WSVH/WWIO FEATURED PROGRAMS FOR NOVEMBER, 2006



Georgia Gazette Consumer Call-In

Friday, November 3, at 3:00 pm

On the first Friday of the month at 3:00 pm, Georgia Public Broadcasting Radio offers the Consumer Call-in program, a live, one hour call-in where experts take calls and answer questions about consumer issues. The program, hosted by Rickey Bevington, includes experts such as Secretary of State Cathy Cox, Public Service Commissioner Bobby Baker, and representatives from the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs. The program covers a wide variety of consumer topics from how to protect your identity to dealing with unfair business practices. You can e-mail your questions and comments to consumer@gpb.org. The number to call is 1-866-RADIO-GA (1-866-723-4642).


Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Friday, November 3, at 8:00 pm

Guest Robin Meloy Goldsby
Pianist Robin Meloy Goldsby has spent much of her musical life providing a pleasant soundtrack to the patrons and lounge-abouts in hotel lobbies and cocktail bars. She recently wrote a book about her experiences, Piano Girl: Lessons in Life, Music, and the Perfect Blue Hawaiian. Goldsby joins McPartland to talk about her piano bar memoir and performs some original tunes, including cocktail-crowd pleaser "Night and Day."


NPR World of Opera

Saturday, November 4, at 1:30 pm

Giacomo Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Massenet's version of the Manon story may win out when it comes to pure tunefulness, but for outright passion it's hard to beat Puccini and Manon Lescaut. In this Houston Grand Opera production, the title role is taken by Karita Mattila, one of the most heralded sopranos on the operatic scene today. Patrick Summers is the conductor.
Karita Mattila (Manon Lescaut); Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Lescaut); Vladimir Galouzine (Chevalier des Grieux); Dale Travis (Geronte de Revoir); Arturo Chacón-Cruz (Edmondo/Lamplighter); Fiona Murphy (Madrigal Singer); Jon Kolbet (Dancing Master)


Music Americana

Saturday, November 4, 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, November 4, at 9:00 pm

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


Saint Paul Sunday

Sunday, November 5, at 12:00 noon

Guests: Celin and Pepe Romero, guitars
Members of the renowned guitarist family Los Romeros, brothers Celin and Pepe Romero perform music of Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, Manuel de Falla, Federico Moreno Torroba, and Heitor Villa Lobos.


From the Top

Sunday, November 5, at 1:00 pm

From the Top ventures to the heartland and the charming Village at Winona for a show that features two wonderful Indiana musicians, a fun-loving saxophone/double bass duo and an in-depth analysis of the 2004 presidential election results. We'll hear performances by violinist Gabriel Lefkowitz, age 17, from Newton, Massachusetts; marimba-player Lydia Martin, 18, from Fort Wayne, Indiana; pianist Zhengzhe Liu, 15, from Gaithersburg, Maryland; soprano Lydia Dahling, 17, from Decatur, Indiana; and duo Ross Mintzer, tenor saxophone, and Michael Thurber, double bass, both 18.


Atlanta Press Club Debates

Sunday, November 5, at 8:00 pm

Georgia Public Broadcasting presents a debate at the Atlanta Press Club, featuring the three candidates for governor, incumbent Sonny Perdue (Republican), Mark Taylor (Democrat), and Garrett Hayes (Libertarian). This debate will be simulcast with GPB television.


Election Night Coverage

Tuesday, November 7, at 8:00 pm

GPB provides election coverage from National Public Radio, with updates from GPB reporters around Georgia. Live coverage continues until midnight.


Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Friday, November 10, at 8:00 pm

Guest Hilton Ruiz
Piano Jazz pays tribute to pianist/composer Hilton Ruiz, who passed away on June 6, 2006. Ruiz was a gifted player, skilled in every style from bop to classical to Afro-Cuban jazz. A child prodigy, Ruiz played Carnegie Hall at the age of eight and went on to study with Mary Lou Williams and Roshaan Roland Kirk. Ruiz joined McPartland in 1988 and played his own bluesy tune, "Homecoming," before joining McPartland on "If I Were a Bell."


NPR World of Opera

Saturday, November 11, at 1:30 pm

Michael John LaChiusa: Send (who are you? i love you)
Francis Poulenc: The Human Voice
Tony Award-winning Broadway star Audra McDonald takes to the opera house in a true tour-de-force - a one-woman double-bill! In Poulenc's classic one-acter, McDonald's nameless character struggles to save a dying romance over the telephone. In the world premiere of LaChiusa's Send, she plays a woman trying to fan the romantic flame in a more up-to-date fashion - over the internet. Ted Sperling conducts the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra.
Audra McDonald (singing the single roles in both operas)


Music Americana

Saturday, November 11, 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, November 11, at 9:00 pm

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


Saint Paul Sunday

Sunday, November 12, at 12:00 noon

Guests: Helen Callus, viola; Phillip Bush, piano
Acclaimed British violist Helen Callus not only plumbs the potential of an instrument beloved for its eloquence, she also seeks out new ways to expand its reach. This week she joins pianist Phillip Bush for music that explores the viola to the fullest. Along with music of Brahms and Prokofiev, she brings us music of two little-known composers with whom she shares a great deal. Both female at a time when British composers were almost exclusively men, Rebecca Clarke and Pamela Harrison each carved out wonderful new terrain for the viola. Ms. Callus takes us through it with the passion of a fellow-traveler.


From the Top

Sunday, November 12, at 1:00 pm

This week, From the Top is in New York City with a show featuring young musicians from the New York area playing works by special guest, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Corigliano, who will join host Christopher O’Riley for conversation throughout the broadcast. Performers include: Kyung-Jun Kim, violin, age 18; Ji-Yong, piano, 15; Christina Skleros, soprano, 17; and string quartet members Ori Wissner-Levy, violin, 13, Harriet Langley, violin, 13, Jonathan Bregman, viola, 18, and Maria DiMeglio, cello, 17.


Paul McCartney's Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart)

Wednesday, November 15, at 8:00 pm

National Public Radio and WNYC present the only U.S. performance of Ecce Cor Meum, a work written by Sir Paul McCartney in the style of sacred English choral music, a tradition going back 500 years. It's spiritual music, written in part right after the passing of McCartney's wife Linda, and is the first piece of choral music McCartney has written to include a children's chorus. It's a new direction for him, and public radio listeners will have a chance to hear it live from Carnegie Hall. The special will also include an interview with Paul McCartney during the intermission. NPR's Fred Child and WNYC's John Schaefer host. Performers include Kate Royal, soprano; the Orchestra of St. Luke's; the American Boy Choir; and the Concert Chorale of New York.
(Pre-empts Studio GPB and first half hour of Night Music)


Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Friday, November 17, at 8:00 pm

Guest Julian Lage
Guitarist Julian Lage is a true jazz prodigy. Talent-scouting vibraphonist Gary Burton discovered Lage when he was twelve and immediately took him under his wing. Eight years later, Lage has played with Burton's ensembles, as well as with Herbie Hancock, Joe Lovano, Carlos Santana, and fellow phenom Taylor Eigsti. Lage shows off his amazing technique and improvisatory abilities on "My Funny Valentine" before teaming with McPartland on "You and the Night and the Music."


NPR World of Opera

Saturday, November 18, at 1:30 pm

Georges Bizet: Carmen
Bizet's masterpiece may have more instantly-hummable tunes than any other opera, and also the purest, most smoldering brand of passion, enacted here in a stunning performance by Béatrice Uria-Monzon. This Houston Grand Opera production is conducted by Sebastian Lang-Lessing.
Béatrice Uria-Monzon (Carmen); Marcus Haddock (Don José); Jessica Jones (Micaëla); Raymond Aceto (Escamillo); Ryan McKinny (Zuniga); Heidi Stober (Frasquita); Fiona Murphy (Mercédès); Liam Bonner (Morales/Dancaire); Steven Cole (Remendado)


Music Americana

Saturday, November 18, 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, November 18, at 9:00 pm

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


Saint Paul Sunday

Sunday, November 19, at 12:00 noon

Guests: OPUS ONE
OPUS ONE brings together four of the leading musicians of our time, pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, violinist Ida Kavafian, violist Steven Tenenbom, and cellist Peter Wiley. Veterans as well as present members of the world's most prestigious chamber groups, including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Tashi, the Beaux Arts Trio and the Orion String Quartet, OPUS ONE is the result of a mutual love of music making between four extraordinary instrumentalists and friends. On today's show, we'll hear them perform music for piano quartet by Mozart, George Tsontakis, Bohuslav Martinu, and Johannes Brahms.


From the Top

Sunday, November 19, at 1:00 pm

Opera superstar, soprano Angela Brown is From The Top's special guest for this edition, recorded in Ms. Brown’s hometown of Huntsville, Alabama. She’ll sing a spiritual accompanied by very young guitar player Travis Johnson from Oregon, and perform a duet from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with 16-year-old soprano Natalie Ballenger from California. We'll also hear performances by bassoonist Kian Andersen, 16, and pianist Carter Pelham, 18, both from Alabama.


The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential

Thursday, November 23, at 11:00 am

It's two hours of Thanksgiving morning triage for cooks across the nation. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, award-winning cookbook author and host of public radio's The Splendid Table, will be taking your calls in a live broadcast when you need it most, on the biggest cooking day of the year. The lines open for your calls at 11:00 am. Tune in for the number to call, and make your Thanksgiving feast the best-tasting ever!
(Pre-empts first two hours of Midday Music)


We Gather Together

Thursday, November 23, at 1:00 pm, repeats at 8:00 pm

As your family celebrates Thanksgiving, join us for We Gather Together, a special program of music and spoken word featuring Garrison Keillor, the Hopeful Gospel Quartet, and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers recorded in concert in Minneapolis last Thanksgiving. You'll hear great songs and hymns of the season, and Garrison's hilarious and poignant memories of Minnesota Thanksgivings past. As only he can, Garrison Keillor weaves together these familiar elements into a charming and unique celebration of Thanksgiving and family.
(Pre-empts third hour of Midday Music)


Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Friday, November 24, at 8:00 pm

Guest Ayako Shirasaki
Pianist Ayako Shirasaki enchanted jazz fans in her native Japan with dazzling performances at Tokyo's "J" Jazz Club when she was just twelve years old. In 1997, Shirasaki moved to New York and quickly made a name for herself as a creative and dynamic player. Shirasaki plays her song "Falling Leaves," and performs a duet of "Isfahan" with McPartland.


NPR World of Opera

Saturday, November 25, at 1:30 pm

Claudio Monteverdi: The Coronation of Poppea
Monteverdi's Poppea proves that passion was plentiful in the opera house long before Verdi and Puccini hit the scene. The opera brings us a love so strong that it threatens to bring down an empire - accompanied by one of the steamiest love duets ever composed. William Lacey is the conductor of this Houston Grand Opera production.
Susan Graham (Poppea); William Burden (Nero); Frederica von Stade (Ottavia); Nathan Gunn (Ottone); Heidi Stober (Drusilla); Raymond Aceto (Seneca); Norman Reinhardt (Soldier/Lucano/Friend of Seneca/Tribune); Joseph Evans (Arnalta); Camille Zamora (Amore/Page); Rebekah Camm (Pallade/Ottavia's Maid/Coro di Amori); Fiona Murphy (Venus); Jennifer Root (Ottavia's Nurse)


Music Americana

Saturday, November 25, 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, November 25, at 9:00 pm

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


Saint Paul Sunday

Sunday, November 26, at 12:00 noon

Guest: Claude Frank, piano
Our guest today is pianist Claude Frank. He performs Robert Schumann's "Arabesque," Mozart's tenth piano sonata in C major, and Beethoven's Sonata No. 31, Op. 110.


From the Top

Sunday, November 26, at 1:00 pm

From the Top celebrates the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with a special show from the historic Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, in true FtT style. With works by a composer who is today the same age as Mozart when he began to write music, to a performance of a piece by one of Mozart’s students, this week’s show is mostly Mozart all the time. We'll hear from clarinetist Jonathan Cohen, age 17, from Illinois; pianist Leeza Ali, 12, from Minnesota; violist Kallie Ciechomski, 17, from Maine; and composer Jeremiah Klarman, 13, from Massachusetts.


Cover to Cover

Sunday, November 26, at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, December 3, at 10:00 am

Joining host St. John Flynn this month is Piedmont College professor Barbara Brown Taylor who'll talk and take listener calls about her recently-published book Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith (HarperSanFrancisco, 2006). In this moving narrative, one of America's most renowned preachers explains her decision to leave full-time parish ministry after fifteen years, and tells about how she searched for her own authentic way of keeping faith, even when it meant giving up her pulpit. The toll-free number to call during the program is 1-866-RADIO-GA (866-723-4642).



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