January 2015 Listener Guide

1.Thursday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Tchaikovsky, Part 1” - This week we explore the world and music of the great Russian Romantic, including his symphonies, ballets and life at the Moscow Conservatory.
8:00pm Chicago Symphony
John Williams, conductor; Kirill Gerstein, piano; Katia and MarielleLabèque, pianos; PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No.2; WALTON: Symphony No.1; POULENC: Concerto for Two Pianos in d-minor; WILLIAMS: Excerpt from Lincoln soundtrack
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Bob Parlocha hosts

2.Friday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Tchaikovsky, Part 1”
8:00pm New York Philharmonic
The annual Winter Holiday program
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Peggy Lee, vocalist

3.Saturday
10:00am Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
Guitarist Mimi Fox is in the vanguard of invigorating the jazz guitar tradition. She possesses a pure tone and an amazing set of chops and cooks whether playing bebop or ballads. Her compositional abilities are evident on this 2006 Piano Jazz as she plays her own tune “Perpetually Hip.” With Marian on piano and Gary Mazzaroppi on bass, Fox tears up the fret board on “What is This Thing Called Love.”
1:00pm The Metropolitan Opera
HUMPERDINCK: Hansel and Gretel - Andrew Davis, conductor; with Heidi Stober, Christine Rice, Michaela Martens, Robert Brubaker and Dwayne Croft
6:00pm A Prairie Home Companion
Garrison Keillor with a show from January 2012 at The Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, with guests Joshua Bell and Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele

4.Sunday
7:00am Pipedreams
“The Organist’s Yearbook” - The traditional summing-up of some of the year’s activity in the world of the King of Instruments.
1:00pm Pittsburgh Symphony
Christoph Konig, conductor; Hila Plitman, soprano; HAYDN: Symphony No.22, The Philosopher; DANIELPOUR: Darkness in the Ancient Valley; STRAUSS: Also Sprach Zarathustra
3:00pm SymphonyCast
Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Jeremy Denk, piano; MOZART: Piano Concerto No.20; BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.3, Eroica
6:00pm Riverwalk Jazz
“Marty Grosz: Legend of Jazz Rhythm Guitar” - Marty Grosz is one of today's foremost jazz rhythm guitarists and chord soloists. He is one of few major jazz guitarists who do not use an amplifier. Grosz’ driving guitar rhythm is evidenced in lively performances with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band.

5.Monday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Tchaikovsky, Part 2” This week we’ll explore the world and music of the great Russian Romantic, including his symphonies, ballets and life at the Moscow Conservatory.
8:00pm SymphonyCast
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; Vivane Hagner, violin; FRANZ SCHREKER: Scherzo for Strings; BEETHOVEN: Romance for Violin and Orchestra No.2, Op.50; VIEUXTEMPS: Violin Concerto No.5, Gretry; MOZART: Symphony No.40, K550
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Myra Melford, piano

6.Tuesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Tchaikovsky, Part 2”
8:00pm Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, conductor; ALL BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.1, Op.21; Symphony No.2, Op.36; Symphony No.3, Op.55, Eroica
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Barry Altschul, drums

7.Wednesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Tchaikovsky, Part 2”
8:00pm tba
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Sam Woodyard, drums

8.Thursday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Tchaikovsky, Part 2”
8:00pm Chicago Symphony
Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor; Paul Lewis, piano; LUTOSŁAWSKI: Musique funebre BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.3; TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No.6, Pathétique
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Kenny Clarke, drums

9.Friday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Tchaikovsky, Part 2”
8:00pm New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor; Emmanuel Ax, piano; Jennifer Zetlan, soprano; Jennifer Johnson, mezzo-soprano; Paul Appleby, tenor; Joshua Hopkins, baritone; New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, director; ALL MOZART: Piano Concerto No.22; Mass in c-minor, Great
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Max Roach, drums

10.Saturday
10:00am Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
Longtime bandleader for NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman, Paul Shaffer’s early training was in the classics. But thanks to rock-n-roll, he grew up to lead what David Letterman has called “the world’s most dangerous band.” Also a composer, performer, and director, the versatile Shaffer is indeed a force to be reckoned with. On this 1988 Piano Jazz, he plays the standard “All the Things You Are” and teams up with Marian for Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely.”
1:00pm The Metropolitan Opera
VERDI: Aida – Marco Armiliato, conductor; with Tamara Wilson, Violeta Urmana, Marcello Giordani, George Gagnidze, Dmitry Belosselskiy and Soloman Howard
6:00pm A Prairie Home Companion
Garrison Keillor with a live show from The Nourse Theater in San Francisco, with guests the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

11.Sunday
7:00am Pipedreams
“A Polish Pilgrimage” - In anticipation of our upcoming group tour, here’s a sampler of instruments in and compositions from the Republic of Poland.
1:00pm Pittsburgh Symphony
Manfred Honeck, conductor; Helene Grimaud, piano; BACH/STOKOWSKI: Toccata and Fugue in d minor; BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.4; BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No.1
3:00 SymphonyCast
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; Vivane Hagner, violin; FRANZ SCHREKER: Scherzo for Strings; BEETHOVEN: Romance for Violin and Orchestra No.2, Op.50; VIEUXTEMPS: Violin Concerto No.5, Gretry; MOZART: Symphony No.40, K550
6:00pm Riverwalk Jazz
“Swinging the Band: The Pops Foster Story” - Starting out as riverboat tuba player, George ‘Pops’ Foster went on to help revolutionize the sound of jazz rhythm. Portraying the New Orleans jazzman, actor Vernel Bagneris joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band to tell the story of bass pioneer George ‘Pops’ Foster.

12.Monday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Game of Pairs, Part 1” - Haydn and Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms, Copland and Bernstein - these are just a few of the legendary artistic partnerships that have changed the course of musical history. With a tip of the hat to Bartók, we'll listen to some of the music that resulted from these illustrious collaborations and connections.
8:00pm SymphonyCast
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; Alisa Weilerstein, cello; WAGNER: Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin; ELGAR: Cello Concerto, Op.85; DVOŘÁK: Symphony No.8, Op.88
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Trummy Young, trombone

13.Tuesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Game of Pairs, Part 1”
8:00pm Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, conductor; ALL BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.4, Op.60; Symphony No.5, Op.67
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Rob Parton Jazz Tech Big Band

14.Wednesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Game of Pairs, Part 1”
8:00pm tba
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Larry Vuckovich, piano

15.Thursday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Game of Pairs, Part 1”
8:00pm Chicago Symphony
Zubin Mehta, conductor; Ildar Abdrazakov, bass; PROKOFIEV: The Meeting of the Volga and the Don; SHOSTAKOVICH: Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti; BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.5 in c-minor, Op.67
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Gene Krupa, drums

16.Friday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Game of Pairs, Part 1”
8:00pm New York Philharmonic
Kurt Masur, conductor; Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Sylvia McNair, soprano; Florence Quivar, mezzo; Stuart Neil, tenor; Rene Pape, bass; New York Choral Artists; American Boychoir; DVOŘÁK: Cello Concerto; BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.9, Choral
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Paul Keller, bass

17.Saturday
10:00am Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
Cyrus Chestnut is a conservatory-trained pianist who is firmly grounded in jazz history, all the way back to Jelly Roll Morton. He’s also played with many of today’s best interpreters—Wynton Marsalis, Jon Hendricks, Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride, Terence Blanchard, and Betty Carter, to name a few.  On this 2003 Piano Jazz, he joins McPartland for a swinging hour of jazz bursting with spirit.
1:00pm The Metropolitan Opera
LEHAR: The Merry Widow – Andrew Davis, conductor; with Renée Fleming, Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Alek Shrader and Thomas Allen
6:00pm A Prairie Home Companion
Garrison Keillor with a live show from The Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, with guests The Gibson Brothers, Joe Newberry, and Heather Masse

18.Sunday
7:00am Pipedreams
“Minnesota Memories” - Archive performances by resident and visiting musicians recorded in the North Star State.
1:00pm Pittsburgh Symphony
Manfred Honeck, conductor; Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Betsy Burleigh, director; BURKE/JANG/ROSENBLUM/VALI/WILLIAMS: The Elements (World Premiere); HOLST: “The Planets”
3:00 SymphonyCast
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; Alisa Weilerstein, cello; WAGNER: Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin; ELGAR: Cello Concerto, Op.85; DVOŘÁK: Symphony No.8, Op.88
6:00pm Riverwalk Jazz
“After Hours with Piano Legend Dick Hyman” - The iconic Dick Hyman—pianist, organist, arranger, music director and composer—joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and demonstrates his amazing talent on tunes from composer Hoagy Carmichael and pianists Earl Hines, Mary Lou Williams and more.

19.Monday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Game of Pairs, Part 2” - Our two-week series focusing on legendary partnerships between composers continues. Haydn and Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms, Copland and Bernstein - these are just a few of the legendary artistic partnerships that have changed the course of musical history. With a tip of the hat to Bartók, we'll listen to some of the music that resulted from these illustrious collaborations and connections.
8:00pm SymphonyCast
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons, conductor; DVOŘÁK: Symphony No.9, Op.95, From the New World; SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No.5, Op.47; HAYDN: Serenade
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Bubber Miley, trumpet

20.Tuesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Game of Pairs, Part 2”
8:00pm Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, conductor; ALL BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.6, Op.68, Pastoral; Symphony No.7, Op.92
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Jimmie Cobb, drums

21.Wednesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Game of Pairs, Part 2”
8:00pm tba
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Rudy Royston, drums

22.Thursday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Game of Pairs, Part 2”
8:00pm Chicago Symphony
Riccardo Muti, conductor; BERLIOZ: Waverley Overture; DEBUSSY: La mer; TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No.4; MENDELSSOHN: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage; RAVEL: Rapsodie espagno
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Antonio Sanchez, drums

23.Friday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Game of Pairs, Part 2”
8:00pm New York Philharmonic
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor/piano; Sheryl Staples, violin; Liang Wang, oboe; BACH: Concerto for Violin and Oboe; MOZART: Symphony No.33; BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.1
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Gary Burton, vibes

24.Saturday
10:00am Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
Five-time Grammy Award-winner Gary Burton taught himself to play the vibraphone as a young person and began his recording career at age seventeen. He backed jazz greats, including George Shearing and Stan Getz, and went on to form his own quartet, combining jazz, rock, and other influences into what would become Fusion. On this Piano Jazz from 2005, Burton and McPartland perform tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hart, and many more.
1:00pm The Metropolitan Opera
PUCCINI: La Boheme – Riccard Frizza, conductor; with Kristine Opolais, Marina Rebeka, Jean-François Borras, Mariusz Kwiecien, Alessio Arduini, David Soar and John Del Carlo
6:00pm A Prairie Home Companion
Garrison Keillor with a live show from the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, with musical guest Nellie McKay

25.Sunday
7:00am Pipedreams
“Stephen’s Points” - The unflappable American virtuoso Stephen Tharp talks about his career and introduces us to some pieces for which he has a strong attraction.
1:00pm Pittsburgh Symphony
Mariss Jansons, conductor; Leif Ove Andsnes, piano; SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in a-minor; HERSCH: Ashes of Memory, Mvt.2; SIBELIUS: Symphony No.2; SIBELIUS: Valse Triste
3:00pm SymphonyCast
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons, conductor; DVOŘÁK: Symphony No.9, Op.95, From the New World; SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No.5, Op.47; HAYDN: Serenade
6:00pm Riverwalk Jazz
“Crazy Rhythm: Red Nichols and His Five Pennies” - Ace cornetist Red Nichols racked up thousands of recordings in the 1920s alone, leading dozens of small groups. He was creative, influential, and as hardworking as they come. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band cooks up a batch of crazy rhythm with the music of Red Nichols and His Five Pennies.

26.Monday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Mozart: Bright Lights, Big City” - Mozart gets the boot from the Archbishop and moves to the city.
8:00pm SymphonyCast
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane, conductor; Natasha Paremski, piano; HANNAH LASH: Sound Investment; CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No.2, Op.21; HAYDN: Symphony No.102
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Stephane Grappelli, violin

27.Tuesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Mozart: Bright Lights, Big City”
8:00pm Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Andris Nelsons, conductor; Annette Dasch, soprano; Lioba Braun, alto; Toby Spence, tenor; Vuyani Mlinde, bass; ALL BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.8, Op.93; Symphony No.9, Op.125, Choral
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Bobby Hutcherson, vibes

28.Wednesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Mozart: Bright Lights, Big City”
8:00pm tba
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Henry Johnson, guitar

29.Thursday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Mozart: Bright Lights, Big City”
8:00pm Chicago Symphony
Riccardo Muti, conductor; CLYNE: Night Ferry; BATES: Alternative Energy; PROKOFIEV: Suite from Romeo and Juliet
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Diane Reeves, voice

30.Friday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Mozart: Bright Lights, Big City”
8:00pm New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor; Yefim Bronfman, piano; BARTÓK: Piano Concerto No.3; BRUCKNER: Symphony No.8
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Christian McBride, bass

31.Saturday
10:00am Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez worked with Dizzy Gillespie and his United Nations Orchestra, where he absorbed bebop and prebop styles. But Dizzy also impressed upon him the importance of getting to the roots of his own heritage, and Perez began creating music that seeks connection and defies boundaries. In this Piano Jazz session from 1994, he demonstrates his fresh ideas of music with his original composition “Reminiscing.”
1:00pm The Metropolitan Opera
OFFENBACH: Tales of Hoffman – Yves Abel, conductor; with Erin Morley, Hibla Gerzmava, Christine Rice, Kate Lindsey, Vittorio Grigolo and Thomas Hampson
6:00pm A Prairie Home Companion
Garrison Keillor live from the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, with guests Robbie Fulks and John Fullbright