Mornings, August 20 - 24

Mornings, August 20 - 24

Wake up with inspiring classical music, NPR News, the Writer’s Almanac (8:20), Composers Datebook (7:20), and daily Mystery Piece (6:40). We’ll enjoy more season highlights from live performances recorded in Rochester in 2011-2012, thanks to the musicians and recording engineer Carl Pultz, Alembic Productions.

Happy 150th Birthday, Claude Debussy

Monday, August 20

Brenda offers pieces by Francesco Pollini, David Diamond, and Vivian Ellis.   

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS   Chamber chorus Voices sings J.S. Bach’s motet Der Geist hilft unser Schwacheit auf ("The Spirit Helpeth Our Infirmities"), BWV 226, recorded September 30, 2011 at St. Mary’s Church, Rochester.  Pegasus Early Music offers a set of Monteverdi gems from a May 2012 concert at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church. 

Garrison Keillor explains how Winston Churchill’s quirks worked to his advantage.

Tuesday, August 21

Start your day with music by Faure, Haydn, and Fanny Mendelssohn  

SEASON HIGHLIGHT   Pegasus Early Music performs a glittering Baroque violin concerto at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Canandaguia, recorded in December of 2011.

On the Writer’s Almanac: novelist Robert Stone on why a writer’s life is so difficult

Wednesday, August 22

Celebrate Debussy’s birthday with a day-long exploration of his music, starting with a mystery piece. 

SEASON HIGHLIGHT   Soprano Laura Heimes takes us to Spain with a set of songs recorded at the Memorial Art Gallery in October, 2011.

On the Almanac, find out why Ray Bradbury called mornings “great fun.”

Thursday, August 23

Brenda presents pieces by Chabrier, Mozart, and Richard Rodgers  

SEASON HIGHLIGHT   Professional chamber chorus Voices offers an impressionistic piece evoking the haunting calls of loons, recorded last month in Hatch Recital Hall.

On the Almanac: humorist Will Cuppy explains the difference between your intelligence and your instincts

Friday, August 24

Wake up with music by Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Joni Mitchell 

SEASON HIGHLIGHT   Hear the Eastman Chorale singing Arvo Part’s wondrous setting of a genealogy, recorded November 19, 2011 at St. Mary’s Church in Rochester

Garrison Keillor tells the story of "the greatest, perhaps, and most awful scene in the history of mankind."