Richard Wagner 200th birthday anniversary
Clash of the Titans: A Bicentenary Exploration of Verdi & Wagner; May 26 at 2pm; Exploring Music - May 13-24 at 9pm; Selections throughout his birthday on May 22. It has been said that more has been written about Richard Wagner than anyone in history, excepting Christ and perhaps Napoleon. Wagner transformed operatic thought through his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk ("total work of art"). His idea was to synthesize the poetic, visual, musical, and dramatic arts, with music subsidiary to drama.
Metropolitan opera national council auditions finals
May 18 at 11am
Each year nearly 1,500 young singers participate in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. This is the most prestigious competition in North America for singers seeking to launch an operatic career. Ten made it to the finals, a concert presented on the stage of the Met in front of an audience that included artistic directors of leading opera companies, artist managers, established opera stars, important teachers and coaches, music critics, and others who can play an influential role in the careers of young singers. Six of the singers were declared winners, earning $15,000. One of the winners was Rebecca Pedersen from Bountiful, Utah. You can hear her and the other nine extraordinary young singers here on Classical 89.
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rite of srping 100th anniversary
May 25, 7pm / May 29, 6pm
May 29 is the 100th anniversary of the eventful premiere of The Rite of Spring. Stravinsky’s completely original instrumentation and rhythms and his use of dissonance, have made this work one of the most important of the 20th century, not to mention the riot and ensuing scandal that caused this Paris premiere to be one of the most shocking in all of performance history. Classical 89 offers two broadcasts to observe this anniversary. First, it’s “The Rite of Spring – the 100 Year Shock Wave,” airing on May 25 at 7pm. The program includes first-hand recollections of the famous first night from Dame Marie Rambert, who was one of the dancers, and Igor Stravinsky, who was in the audience. Also, comments by dancers, choreographer, and conductors of today. Then, on May 29, Performance Today will include an exciting performance by the Dallas Symphony, conducted by Jaap van Zweden, and New Yorker critic Alex Ross will talk about the events of the premiere.
byu school of music on-air
Weekdays, 1pm and 8pm
Lovely as studio recordings may be, many aficionados will insist that nothing compares with adrenalized performances before live audiences! The School of Music records their musicians live, and then Classical 89 takes great pride in helping those performances have a long and well-deserved afterlife on the radio. Join us whenever you can. We'll put your ears (and maybe even your heart) in the De Jong Concert Hall, the Madsen Recital Hall, and wherever else the faculty and students of BYU may be performing. -Find out more
Fridays, 10am and 2pm
Fans of Classical 89 have a lot in common, but not everything! Great music is the common denominator rather than the end-all explanation of what drives classical music aficionados. Tune in Friday afternoons for Friday Favorites, where we learn something unexpected about the listener next door, and enjoy one of his or her musical favorites.
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The Record shelf
Saturdays at 8am
Everything you wanted to know about classical music but were afraid to ask is answered on "The Record Shelf." Host Jim Svejda is one of the most respected critical voices in classical music, and each week he brings listeners imaginative thematic classical programming. -Find out more