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January/February, 2019
In This Issue
Monday Synthesis
How To Listen
WWUH Archive Now Online
Be On The Radio
Flashback: 1978
Classical Listing
Donate to the Scholarship Fund
Community Affairs on 91.3
Composer Birthdays
Sunday Afternoon at the Opera
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John Ramsey

General Manager

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Boomer's Paradise has the following in store for the new year:

1. Each month we'll play selected songs from albums released in that month back in 1969.
2. We'll periodically play selected songs from the Billboard Top 40 "One Hit Wonders".
3. Periodically play selected songs that feature specific instruments (e.g. sax, e-bow).
4. Periodically play selected songs from albums that have unusual, memorable or iconic album titles.
5. Periodically play selected songs from various rock trios.
6. Periodically play selected songs that featured members of the "Wrecking Crew" session musicians.
7. Periodically play selected songs that have a common theme in the song title.

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Never Miss Your Favorite WWUH Programs Again!
WWUH Round Logo The WWUH Archive!

We are very excited to announce
that all WWUH programs are now available on-demand
the "Program Archive" link 
on our home page, 
  This means that if you missed one of your favorite shows, or if you want to listen to parts of it again, you can do so easily using the Archive link.  Programs are available for listening for two weeks after their air date.
WWUH Round Logo Th is is WWUH's 50th Year!

If you are a former UHer we'd like to
hear from you. Please Email Us

If you have an idea for a radio program and are available to volunteer late at night, please let us know.

We may have some midnight and/or 3am slots available later this year. 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 they will be considered for any open slots in our schedule.
 40 Years Ago: 1978
As we celebrate our 50th year we look back at the year 1978:

     In mid-January Connecticut was hit by the "blizzard of the century" which shut down the state for several days.  WWUH stayed on the air throughout, staffed by three volunteers who were literally snowed into the Gengras Student Union for three days.  The snowdrifts were up to the second story windows. For the first twelve hours or so, the volunteers thoroughly enjoyed the experience of having the radio station all to themselves.  However, sometime in the second day of the event, two things happened:   First, they realized that they were unable to leave the building because none of the outside doors could be opened because of the snow drifted up three to four feet high in front of them!   Second, they ran out of money for the numerous vending machines on the first floor of the student union.  The food that the volunteers consumed from these machines while they were trapped in the building while certainly not nutritionally redeeming but helped to keep the hunger pangs away and probably provided the energy necessary to operate the station hour after hour.   
     Public Safety came to the volunteers aid by digging a path to the main entrance and ferrying in food to these three individuals who produced over 72 hours of programming between the three of them.
     Early in the morning on January 18, the roof of the the Hartford Civic Center collapsed due to the heavy snow load and a faulty design.  Several thousand people had been in attendance the night before for a ballgame but thankfully the venue was empty and no one was injured in the disaster. 
      Volunteer Marsha Lasker wrote in 2008:  "I was on the air, literally when the civic center came crashing down. I was doing the Gothic Blimp Works and did announce it on the air after a few minutes of indecision and phone calls to confirm the reports of the collapse I was getting from listeners." 
      A programming highlight occurred in January of 1978 when WWUH produced and aired a live broadcast from Mad Murphy's Cafe at Union Place in downtown Hartford featuring jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. This was the second attempt at the Metheny broadcast, the first attempt failing because of the Blizzard of '78.  
     On the date of the first scheduled Mad Murphy's Metheny broadcast, the remote crew, consisting of Allison Rasmussen, Sylvia, Mark Smith, Jim McGivern and John Ramsey, became stranded at the club when the governor declared a state of emergency and closed the city.  The night they spent at Mad Murphy's Café was one to remember!
      The Metropolitan Opera contacted WWUH in the spring and WWUH agreed to carry the Met throughout their 1978-19/79 season. WWUH would be the only station in Southern New England to carry the Met in stereo.   
     The Met Opera broadcasts were warmly received by the large audience that Robert E. Smith's program "Your Theater of Melody"  program had now that they were being carried on WWUH on weekday afternoons, something that came about after WTIC-FM switched from Classical to Top-40 music a few years earlier.
      Adding the Met to the station's line-up required a major compromise in programming since the Opera preempted the very popular four-hour "Focus on Jazz" slot.  
     During the summer of 1978, a series of jazz concerts from BushnellPark, sponsored by the Community Renewal Team were broadcast live on WWUH. These concerts included performances by artists Bill Evans, Pat Metheny, Toot's" Thielemans and others. 
     Additional broadcasts took place from the Thursday Peace Train concerts featuring artists such as   Maria Muldaur, Pat Metheny, B.B. King, and Tito Puente.
  O ver 30,000 people attended the New England Fiddle Contest at Bushnell Park in July and many more whom couldn't be at the park were able to listen via WWUH's live, 10 hour broadcast.  Listener response to the broadcast was very favorable, with many folks calling thanking the station for making them feel as if they were actually in the park.
         Two newscasts a day returned to WWUH in 1978.   These segments, which aired at noon and at 4pm, we called "In The Hartford Interest".
         In t he fall a live broadcast was produced from the Hartford Stage Company, featuring the band Spiral, in concert.  This band was unique in that their instrumentation consisted of sound sculptures, created by the Baschet Brothers from France.  These "instruments" were designed as both visually pleasing sculptures and as musical instruments.  Needless to say, learning to "mic" these instruments for broadcast was a real challenge for our engineering staff. 
     The fall brought staff discussion of a possible name change for the All Night Show:  "Afterburn," "Nightwatch" and "Nocturnal Emissions" were considered and then rejected by the staff.
     The idea of merging "Midday Fuse" and "Afternoon Roll" into one show was again discussed. The staff did not support this change, in part because five volunteers would lose their slots.
     Due to a lack of qualified staff members interested in filling the slot, the Friday "Sounds of the City" soul show was eliminated and replaced with "Accent on Jazz" in December 1978.
          A new program focusing on Women's Issues started airing on December 17.   
Classical Music's Home in Hartford

WWUH Classical Programming - January/February 2019
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

New releases and new acquisitions for the New Year, plus a New Year's cantata and a once-popular opera
Parry: Symphony No. 5; Friml: Songs; Lalo: Piano Concerto; Rosetti: Concerto for Two Horns; Rode: Violin Concerto
Host's Choice
New Music from December
Orff: Trionfi
The Seasons... Desyantikov: The Russian Seasons; Français: L'horloge de flor (The Flower Clock); Richter/Vivaldi: The Four Seasons Recomposed; Raskatov: The Seasons Digest based on Tchaikovsky's The Seasons: Zaimont: A Calendar Set;
Drake's Village Brass Band... Holmes: Winter Sports Galop; Bennett: The Seasons for Wind Ensemble; Pickard: Men of Stone
Leopold Mozart: Conceto in D for Horn & Orchestra; Shostakovich: String Quartet #7 in f#, Op. 108; Mealor: Stabat mater; Bruckner: Symphony #7 in E
Host's Choice
On Beyond Bach: Avison and Aufschnaiter. Zumsteeg: Cello Concerto in A; Massonneau: Oboe Quartet No. 1 in F; Brull: Andante and Allegro Op. 88; 16th Century Ancient Airs & Dances - Suite No. 1; Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances - Suite No. 1.
A tribute to Paul Hindemith
Adams: Doctor Atomic
Time Curves... Duckworth: Time Curve Preludes; Zwilich: A Millennium Fantasy; Bantock: A Pageant of Human Life; Shostakovich: Symphony #11 "The Year 1905"
Drake's Village Brass Band... Maslanka: Symphony #10 "The River of Life"
Bruch: Schwedische Tänze, Op. 63; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quintet #1 in B , K. 174; Prokofiev: Symphony #3 in c, Op. 44; Bruckner: Te Deum
Hoffmeister: Symphony in G Major; Firenze: Madrigals; Fesca: String Quartet No. 3; Raff: String Quartet; Lebrun: Oboe Concerto No. 5
On Beyond Bach: Babell and Bonporti. Franklin: String Quartet; Stanley: Concerto for Strings in d Op. 2, No. 4; Muthel: Flute Sonata in D; Linley: I will never vow truth at the feet fair; Gossec: Symphony in B-flat, Op. 6, No. 6; A. Taneyev: Arabesque, Op. 24; Kienzl: String Quartet No. 1 in b Op. 22; 16th Century Ancient Airs & Dances - Suite No. 2; Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances - Suite No. 2.
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King
Rossini: Semiramide (Act One)
Marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day... Eubie Blake - Rags to Classics; Walker: An Eastman Overture, Lilacs; Berio: O King; Hailstork: Epitaph in Memoriam of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; Still: Lenox Avenue, Suite for Violin and Piano
Drake's Village Brass Band... 24 K Gould - UNLV Wind Orchestra
Bolcom: Concerto for Piano & Large Orchestra; Schubert: Deutsche Messe, D. 872; Barber: String Quartet in b, Op 11; Mahler: Symphony #8
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 8; Forster: Viri Israelite;
Le Beau: Piano Pieces; Foerster: Horn Concertos; Franck: Piano Quintet
On Beyond Bach: Bond and Brescianello. Frederick the Great: Flute Concerto No. 3 in C; E.T.A. Hoffmann: Keyboard Sonata No. 1 in A, AV 22; Mason: Silver Spring, Op. 6; Dello Joio: Variants on a Mediaevel Tune; 16th Century Ancient Airs & Dances - Suite No. 3; Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances - Suite No. 3.
Listener's Requests
Rossini: Semiramide (Act Two); Massenet: La Navarraise
Crumb: Ancient Voices of Children; Bergsma: Tangents; Rachel Barton Pine violin - Blues Dialogues Music by Black Composers; Diamond: Symphony #6
Drake's Village Brass Band... Freedom of Movement - 21st Century Trumpet Concertos Rex Richardson Trumpet
Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (excerpts); Weinberg (1919-1996): String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 2/141 and Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 10 (1942); J. S. Bach: Cantata for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany: BWV 73 "Herr, wie du willt, so schick's mit mir" (1724); Telemann: Ouverture Suite in F Minor, TWV 55:f1; Handel: Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 1 in G major (1739); Leon Kirchner: Little Suite and Concerto for Violin, Cello, 10 Winds and Percussion; Couperin (1668-1733): Pieces de clavecin, Book 3: 15th Ordre in A major-minor
Huber: Symphony No. 6; Gubaidulina: St. John Passion selection; Fibich: Piano Trio; Reger: Silhoutten; Ries: Piano Sonata in E Flat
On Beyond Bach: Chedeville and Corrette. Zarlino: Capite nobis vulpes; Devienne: Flute Concerto No. 4 in G; Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 19 in c D958; Five German Dances with 7 Trios and Coda; Reissiger: Piano Trio No. 7 in E Op. 85; Frankel: Battle of the Bulge - Prelude; Glass: Violin Concerto
Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 4 - The Inextinguishable
Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko
Crumb: Ancient Voices of Children; Bergsma: Tangents; Rachel Barton Pine violin - Blues Dialogues Music by Black Composers; Diamond: Symphony #6
Drake's Village Brass Band... Freedom of Movement - 21st Century Trumpet Concertos Rex Richardson Trumpet
Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (excerpts); Weinberg: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 3 (1940) and Symphony No. 3, Op. 45 (1949); Telemann: Ouverture Suite in G Minor, TWV 55:g9
J. S. Bach: Cantata for the 4th Sunday after Epiphany: BWV 14 "Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit" (1735);
Louis Marchand: Suite in D minor; Phyllis Tate: Alto Saxophone Concerto in B-Flat Major; Handel: Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 2 in F major; Couperin (1668-1733): Pieces de clavecin, Book 3: 16th Ordre in G major-minor
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8; Lieberson: Songs; Ginastera: Cello Sonata; Gottschalk: Piano Pieces; Ravel: Le Miroir
On Beyond Bach: Dall'abaco and Dauvergne. Dopper: Symphony No. 7 'Zuiderzee'; Stenhammar: Serenade for Orchestra, Op. 31; Porter: Speed Etude; Constant: Twilight Zone Theme.
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Lully: Armide
Thomas Hampson - Songs of Chicago; Glass: Symphony #11
Drake's Village Brass Band... Maslanka: Symphony #2
Gould: Lincoln Legend; Paganini: Violin Concerto #1 in D, Op. 6; Arensky: String Quartet #2 in a, Op. 35; Vaughan Williams: Flos Campi for viola, wordless chorus, and small orchestra
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10; Clark: Songs;
Luchesi: Piano Sonata; Goetz: Piano Quintet; Quantz: Flute Concerto; Mehul: Overtures
On Beyond Bach: Durante and Erlebach. Cavalli: Sonata a 6; Sor: Introduction & Variations on a Theme by Mozart, Op. 9; Dargomyzhsky: Rusalka Overture; Dvorak: Rusalka - Song to the Moon, Rusalka Polonaise; Bainton: And I saw a New Heaven; Friedman: Gartner Waltzes; Sgambati: Piano Concerto in g, Op 15; Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in f Op. 57 'Appassionata'.
Romeo & Juliet and other music of romance
Trueman: Olagan; Fussell: Cymbeline
Stucky: Second Concerto for Orchestra; Harbison: Symphony #4; Bernstein: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Suite; Various A Bernstein Birthday Bouquet; Michel Legrand Piano Four Piano Blues
Drake's Village Brass Band... Los Angeles Brass Quintet
Vaňhal: Sinfonia in e; Richter: Flute Concerto in e; Boyer: Symphony #1; Schubert: Piano Trio #1 in B , Op. 99, D. 898
Haydn:Symphony No. 100; Howells: Requiem; Marshner: Overtures; Liszt: Les Annees de Pelerinage; Gliere: Horn Concerto; Rozsa: Piano Sonata
Host's Choice
Classical Conversations - Guest to e determined
Paisiello: Fedra
Monday Night at the Movies... Steiner: Caged; Waxman: Captains Courageous; Renaud Capuçon Violin - Cinema; Williams: Dracula;
Moross: The Valley of Gwangi
Drake's Village Brass Band... Moross: The Valley of Gwangi- Band Music; Black Dyke Band Plays Peter Graham - Metropolis 1927
Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (excerpts); Weinberg: String Quartet No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 14 and Symphony No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 61 (1957); Telemann: Ouverture Suite in E-Flat Major, TWV 55:Es2; J. S. Bach: Cantata for Sexagesima Sunday [2nd Sunday before Lent]: BWV 181 "Leichtgesinnte Flattergeister" (1724); Louis Marchand: Suite in F from Book 2 of Organ Works;
Phyllis Tate: Tryptych (1954) and London Fields;
Handel: Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 3 in E minor;
Couperin: Pieces de clavecin, Book 3: 17th Ordre in E minor
Gouvy: Symphony No. 1; Puccini: Turandot selection; Guerini: Cello Sonata; Gibbons: Fantasia; Martinu: Concerto for Flute and Violin; Pasculli: Grand Concerto
On Beyond Bach: Fesch and Fiorenza. Parish-Alvars: La Mandoline; Carpenter: Adventures in a Perambulator; Bortkiewicz: Sonata in B Op 9; Conti: Violin Concerto No. 1 in E Flat.

Support the WWUH Scholarship Fund

    In 2003 WWUH alums Steve Berian, Charles Horwitz and Clark Smidt helped create the WWUH Scholarship Fund to provide an annual grant to a UH student who is either on the station's volunteer Executive Committee or who is in a similar leadership position at the station. The grant amount each year will be one half of the revenue of the preceeding year.

To make a tax deductable donation either send a check to: WWUH Scholarship Fund
c/o John Ramsey
Univ. of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Ave.
W. Hartford, CT 06117 

Or call John at 860-768-4703 to arrange for a one-time or on-going donation via charge card.

If you would like more information please contact us at  wwuh@hartford.edu

Real Alternative News
For over 50 years WWUH has aired a variety of unique community affairs programs.

Here is our current schedule:
Monday: Noon - 1pm  Alternative Radio
8:00 - 9:00 pm Radio   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  Nutmeg Chatter
 Composer Birthdays

Thursday Evening Classics -January/February Composer Birthdays

Jan 3
1895 Borys Lyatoshynsky
Jan 10
1760 Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg
1766 Louis Massonneau
Jan 17
1706 Benjamin Franklin
1712 John Stanley
1728 Johann Gottfried Muthel
1733 Thomas Linley
1734 Francois-Joseph Gossec
1850 Aleksander Taneyev
1857 Wilhelm Kienzl
Jan 24
1712 Frederick the Great
1776 Ernst Theodor Amadeus (E.T.A.) Hoffmann
1829 William Mason
1913 Norman Dello Joio
Jan 31
1517 Gioseffo Zarlino
1759 Francois Devienne
1797 Franz Schubert
1798 Carl Gottlieb Reissiger
1906 Benjamin Frankel
1937 Philip Glass
Feb 7
1870 Cornelis Dopper
1871 Wilhelm Stenhammar
1897 Quincy Porter
1925 Marius Constant
Feb 14
1602 Pietro Francesco Cavalli
1778 (bapt) Fernando Sor
1813 Alexander Dargomyzhsky
1880 Edgar Bainton
1882 Ignaz Friedman
Feb 21
1791 Carl Czerny
1801 Johann Kalliwoda
1836 Leo Delibes
1844 Charles Marie Widor
Feb 28
1808 Elias Parish-Alvars
1876 John Alden Carpenter
1877 Sergei Bortkiewicz
 Sunday Afternoon at the Opera

Your "lyric theater" program
with Keith Brown
programming selections
for the months of Jan/Feb 2019
Sunday 1-4:30pm

SUNDAY JANUARY 6th Orff, Trionfi.  
Carl Orff's Carmina Burana (1937) is one of the single most popular choral works in the repertoire, and just about everybody has heard some recording of it, or heard popular excerpts from this work. Did you know that Orff's famous dramatic cantata is actually part one of a trilogy of such cantatas? Orff composed the "Songs of Beuren" first, the song lyrics taken from a medieval Latin manuscript found in a Bavarian monastery. Later he set to music love poems by the Roman author Catullus, which become the second cantata, Catulli Carmina (1943). Still later he returned to the verse of Catullus, adding the fragments of a marriage ode by the ancient Greek poetess Sappho to a snippet from the playwright Euripides as his text for a third cantata. This is the not-so-well-known Trionfo di Afrodite (1953) in praise of the Graeco-Roman love goddess. It comes closest to opera as opera was originally conceived in the Italian Renaissance. Orff was also thinking of those Renaissance pageants known as "triumphs," so he called his trilogy Trionfi and styled it in Italian as a Trittico Theatrale. Listen on this first Sunday of 2019 to all three parts of Orff's complete conception as recorded in Leipzig in 1974/75 with Herbert Kegel conducting the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Leipzig and the Leipzig Radio Choir. Also taking part in the studio tapings were the boy choristers, the Kapellknaben of Dresden and the choir of Radio Berlin. Among the distinguished German singers of the period who participated was tenor Eberhard Buchner. First issued on LP's in 1976, the Berlin Classics label reissued Trionfi on two compact discs in 1992.

SUNDAY JANUARY 13th, Adams,Doctor Atomic
.One of the founders of musical minimalism, John Adams (b. 1947) has modified and refined his style as time went along and he became one of the major composers of opera in America. As this opera program went along I presented several recordings of his lyric theaterworks, notably Nixon in China (1987) on Sunday, September 4, 1988, The Death of Klinghofer (1991) on Sunday, March 7,1993 and I was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw The Sky (1997) on Sunday, March 21, 1999. Some people think Adams really hit his stride in the genre later yet with Doctor Atomic (2005), the story of the physicist Doctor Robert Oppenheimer and the creation of the first atomic bomb. Oppenheimer and his colleagues at the Los Alamos site were certainly conflicted about what they were doing. This bomb of theirs could kill thousands of innocent people! Furthermore, by the Spring of 1945 Germany had been defeated and the necessity to use such a weapon of mass destruction was very much in doubt. Oppenheimer's internal crisis spills over to affect his wife and her Native American maid. There's a live recording of Doctor Atomic, the world premiere recording, made in connection with its stage premiere by San Francisco Opera. In 2017 a second recording was made in BBC studios following the English National Opera performances. Starring as "Oppie" is baritone Gerald Finley. The composer himself conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers. You will hear Doctor Atomic as issued on two Nonesuch compact discs in 2018. Writing for Fanfare magazine in its Nov/Dec 2018 issue, reviewer Phillip Scott opines "Doctor Atomic is an important, moving and frightening work, and this recording is quite simply definitive."
SUNDAY JANUARY 20th, Rossini, Semiramide, Act One This was the last opera Gioacchino Rossini would ever write for an Italian opera house. It premiered with success at Venice in 1823. Rossini and his wife, the soprano Isabella Colbran (who first sang the title role), soon thereafter relocated to Paris, where the esteemed composer spent most of the rest of his life, dying there in 1868. Semiramide played all over Europe in short order. All the great singers of Rossini's time wanted roles in it. But as the nineteenth century progressed and the age of bel canto came and went, Semiramide gradually passed out of the repertoire. Written at the dawn of the bel canto singing style, its coloratura passages required prodigious vocal agility. There were no longer singers who could handle the demands of the music. That is, until the bel canto revival of the mid twentieth century. One remarkable voice championed this music: the Australian soprano Joan Sutherland. She was at the height of her vocal powers in 1965 when she recorded Semiramide for the Decca/London label. Sutherland is heard in the title role alongside another remarkable singer who took part in the revival, the American mezzo Marilyn Horne. Sutherland's husband conductor Richard Bonynge directed the London Symphony Orchestra and Ambrosian Chorus. That old London LP release went over the air on this program on Sunday, May 23, 2010. Semiramide has recently been recorded under the auspices of the Opera Rara record company, whose declared mission is "to rediscover, restore, record and perform the forgotten operatic heritage of the 19th century." This new studio recording of Rossini's bel canto masterpiece was made at Henry Wood Hall in London in August/September, 2016 following a concert-style performance for the BBC Proms. Sir Mark Elder conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, with the Opera Rara Chorus. Starring as Semiramide, Queen of Babylon is Albina Shagimoratova. The Opera Rara studio production works from the critical edition of Rossini's score prepared by Philip Gossett and Alberto Zedda, the same edition that was employed in the Metropolitan Opera TV production of 1990 and which was published in 2001.

   Rossini's Semiramide is a truly grand opera in scale and looks forward to the French grand operas of Meyerbeer soon to come. In fact, in recorded performance it is also of Wagnerian length. On four Opera Rara compact discs, it won't quite fit into one Sunday's three-and-a-half- hour-long timeslot. Semiramide is in two very long acts. You will hear Act One in its entirety this Sunday.
SUNDAY JANUARY 27th,  Rossini, Semiramide, Act Two, Massenet,La Navarraise The second act of Semiramide doesn't last quite as long in broadcast as the first. That allows sufficient time afterwards for me to air another entire opera in two very short acts, La Navarriase (1894) by Jules Massenet, which sets forth a tragic tale of love in wartime. The scene is the Basque Country in northern Spain at the time of a nineteenth century Spanish internal conflict. Amid all the bloodshed of battle "The Girl from Navarre" commits a murder for the love of her soldier-boy. Back in the 1980's we had two recordings of La Navarraise in our WWUH classical music record library. I chose the one on a single 1975 RCA Red Seal LP for broadcast on Sunday, September 18, 1988. It featured American mezzo Marilyn Horne as the girl and tenor Placido Domingo as the young soldier. Our station has acquired the Warner Classics compact disc release from last year that stars tenor Roberto Alagna as sergeant Araquil opposite soprano Aleksandra Kurzak as Anita. Alberto Veronesi directs the Opera Orchestra of New York and the New York Choral Ensemble. Massenet's orchestral scoring is very colorful and calls for various special effects. This opera opened in London to much applause, but enthusiasm for it dwindled every time it reappeared on stage in the years leading up to World War One. The great American soprano Geraldine Ferrar had it revived one last time at the Met in 1921 as a vehicle for her vocal artistry. Like so many other Massenet operas, this one passed into oblivion thereafter. Now in the 21st century we get to rediscover the beauty and passion of Massenet's "Episode Lyrique," a little gem of the French operatic heritage.  
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 3rd,  Rimsky-Korsakov, Sadko I have always liked the fairy tale operas of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844- 1908) and have broadcast recordings of them now and again over the years. Perhaps the single finest one of them all is Sadko (1898). The eponymous character is a minstrel and psaltery player whose hometown is Novgorod. The prosperous merchants of the town want to bring more commerce their way from Russia and beyond, but Novgorod lacks a navigable outlet to the sea. The minstrel has a plan to fix that, but the merchants mock him and Sadko has no gold to finance his venture. He finds help from the water spirits of nearby Lake Ilmen. Sadko then becomes a kind of Russian Sinbad the Sailor. With a fishnet he snatches up gold out of the lake. The gold funds a fleet of ships. Sadko's psaltery possesses magic powers with which he charms the Sea King. After an escapade in the undersea kingdom he returns in triumph to Novgorod. The old story from pre-Christian times has an explanation for how the Volkhov River came to be. Rimsky-Korsakov provided Sadko with a wonderful, colorful score. Russian bassos have always loved to sing "The Song of the Viking Guest" from Sadko, but the hit number of the opera is the world-famous "Song of India." The recording of Sadko you will hear today was made live in performance at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1993. Valery Gergiev conducts the Kirov Chorus and Orchestra with a cast of native Russian singers. The Philips label released Sadko on three compact discs.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10th, Lully, Armide This Tragedie en Musique, first staged in 1686, was the last and most magnificent product of the collaboration between the Italian immigrant composer Jean Baptiste Lully, the father of French opera, and the playwright Phillippe Quinault. Their presentations at the royal court of Louis XIV "The Sun King" at Versailles established the model for baroque music drama in French language. The Lullian model would last for a century, reaching its ultimate development in the operas of Rameau. Armide is a tragedie lyrique in five acts in the form prescribed in the spoken- word dramas of Corneille. Armide has been recorded several times in the course of the general revival of interest in baroque music in the later twentieth century. On Sunday, March 25, 1990 I presented Armide in an incomplete recording of the work, one that omits the fourth act, released through the French Erato label. The Belgian early music specialist Phillippe Herreweghe directed the Ensemble Vocal et Instrumental de la Chappelle Royale. Armide was recorded again in Paris in 2015 for release on a pair of silver discs through another latter day French label Aparte. In this case the opera was in its complete five act form. Christophe Rousset led the period instrument players of Les Talens Lyriques and the chamber chorus of Namur, plus solo singing cast. The Aparte recording went over the air almost exactly one year ago on February 11th. There is an American recording of Armide made in February, 2007 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Maryland at Catonsville. There is in fact an American troupe of period instrument players and singers specializing in the antique French lyric theater repertoire: Opera Lafayette, led by Ryan Brown. Armide was revived again and again at the Paris Opera in the decades after its first production, and with each revival its score was altered. Opera Lafayette departs from the original 1686 version in several places, partly in accordance with the work's own performance history in the eighteenth century. The prologue has been dropped altogether as it had been for the 1761 revival. Naxos released The Tragedy of Armide on two compact discs in 2008.

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17th, Trueman, Olagon, Fussell, Cymbeline This Sunday I offer you two lyric theater pieces of the twenty first century. First comes Dan Trueman's Olagon:A Cantata in Doublespeak. Essentially this is a modern retelling of the ancient Irish epic poem the Tain Bo Cuiailnge or "The Cattle Raid of Cooley," as translated and interpreted by the contemporary Irish poet Paul Muldoon. The "doublespeak" element in this cantata refers to what is called "macaronic verse," a practice of mixing languages going back to the Middle Ages. One notable example of this is the mixing of the vernacular and Latin in the Carmina Burana that Orff set to music. In Olagon it's modern English and ancient Irish that gets chopped up. Dan Trueman is an American composer and fiddler who accompanies the Irish vocalist Iarla O Lionaird. Additional vocals are provided by Trueman and the six members of the Eighth Blackbird ensemble, who are all accomplished instrumentalists. Eighth Blackbird is an American outfit, and Olagon was given its world premiere recording stateside at Princeton University in 2015. The Chicago-based label Cedille issued Olagon on two compact discs in 2017.
   American composer Charles Fussell (b. 1938) has been part of the Boston area's musical life for a couple of decades. Among his many talents and capacities he's a composer for the lyric stage. A recording of his chamber opera The Astronaut's Tale (1996) went over the air on this program on Sunday, September 2, 2012. Fussell is but one of a long line of composers to be inspired by the plays of William Shakespeare. He fashioned another chamber opera after Shakespeare's Cymbelline (1611). Fussell wrote, "The idea of a musical depiction of this work came as a result of seeing the Hartford Stage productions of Shakespeare. Their Cymbelline, directed by Mark Lamos (who later moved to opera)... touched me deeply..." Fussell's Cymbelline received its world premiere recording in 2016 in the studio of Futura Productions in Roslindale, Massachusetts. The three vocal soloists are joined by an ensemble of ten instrumentalists drawn from the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, directed by Gil Rose. The recording comes to us on a single BMOP Sound compact disc.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24th, Paisiello, Fedra We commonly think of Giovanni Paisiello (1740-1816) as a composer of Italian comic opera. After all, it was he who wrote the original "Barber of Seville" in 1782, the one that came before Rossini's "Barber" of 1816. The old Mercury LP and Frequenz CD recordings of Paisiello's Il Barbiere di Siviglia I have broadcast several times over the years. I have also aired recordings of other, lesser known Neapolitan opere buffe by Paisiello, like Socrate Imaginario (1773) or La Grotta di Trofonio (1785). After the adopted son of Naples got back from his sojourn in Russia in 1784 he ceased to crank out so many of those comic operas in favor of works with more serious content. His sentimental romantic comedy Nina, ossia la Pazza per Amore (1789) was an enormous hit. I broadcast the Ricordi CD release of Nina on Sunday, August 15, 2004. Nina has its serious moments,but Fedra (1791), is more truly an opera seria. It tells a story taken up many times before by opera composers about Hippolytus and Aricia. This operatic version of the ancient Greek legend is given a happy ending. The role of Queen Phaedra (in Italian Fedra) is a study in guilt. Fedra was staged in 2016 at the Teatro Massimo Bellini of Catania in Sicily. The production draws upon Paisiello's autograph score as preserved in the library of the Naples Conservatory. Jerome Correas conducts the chorus and orchestra of the Teatro Massimo. The Italian Dynamic record label issued Fedra on two compact discs in 2016. Dynamic informs us that this is the world premiere recording of Paisiello's work.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra - 

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Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra

Great music and great musicians! Food for the soul! Affordable prices! The Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra offers these benefits to all of you in the greater Hartford Community. 

The CVSO has been operating for 88 years. Our musicians, serious amateurs and music educators, range from teenagers to seniors, and have a fabulous 2018-2019 season of classical, romantic and modern music lined up for your listening pleasure. Here are our scheduled performances:

February 3 or 10, 2019:  
The European Tour Continues!
John Hart, conducting
Wagner: Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin
Martinu: Rhapsody-Concerto

April 7, 2019: Vive la France!
Paul McShee, conducting
Chabrier: España
Saint-Saens: Morceau de concert
Susan Knapp Thomas, harp
Franck: Symphony in D minor

June 2, 2019: Pops: Dance!
de Falla: Spanish Dance from La Vida Breve 
Prokofiev: Montagues and Capulets
from Romeo and Juliet
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet
Dvorak: Slavonic Dances (selected mvts)
Borodin: Polovtsian Dances
Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre
Lehar: Waltz from Merry Widow

Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

Concerts are Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford.

The West Hartford 
Symphony Orchestra
In Collaboration with the WWUH Classical Programming we are pleased to partner with the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra to present their announcements and schedule to enhance our commitment to being part of the Greater Hartford CommunityIn Collaboration with the WWUH Classical Programming we are pleased to partner with the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra to present their announcements and schedule to enhance our commitment to being part of the Greater Hartford Community

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Richard Chiarappa, Music Director
(860) 521-4362

Upcoming Concerts:

Dance &The WHSO
Sunday, March 31, 2019,  3:00 PM
Roberts Theater (Kingswood Oxford)

2019 Annual Pops Concert
Saturday, May 18, 2019,  7:00 PM
West Hartford Town Hall
The Musical Club of Hartford
The Musical Club of Hartford is a non-profit organization founded in 1891. Membership is open to performers or to those who simply enjoy classical music, providing a network for musicians from the Greater Hartford area.
Club events take place normally on selected Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m, Fall through Spring. The usual location is the sanctuary at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT (between Ridgewood and Mountain Avenues). Information on time and location is given at the bottom of each event description.

Classical Competition Winners Concert - Jan 20, 2019.  On January 5 and 6 of this year, The Musical Club of Hartford will hold its 43rd annual scholarship competition for high school students living or studying music in Connecticut. At the Winners' concert we will hear the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the Piano, Strings, Winds, and Voice categories of this competition. The strings, brass/woodwind, and voice scholarship prizes are awarded by the Musical Club's Gifts and Scholarships Fund, which also supports many other musical activities in the Hartford area.
Date : Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 2:00pm
Location : Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT  

Jazz Competition Winners Concert - Jan 27, 2019 Performances by the Winners of the 1st High School Competition in Solo Jazz This year, on January 6, The Musical Club of Hartford will hold its 2nd annual scholarship jazz solo competition for high school students living or studying music in Connecticut. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will perform in a cabaret setting accompanied by a professional jazz trio. The professional trio will also perform a set separately from the students, to round out the one-hour concert. The scholarship prizes are awarded from the Jolidon Fund, named for Marjorie Jolidon, who left a share of her estate to the  Date : Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 3:30pm
Location: Universalist Church, 433 Fern St, West Hartford, CT  

Winograd Scholarship Benefit - Feb 10, 2019 Violinist Peter Winograd and pianist and Hartt faculty member David Westfall will perform the three Brahms Sonatas for Violin and Piano. Admission is free but tickets are required. Call the Hartt box office at (860) 768-4228 or obtain them online. All free-will contributions will benefit the Betty and Arthur Winograd Scholarship, for students studying chamber music at the Hartt Community Division.
Date : Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 3:00pm
Location : Millard Auditorium, University of Hartford

The Hartford Choral

Hartford Chorale 2018-2019 Season
Vaughan Williams & Mendelssohn
Heavenly voices will fill Belding Theater in April! Vaughan Williams' blissful Fantasia on "Greensleeves" was originally used in his opera, Sir John with Love, inspired by Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor. His haunting Dona NobisPacem is a plea for peace in the years leading up to World War II. Mendelssohn's elegant Symphony No. 2 "Lobgesang" ("Hymn of Praise") echoes Beethoven's Ninth, and is a celebration of the German Reformation.
Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Friday April 12, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Saturday April 13, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Sunday April 14, 2019 - 3:00 pm
Belding Theater, The Bushnell
Carolyn Kuan, Conductor

The Manchester Symphony
Orchestra and  Choral

Bringing Music to our Community for 59 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 3 - Orchestra "There's Something About Love"
February 22nd, 2019 at 7:30 pm (not confirmed)
SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT
Higdon: Blue Cathedral
Puccini: Chrysanthemums
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy (mvmts 1 & 2)
    Alison Shively, violin
Borodin: Symphony No. 2
Concert 4 - Chorale/Orchestra "Mozart Requiem"
Saturday, April 27th, 2019 at ? pm
(Location TBD, Worcester, MA)
Sunday, April 28th, 2019 at 4:00 pm
Bailey Auditorium, Manchester High School, Manchester, 
Combined with MHS and Master Singers of Worcester
Mozart: Ave Verum
Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Mozart: Requiem Program details are subject to change.

Beth El Temple

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.
Open to the Public. Plenty of FREE Parking.
Beth El Temple
2626 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117
Phone: (860) 233-9696

Friday April 12, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Saturday April 13, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Sunday April 14, 2019 - 3:00 pm
Belding Theater, The Bushnell
Hartford, CT
Carolyn Kuan, Conductor




Serve Harmony: 
Voce's 2019 Concert Season
Serve Harmony: Voce's 2019 Concert Season
Light Eternal: The Music of Thomas LaVoy - Composer-in-Residence
MARCH 3, 2019 - 3:00 PM
Thomas LaVoy, emerging as one of the finest composers of our era, will join Voce as Composer-in-Residence in "Light Eternal." A former student of Paul Mealor, Thomas brings unique colors to some of the most profound poems and sacred scriptures ever penned. His music is warmth to the ears and will evoke a song in your heart with subtle harmonies, ethereal tones and tenderness.
With One Voice
MAY 11, 2019 - 7:30 PM
The music of Whitacre, Gjeilo, Mealor, Esenvalds and others will captivate the soul and delight the senses in the tenderness and joy of serving harmony. Voce culminates its season with an invitation to unity, joy, light and the collective devotion to the gift of song.

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