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Program Guide
May/June, 2017
In This Issue
Environmental News
Monday Night Jazz Returns
Celtic Host Needed
Flashback: 1997
Public Affairs on WWUH
Classical Music on WWUH
Composer Birthdays
Sunday Afternoon at the Opera
WWUH Archive Now Online
How To Listen
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WWUH - Your Live, Local, Listener-Supported Station
    Marathon 2017 was a great success with over $53,000 pledged in a little over a week.  Thanks to everyone who contributed.

      In a world of digital music services, large corporate station ownership, and out-of-area rebroadcasts, WWUH increasingly stands out as something unique.  Our programming is locally produced, our on-air staff are all volunteers, and our air studio is staffed 24/7.  
     The beauty of a live, local station featuring such a diversity of genres is that of discovery: by listening to WWUH, you are exposed to viewpoints and sounds that you might never hear elsewhere.  Downloadable apps give you music that's computer-selected to suit your previous listening preferences; WWUH gives you music that's host-selected to expand your knowledge and appreciation of new, different, local and global artists that you might never have known existed otherwise. 
     Although we are sponsored by the University of Hartford, we truly are your station, because it is through generous support from you, our listeners, that we are able to remain on the air as your public alternative station.
John Ramsey
General Manager

Energy/Environment: Good News/Bad News
Noam Chomsky
New World Notes
Tuesday, 5/2 at noon on 91.3 FM

Some recent news on energy and the environment is encouraging: The Coal Museum goes solar, and nuclear-plant-builder Westinghouse goes bankrupt. Other news, not so encouraging. 

The show features two newspaper items read by KD, a talk by Noam Chomsky (in Cambridge, April 24), and a song by David Rovics.



Once again WWUH will be broadcasting live the Hartford Jazz Society's Monday Night Jazz Concerts from Bushnell Park.  

The first show will take place Monday, July 10.  As they firm up the schedule the full line up will be available  here .

Celtic Airs Host Needed

The current host of our Celtic Airs Program (Tuesdays 6:00-9:00 AM) will be retiring from the station at the end of May.

Our intention is to continue airing Celtic music in that time slot if at all possible so if you or someone you know loves the music, would like help ensure that Celtic music continues on Tuesday mornings on 91.3 and might be interested in becoming a WWUH volunteer, please let us know.  Email station manager  John Ramsey to find out more about this unique and exciting opportunity for the right person.

Qualified candidates will have access to the full WWUH programmer orientation program so no experience is necessary. He/she will also need to attend the monthly WWUH staff meetings (held on Tuesday or Sunday evenings) and do behind the scenes volunteer work from time to time. This is a volunteer position.

After completing this process, we will review the candidate's assets and accomplishments and decide whether he/she would be suitable to become the producer/host of the Celtic Airs program.

Contact John Ramsey, ramsey@hartford.edu

Flashback - 1997
20 Years Ago
Folk Next Door 4

Live Music On WWUH
Live concerts continued to be a major part of the station in 1997.

The Celtic Concert Series produced by Celtic Airs host Steve Dieterich brought the bands Sean Keane, Solas, Dervish, Patrick Street, and Old Blind Dogs to UH's Wilde Auditorium. Many of these shows were sell-outs.

Volunteer Bill Domler brought the band Nowell Sing We Clear to the Wilde Auditorium in December.

A Sleep Concert with musician Robert Rich was presented from 11 pm - 6 am in October by host Susan Mullis.

The Nields put on two sold out shows for the station on February 28, and Ilene Weiss performed later in the year.

The fourth annual Folk Next Door was held on May 9th in Hartt's Millard Auditorium.  The following artists were featured:  Muster Bunch, Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman, Jeremy Wallace, Lisa McCormick, Don Sineti & Chris Morgan, Jano, The Mollys, Dana Robinson, Ratsy, Scott McAllister, Washboard Slim, Ilene Weiss and the Sloan Wainwright Band.

Ed McKeon was the producer of the event, Mark DeLorenzo handled the stage manager duties and the engineering crew consisted of Dave Viveiros, Scott Baron, John Ramsey and Chuck Dube. Over 250 tickets were sold to and the show received a great review in the Hartford Courant.

The station hosted a benefit concert for the late Dewey Burns on June 13.  Dewey was a local singer songwriter who brought down the house when he performed his original tune "Just How Long" at the first Folk Next Door concert. Dewey passed away from emphysema.  The show, which took place in the Wilde Auditorium featured Kate McDonald, Les Sampou, Patrick McGinley and Bruce Pratt.

Public Affairs on WWUH
Real Alternative News
For close to 50 years WWUH has aired a variety of community affairs programs.

Here is our current schedule:
Monday: Noon - 1pm  Alternative Radio
8:00 - 9:00 pm  Radio Ecoshock
Tuesday:  Noon - 12:30 pm  New World Notes
   12:30 -  1:00 pm  Counterspin
    8:00 - 9:00 pm  Black Agenda Report
Wednesday:  Noon - 12:30 pm  911 Wake Up Call
                 12:30 - 1:00 pm   Building Bridges
           8:00 - 8:30 pm  911 Wake Up Call
           8:30 - 9:00 pm  New World Notes
Thursday:   Noon - 1:00 pm  Project Censored
                  7:30 - 8:00 pm  Making Contact
                  8:00 - 8:30 pm  This Way Out
                  8:30 - 9:00 pm Gay Spirit
Friday:        12:00 - 12:30 pm  New Focus
                  12:30 - 1:00 pm  TUC Radio
Sunday:      4:30 - 5:00 pm  Explorations
WWUH Classical Programming  
May/June, 2017
Sunday Afternoon at the Opera... Sundays 1:00 - 4:30 pm
Evening Classics... Weekdays 4:00 to 7:00/ 8:00 pm
Drake's Village Brass Band... Mondays 7:00-8:00 pm

Q. Porter: String Quartet #1; Copland: Piano Quartet, Duo for Flute and Piano; Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway for Cello and Orchestra; Waxman: Adventures of Hemingway as a Young Man; Golijov: Azul, Concerto for Cello
Drake's Village Brass Band...Filmharmonic Brass Plays John Williams
Telemann: Concert en Ouverture in G  major for Violin, Oboes, Strings, and B.c. TWV 55:G6;  Hindemith: Cello Concerto; D. Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas; J. S. Bach: Cantata for Misericordias Domini (2nd Sunday after Easter) BWV 104: 'Du Hirte Israel, höre'; Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488; Bartok: String Quartet No. 4
Host's Choice
Host's Choice
Here's to the "Fifth", although it's beenreplaced by 750 ml
Scarlatti: La Gloria di Primavera
Herrmann: Citizen Kane; Ives: Gyp the Blood or Hearst? Which is Worst?; Daugherty: Once Upon a Castle; Debussy: Sonatas Drake's Village Brass Band...Guadate Brass - Sevenfive: The John Corigliano Effect
Glazunov: Violin Concerto in a, Op. 82; Dvořak: String Quartet #12 in F, Op. 96; Carpenter: Adventures in a Perambulator; Schubert: Mass #1 in F, D. 105
Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2; Schumann: Lieder; John Adams: Phrygian Gates; Alois Haba: String Quartet; Grieg: Violin Sonata No. 3
Host's Choice
Music of William Grant Still
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (Acts 1 & 2)
100th Birthday Anniversary Celebration Lou Harrison: Symphony #2 "Elegiac", Suite for Violin and American Gamelan, Percussion music and more Drake's Village Brass Band...American Brass Quintet - Perspectives
Ginastera: Harp Concerto, Op. 25; Boccherini: Guitar Quintet #4 in D; Mozart: Missa in C, K. 317; Bruckner: Symphony #1 in c
Gyrowetz: Symphony in B Major; Lappi: Canzones; Mozart: String Quartet; Rameau: Suite in D; Guerrieri:  Sonatas; Michael Haydn: String Quartet
Muller: Bo Tei? Tumba; Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 36 in F K. 547 'For Beginners'; Hertel: Trumpet Concerto No. 3 in D; Krommer: Oboe Concerto #1 in F Op. 37; Chopin: Scherzo #4 in E Op. 54; Goldmark: Marchen, Violin Concerto #1 in a Op. 28, Romanze in A Op. 51; Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in c Op. 17 'Little Russian'; Casella: Serenata, Op. 46bis.
Rick Wakeman - Phantom of the Opera
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (Act 3); Mitlocker: Gasparone
Beach: Piano Concerto; Howell: Piano Concerto; Adams: Scheherazade.2;  Higdon: Viola Concerto Q. Porter: String Quartet #2 Drake's Village Brass Band...Chesapeake: American Brass Quintet Plays David Sampson
Boccherini: String Quartet in C, Op. 41, #2; Haydn: Te Deum in C, Hob. XXIIIc:2; Chopin: Sonata in g for Cello & Piano, Op. 65; Suk: Asrael, Symphony in c, Op. 27
Perischetti: Symphony No. 8; Ravel: Madagascan Songs; Kuhnau: Preludes; Suk: About Mother; Shulamit Ran: Concerto da Camera; Wagonseil: Cello Concerto in C
New Releases. A Sampling of New Acquisitions from the WWUH Library.
What's new? We'll find out
Higdon: Cold Mountain
Memorial Day Special: Adam Schoenberg: American Symphony; Copland: Lincoln Portrait, 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson; Ewazen: A Hymn for the Lost and the Living Drake's Village Brass Band...Gould: West Point Symphony
Telemann: Concert en Ouverture in E major for Violin, Strings, and B.c. TWV 55:E3; Hindemith: Symphonic Dances; D. Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas;
J. S. Bach: Cantata for Exaudi (6th Sunday after Easter) BWV 44: 'Sie werden euch in den Bann tun'; Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491; Bartok: String Quartet No. 5
F. J. Haydn: Symphony No. 12; Ioannis Koukouzelis: Hymns; Tansman: Sinfonietta; Arensky: Piano Concerto; Takemitsu: Quatrain; Tibaldi: Trio Sonatas
Georg Muffat: Armonico Tributo - Sonata #5 in G, Concerto Grosso #12 in G "Propitia Sydera"; Fiorillo: Sinfonia Concertante for 2 Oboes in F; Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture; Trio Pathetique in d; Waltz-fantasia in b, Kamarinskaya ; Field: Variations on Kamarinskaya; Malling: Piano Concerto in c Op. 43; Whitlock in Chatham: Five Short Pieces - #2 Folk Tune; Gounod: Roméo et Juliette Overture; Wagner: Flying Dutchman Overture; Chaminade: Concertstück for Piano and Orchestra Op. 40; Ravel: Mother Goose Suite.
Classic Vinyl from our archives
Rameau: Les Fetes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour
Reich: Mallet Quartet, Sextet; R. Clarke: Piano Trio; Copland: The Tender Land (abridged); Q. Porter: String Quartet #3 Drake's Village Brass Band...Vaclav Nelhybel Conducts the Fifth U. S. Army Band
Telemann: Concert en Ouverture in G minor for Violin, Strings, and B.c. TWV 55:g7; Hindemith: Songs (Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone); D. Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas; J. S. Bach: Cantata for Whit Tuesday (3rd Day of Pentecost) BWV 184: 'Erwünschtes Freudenlicht'; Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503; Bartok: String Quartet No. 6
Host's Choice
Cimarosa: Le Stravaganze del Conte Overture; Albinoni: Oboe Concerto in d Op. 9 #2, Trumpet Concerto in C; Kleinknecht: Sonata da camera in D Op. 1 #3; Schumann: Phantasiestuecke for Clarinet and Piano Op. 73; Symphony #3 in E flat Op. 97 "Rhenish", Fantasy in C Op. 17; Debussy: Images; Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2; Schulhoff: Divertimento for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon.
Performances by Emanuel Ax
Puccini: Il Trittico
Ian Bostridge - Shakespeare Songs; Shostakovich: Symphony #8; Schoenberg/Webern: Chamber Symphony #1 Drake's Village Brass Band...United States Air Force Band - Departures
Telemann: Ouverture-Suite, TWV 55:e1 from Tafelmusik, Part 1; Hindemith: Symphony "Mathis der Maler"; D. Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas; J. S. Bach: Cantata for Trinity Sunday BWV 194: 'Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest'; Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K. 537 'Coronation'; Claude Loyola Allgén: String Quartet No. 2
Herschel: Symphonies; Gorcyzki: Missa Rorate; Albrechtsberger: String Quartets; Penderecki: Violin Concerto No. 1; Venetian Lute Music
Altenburg: Concerto for 7 Trumpets and Timpani in D; Vogler: Variations on "Marlborough, s'en-va-t-en guerre"; Danzi: Flute Concerto #2 in d Op. 31, Wind Quintet in F Op. 68 #2; Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites 1 & 2, Lyric Pieces - Book 3, Op. 43; Ropartz: Andante and Allegro; Gilson: Alvar Prelude; Robert Russell Bennett: Suite of Old American Dances; Luening: Introduction and Allegro.
Music of Otto Luening - another guy from Milwaukee
Berlioz: Beatrice et Benedict
Shostakovich: Symphony #9, Incidental Music to Hamlet; Stravinsky: Chamber Music, L'histoire du soldat Drake's Village Brass Band...New York Legends Recital Series - Philip Myers French Horn
Schumann: Konzertstück in F, for 4 Horns & Large Orchestra, Op. 86; Simpson: String Quartet #7; Vaňhal: Violin Concerto in G; Mahler: Symphony #4 in G
Richard Strauss: Symphony in F Major; Sermisy: Motets; Paisiello: Piano Concerto No. 8; Guilmant: Organ Sonata No. 1; Tartini: Violin Concerto in D Major
Bruna: Tiento on the Litany of the Virgin; Manfredini: Sinfonia da chiesa in c Op. 2 #10, Concerto for 2 Trumpets in D; Mehul: Le jeune Henri Overture; Symphony #1 in g; Schickele: New horizons in music appreciation - Beethoven's 5th Symphony ; Beethoven: Symphony #5 in c Op. 67;Verdi: La Forza del Destino Overture; Leschetizky: 2 Pieces Op. 35; Walter Leigh: A Midsummer Night`s Dream Overture, Jolly Roger: Overture; Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night`s Dream Overture; Haydn: Piano Trio No. 44 in E Hob XV: 28.
Music of Darius Milhaud
Sellars: The World Is Round, Beulah in Chicago
Monday Night at the Movies... Shostakovich: Film Music Volume 1 Conducted by Maksim Shostakovich - Zoya, Pirogov; Rozsa: Thief of Bagdad
Drake's Village Brass Band...Black Dyke Band - Slavonic Brass
Stamitz: Cello Concerto #1 in G; Dvořák: Romantic Pieces for Violin & Piano, Op. 75; Simpson: Symphony #11; Orff: Carmina Burana
Host's Choice
Anderson: Bugler's Holiday, Blue Tango, The Typewriter, Trumpeter's Lullaby, Belle of the Ball, Fiddle Faddle, The Waltzing Cat; Labor: Clarinet Quintet; Albinoni: Oboe Concerto in B flat Op. 7, No. 3; Aarre Merikanto: Scherzo; Chopin: Fantasie in f /A flat Op. 49; Herrmann: Psycho - Film Suite; Moncayo García: Huapango, Muros Verdes; Boyle: Piano Concerto in d.
By request - email your requests to The20thCenturyLimited@aol.com and you may even here it performed


Thursday Evening Classics
Composer Birthdays 
for May/June, 2017

May 4
1860 Emil Nikolaus Von Reznicek
May 11
1791 Jan Vaclav Hugo Vorisek
1827 Septimus Winner
1855 Anatol Lyadov
1881 Jan van Gilse
1882 Joseph Marx
1888 Irving Berlin
1895 William Grant Still
1938 Harvey Sollberger
1954 Judith Weir
May 18
1830 Karl Goldmark
1901 Henri Sauguet
1905 Erich Zeisl
June 1
1653 (bapt) Georg Muffat
1755 Federigo Fiorillo
1771 Ferdinando Paer
1804 Mikhail Glinka
1848 Otto Malling
1903 Percy Whitlock
1929 Yehudi Wyner
June 8
1671 Tomaso Albinoni
1722 (bapt) Jakob Friedrich Kleinknecht
1753 Nicolas Dalayrac
1810 Robert Schumann
1894 Ervin Schulhoff
June 15
1734 Johann Ernst Altenburg
1749 George Joseph Vogler
1763 Franz Danzi
1843 Edvard Grieg
1864 Guy Ropartz
1865 Paul Gilson
1894 Robert Russell Bennett
1900 Otto Luening
June 22
1611 Pablo Bruna
1684 Francesco Onofrio Manfredini
1763 Étienne-Nicola Mehul
1830 Theodor Leschetizky
1905 Walter Leigh
June 29
1842 Josef Labor
1886 George Frederick Boyle
1893 Aarre Merikanto
1908 Leroy Anderson
1910 Frank Loesser
1911 Bernard Herrmann
1912 Jose Pablo Moncayo García
1924 Ezra Laderman

your "lyric theater" program
with Keith Brown
programming selections for the months of March/April, 2017

Scarlatti, La Gloria di Primavera  

Ah... the true glory of Spring is upon us now as we pass along into the flowery month of May. Now is the perfect moment to listen to a baroque operatic serenata in praise of the season. Alessandro Scarlatti's La Gloria di Primavera ("The Glory of Spring') was first performed on May 19, 1716 in celebration of the birth of a male heir to the throne of the Holy Roman Empire (essentially the German empire of Central Europe). Sadly, the infant died a few months later. Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725) was the preeminent composer of Italian opera of his generation. He is the reputed founder of the Neapolitan school of opera composers. On Sunday, January 18, 2004 I broadcast Scarlatti's masterpiece La Griselda (1721) in its 2003 CD release for the French Harmonia Mundi label. The opera seria was revived onstage by the Staatsoper Unter den Linden of Berlin in 2000. Leading the singing cast and the period instrument Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin is Rene Jacobs, a former countertenor singer, now recognized as one of the world's best conductors and interpreters of baroque music. In the United States there's a world-class conductor specializing in this field: the British national Nicolas McGegan. He founded

The West Coast period instrument orchestra Philharmonia Baroque. McGegan leads the Philharmonia instrumentalists and the Philharmonia Chorale in what is presumably the world premiere recording of "The Glory of Spring." There are five vocal soloists, four of whom represent the four seasons of the year, plus Jove, the king of the  gods, who decides that Spring is certainly the best of all seasons for the birth of the emperor-to-be. The serenata was recorded live in performance in Berkeley, California in 2015 and released the following year through the Philharmonia's own proprietary label on two compact discs.

Wagner, Tristan und Isolde, Acts One and Two
The problem with broadcasting the operas of Richard Wagner is that many of them are too long in duration to fit into my three-and- a -half hour timeslot. Although I hate to violate the integrity of a complete recorded performance, the only way I can accommodate Wagner's Tristan und Isolde (1865) is to break up my presentation into two parts over two Sundays. So this Sunday you will hear the first two of the three acts of this monumental music drama. Springtime is the season for lovers, and now while the season is in full flower I treat you to one of the alltime great stories of tragic love, the tale derived from medieval courtly romance and ultimately from ancient Celtic legend. As with all his other operas, Wagner wrote his own libretto for Tristan und Isolde; his take on the old story possesses some modern psychological insights. Wagner's handling of the emotions of the lovers makes this opera an enduring, iconic work of musical art. This work requires singers of enormous stamina and skill to carry it off convincingly. In recorded operatic history there is a cadre of famous sopranos who essayed the role of Isolde. One of them was the much esteemed Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad. You will hear her legendary voice opposite German Heldentenor Ludwig Suthaus as Tristan. Some say Flagstad's voice was past its prime in 1952 when she recorded the opera in London's Kingsway Hall with a cast that included the young baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau as Kurvenal. Flagstad and cast were taking part in a landmark recorded interpretation under the baton of Wilhelm Furtwangler. He conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra and the  chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Walter Legge, himself a legendary figure in recording history, produced the reel-to-reel taping sessions for EMI. Originally released on monaural LP's in 1953, the old mono tapes were digitally remastered and Furtwangler's superb Tristan und Isolde was reissued on four vinyl discs in 1986. In the US the reissue appeared under EMI's Angel/Seraphim label.          

Wagner, Tristan und Isolde, Act Three, Millocker, Gasparone  

Following the final act of the historic 1952 recording of the Furtwangler Tristan und Isolde we turn from the tragic Liebestod of the two lovers to lighter lyric theater music in the mode of Viennese operetta. Carl Millocker (1842-99) was a native of Vienna and contemporary of Franz von Suppe and "The Waltz King" Johann Strauss. This trio of composers took part in the Golden Age of the genre. (A Silver Age succeeded it in the early twentieth century with the works of Central European composers like Franz Lehar and Leo Fall.) Millocker wrote a slew of tuneful operettas. One such was Der Bettelstudent ("The Beggar Student," 1882), which rivaled Die Fledermaus in popularity. On Sunday, August 17, 2003 I broadcast the Omega CD reissue of a 1955 mono recording of Der Bettelstudent with Anton Paulik conducting the chorus and orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper. Another enormously popular work by Millocker is Gasparone (1884). The notorious brigand by that name never actually makes an appearance onstage. He is, however, conveniently blamed for stealing Countess Carlotta's fortune. The setting of the operetta is Sicily, which allowed Millocker to introduce some Italianate folk elements into his music. Millocker's original score was reorchestrated in 1931 by Paul Knepler and Ernst Steffan. It is that modernized version of Gasparone that was recorded for German EMI Electrola in 1981 in the studios of Bavarian Radio, Munich. Starring as Carlotta is soprano Anneliese Rothenberger. Heard as the Stranger who poses as the brigand is baritone Hermann Prey. Gasparone made a reappearance in 2013 on two compact discs in the "Electrola Collection" series issued through EMI Classics.

Higdon, Cold Mountain

The holiday we call Memorial Day today was originally known as Decoration Day, and it was dedicated to honoring those who died fighting in the American Civil War. On the Sunday of the Memorial Day weekend I try to broadcast a recording of an opera that has a Civil War theme. I aired the BMOP Sound recording of Eric Sawyer's  Our American Cousin (2007) about the Lincoln assassination on the Sunday of the 2009 Memorial Day weekend. Then on Sunday, May 24, 2015 came the Naxos release of Ricky Ian Gordon's Rappahannock County in its 2011 production by Virginia Opera. Then there's Paul Hindemith's requiem for Abraham Lincoln When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom'd (1946), with its text taken from Walt Whitman's poem. A Telarc recording of that choral work I broadcast on Memorial Day Sundays in 2010 and 2014. 

This Sunday I offer you Cold Mountain the opera, which like the 2003 Hollywood movie adaptation is based on the best-selling 1997 novel by Charles Frazier. The story of the opera, the movie and the book concerns a Confederate deserter who risks his life walking three hundred miles from an army hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina to get back to his beloved in the mountains on the Western border of the state. Tragically, he is killed by the vigilantes of the Home Guard. Composer Jennifer Higdon (b. 1962) spent her youth in East Tennessee very close to the geographical setting of the story at Cold Mountain. The scenic region and its people are dear to her heart. Cold Mountain is her first opera. Santa Fe Opera gave the premiere production of it in 2015. It was recorded live in performance. The German label Pentatone issued the world premiere recording of Cold Mountain in 2016 on two compact discs in its "American Operas" series.

Rameau, Les fetes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour  

June is the traditional month for weddings, and we all know that love and marriage go together ...er... like a horse and carriage. Also traditional in musical history is music- especially vocal music- written for marriage festivities. The greatest composer of the French baroque, Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) composed an operatic ballet heroique in 1747 for the lavish wedding celebration of Louis the Dauphine of France and the Princess Maria Josepha of Saxony. Originally titled "The  Gods of Egypt," Rameau revised his score for "The Festivities of Hymen and Cupid"for a later performance at Versailles and at the Academie Royale de  Musique in 1748. Rameau always wrote wonderful dances into his operas. That's one reason why this opera/ballet remained in the repertoire for thirty years. The scene of the opera is set in ancient Egypt. In that exotic setting the classical divinity of marriage and his sidekick the boy god of desire work their confounding magic on Egyptians and Amazons, too. A spectacular production of the 1747 Versailles revision of Les fetes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour was mounted in 2014 by the Center for Baroque Music at Versailles. The ballet heroique was recorded in the opera theater of the royal palace complex. Herve Niquet conducted the choir and orchestra of Le Concert Spirituel, with vocal soloists. (Niquet founded the period instrument orchestra.) The Spanish classical music label Glossa issued Rameau's work on two compact discs.

Puccini, Il Trittico 

 It occurs to me that I have never broadcast Giacomo Puccini's triptych of one act operas as they were first staged together at the Met in New York City in 1918. Only one of the three I have presented separately: the comedy Gianni Schicchi, which went over the air on Sunday, June 15, 1997 as an additional item following the featured presentation of the day, Rossini's farce La Scala di Seta. Its broadcast was not officially listed in the WWUH Program Guide for that date. On that occasion I made use of a 1993 Koch Discover International CD issue of Puccini's farce, with Alexander Rahbari conducting the BRTN Philharmonic Orchestra Brussels. Today I will be airing a vintage Decca/London LP release of Gianni Schicchi in early stereo sound. 

This recording showcases some of the greatest operatic voices of the mid twentieth century, among them soprano Renata Tebaldi as Lauretta, the title role taken by tenor Fernando Corena. Lamberto Gardelli conducts the orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Gianni Schicchi stands well enough on its own, and it has been staged and recorded more often than the other two components of Il Trittico. You will also hear vintage recordings of Suor Angelica ("Sister Angelica") and Il Tabarro ("The Cloak") on stereo LP's. The tragic Suor Angelica stars soprano Renata Scotto in the title role. Sister Angelica's aunt is mezzo Marilyn Horne. Also heard as Sister Genevieve is Romanian soprano Ileana Cotrubas. Lorin Maazel conducts the New Philharmonia Orchestra and Ambrosian Opera Chorus. Suor Angelica comes to us on  a 1977 Columbia Masterworks vinyl disc. Scotto is singing again as Giorgetta in the thriller Il Tabarro, with superstar tenor Placido Domingo as the stevedore Luigi. Again, it's Maazel leading the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Ambrosians. (A Columbia LP again.)  

Berlioz, Beatrice et Benedict  

Throughout his life Hector Berlioz maintained a passion for Shakespeare. He contemplated setting Much Ado About Nothing as a full-scale Italian opera. Eventually he trimmed his conception down to a delicate and witty two act French comic opera focusing on the two contentious lovers. Beatrice et Benedict  the opera was an immediate success in its 1862 premiere production. It was also the composer's last major work and a most gratifying end to his career. In this composition Berlioz had honed his genius for orchestral scoring to a fine needlepoint. All the expected tonal color and impetuosity is there, plus the vivacious dialog between characters that, although in highly abridged form, comes directly from Shakespeare. 

Way back on Sunday, June 22,1986 I broadcast a classic 1963 recording of Beatrice et Benedict for British Decca/London. The two stereo LP's were released in Decca's specialty L'Oiseau Lyre line. Mezzo soprano Josephine Veasey is Beatrice. Tenor John Mitchenson is Benedict. Colin Davis directed the London Symphony Orchestra and St. Anthony Singers. I will be spinning those vintage vinyl platters again this Sunday.
Sellars, The World Is Round, Beulah in Chicago 

 I like to think of the last Sunday in June as Stonewall Sunday, referring to the Stonewall Inn gay bar and the gay riot that took place in Greenwich Village on the last weekend in June, 1969. The Stonewall rebellion in New York City gave birth to the gay liberation movement nationwide and to so much of the history of the struggle for gay, lesbian, bi and trans rights that would follow. On Stonewall Sunday I endeavor to broadcast lyric theater music by gay or lesbian composers. James Sellars (1940-2017) was for decades Hartford's resident classical music composer. He was professor of composition at the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music. And he was an openly gay man. 

This Sunday I honor James Sellars' life and work by airing his opera The World Is Round  (1993), based on the book by that title by the eccentric lesbian writer Gertrude Stein. Juanita Rockwell adapted the book into a libretto. Sellars' opera was recorded live in performance, April 30, 1993 at the Wadsworth Atheneum museum of art in downtown Hartford. Michael Barrett directed the Company One Orchestra, with five vocal soloists. The World Is Round was released on two compact discs in limited edition in 1998 through the private Hog River Music record label. This opera production at the Wadsworth seems to echo the now famous staged production there in 1934 of Virgil Thomson's Four Saints in Three Acts, for which Gertrude Stein herself wrote the libretto.  
    Beulah in Chicago (1981) is a setting of four poems by the American poet Frank O'Hara. Sellars dedicated this piece to Virgil Thomson on the occasion of his 85th birthday. The Beulah character of the title is a flapper    straight out of the Chicago of the "Roaring Twenties." Sellars gives her a sequence of quasi-pop tunes to dance to. The lyrics for these tunes are declaimed by narrator John McDonough. Sellars conducts the Hartt Contemporary Players. The whimsical verse with "night club" combo-style accompaniment might remind you of William Walton's Façade.Beulah in Chicago was included in a 1998 Hog River Music CD compilation of Sellars' chamber works.
 I have previously broadcast Beulah on Sunday, July 4, 1999.

     James Sellars died on February 26th at the age of seventy six. Two days later on the 28th my colleague Doug Fox passed away at age seventy seven. Since 1983 Doug Fox had been host/producer of "Evening at the Opera" on our sister station WMNR, 91.9 FM, "Fine Arts Radio" in Monroe, Connecticut. I have been a longtime listener to Doug's Tuesday evening broadcasts. I always learned something new about our beloved genre by listening to him. A team of opera deejays (Doug's disciples, as it were) will continue to broadcast opera in Doug's longstanding timeslot. They're knowledgeable guys in their field, and I continue to learn from them also. But in my estimation they can never truly replace their mentor, and I miss hearing Doug Fox's voice on the airwaves.
My friend Rob Meehan used to socialize with James Sellars and obtained directly from the composer CD copies of The World Is Round and Beulah in Chicago. Rob preserved the Sellars recordings in his own extensive specialty collection of recorded music of the twentieth and twenty first centuries. Rob loaned to me for broadcast the CD's of both of those Sellars compositions, as well as the Pentatone compact disc release of Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain. Over a period of decades Rob Meehan has kept on providing me with recordings of interesting "alternative" vocal music of our time. I always try to give him credit and thanks in our WWUH Program Guide for his assistance. 

I contribute recordings for broadcast from my own collection of opera on silver disc. This time around I contributed the CD releases of Scarlatti's La Gloria di Primavera, Rameau's Le fetes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour and Millocker's Gasparone.  All the other featured works in this two-month period of programming come from the CD and LP holdings of our station's classical music record library. Finally, I must thank our station's operations director Kevin O'Toole for mentoring me in the preparation of these notes for cyber-publication.                                                               
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West Hartford Symphony Orchestra
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West Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Richard Chiarappa, Music Director

2017 Season Schedule
Pops Concert, Saturday, 5/20, 8 pm, W. Hartford Town Hall

For tickets and information, 860-521-4362 or http://whso.org/.

 The Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra
The Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit Community Orchestra. They present four concerts each season in the Greater Hartford area, performing works from all periods in a wide range of musical styles. The members of Hartford's only community orchestra are serious amateurs who come from a broad spectrum of occupations.
2017 Concert Season
All concerts are at 3:00 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney Street, Hartford
June 11, 2017:  Grass Roots: Folk-inspired classical music
Vaughan Williams: English Folk Song Suite
Copland: Rodeo
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Dvorak: Cello Concerto (Aron Zelkowicz, cello)
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The Musical Club of Hartford
The Musical Club of Hartford, Inc., which celebrated its 125 year history in 2015-16, is an organization whose primary goal is to nurture the Musical Arts and promote excellence in music, both among seasoned music lovers as well as the younger generations. The Musical Club makes music more readily available to people of all ages and social backgrounds in our community.

 The Hartford Chorale
The Hartford Chorale is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization, and serves as the primary symphonic chorus for the greater Hartford community. The Chorale provides experienced, talented singers with the opportunity to study and perform at a professional level of musicianship. Through its concerts and collaborations with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and other organizations, the Chorale seeks to reach and inspire the widest possible audience with exceptional performances of a broad range of choral literature, including renowned choral masterpieces.

Letter from Italy, 1944
Thursday, May 4, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.
Mortensen Hall, The Bushnell
Hartford Chorale and Greater Middletown Chorale
Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Joseph D'Eugenio, conducting
A soldier's story told in music: This oratorio is set against the heroic background of the elite 10th Mountain Division's epic WWII battles. Grammy-nominated Sarah Meneely-Kyder's lush, varied score brings to life the true story of a soldier and his family bravely facing PTSD in this timely, semi-staged work. A co-production of the GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, the concert features Jack Anthony Pott as the young medic, father, and physician - a role he created in the highly praised 2013 premiere of this work. Joseph D'Eugenio, GMChorale Artistic Director, will lead the two chorales, soloists, and the Hartford Symphony in this riveting production. This single performance is scheduled for Thursday May 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell.
Choral Fantasy and Mystical Songs
Friday, June 9, 2017 - Sunday, June 11, 2017
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday at 8pm / Sunday at 3pm
Brahms Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
Haydn Te Deum for the Empress Maria Therese
Beethoven Fantasia in C minor for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra, Op. 80, "Choral Fantasy"
Ravel Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose Suite)
Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs
Adam Kerry Boyles conductor
Hartford Chorale Richard Coffey, music director
Alexander Moutouzkine piano
Vocal soloists
Christine Laird first soprano
Claudia Ayer second soprano
Katie Hart mezzo-soprano
Jack Pott first tenor
Dylan Koerner second tenor
Jermain Woodard baritone
HSO Assistant Conductor Adam Kerry Boyles leads his first complete Masterworks concert! Brahms' sparkling Academic Festival Overture was composed as a musical "thank you" to the University of Breslau for awarding him an honorary doctorate. A curmudgeonly joker, Brahms created a "boisterous potpourri of student drinking songs." This program also explores the unique relationship of teacher and student - Haydn and Beethoven as well as Ravel and Vaughan Williams. Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy" combines grandeur and lyricism, with a foreshadowing of his "Ode to Joy" from the Ninth Symphony. Inspired by the Anglican Church, Williams' meditative Five Mystical Songs sets four poems by poet and priest George Herbert to music, concluding in a triumphant hymn of praise.

For further information: Hartford Chorale 860-547-1982 or www.hartfordchorale.org .

Manchester Symphony Orchestra

Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale
Bringing Music to our Community for 57 Years!

The Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale is a nonprofit volunteer organization that brings quality orchestral and choral music to the community, provides performance opportunities for its members, and provides education and performance opportunities for young musicians in partnership with Manchester schools and other Connecticut schools and colleges.


Concert 5 - Chorale/Orchestra
"Pops" "And All That Jazz"
Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Manchester High School

Beth El Temple in West Hartford

Music at Beth El Temple in West Hartford is under the aegis of The Beth El Music & Arts Committee (BEMA). With the leadership of Cantor Joseph Ness, it educates and entertains the community through music.
BETH EL TEMPLE (BEMA) 2015-1016 Season
with Cantor Joseph Ness, conductor
Musical Services with Cantor Jackie Mendelson   
FREE and open to the public 

What's the Score Symphony Concert   
Sunday, June 11, 2017    7pm
Open to the Public. Plenty of FREE Parking.
Beth El Temple
2626 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117
Phone: (860) 233-9696

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