April 2015 Listener Guide

1.Wednesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“The Not-So-Minor b-minor Mass” - A week-long examination of the development of Bach’s masterpiece, starting with the smaller Lutheran Masses and touching on influences from Palestrina to Bach’s own instrumental and organ works.
8:00pm Milwaukee Symphony
Gilbert Varga, conductor; Susan Babini, cello; ELGAR: Serenade in e-minor for String Orchestra, Op.20; SCHUMANN: Cello Concerto, Op.129; DVOŘÁK: Slavonic Dances, Op.46
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Shunzo Ohno, trumpet

2.Thursday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“The Not-So-Minor b-minor Mass”
8:00pm Chicago Symphony
Stéphane Denève, conductor; James Ehnes, violin; WEBER: The Ruler of the Spirits Overture; SHOSTAKOVICH: Violin Concerto No.1, Op.99; BERLIOZ: Symphonie Fantastique
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Takuya Kuroda, trumpet

3.Friday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“The Not-So-Minor b-minor Mass”
8:00pm New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor; Dorothea Röschmann, soprano; Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano; Steve Davislim, tenor; Eric Owens, bass-baritone; The New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, director; BACH: Mass in b-minor
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Toshiko Akiyoshi, piano/bandleader

4.Saturday
10:00am Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
Guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli is one of the hottest jazz acts on the scene today. With his swinging and sophisticated style, he makes music that sounds both classic and modern. He’s the son of jazz guitarist John “Bucky” Pizzarelli, who helped him get his start. On this Piano Jazz from 2001, Marian and John team up for “I Got Rhythm” and his brother, bassist Martin Pizzarelli, joins in for “It’s Only a Paper Moon.”
1:00pm The Metropolitan Opera
VERDI: Ernani – James Levine, conductor; with Angela Meade, Francesco Meli, Plácido Domingo and Dmitry Belosselskiy
6:00pm A Prairie Home Companion
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5.Sunday
7:00am Pipedreams
“Music for Easter” - Whether in Baroque chorale-preludes, Victorian anthems, or contemporary meditations, compositions for the Resurrection Festival always uplifts.
1:00pm Grand Rapids Symphony
David Lockington, conductor; Lee Poulis, baritone; GRS Chorus, Pearl Shangkuan, director; GRS Youth Chorus, Sean Ivory, director; AVNER DORMAN: Dialogues of Love (World Premiere, GRS Commission); STRAVINSKY: The Firebird, complete ballet
3:00 SymphonyCast
Los Angeles Philharmonic, Herbert Blomstedt, conductor; Richard Goode, piano; MOZART: Piano Concerto No.27; BRUCKNER: Symphony No.9
6:00pm Riverwalk Jazz
“Lester Leaps In: The President of Tenor Sax” - They called him Prez: Lester Young, President of the Tenor Sax. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band — along with Harry “Sweets” Edison, Topsy Chapman, and more — perform tunes he made famous. And Vernel Bagneris adds accounts Young’s career — from the tent show circuit to stardom on the bandstands of Kansas City.

6.Monday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Spring” - Spring is here - at last! As the thermometer creeps above freezing, we’ll celebrate optimism, hope and rebirth through music. This week features Mahler, Haydn, Respighi and more.
8:00pm SymphonyCast
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Marek Janowski, conductor; Ylianna Avdeeva, piano; Carolin Widmann, violin; Wolfgang E. Schmidt, cello; BEETHOVEN: Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op.56; Symphony No.6, Op.68, Pastoral
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Randy Weston, piano

7.Tuesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Spring”
8:00pm Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts
Singer Pur, ensemble; PALESTRINA: Kyrie from Missa Te deum laudamus (Lord God We Praise Thee); PÄRT: Most Holy Mother of God; DESPREZ: Inviolata, integra et casta es, Maria STING: Fields of Gold; Fragile; WILLAERT: Cantai, or piango –Tengan dunque ver me (I Sang, Now I Weep – Let Them Keep Toward Me); MARTIN SMOLKA: Alma Redemtoris Mater (Loving Mother of the Redeemer; world premiere); CHICK COREA: Crystal Silence; BRAHMS: Darthulas Grabgesang (Darthula’s Grave Song), Op.42/3
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Billie Holiday, voice

8.Wednesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Spring”
8:00pm San Francisco Symphony
(new season) Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Yefim Bronfman, piano; DI CASTRI: Lineage; TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No.1, Op.23; PROKOFIEV: Symphony No.3, Op.44
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Louis Armstrong, trumpet/voice

9.Thursday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Spring”
8:00pm Chicago Symphony
Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor; Cynthia Yeh, percussion; PROKOFIEV: Suite from Lt. Kijé; MACMILLAN: Veni, Veni, Emmanuel; REVUELTAS: Sensemaya; LUTOSŁAWSKI: Concerto for Orchestra
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Jelly Roll Morton, piano/composition/bandleader

10.Friday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Spring”
8:00pm New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor Robert Langevin, flute; Nikolaj Znaider, violin; NIELSEN: Flute Concerto; NIELSEN: Violin Concerto; TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No.2, Little Russian
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
George Freeman, guitar

11.Saturday
10:00am Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
Vocalist Carmen McRae (1920 – 1994) was an expert of rhythm, deft phrasing, and personal, bittersweet ballads. Her enigmatic, dark contralto voice relied upon the ironic interpretation of lyrics that has placed her among the pantheon of female jazz singers. On this 1985 Piano Jazz, McRae accompanies herself for “As Long as I Live” and joins McPartland to perform “Carmen’s Blues.”
1:00pm The Metropolitan Opera
VERDI: Don Carlo – Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; with Barbara Frittoli, Ekaterina Gubanova, Yonghoon Lee, Simon Keenlyside, Ferruccio Furlanetto and James Morris
6:00pm A Prairie Home Companion
Garrison Keillor live from The Town Hall in New York City, with musical guest Aoife O’Donovan

12.Sunday
7:00am Pipedreams
“Polish(ed) Gems” - With focus on a further collection of compositions, instruments and performers from Poland.
1:00pm Grand Rapids Symphony
Joshua Weilerstein, conductor; Stephen Hough, piano; ROUSE: Iscariot; DVOŘÁK: Piano Concerto; MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No.3
3:00 SymphonyCast
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Marek Janowski, conductor; Ylianna Avdeeva, piano; Carolin Widmann, violin; Wolfgang E. Schmidt, cello; BEETHOVEN: Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op.56; Symphony No.6, Op.68, Pastoral
6:00pm Riverwalk Jazz
“Django's Gypsy Swing with the Hot Club of San Francisco” - The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and the Hot Club of San Francisco, featuring guitarist Paul Mehling, explore of the infectious music of Django Reinhardt. Today, more than 60 years after his death, the gypsy guitarist and composer continues to inspire musicians and music lovers.

13.Monday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Under the Hood, Part I” - How’s this thing work? For some people, the mechanics of a symphony are as unfathomable as the engine of an automobile is to others. Join us as we take a closer look at the nuts and bolts of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius.
8:00pm SymphonyCast
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louis Langree, conductor; Emanuel Ax, piano; RAVEL: Une Barque sur l’ocean; CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No.2, Op.21; MENDELSSOHN: The Hebrides Overture, Op.26; DEBUSSY: La Mer
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Bud Freeman, tenor saxophone

14.Tuesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Under the Hood, Part I”
8:00pm Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts
Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Leif Ove Andsnes, conductor/piano; BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.2, Op.19; STRAVINSKY: Apollon musagète, ballet music for strings; BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.4, Op.58
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Von Freeman, tenor saxophone

15.Wednesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Under the Hood, Part I”
8:00pm San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; MAHLER: Symphony No.9
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Richard Davis, bass

16.Thursday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Under the Hood, Part I”
8:00pm Chicago Symphony
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor; BEETHOVEN: Overture to Egmont; RANDS: …where the murmurs die… BRUCKNER: Symphony No.9
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Junko Onishi, piano

17.Friday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Under the Hood, Part I”
8:00pm New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor; Carter Brey, cello; DVORAK: Cello Concerto; TCHAIKOVKSY: Symphony No.5; BACH: Suites 1 & 2 for unaccompanied cello
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Count Basie, piano/bandleader

18.Saturday
10:00am Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
Composer, arranger, and pianist Henry Mancini (1924 – 1994) penned some of the most memorable tunes of the modern era. Throughout his career, he recorded more than 90 albums and won 20 Grammys and four Oscars. To mark what would have been his 91st birthday, we bring you this Piano Jazz from 1985. Mancini shares about his muse (the movie screen) and performs several favorites, including “Days of Wine and Roses.”
1:00pm The Metropolitan Opera
SHOSTAKOVICH: Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk – James Conlon, conductor; with Eva-Maria Westbroek, Brandon Jovanovich, Raymond Very and Anatoli Kotscherga
6:00pm A Prairie Home Companion
Garrison Keillor live from The Town Hall in New York City, with musical guests Anonymous 4, Bruce Molsky, and The DiGiallonardo Sisters

19.Sunday
7:00am Pipedreams
“Americans Abroad” - Though relatively few in number, some significant instruments by organ builders from the U.S. have found themselves as musical ambassadors in foreign settings.
1:00pm Grand Rapids Symphony
John Varineau, conductor; Dylana Jenson, violin; David Lockington, cello; BRAHMS: Concerto for Violin and Cello; DVOŘÁK: Serenade in E
3:00pm SymphonyCast
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louis Langree, conductor; Emanuel Ax, piano; RAVEL: Une Barque sur l’ocean; CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No.2, Op.21; MENDELSSOHN: The Hebrides Overture, Op.26; DEBUSSY: La Mer
6:00pm Riverwalk Jazz
“Swinging at The Pearl: Catherine Russell, Dick Hyman, and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band” - At San Antonio’s landmark Pearl Stable, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band welcomes piano legend Dick Hyman and vocalist Catherine Russell to their late-night jam session of hot jazz, swing, and the blues.

20.Monday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Arvo Pärt, Sofia Gubaidulina and Giya Kancheli” - This week, the music of three composers who grew up on the periphery of the Soviet Union and forged their way to artistic freedom.
8:00pm SymphonyCast
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louis Langree, conductor; BEETHOVEN: Coriolan Overture, Op.62; MAGNARD: Hymne a la justice, Op.14; MAHLER: Symphony No.1, Titan
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Ran Blake, piano

21.Tuesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Arvo Pärt, Sofia Gubaidulina and Giya Kancheli”
8:00pm Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts
Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Leif Ove Andsnes, conductor/piano; West German Radio Chorus; Benita Borbonus, soprano; Anke Lambertz, soprano; Claudia Nüsse, alto; Kwon-Shik Lee, tenor; Christian Dietz, tenor; Arndt Schumacher, bass; STRAVINSKY: Concerto in E-flat, Dumbarton Oaks; BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.3, Op.37; SCHOENBERG: Peace on Earth, for a cappella chorus, Op.13; BEETHOVEN: Fantasy in C Minor for piano, chorus and orchestra, Op.80, Choral Fantasy
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Slide Hampton, trombone/arranger

22.Wednesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Arvo Pärt, Sofia Gubaidulina and Giya Kancheli”
8:00pm San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Emanuel Ax, piano; MAHLER: Blumine; BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.3, Op.37; COPLAND: Music from the film Our Town; DEBUSSY: La Plus que lente; DELIUS: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring; GRIEG: The Last Spring, Op.34/2; RACHMANINOFF: Vocalise, Op.34/14; DELIBES: Cortège of Bacchus from Sylvia
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Charles Mingus, bass/bandleader/composer

23.Thursday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Arvo Pärt, Sofia Gubaidulina and Giya Kancheli”
8:00pm Chicago Symphony
Riccardo Muti, conductor; Christopher Martin, trumpet; PANUFNIK: Concerto in modo antico; STRAVINSKY: Suite from The Firebird; TCHAKOVSKY: Symphony No.3, Polish; SCHUBERT: Symphony No.8, Unfinished
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Alan Broadbent, piano/composition

24.Friday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Arvo Pärt, Sofia Gubaidulina and Giya Kancheli”
8:00pm New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor; Leila Josefowicz, violin; LYADOV: Enchanted Lake; STRAVINSKY: Petrushka (1911); ADAMS: Scheherazade.2
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Johnny Griffin, tenor saxophone

25.Saturday
10:00am Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz has been a part of Saturday mornings on Blue Lake for decades. This week, we need you to make an investment in good radio in West Michigan. Call 1-800-889-WBLU, and thanks!
1:00pm The Metropolitan Opera
MASCAGNI: Cavalleria Rusticana / LEONCAVALLO: Pagliacci – Fabio Luisi, conductor; with Eva-Maria Westbroek, Marcelo Álvarez, Željko Lučić, Patricia Racette, Marcelo Álvarez, George Gagnidze and Lucas Meachem
6:00pm A Prairie Home Companion
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26.Sunday
7:00am Pipedreams
“Toccatas, Again” - The original ‘touch piece’ has manifested itself in many different ways, dependent on time and place.
1:00pm Grand Rapids Symphony
David Lockington, conductor; Brent Michael Davids, composer/curator; Helen Lukan, piano; Native American Youth Dance Ensemble, Dancers; GEORGE CRUMB: A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D. 1979; LOUIS BALLARD: Scenes from Indian Life; BRENT MICHAEL DAVIDS: By Our Nature; "Honoring KwApoge" from Santa Fe 400th; Black Hills Olowan
3:00pm SymphonyCast
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louis Langree, conductor; BEETHOVEN: Coriolan Overture, Op.62; MAGNARD: Hymne a la justice, Op.14; MAHLER: Symphony No.1, Titan
6:00pm Riverwalk Jazz
“The Rise and Fall of Joe ‘King’ Oliver” - Joe “King” Oliver put the “hot” in hot jazz. Through his personal letters, read by stage legend William Warfield, the rise and fall of Oliver’s career comes to life. And cornetist Leon Oakley and tubist Mike Walbridge join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band to turn up the heat with a collection of 1920s classics.

27.Monday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Prokofiev” - A look at the life and music of one of Russia's most talented and controversial composers, Sergei Prokofiev.
8:00pm SymphonyCast
Russian National Orchestra, Kirill Karabits, conductor; Simon Trpceski, piano; Tatiana Porshneva, violin; PROKOFIEV: Sinfonietta, Op.5, 48; PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No.3, Op.26; TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No.3, Op.29
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Ella Fitzgerald, voice

28.Tuesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Prokofiev”
8:00pm Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts
Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Leif Ove Andsnes, conductor/piano; STRAVINSKY: Concerto in D for Strings; BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.1, Op.15; BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.5, Op.73, Emperor
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
John Tchicai, alto saxophone

29.Wednesday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Prokofiev”
8:00pm San Francisco Symphony
Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor; Leila Josefowicz, violin; LULLY: Overture and Passacaille from Armide; ADÈS: Three Studies from Couperin; STRAVINKSY: Violin Concerto in D; MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No.3, Op.56, Scottish
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Duke Ellington, piano/composition/bandleader

30.Thursday
12:06pm Exploring Music
“Prokofiev”
8:00pm Chicago Symphony
Trevor Pinnock, conductor; Pavel Gomziakov, cello; FAURÉ: Masques et Bergamasques; HAYDN: Overture to L’Isola Disabitata; HAYDN: Cello Concerto in C Major; MOZART: Symphony No.40, K.550
10:00pm Jazz from Blue Lake
Billie Holiday, voice