducted by Patrick Summers, Patricia Racette sparkles in the title role, as Puccini once more puts his audience through an emotional wringer.
Patricia Ratte (Cio-Cio San); Paul Charles Clarke (Pinkerton); Nicholas Phan (Goro); Mika Shigematsu (Suzuki); Peter Coleman-Wright (Sharpless); David L. Paxton (Uncle Yakuside); David Matthew Bedard (The Bonze); Nikolay Didenko (Imperial Commissioner); Fiona Murphy (Kate)


Music Americana

Saturday, October 22, at 8:00 pm

Dick Wallace hosts this locally produced folk music show. Playlists are available at the Music Americana archive page.


The Green Island

Saturday, October 22, at 9:00 pm

Harry O'Donoghue hosts this locally produced Celtic music program. Playlists are available at the Green Island archive page.


From the Top

Sunday, October 23, at 1:00 pm

From the Top broadcasts from a wonderful new concert facility at St. Mark's School in Southborough, Massachusetts. We feature Nicholas Joliat and John Sullivan, a piano duo from the Boston area; a quartet playing the work of 10-year-old New York composer Thomas Reeves; clarinetist Amy Chen, 15, from Boston; and violist Kristia Willey, 16, from Pleasant Grove, Utah.


Town Hall Meeting on Rural Health

Friday, October 28, at 3:00 pm

Join us this month for a special series on health issues in rural Georgia. There are many challenges to obtaining appropriate health care, particularly for those living in Georgia's poorest counties. Listen for these stories during Morning Edition and All Things Considered during October. Also, tune in on October 28 for a Town Hall Meeting recorded in Stewart County. Policy makers and health experts will discuss the challenges of poor rural areas trying to create healthy communities. More information, photos, statistics, and these stories, can be found at www.gpb.org.


Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Friday, October 28, at 8:00 pm

Guest Teddy Wilson
Legendary pianist Teddy Wilson was one of the most influential musicians of the swing era. His style was dignified and elegant, and he played with many of the greats of the day including Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, and Billie Holliday. On this program from the first season of Piano Jazz, Wilson swings through "Moonglow" and "Lush Life" and shows his two-piano aptitude, playing "Flying Home" with McPartland.


NPR World of Opera

Saturday, October 29, at 1:30 pm

Daniel Catán: Salsipuedes, a Tale of Love, War, and Anchovies
A thumbnail synopsis of this new opera by Daniel Catán reads like a cross between Mozart's Cosí Fan Tutte and Mel Brooks's fictional Broadway creation, Springtime for Hitler! Houston Grand Opera has gained an international reputation for its frequent world premiere productions, and this is the first of two this season. Guido Maria Guida conducts. Catán is also the composer of the popular opera Florencia en al Amazonas, another of the many Houston premieres previously featured on NPR's World of Opera.
Ana Maria Martinez (Lucero); Zheng Cao (Magali); Chad Shelton (Ulises); Scott Hendricks (Chucho); James Maddalena (Colonel/Madame Collette); Oren Gradus (Captain Magallanes); Nicholas Phan (El Chino); Laquita Mitchell (Orquidea); Heidi Stober (La China); Joseph Evans (General Garcia); Pablo Bracho (Sergeant Guzmán)


Music Americana

Saturday, October 29, at 8:00 pm

Dick Wallace hosts this locally produced folk music show. Playlists are available at the Music Americana archive page.


The Green Island

Saturday, October 29, at 9:00 pm

Harry O'Donoghue hosts this locally produced Celtic music program. Playlists are available at the Green Island archive page.


From the Top

Sunday, October 30, at 1:00 pm

This show, hosted by the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, marks From the Top's Los Angeles debut. The program features the Chamber Singers of the Los Angeles Children's Choir; 17-year-old violinist Yumi Man and 10-year-old pianist Rossina Grieco, both from California; trumpet player Alphonso Horne, 17, from Jacksonville, Florida; and cellist Tavi Ungerleider, 14, from Sudbury, Massachusetts.


Cover to Cover

Sunday, October 30, at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, November 6, at 10:00 am

Augusta State University professor Anthony Kellman joins host St. John Flynn this month to talk and take listener calls about his novel, The Houses of Alphonso (Peepal Tree, 2004). In this novel of immigration and homecoming, Alphonso Hutson is torn between his former home in Barbados, with lingering memories of his parents and brother, and his new life in Georgia with his wife and daughters. When he returns to the beautiful but politically turbulent Barbados after nearly 16 years, he must come to terms with his heritage and the ghosts of the past before he can return to the U.S. and truly call it home. The toll-free number to call to take part in the program is 1-866-RADIO GA (1-866-723-4642).



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