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Program Guide
July/August, 2019
In This Issue
Flashback: 1972
Boomer's Paradise
How To Listen
WWUH Archive Now Online
Be On The Radio
Classical Listing
Scholarship Fund Update
Community Affairs on 91.3
Composer Birthdays
Sunday Afternoon at the Opera
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We are extremely excited to be once again helping the Hartford Jazz Society bring the Art of Jazz to Connecticut by broadcasting the Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz Concerts live on the air.

This free outdoor jazz concert series takes place in Hartford's Bushnell Park, Monday nights at 6pm.  We sincerely hope you can join us down in the park but if you can't we encourage you to listen to the great music live on 91.3 FM.

Here's the 2019 Schedule:


 
July 8 
Jovan Alexandre Quartet
Dezron Douglas - Black Lion

July 15
Jocelyn Pleasant and The Lost Tribe
Sherry Winston
 
July 22
Orquesta Espada
Elio Villafranca Quartet 

July 29
The Matt Chasen Generation Ensemble
Antonio Hart - Roy Hargrove Tribute 

August 5
Mike Carbello Quintet
Darryl Yokley Sound Reformation

August 12
Kris Jensen Ensemble
OGJB Quartet - Lake / Haynes / Fonda / Altschul

 


John Ramsey
General Manager
 
Flash Back: 1970
 
March saw a ten-day, 240 hour broadcast marathon which raised $1300 to keep the station on for the summer. Program Director Charles Horwitz was quoted in a press release: "We are offering something for everyone.  We are the only college station operating this summer in the Greater Hartford area. We are portable for beach parties and surf-side rituals".  The Release goes on to say that Monday through Friday WWUH signs on at 9 an and goes to bed at 4 am.  On Saturday the schedule runs from 10 am to 4 am and on Sunday the broadcast day is from 10 am to 2 am. 

New features in 1970 include newscasts almost ever hour on the hour with the help of WWUH's affiliation with the Mutual Broadasting System. 

Summer features include "Poppy Fields," a weekday 10 am folk-rock program, "Soul Sensation" at 8pm on Friday with Maceo Woods and "American Legacy Bonanza" three hours of folk music with Brian Lord.  Weekdays at 5 pm WWUH airs three hours of Classical Music with the following hosts:  Tibor Banlaki, Charles Horwitz, Sherman Novoson and Louis Gagnon. 

In addition to operating the FM station, the staff continued to run WWUH-AM, which operated without an FCC license by broadcasting through the wiring in the dorms.   Because WWUH-AM did not need a license, there were no restrictions as to the airing of commercials, and WWUH-AM started selling airtime to businesses that wanted to reach the student population.   They money raised was to be used to help fund the FM station.   A commission schedule was finalized by the ECOM where 15% went to sales people (with no other reimbursement for expenses), 5% for Sales Manager (limited to 10% if he sells the ad), 2% for the business Manager and 1% for the traffic director who scheduled the spots. The station simulcast its programming on both FM and AM, and while a PSA ran on the FM a spot would run on the AM.

Programming on WWUH-AM included the live broadcast of Student Association meetings (at the request of the S.A.) and UH football games from the athletic field.
 
An April press release described the station programming this way. "WWUH is now on the air from 2p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays, and from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. on weekends. In general, programming involves "easy listening" in the afternoon, classical programs in the early evening and college-oriented music until sign-off.

John Labella announces the "easy listening" hours which includes the music of Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell and The Moody Blues.

A special feature on Friday at 5 p.m. is a folk music program directed by Brian Lord, a Navy veteran who hails from N.J. Lord, a liberal arts student, has evoked widespread interest with his droll, offbeat comments.
Boomer's Paradise
Monday Synthesis

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Throughout 2019 we will continue to delve into the following musical topics:
 
Billboard Top 40 One Hit Wonders
Songs from albums released in 1969
Music of "The Wrecking Crew"
Songs from the unusual, absurd and iconic album titles
The saxophone, ebow and other rock instruments
Songs from rock trios
British Invasion bands

Tune in Monday afternoons from 1 to 4pm.

How To Listen To WWUH
Many Options Available
 
In Central CT and Western MA, WWUH can be heard at 91.3 on the FM dial.  Our programs are also carried on:
WDJW, 89.7, Somers, CT


You can also listen live using your PC, tablet or smart device. Listen  here.

We also recommend that you download the free app "tunein" 
here to your mobile device. 

You can also access on demand any WWUH program which has aired in the last two weeks using our newly improved Program Archive feature:  Archive

    
It makes listening to WWUH on the go very easy, 
wherever your travels might take you.**

 **Undersea listening results may vary. 
Never Miss Your Favorite WWUH Programs Again!
WWUH Round Logo The WWUH Archive!

We are very excited to announce
that our archive has been completely upgraded so that it is usable on most if not all devices.  The archive allows you to listen to any WWUH program aired in the last two weeks on-demand 
using 
the "Program Archive" link   on our home page,  
 
DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA
FOR A RADIO PROGRAM?
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.
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WWUH Classical Programming 
July/August 2019
Sunday Afternoon at the Opera... Sun, 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

July
Mon
1
Copland: Billy the Kid, Grohg Complete Ballets; André Previn Conducts Previn, Barber and Gershwin
Drake's Village Brass Band... Empire Brass and Friends - American Brass Band Journal
Tue
2
Offenbach: La Belle Helene: Overture; Arturo Marquez: Danzon No. 5, "Portales de Madrugada"; Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Sting Quartet No. 10 in A Minor, Op. 85; J. S. Bach: Cantata for the Feast of Visitation of Mary (July 2) [Visitation] : BWV 147 "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben"; Handel: Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 10 in D minor HWV 328; Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Symphony No. 13, Op. 115; J. S. Bach: Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828; Barbara Strozzi: Arie a voce sola, Op. 8 (selections)
Wed
3
Bontempo: Symphony; Barber: Hermit Songs; Bernstein: On the Waterfront Suite; Gould: Fall River Legend Suite; Berger: Grand Sonata; Graf: Flute Concerto
Thu
4
"Independence Day Special: The Other Americans" (Music by American composers--besides the usual suspects)
Fri
5
Music to celebrate the 4th with a 5th.
Sun
7
Friedman & Kellogg: Deperate Measures; Gershwin: Lady Be Good!
Mon
8
Host's Choice- Drake's Village Brass Band Pre-empted
Tue
9
Sibelius: The Oceanides (Aallottaret), Op. 73; Giuliana: Grand Duetto Concertante, Op. 85; Glazunov: Overture #2 in D on Three Greek Themes, Op 6;   Schubert: String Quintet in C, D. 956
Wed
10
Kabalevsky: Symphony No. 2; Berlioz: Les Nuits d'Ete; Guido: Scherzi Harmonici; von Gemmingen: Violin Concerto; Blumer: \ Quintet
Thu
11
On Beyond Bach : Meister: Il giardino del piacere - La Musica Prima and Molter: Sinfonia Concertante; Ghedini: Mazurka; New Releases. A Sampling of new acquisitions from the WWUH Library
Fri
12
Selections from new additions to the WWUH library.
Sun
14
Offenbach: Le Pont des Soupirs
Mon
15
Host's Choice- Drake's Village Brass Band Pre-empted
Tue
16
Paganini: Quartetto #15 in a; Prokofiev: Symphony #4 in C, Op. 112; Haydn: String Quartet in D, Op. 71, #2; Boito: Mefistofele, Prologue
Wed
17
Jadassohn: Symphony No. 2; Ippolitov-Ivanov: Vespers; Fevrier: Premiere Suite; Balbastra: Harpsichord Pieces; Fesca: String Quartet
Thu
18
Host's Choice
Fri
19
Selections from new additions to the WWUH library.
Sun
21
Mozart: Le Nozze di Figagro
Mon
22
Host's Choice- Drake's Village Brass Band Pre-empted
Tue
23
Poulenc: Sextet for Wind Quintet & Piano, Op. 100; Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin, Op. 68a; Bolcom: Three Rags for String Quartet; Beethoven: Symphony #6 in F, Op. 68; Dohnányi: Piano Sextet in C, Op 37
Wed
24
Bajoras: Symphony Diptych; Berg: Three Fragments; Bliss: Clarinet Quintet; Graupner: Overtures; Hummel: Piano Trio No. 5
Thu
25
Host's Choice
Fri
26
What's new?
Sun
28
German: Merrie England; Cellier: Dorothy
Mon
29
Host's Choice- Drake's Village Brass Band Pre-empted
Tue
30
Offenbach: La Fille du tambour-major: Overture; Mieczyslaw Weinberg: String Quartet No. 11; Louis Theodore Gouvy: Symphony No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 9; J. S. Bach: Cantata for the 6th Sunday after Trinity [Trinity 6] BWV 9: "Es ist das Heil uns kommen her"; Handel: Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 11 in  in A major HWV 329; Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Symphony No. 14, Op. 117; J. S. Bach: Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV 829; Barbara Strozzi: Cantate, ariette e duetti, Op. 2 (selections)
Wed
31
Fritz: Symphony in B; Bizet: Clovis et Clotilde; Franck: Violin Sonata; Bloch: Voice in the Wilderness; Gade: Piano Trio
August
Thu
1
On Beyond Bach : Mondonville: Sonate No. 6 and Mouret: Suites de Symphonies No. 2; B. Marcello: Concerto for Violin and Cello; Rott: String Quartet in c; Moross: A Tall Story For Orchestra; Copland: Our Town; Krumpholtz: Harp Concerto Op. 9.
Fri
2
Music from "B" movies
Sun
4
Heuberger: Der Opernball; Zeller: Der Vogelhandler
Mon
5
Host's Choice- Drake's Village Brass Band Pre-empted
Tue
6
Clara Schumann: 3 Romanzen, Op. 22; Mieczyslaw Weinberg: String Quartet No. 12; J. S. Bach: Cantata for the 7th Sunday after Trinity [Trinity 7] BWV 107: "Was willst du dich betrüben"; Handel: Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 12 in  B minor HWV 330; Ernö Dohnanyi: Serenade in C major for String Trio, Op. 10; Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Symphony No. 16, Op. 131; J. S. Bach: Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830; 
Barbara Strozzi: Diporti di Euterpe, Op. 7 (selections)
Wed
7
Bolcom: Symphony; Gideon: Songs; Fisher: Sonatine for Clarinet and Piano; Gebel: String Quartet; Bartok: Divertimento 
Thu
8
On Beyond Bach: Mudge: Concerto a 7 No. 1 in D and Neruda:Trumpet Concerto in E Flat; Witt: Symphony No. 6 'Sinfonie torque'; Chaminade: Sérénade Espagnole, Flute Concertino; Jolivet: Chant de Linos.
Fri
9
What do you get when you run over a Smurf with your lawn mower?
Sun
11
Messager: Les P'tites Michu
Mon
12
Host's Choice- Drake's Village Brass Band Pre-empted
Tue
13
Clara Schumann: 6 Lieder, Op. 13 on poems by Friedrich Rückert; Mieczyslaw Weinberg: String Quartet No. 13; Thomas Tallis: Mass for Four Voices; J. S. Bach: Cantata for the 8th Sunday after Trinity [Trinity 8] BWV 178: "Wo Gott derr Herr nicht bei uns halt"; C. P. E. Bach: Sonata for violin and fortepiano in B-flat major H513 WQ 77; Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Symphony No. 17, Op. 137, Memory";  Dvorák: Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81, B. 155
Wed
14
Szymanowski: Symphony No. 4; Faure: Requiem; Cervantes: Piano Works; Fleischmann: Ballet Suite; Kalkbrenner: Piano Concerto No. 3
Thu
15
On Beyond Bach : Nichelmann: Harpsichord Concerto and Pepusch: Concerto for 4 Violins; Alyabyev: The Nightingale; Coleridge-Taylor: Violin Concerto in g Op. 80; Ibert: Entr'acte, Escales, Trois Pieces Breves; Ranta: Of Silk and Velvet; Foss: Composer's Holiday; Reicha: Oboe Quintet in F Op 107
Fri
16
Host's choice
Sun
18
Dostal: Prinzessin Nofretete
Mon
19
R. R. Bennett: Concerto for Saxophone; Williams: Five Sacred Trees (Bassoon Concerto); Arnold: Guitar Concerto, Op.67; Korngold: Violin Concerto; Daugherty: Trail of Tears for Flute and Orchestra; Hindemith: Violin Concerto
Drake's Village Brass Band... Black Dyke Band - Concerto
Tue
20
Balakirev: Octet for Winds, Strings & Piano, Op. 3; Sinding: Violin Concerto #1 in A, Op. 45; Brahms: String Quintet #1 in F, Op. 88; Rosetti: Concerto in E for 2 Horns & Orchestra; Mozart: String Quintet #4 in g, K. 516
Wed
21
Grieg: Symphony in C Minor; Jerusalem: Mass in D Major; Boeildieu: Piano Concerto; Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 11; Granados: Goyesca selections
Thu
22
On Beyond Bach : Pergolesi: Sinfonia A 3 in F and Pez: Sonata in d; Philidor: Suite No. 5 in d; Mackenzie: Pibroch Suite, Op. 42; Debussy: Two Arabesques, Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp, Trois Nocturnes; Bairstow: The Oak and the Ash
Fri
23
Host's choice
Sun
25
Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet
Mon
26
Monday Night at the Movies - Eidelman: Symphony for Orchestra and Two Pianos; Herrmann: Sinfonietta for Strings; Elfman: Violin Concerto; Korngold: Symphony
Drake's Village Brass Band - Dallas Wind Symphony - John Williams at the Movies
Tue
27
Beethoven: Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3; Mieczyslaw Weinberg: String Quartet No. 14; J. S. Bach: Cantata for the 10th Sunday after Trinity [Trinity 10] BWV 101: "Nimm von uns Herr, du treuer Gott"; C. P. E. Bach: Sonata for violin and fortepiano in C minor H514 WQ 78; Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Symphony No. 18, Op. 138, "War, there isn't a crueller word"; Beethoven: String Quintet in C minor, Op. 104
Wed
28
Gouvy: Symphony No. 2; Finzi: Dies Natalis; Boccherini: Cello Concerto No. 10; Forqueray: Suite No. 3; Garth: Keyboard Sonata
Thu
29
On Beyond Bach: Pfeiffer: Violin Concerto in Dand Pisendel: Sonata in D; New Releases. A Sampling of new acquisitions from the WWUH Library
Fri
30
Classical music of Cuba
 
 

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 - July/August



Jul 4
1694 Louis Claude Daquin
1826 Stephen Collins Foster
1903 Flor Peeters
 
Jul 11
1892 Giorgio Federico Ghedini
 
Jul 18
1670 Giovanni Bononcini
1870 Emil Mlynarski
1872 Julius Fucik
1894 Bernard Wagenaar
1933 R. Murray Schafer
1954 Tobias Picker
 
Jul 25
1654 Agostino Steffani
1657 (bapt) Philipp Heinrich Erlebach
1883 Alfredo Casella
 
Aug 1
1686 Benedetto Marcello
1858 Hans Rott
1913 Jerome Moross
 
Aug 8
1857 Cecile Chaminade
1905 Andre Jolivet
 
Aug 15
1787 Alexander Alyabyev
1875 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
1890 Jacques Ibert
1901 Sulho Ranta
1922 Lukas Foss
 
Aug 22
1681 Pierre Danican Philidor
1847 Alexander Campbell Mackenzie
1862 Claude Debussy
1874 Edward Bairstow

 Sunday Afternoon at the Opera

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


 
SUNDAY JULY 1ST Bernstein, Candide
SUNDAY JULY 8TH Offenbach, La Grande Duchesse de GerolsteinThis French opera bouffe touched off a craze for operetta all over the Western world. Offenbach wrote it to coincide with the splendid Paris Exhibition of 1867. The cream of Europe's aristocracy and intelligentsia turned up at Offenbach's own Varietes theater to see the most chic musical entertainment in town. Even the emperor Napoleon III had a box reserved for him at the Varietes. La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein was revived again and again throughout Europe. The Viennese in particular were crazy about it. Today it's Die Fledermaus that gets all the glory. That classic of Viennese operetta, however, is derived from a French play by Meilhac and Halevy, the team who wrote the libretti for all the best of Offenbach's lyric stageworks. The recordings of this one, which I presented on Sundays in July of 1985 and 2009, both featured some wonderful singers, but they were abridgements or downright corruptions of Offenbach's original score. All of Offenbach's scores require careful reconstruction. On this July Sunday you get to hear Gerolstein pretty much as Offenbach intended it to be performed in 1867 with the restored scene of the conspiracy, the knife-grinder's song and the Grand Duchess's meditation. The orchestral scoring takes advantage of the larger group of musicians employed in those productions staged in Vienna. La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein was revived yet again for staging at the Festival delle Valle d'Itria Martina Franca in July of 1996. Emmanuel Villaume conducts the Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia and the Bratislava Chamber Choir. This production stars soprano Lucia Valentini- Terrani as the Duchess. Gerolstein is a sendup of the military, with all the associated bombast and nutty disciplined posturing. The role of General Boum is thought to be a charicature of Otto, Prinz von Bismarck, the Prussian "Iron Chancellor," wearing that characteristic Prussian spiked helmet.
 
SUNDAY JULY 15TH Mozart, La Finta Giardiniera In the eighteenth century the way to wealth and fame as a composer lay through the writing of operas. Mozart the adolescent prodigy was fascinated with opera. He yearned to write anything he could in the genre to advance himself. Previous operas he wrote while sojourning in Italy with his father did not make a lasting mark with the public or with aristocratic patrons. Mozart jumped at a commission to compose an opera buffa for the midwinter carnival in Munich. This was La finta Giardiniera or "The Girl in Gardiner's Disguise," K.196 (1775). The carnivalgoers loved it, but when the festivities were over young Wolfgang did not get the court appointment he was hoping for. The music for La finta Giardiniera is as fine as a nineteen year old genius could create. Despite the silly amorous flirtations of the comedy, the musical settings at certain moments touch a depth of feeling that looks forward to the great operas of Mozart's maturity. "The Girl in Gardiner's Disguise" was first performed in Italian language and later in German translation with spoken dialog, making a Singspiel out of the original opera buffa. I have broadcast two different recordings of the German Singspiel version with the title Die Gartnerin aus Liebe on Sundays in 1988 and 1990. Then on Sunday, May 12, 2002 came the complete score of the Italian opera buffa as recorded in 1991, live in performance in Vienna at the Konzerthaus. The late great pioneer in period instrumental practice, Nikolaus Harnoncourt was conducting the ensemble he founded, the Concentus Musicus. The Czech soprano Edita Gruberova sang the leading role of Sandrina, the "disguised" girl, who turns out to be a noblewomen. This Sunday you get to hear once again that Teldec release of La finta Giardiniera on three compact discs in the Das Alte Werk series.
 
SUNDAY JULY 22ND Handel, Acis and Galatea Every summer I try to include in the programming mix something pastoral in nature. Over the decades several recordings have been made of George Frideric Handel's delightful masque in two acts Acis and Galatea (1718), which like Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (1689) vies for consideration as the first true opera in English language. The libretto was written by John Gay, who a few years later would write The Beggar's Opera, the enormously popular lyric comedy. Handel's original Cannons scoring for this pastoral entertainment called for pairs of violins, cellos and oboes or recorders with harpsichord. The five singers Handel required sing in solo capacity as characters in the mythic drama. They join voices to form a mini- chorus. Such were the musical resources available to the composer on the country estate of his patron the Duke of Chandos. This intimate, small-scale version of the work was the one released in 1988 by Newport Classics on two compact discs. Johannes Somary conducts the tiny period instrument Amor Artis Orchestra. I last broadcast this recording on Sunday, July 20, 2008 and before that on Sunday, June 4, 1995. The English masque was rendered into a German language secular oratorio, Handel's music adapted for a larger orchestra and rescored in high classical style by none other than Mozart in 1788. The 1991 DGG Archiv recording of the Handel/Mozart Acis und Galatea, with Trevor Pinnock conducting the English Concert, I broadcast first on Sunday, May 21, 2006 and again on Sunday, July 14, 2013.
 
SUNDAY JULY 29TH Gilbert & Sullivan, The Grand Duke I usually program one or another of the comic operas of William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan on a Sunday in late July. The Grand Duke,or The Statutory Duel (1896) was Gilbert and Sullivan's last collaboration. They referred to this operetta as "the one that failed." It didn't fail totally. It just did poorly, although it was mounted in a lavish production. The plot is absurdly complicated (what probably did the production in), but Sullivan's music is as good as most of what he wrote for the other more well known operettas that are counted in the G & S canon. In radio broadcast it's not the staging but the music that matters. The Grand Duke was never professionally performed again after its first run until 1975, when the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company recorded it for Decca under the supervision of the legendary troupe's founder Richard D'Oyly Carte's daughter Dame Bridget D'Oyly Carte. London Records released The Grand Duke on two stereo LP's which I broadcast way back on Sunday, August 12, 1984. Nobody has a lock on the G & S canon, since amateur theater companies of considerable talent all over the world perform these works, like our own Simsbury Light Opera Company. (The renowned Savoyard Martyn Green coached them at the very end of his career.) On a more professional level, the Ohio Light Opera Company staged The Grand Duke at its Summer festival in 2003. Founded in 1979, the OLO is the resident lyric theater institution at the College of Wooster (Ohio), a school with a strong emphasis on the performing arts. Albany Records released the live-in-performance recording of the OLO production on two compact discs. The recording is musically complete and includes Gilbert's witty dialog. ( That classic 1975 Decca/London Savoyard recording has no dialog at all.) I have previously broadcast OLO recordings of The Sorcerer, Princess Ida and Utopia,Limited.
 
SUNDAY AUGUST 5TH Kalman, Die Bajadere There was another Hungarian composer of operetta besides Franz Lehar who was in circulation in Vienna during the Silver Age of Viennese operetta in the early twentieth century. That man was Imre or Emmerich Kalman (1882-1953). Kalman's Die Czardasfuerstin premiered in Vienna in 1915 and immediately became a staple of the operetta repertoire. Kalman had other stage successes, too, notably Grafin Maritza (1924). I have broadcast recordings of both of those Kalman favorites on bygone August Sundays. Also, I presented an obscure Kalman operetta Die Herzogin von Chicago (1928) on Sunday, December 23, 2008. Kalman himself considered Die Bajadere (1921) to be the one of his works that came closest to actual opera. Die Bajadere or 'The Temple Dancer" employs some oriental tonal exoticisms, as well as popular American dance rhythms of the Roaring Twenties. The story involves an Indian prince, Parisian nightlife, wife swapping and an operetta within an operetta. Die Bajadere was produced for radio broadcast by West German Radio Cologne in February, 2014. Richard Bonynge conducted the West German Radio Broadcast House Orchestra and Cologne Radio Chorus, with eight vocal soloists, the speaking role of the wife of the theater director taken by Kalman's daughter Yvonne, who although quite elderly, was still very much alive in 2014. cpo Records released Die Bajadere on two CD's in 2016. Frau Kalman thought the WDR Cologne production was wonderful and did her father's music full justice. "With this release," she writes, "Die Bajadere will grant us many years of pleasure."

SUNDAY AUGUST 12TH Mayr, Amore non soffre opposizione It was a German composer, Johann Simon Mayr who brought Italian opera from the eighteenth into the nineteenth century. Born in Bavaria in 1763, Mayr was a little younger than the Austrian Mozart and a little older then the Rhineland native Beethoven. He long outlived both of them, dying in 1845. Mayr's career was spent largely in Italy. He Italianized his name. His operas continued to be performed in Italy and elsewhere in Europe up to circa 1850. For a while his works rivaled in popularity those of Rossini. It is therefore hard to believe how Mayr's operas in later times could be so completely forgotten. Now in the twenty first century a conductor from Bavaria, Franz Hauk has championed the cause of Mayr's music. He has already recorded three of Mayr's oratorios, released through the Naxos label. In 2017 Naxos came out with Hauk's recorded interpretation of Telemaco (1797), an opera seria in the style of Gluck. That recording I broadcast on Sunday, November 12 of last year. Mayr also composed works in the genre of the Italian opera buffa. In 2016 Naxos gave out the world premiere recording of the comic opera Amore non soffre opposizioni ("Love Will Not Tolerate Opposition," 1810) on two compact discs. This is a tender-hearted lyric comedy in the form of the "sentimental drama" in vogue at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Mayr's music is progressive in that there's no recitative passages. Franz Hauk was conducting from the harpsichord when Amore was recorded at Neuburg on the Danube in Bavaria in 2011. He directed the East-West European Festival Orchestra and six vocal soloists.
 
SUNDAY AUGUST 19TH Lehar, Die Juxheirat There was a Golden Age of Viennese operetta in the latter part of the nineteenth century, the age of the "Waltz King" Johann Strauss, Jr. and Die Fledermaus. It was followed by a Silver Age in the early twentieth century. The Hungarian Franz Lehar (1870-1948) was the preeminent composer of that later period. Of course, he wasn't quite so eminent early on in his career, before the phenomenal international success of his "Merry Widow" in 1905. Lehar's operetta Die Juxheirat ("The Mock Marriage" or 'Marriage As A Joke") came just before 'The Widow" in 1904. According to Bill White, a reviewer for Fanfare magazine, the libretto of Die Juxheirat was quite progressive and rather kinky. "Written by Julius Bauer, one of Vienna's most influential theater critics, the story seems to be well ahead of its times, combining elements of feminism, homoeroticism, cross-dressing and same-sex marriage, subjects overtly titillating and perhaps thought even a bit naughty by the staid turn of the century Viennese. The story is set in America, the first two acts in the Hamptons..." Bill White was reviewing for Fanfare the very recent cpo compact disc release of Die Juxheirat. This Lehar rarity was staged at the 2016 Lehar Festival at Bad Ischl in Austria. It was recorded live in performance there, with Marius Burkert conducting the Franz Lehar Orchestra and Chorus. Mr. White praises the cpo release on two compact discs. In concluding his review (Fanfare, May/June,2018 issue) he notes that "As far as is known, the only previous recording of any of this music was some eight sides [on 78 rpm shellac discs?] by the original cast in 1905. This operetta...may not soon again see another recording. Even if it were not performed nearly so well as here, it would be highly recommended..."

SUNDAY AUGUST 26TH Delius, The Magic FountainThe last Sunday in August I customarily reserve for broadcast of one of the seven operas of Frederick Delius (1862-1934), who has been called "The English Debussy." I program them now because Delius' exquisite impressionistic style is so evocative of the lazy, hazy end of Summertime. Delius' second attempt at writing opera, The Magic Fountain (1895) never saw the stage in his lifetime. The English conductor Sir Thomas Beecham befriended Delius and championed his music. Beecham planned to have The Magic Fountain staged in 1953, but its actual premiere came over BBC Radio in 1977 without need of visible staging. Delius so captures the spirit of nature you can see in your mind's eye the setting: the Everglades in the time of the Spanish conquistadores. In seeking the Fountain of Eternal Youth and Life in South Florida a Spanish nobleman falls in love with a Native American princess. He dies for her sake by drinking the fatal waters. Delius knew the scenery of the land of this story quite intimately. In his youth he spent time managing a small citrus plantation near Jacksonville. His deepest artistic inspirations go back to that place. The world premiere recording of Delius' The Magic Fountain heightens with environmental sound effects the balmy atmosphere the music has already created. Norman Del Mar leads the BBC Concert Orchestra with vocal soloists. I have broadcast the 1985 BBC Artium CD release four times before in my long ongoing cycles of Delius opera presentations, on Delius Sundays in August of 1987, '91, '99 and 2007. Keep listening for a recording of Delius choral masterpiece Seadrift(1904), a setting of the poetry of Walt Whitman.

   All the featured recordings I am presenting during this two month period of Summer programming come from my own collection of opera/operetta on silver disc.

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