WXXI-FM 91.5 Listings for January 2012



11:00Am           New Year’s Day from Vienna

1/1        The Vienna Philharmonic presents its annual New Year’s Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna.


12:00pm           Saint Paul Sunday

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1:00pm             Song of America

1/1        Double Bill:  Champions of American Song Over the course of the 20th century, our classical singers were enthusiastic advocates for songs by American composers. In this program, we hear the music they brought to far-flung audiences through recitals, phonograph records, and radio broadcasts.

(2:00 pm)Arthur Farwell, American Pioneer At the beginning of the 20th century, deeply influenced by Dvorak's challenge to Americans to find their own musical voices, Arthur Farwell used music of Native Americans and words of American poets as inspiration for his own unique voice. He also pioneered the publishing and preservation of American composers and poets through his famed Wa-Wan Press.

1/8        There Is No Gender in Music So said composer Elinor Remick Warren. In this program we look at the lives and songs of generations of American women composers.

1/15      Emily Dickinson: Letter to the World The reclusive poet explored all of life's emotions, and there are hundreds of compelling settings of her poems, by composers from Ernst Bacon to André Previn to Ned Rorem.

1/22      Songs We've Always Sung Aaron Copland's "Old American Songs" have become recital standards, but traditional texts and tunes have attracted many other classical composers, including John Jacob Niles, George Crumb, and Jake Heggie.

1/29      Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance Langston Hughes, one of America's great poets, gave jubilant voice to the lives of African Americans. His poetry has inspired settings by dozens of composers; we hear some of that music and learn about the world that inspired him.


3:00pm             The New York Philharmonic

1/1        Skitch Henderson conducts music of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Anderson, Bernard, Prokofiev, Henderson and more, from 1961 recordings

1/8        Mahler/Cooke: Symphony No. 10 (Daniel Harding, cond)

1/15      Schumann:  Manfred Overture Tchaikovsky:  Violin Concerto Stravinsky:  The Rite of Spring (Joshua Bell, v; Daniel Harding, cond)

1/22      Thomas Adès:  Polaris (New York Premiere) Mahler:  Symphony No. 9 (Alan Gilbert, cond)

1/29      Bruckner:  Symphony No. 8 (Zubin Mehta, cond)


5:00pm             From the Top

1/1        From Santa Fe, NM we hear Russell Houston, a 17-year old cellist; Audra Vigil, a 14-year old guitarist; Amelia Sie, a 15-year old violinst; and 17-year old mezzo-soprano Micäela Aldridge

1/8        From Bethlehem, PA, you'll meet a 14-year-old pianist who has appeared in a major feature film, a teenage flutist who's recorded with one of the world's greatest jazz musicians and a From the Top alum who's started a new urban orchestra training program in nearby Philadelphia. 1/15    This special episode honors the legacy of Dr. King with a wonderful line-up of music and young people who reflect his ideals and his hope for a better world. The program includes four powerful performances by the extraordinary Boston Children's Chorus and a discussion of the social issues facing its young members today.

1/22      From the New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, where you'll hear a 15-year-old pianist play Prokofiev's Sonata No. 3 and an 18-year-old mezzo sing from Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod. You'll also meet Eran Egozy, a clarinetist and one of the creators of the juggernaut musical video games Rock Band and Guitar Hero, who joins Christopher O'Riley and a teenage cellist to play chamber music by Brahms.

1/29      This highlight episode features the favorite pieces of renowned musician Gunther Schuller, performed by From the Top alumni. The show includes the world premiere of a piece Gunther wrote when he was just 19 years old.


6:00pm             Classical Guitar Alive!



7:00pm             With Heart & Voice

1/1        Christmastide Join Peter DuBois for a continuation of the celebration of Christmas, and the marking of a new calendar year, as we hear great sacred choral and organ music for the season.

1/8        Epiphany brings the celebration of Christmas to a close, with the traditional arrival of the three kings. We’ll hear music that celebrates the revelation of Jesus as the Son of God, as well as music to mark the Baptism of the Lord.

1/15      New Recordings for the New Year Peter DuBois will share samples from some of the most interesting sacred choral and organ recordings of the past year, some newly released, and some newly discovered!

1/22      Songs of Light On this edition of With Heart and Voice, we’ll hear music that focuses on light, both literal and figurative, as we emerge from the darkest period of the calendar year, and metaphorically, experience the coming of Light into the world.

1/29      Mass for Notre-Dame Peter DuBois visits with organist, conductor and composer David Briggs, as we discuss and hear his glorious “Messe pour Notre-Dame,” inspired by the great space of Notre-Dame de Paris, and the amazing improvisations of Pierre Cochereau.


8:00pm             Pipedreams

1/1        An Organist’s Yearbook…the annual end-of-the-year reflection, with highlights from recent recordings, concert excerpts, prize-winning performances and more.

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7:00pm             Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin

1/2        Maurice Ravel A five-part biography of Maurice Ravel.

1/9        An Invitation to the Dance, Part I Which came first, the composer or the dance? It's hard to say, but this week we’ll follow the dance through solo works, the opera and the symphony. Highlights include music by Bach, Beethoven and Shostakovich.

1/16      The Curse of the Ninth Why did so many of music's great symphonists die after completing their ninth symphony? We’ll sample five landmark compositions: the ninth symphonies of Beethoven, Schubert, Bruckner, Dvorák and Mahler.

1/23      Mozart: Bright Lights, Big City Mozart gets the boot from the Archbishop and moves to the city.

1/30      Too Darn Big This week we're ascending some of the most colossal musical mountains in existence- works like Mahler's third symphony and Schoenberg's Gurrelieder that are (usually) too big to program on Exploring Music.


8:00pm             Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

1/2        Barber:   Adagio for Strings Adams:  Harmonium Beethoven:  Symphony No. 3, Eroica (Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Lee Erickson, dir; Edo de Waart, cond)

1/9        Delius/arr. Thomas Beecham:  The Walk to the Paradise Garden Walton: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Berlioz:  Symphonie fantastique (Gil Shaham, v; Edo de Waart, cond)

1/16      Hindemith:  Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber Elgar:   Cello Concerto Dvorak:  Symphony No. 7 (Xavier Phillips, c; Edo de Waart, cond)

1/23      Mahler:  Symphony No. 2, Resurrection (Twyla Robinson, s; Kelley O'Connor, ns; Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Lee Erickson, dir; Milwaukee Children's Choir Jubilate, Carol Storck, dir; Edo de Waart, cond)


8:00pm             America’s Music Festivals

1/30      Award-winning pianist Orli Shaham hosts this new season of music festivals from Cape Cod to the Pacific and everywhere in between.  The season includes concerts from the Canandaigua Lake Music Festival, Chautauqua Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Interlochen, La Jolla, Marlboro, Santa Fe Chamber, Savannah Music Festival and many others. 




8:00pm             San Francisco Symphony

1/3        Mozart:   Symphony No. 35, Haffner Mendelssohn:  Piano Concerto Mozart:   Symphony No. 41, Jupiter (Marc-Andre Hamelin, p; Jeffrey Kahane, cond)

1/10      Schumann:   Symphony No. 4 Zemlinsky:   Lyric Symphony (Christine Schäfer, s; James Johnson, bs-bar; Christoph Eschenbach, cond)

1/17      Marc-André Dalbavie:   La Source d'un regard Beethoven:  Piano Concerto No. 2 Brahms:   Symphony No. 2 (David Fray, p; Christoph Eschenbach, cond)

1/24      Litolff:   Scherzo from Concerto symphonique Chopin:   Piano Concerto No. 2 Adam:    Giselle Suite Debussy:   La Mer (Garrick Ohlsson, p; Michael Tilson Thomas, cond)


1/31      Stravinsky: Ode Bernstein: Chichester Psalms Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (complete)

 (Zachary Weisberg, boy s; San Francisco Symphony Chorus; Michael Tilson Thomas, cond)




8:00pm             Cleveland Orchestra

1/4        Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1 Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 The Inextinguishable (Frank Peter Zimmermann, v; Thomas Dausgaard, cond)

1/11      Bartók: The Wooden Prince Suite Vasks: English Horn Concerto  Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (Robert Walters, eh; Andrey Boreyko, cond)

1/18      Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon Overture Elgar: Enigma Variations Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto Ravel: Boléro (Augustin Hadelich, v; Giancarlo Guerrero, cond)

1/25      Dvorak:  Te Deum Mahler:  Symphony No. 4 (Jessica Rivera, s; Cleveland Orchestra Chorus; Franz Welser-Möst, cond)




8:00pm             BP Chicago Symphony Orchestra

1/5        Wagner:  Huldigungsmarsch Liszt:  Piano Concerto No. 1 Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 Bach:  Passacaglia and Fugue (Michele Campanella, p; CSO Brass; Riccardo Muti, cond)

1/12      Ives:    The Unanswered Question Musgrave:  Autumn Sonata Ives: Three Places in New England Strauss:  Also Sprach Zarathustra  Bernstein: Serenade (Vadim Gluzman, violin; Paavo Järvi and Susanna Mälkki, cond)

1/19      Beethoven:   Leonore Overture No. 3, Symphony No. 1, Octet for Winds, Symphony No. 7 (Eugene Izotov & Lora Schaefer, ob; John Bruce Yeh & Gregory Smith, cl; William Buchman & Dennis Michel, bn; Daniel Gingrich & Susanna Drake, h; Bernard Haitink, cond)

1/26      Poulenc:   Concerto for 2 Pianos Strauss:   Ein Heldenleben Brahms:  Symphony No. 4 (Katya and Marielle Lebeque, p; David Robertson, cond)




8:00pm             APM Symphony Cast

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11:00am            Fascinatin’ Rhythm

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12:00 p.m.        Stage Notes

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1:00pm             Metropolitan Opera

1/7        Humperdinck:  Hansel And Gretel

1/14      Bellini:  Norma

1/21      Handel, Rameau, Vivaldi & others: The Enchanted Island (Live in HD Theater simulcast)

1/28      Puccini:  Tosca


6:00pm             A Prairie Home Companion

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1/14      A live broadcast performance from the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, MN.

1/21      A live broadcast performance from the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, MN.

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8:00pm             Thistle & Shamrock with Fiona Ritchie

1/7        Raise a Glass Most drinking songs were written long before the invention of motor vehicles. Knowing most pockets and handbags are heavy with car keys nowadays makes us cautious when we invite people to fill their glasses. Having said that, many a fine song has been sung around the drinking table to celebrate good company, lament parting, and toast whatever lies ahead. Join us for some choruses from Robin Laing, Tony Cuffe and the Voice Squad.

1/14      Gaelic Voices Explore the branches of contemporary song sprouting from the roots of ancient vocal traditions.

1/21      Fiddle Styles Sample a variety of fiddle flavors from the wide world of Celtic music.

1/28      Songs of Robert Burns Hear a variety of artists in the intoxicating embrace of the Scottish bard's songs, including Rod Paterson, Dougie MacLean and Eddi Reader.