December 2014 Listener Guide

1.Monday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Incidentally Speaking” - For as long as art forms such as theatre, ballet, and other entertainments have graced the stage, composers have been there to enhance the dramatic action through music. This week Bill explores some of the not-so-incidental music that has resulted.
8:00pm SymphonyCast
Berlin Philharmonic, Simon Rattle, conductor; SCHUMANN: Symphony No.2, Op.61; BRAHMS: Symphony No.2, Op.73
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Ted Brown, saxophone

2.Tuesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Incidentally Speaking”
8:00pm Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts
Daniil Trifonov, piano; DEBUSSY: Refletsdansl’eau, from Images, Vol.1; CHOPIN: 24 Preludes for piano, Op.28; CHOPIN: Waltz, Op.69/1; SCHUMANN: Symphonic Etudes for piano, Op.13; RACHMANINOV: Gavotte TRIFONOV: Rakhmaniana
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
John Coltrane, saxophone

3.Wednesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Incidentally Speaking”
8:00pm San Francisco Symphony
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor; Khatia Buniatishvili, piano; SCRIABIN: Reverie, Op.24; RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No.2, Op.18
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Wynton Kelly, piano

4.Thursday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Incidentally Speaking”
8:00pm Chicago Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano; STRAVINSKY: Elegy for JFK; MAHLER: Symphony No.9; MAHLER: Blumine; GABRIELI: Canzonae
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Jim Hall, guitar

5.Friday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Incidentally Speaking”
8:00pm New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor; ALL STRAVINSKY: The Fairy’s Kiss; Petrushka
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Dave Brubeck, pianist/composer/bandleader

6.Saturday
10:00am Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
Pianist/composer Liz Story is a fascinating, ever-changing musician. She was inspired to pursue music after hearing Bill Evans perform, and her music has been compared to Copeland, Chopin, Debussy, Keith Jarrett, and Chick Corea. In this 1993 Piano Jazz session, Story plays “My Foolish Heart,” then she and Marian get together for “All the Things You Are.”
1:00pm The Metropolitan Opera
(new season) ROSSINI: The Barber of Seville – Michele Mariotti conductor; with Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee, Christopher Maltman, Maurizio Muraro and Paata Burchuladze
6:00pm A Prairie Home Companion
Garrison Keillor live from The Town Hall in NYC, with Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, and Edward Field

7.Sunday
7:00am Pipedreams
“Sunshine from San Diego” - We anticipate the upcoming 100th birthday of America’s most popular outdoor pipe organ at the Spreckels Pavillion in Balboa Park.
1:00pm Pittsburgh Symphony
Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, conductor; Arabella Steinbacher, violin; BALADA: Symphony No.6; PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No.1; RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade
3:00pm SymphonyCast
Berlin Philharmonic, Simon Rattle, conductor; SCHUMANN: Symphony No.2, Op.61; BRAHMS: Symphony No.2, Op.73
6:00pm Riverwalk Jazz
“A New Generation: Clarinetist Virtuoso Dave Bennett” - The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and clarinet phenom Dave Bennett, described as an authentic musical prodigy, explore the legacy of Benny Goodman and the infectious sounds of swing.

8.Monday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“The Viola” - We’ll celebrate some of the exquisite music written for the violin’s darker cousin, including music by Hindemith and Walton.
8:00pm SymphonyCast
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane, conductor; Benjamin Beilman, violin; BEETHOVEN: Twelve Contredanses for Orchestra; MOZART: Violin Concerto No.5, Turkish; LUTOSLAWSKI: Chain 2; KODALY: Dances of Galanta
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Jimmy Smith, organ

9.Tuesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“The Viola”
8:00pm Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts
AkademiefüralteMusik Berlin; Raphael Alpermann, harpsichord; Xenia Löffler, oboe; JS BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No.1; WF BACH: Concerto for harpsichord, strings and continuo; CPE BACH: Symphony in b-minor for strings and continuo, Wq182; CPE BACH: Concerto in E-flat for oboe, strings und continuo, Wq 165; JC BACH: Symphony in g-minor for two oboes, two horns, strings and continuo, Op.6/6
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Donald Byrd, trumpet

10.Wednesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“The Viola”
8:00pm San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; BEETHOVEN: Three Equali for Four Trombones, WoO 30; BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.2, Op.36; ADAMS: Absolute Jest; BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.4, Op.60
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Duke Ellington, pianist/composer/bandleader

11.Thursday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“The Viola”
8:00pm Chicago Symphony
Bernard Labadie, conductor; Marc-André Hamelin, piano; RIGEL: Symphony in c-minor; HAYDN: Piano Concerto in D; KRAUS: Symphony in e-minor; BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.1
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
McCoy Tyner, piano

12.Friday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“The Viola”
8:00pm New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, Julianna Di Giacomo, soprano; Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano; Russell Thomas, tenor; Shenyang, bass; Manhattan School of Music Symphonic Chorus, Kent Tritle, director; MARK-ANTHONY TURNAGE: Frieze; BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.9, Choral
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Catherine Russell, voice

13.Saturday
10:00am Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
Described by Rex Reed as “America’s greatest male singer,” Mel Tormé (1925 – 1999) was one of the most versatile performers of his day. On this Piano Jazz from 1992, Tormé shares how his classic “The Christmas Song” inspired him to put out his own holiday album. He sings and plays “Too Late Now” and “Walking My Baby Back Home” with Marian joining in.
12:00pm The Metropolitan Opera
WAGNER: Die Meistersinger – James Levine, conductor; with Annette Dasch, Karen Cargill, Johan Botha, Paul Appleby, Michael Volle, Johannes Martin Kränzle, Hans-Peter König and Matthew Rose
6:00pm A Prairie Home Companion
Garrison Keillor with a live show from the Fitzgerald Theatre in Saint Paul

14.Sunday
7:00am Pipedreams
“Approaching Christmas” - In anticipation of the holiday season, a collection of music on Advent themes.
1:00pm Pittsburgh Symphony
Charles Dutoit, conductor; Jessye Norman, soprano; SCHUBERT: Symphony No.3; R.STRAUSS: Four Last Songs; RACHMANINOFF: Symphonic Dances
3:00 SymphonyCast
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane, conductor; Benjamin Beilman, violin; BEETHOVEN: Twelve Contredanses for Orchestra; MOZART: Violin Concerto No.5, Turkish; LUTOSLAWSKI: Chain 2; KODALY: Dances of Galanta
6:00pm Riverwalk Jazz
“Licorice Stick Gumbo: The Masters of New Orleans Jazz Clarinet” - The Jim Cullum Jazz Band welcomes clarinet dynamo Evan Christopher as they spotlight the rich legacy of jazz clarinet players from the Crescent City.

15.Monday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Beethoven Quartets” - An exploration of this rarified body of works. We’ll take a tour through all 16 quartets, plus the Grosse Fuga.
8:00pm SymphonyCast
Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti, conductor; Choir of London; BACH: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Stan Kenton, pianist/bandleader

16.Tuesday
“Beethoven Quartets”
8:00pm Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Gotthold Schwarz, conductor; Ullrich Böhme, organ; Julia Sophie Wagner, soprano; Susanne Krumbiegel, mezzo-soprano; Benno Schachtner, male alto; Martin Petzold, tenor; Andreas Scheibner, bass; St. Thomas’ Choir, Leipzig; Members of the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra; JS BACH: My Soul Glorifies the Lord, Fugue on the Magnificat, BWV733; JS BACH: Magnificat in D Major, BWV243; CPE BACH: Magnificat, Wq215; CPE BACH: Heilig, Wq 217
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Dannie Richmond, drums

17.Wednesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Beethoven Quartets”
8:00pm San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; TRADITIONAL: Russian Folk Songs; STRAVINSKY: Les Noces; STRAVINSKY: Petrushka; STRAVINSKY: Scherzo à la russe
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Sy Oliver, trumpet/arrangements

18.Thursday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Beethoven Quartets”
8:00pm Chicago Symphony
Charles Dutoit, John Williams, conductors; Mathieu Dufour, flute; Paul Jacobs, organ; Gil Shaham, violin; DUKAS: La Peri, Fanfare and poemedansé; CONNESSON: pour sortir au jour; SAINT-SAENS: Symphony No.3, Organ; WILLIAMS: Violin Concerto
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Harold Land, tenor saxophone

19.Friday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Beethoven Quartets”
8:00pm New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor; Liang Wang, oboe; R.STRAUSS: Don Juan; ROUSE Oboe Concerto; R.STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Dave Bennett, clarinet

20.Saturday
10:00am Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
British jazz pianist George Shearing (1919 –2011) was a friend and frequent guest of Marian’s on Piano Jazz. On this special edition from 2001, Shearing joins McPartland to celebrate the holidays in a jazzy way! The two reminisce about seasons gone by and perform both traditional and contemporary holiday tunes, including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Away in a Manger,” and “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
1:00pm The Metropolitan Opera
MOZART: The Marriage of Figaro – Edo de Waart, conductor; with Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Danielle de Niese, Serena Malfi and Mariusz Kwiecien and Erwin Schrott
6:00pm A Prairie Home Companion
Garrison Keillor and the Lake Wobegon gang live from The Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, with guest Lynn Peterson

21.Sunday
7:00am Pipedreams
“From Heaven Above” - We borrow from an international collective of music old and new in celebration of the Christmas holiday.
1:00pm Pittsburgh Symphony
Manfred Honeck, conductor; The Tallis Scholars; Peter Phillips, director; VICTORIA: selected choral works; BRUCKNER: Locus iste; BRUCKNER: Ave Maria; ALLEGRI: Miserere; BRUCKNER: Symphony No.4, Romantic
3:00 SymphonyCast
Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti, conductor; Choir of London; BACH: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248
6:00pm Riverwalk Jazz
“Swinging on a Riff: The Legacy of the Benny Goodman Sextet” - The Jim Cullum Jazz Band salutes the Benny Goodman Sextet, which originally started as a quintet — that’s until Charlie Christian and his electric guitar came along. Included are featured performances by clarinetists Ron Hockett and Allan Vaché, with Harry Allen on sax.

22.Monday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Holiday Celebration” - The sound of sleigh bells means that it's winter holiday time, and music is full of representations of celebratory music. All around the world, winter holidays of a wide variety are celebrated, and their music is wonderful to listen to regardless of which one you celebrate.
8:00pm SymphonyCast
Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, conductor; Leif Ove Andsnes, piano; Los Angeles Master Chorale; BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.5, Emperor; JOHN ADAMS: Harmonium; BEETHOVEN: Choral Fantasy
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall

23.Tuesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Holiday Celebration”
8:00pm Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts
Orchestra: West German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cologne, Reinhard Goebel, conductor; Alina Pogostkina, violin; L.MOZART: Serenade in D; MOZART: Violin Concerto No.7, K.271a; MOZART: Posthorn Serenade, K.320
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
From Spirituals to Swing

24.Wednesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Holiday Celebration”
7:00pm Advent Voices 2014
Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join Lynne Warfel for an hour of beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.
8:00pm Calvin’s Messiah
The Calvin Oratorio Society’s 95th presentation of Handel’s masterpiece,
10:20pm (approx.) Hope College Vespers
The Hope College music department, in various settings, presents a program to commemorate Advent, a West Michigan tradition since 1941.

25.Thursday
8:00am The Nutcracker Ballet
Peter Tchaikovsky’s holiday favorite is performed by the Saint Louis Symphony and the Women’s Voices of the Saint Louis Symphony, conducted by Leonard Slatkin.
10:00am Welcome Christmas!
This year's program puts the focus on old French carols, alongside two world premieres in the annual VocalEssence/American Composers Forum Christmas Carol Contest.
11:00am Valparaiso University Christmas Concert
The Valparaiso University Chorale, Women’s Choir, Men’s Choir, Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Concert Band present “A Carol Festival”.  This concert features over 200 musicians in Christmas celebration.
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Holiday Celebration”
1:00pm St Olaf Christmas Festival
One of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations originates at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. More than 500 students perform hymns, carols and choral works.
3:00pm Music of the Baroque Christmas
Music of the Baroque presents their annual Brass and Choral Holiday Concert as host Peter Van De Graaff guides you through music of the 16th and 17th centuries by composers such as Michael Praetorius, Johann Vierdanck, Heinrich Schütz, Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi and Giovanni Bassano, among others.
7:00pm A Chanticleer Christmas
The 12-man San Francisco vocal ensemble brings its special seasonal glee to traditional carols and newer works.
8:00pm Chicago Symphony
Manfred Honeck, Bernard Haitink, conductors; Till Fellner, piano; Eugene Izotov, oboe; David McGill, bassoon: Robert Chen, violin; John Sharp; cello; J.STRAUSS, Jr.: Overture to Die Fledermaus; BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.1, Op.15; DVOŘÁK: Symphony No.8, Op.88; HAYDN: Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat; BEETHOVEN: Overture to Fidelio, Op.72b
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Bob Parlocha is your holiday host tonight

26.Friday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Holiday Celebration”
8:00pm New York Philharmonic
Gary Thor Wedow, conductor; Layla Claire, soprano; Tim Mead, countertenor; Kenneth Tarver, tenor; Alastair Miles, bass; New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, director; HANDEL: Messiah
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Bob Parlocha hosts

27.Saturday
10:00am Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
Michel Petrucciani (1962 – 1999) was one of the greatest French jazz pianists of all time. Born with a genetic disease, he only stood at three feet, but with hands unaffected by his disease, Petrucciani had an extraordinary talent at the keys. He was only twenty-three when he joined Marian for Piano Jazz. On this 1987 broadcast, Petrucciani plays his own composition, “The Prayer,” then he and McPartland combine their talents on John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps.”
1:00pm The Metropolitan Opera
VERDI: La Traviata – Marco Armiliato, conductor; with Marina Rebeka, Stephen Costello and Ludovic Tézier
6:00pm A Prairie Home Companion
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28.Sunday
7:00am Pipedreams
“Holiday Highlights” - Some engaging confections, some of them ‘invented in the moment’, add to our enjoyment of this special time of year.
1:00pm Pittsburgh Symphony
Manfred Honeck, conductor; Till Fellner, piano; BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.4; J.STRAUSS: Waltzes and Polkas
3:00pm SymphonyCast
Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, conductor; Leif Ove Andsnes, piano; Los Angeles Master Chorale; BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.5, Emperor; JOHN ADAMS: Harmonium; BEETHOVEN: Choral Fantasy
6:00pm Riverwalk Jazz
“Songstress Nina Ferro: Live in Concert with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band” - Soulful songstress Nina Ferro has a quality of tone, an honest emotion, and a technique that make her performances nothing short of inspirational. Her energetic style and musical grace shine through as she joins the Jim Cullum Jazz Band for a concert of jazz standards and sultry ballads.

29.Monday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Tchaikovsky, Part I” - This week we’ll explore the world and music of the great Russian Romantic, including his symphonies, ballets, and life at the Moscow Conservatory.
8:00pm SymphonyCast
Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Jeremy Denk, piano; MOZART: Piano Concerto No.20; BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.3, Eroica
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Joe Lovano, tenor saxophone

30.Tuesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Tchaikovsky, Part I”
8:00pm Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts
West German Radio Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Jonathan Stockhammer, conductor; Thorsten Johannsen, clarinet; Andreas Langenbuch, clarinet; Tamara Stefanovich, piano; ADAMS: Short Ride in a Fast Machine; GANDER: Orchannibal corpse, (world premiere); REICH: New York Counterpoint for eleven clarinets; ABRAHAMSEN: Concerto for piano and orchestra; ZAPPA: Four pieces for Solo Drummer and Orchestra; LIGETI: San Francisco Polyphony
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Barbara Morrison, voice

31.Wednesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Tchaikovsky, Part I”
8:00pm San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Yuja Wang, piano; Fauré: Pavane, Op.50; Sibelius: Symphony No.3, Op.52; Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.3, Op.30
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Bob Parlocha fills in for New Year’s Eve