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  Summer at WWUH

As the warm weather sneaks in, we are going to be bringing you more great live radio this summer.  We will again be broadcasting the Monday Night Jazz Concerts from Bushnell Park.  There will also be other interesting summer programming from Drakes Village Brass Band and a rebroadcast of The Circus Fire documentary.  So keep your radios tuned to 91.3.  You can also listen and follow us at our web site - wwuh.org. We are also available as a Mp3 stream on many smart phones so we can follow you anywhere you go.  Thanks for all your support!
WWUH Program GuideYour guide to our programming for
July/August 2013
What you can find in this issue of the WWUH Program Guide
:: Hot Live Jazz/Broadcast of Bushnell Park Jazz Series
:: Celtic Aires Update
:: Blue Monday
:: WWUH Scholarship Fund
:: WWUH Classical Programming
:: Concert Listings
:: Composer Capsules for Thursday Evening Classics
:: Opera Listings
:: Station Information
:: WWUH Menu


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Live Jazz in Bushnell Park - Earl MacDonald & The Hartford Jazz Society New Directions Ensemble


Hot Live Jazz Radio - 

WWUH to Broadcast the Monday Night Bushnell Park Jazz Series    

This summer WWUH again partners with the longest running outdoor free jazz concert in America.


The forty-sixth annual Monday Night Jazz Series in Bushnell Park runs  July 8 - August 12,2013, from 6pm until about 9:15pm each Monday.  The series is presented by the Hartford Jazz Society, continuing the legacy of series founder Paul Brown, and every concert is broadcast live on WWUH-FM - both on the air at 91.3FM and online at WWUH.ORG.  WWUH has simulcast these concerts for most of the past 46 years and thanks to the support of our listeners and volunteer staff, is proud to do so again.


The schedule (subject to change) is as follows:

July 8, opening act 6 pm, Rahstet, a sextet led by saxophonist Richard McGhee III with vocalist Margaux Hayes exploring the music of Rahsaan, Roland Kirk, followed by bassist, MARIO PAVONE  and the ORANGE DOUBLE TENOR  (SEPTET) with JIMMY GREENE, NOAH PREMINGER, DAVE BALLOU ,PETER McEACHERN , PETER MADSEN,  STEVE JOHNS, MARIO PAVONE.


July 15, opening act 6 pm, vocalist, Nita Zarif and her quintet, exploring the music of Betty Carter and other jazz vocal greats. Followed by pianist, Stanley Cowell and his trio.

July 22, opening act 6 pm, baritone saxophonist, Norman Gage, trumpeter, Kenny Reed quintet with Warren Byrd piano, Jay Williams drums and Alex Tremblay bass. Performing originals and standards. Followed by, vibraphonist, Jay Hoggard and his quintet performing original compositions and those of other jazz greats. 

July 29, opening act 6 pm, TropiiJazz with  Nelson Bello, James "Mondongo" Messbauer-and Hommy Ramos Vizcarrondo, Damian Curtis - Matt Dwonszyk, and Jesse "Timbalon" Perez. Followed  by The New Cuban Express, with leader, Manuel Valera, Joel Frahm, Tom Guarna, John Benitez, Ludwig Afonso , and Mauricio Herrera.


August 5, opening act 6 pm,  pianist Orice Jenkins and his septet with, vocalists, Shenel Johns, and Erica Bryan; with Alden Hellmuth, Nathan Davis, Tom Sullivan, and Eric Hallenbeck. Followed by, drummer Will Calhoun and his trio, with Charnett Moffett and Marc Cary.


August 12, opening act 6 pm, vocalist Shenel Johns and her quintet performing jazz standards. Followed by harpist, Brandee Younger and her quintet, with Dezron Douglas.

The best place to enjoy the music is at the park, but if you can't be there, or on your way there, listen on WWUH-FM.


Harvey Jassem








               Paul McKenna Band

Paul McKenna Band


                It has become increasingly hard to arrange concerts with quality musicians to present to you in the WWUH Celtic Airs concert series. Economic realities, and sometimes, difficulty obtaining visas to perform in America have limited my choices and opportunities significantly!!

                Well known, popular artists are likely to schedule short tours in large venues and multi-day festival appearances to minimize their travel expenses while maximizing the audiences who will see them perform and purchase their CD's.

                We started out 2013 with a bang ! After Cathie Ryan's lovely performance on 2/1/13, we squeezed four high quality acts into a brief seven weeks; Goitse 3/8, Dervish 3/23 (a sell out in the 700+ seat Lincoln Theater, our first concert ever in that venue), Litha 4/5 and Jim Malcolm 4/26/13.

                By the time you read this, we will be in the midst of an almost 3 month hiatus between concerts. Fear not! I have a great show ready to present to break your long fast between live Celtic events here at the University of Hartford.

                On Saturday, July 20th, 2013, The Paul McKenna Band, a talented young quintet based in Glasgow Scotland, will appear at 7:30 in the Wilde Auditorium. The New York Times said "this ensemble is the best folk band to come out of Scotland in the last 20 years."

                Ian Green, founder of Scotland's well known Greentrax Record label has an ear for and a knack for finding new artists and his label has debuted many fine ones in it's 25+ years of existence. In 2009 he discovered the Paul McKenna Band and their debut recording "Between Two Worlds" was released on his label in 2010, receiving lots of good reviews. By late 2011, they were back in the Greentrax studios again, producing their second album "Stem the Tide" which received much acclaim in the folk press. Their third album, "Elements" will be released coincident with this American tour.

                Young singer/songwriter Paul McKenna has a distinctive, charismatic voice with a delicate lilt that many vocalists would kill for! The band's performances include a mixture of traditional songs and Paul's original compositions that are stylistically acoustic, folk/trad with great lyrics and catchy melodies.

                In addition to singing, Paul plays guitar. His four band mates include fiddler Ruairidh MacMillan (voted "Young Scottish Folk Musician of the Year" in 2007). David McNee-bouzouki, tenor guitar and backing vocals, Sean Gray - flute, whistle, guitar, backing vocals and Ewan Baird who demonstrates that the bodhran is capable of subtlety and innovation.

                These musicians perform in perfect harmony, producing lively instrumental sets and backing Paul on beautiful ballads. The guitar and bouzouki produce a rhythmic drive, the fiddle, flute and whistles intertwine beautifully while the bodhran provides a subtle underpinning. Gordon Potter of Living Tradition Magazine described their live stage act as "engaging and memorable."

                While The Battlefield Band, Planxty and The Boys of the Lough defined Celtic music during it's rebirth in the last third of the 20th Century, it will be the likes of the Paul McKenna Band that will end up defining it for the first third of the 21st century.

                Please come to see the Paul McKenna Band, Saturday July 20th, 2013 at 7:30 in the University of Hartford's Wilde Auditorium. I'm sorry to say, that will be the last concert until the wonderful musical conglomeration called Comas returns here on 11/22/13.

  Paul McKenna Band

 Paul McKenna Band



 I am working hard to create an enticing and entertaining list of concerts for the first half of 2014. So far I have contracted with: The Karan Casey Band on 2/28/14, The Masters of Tradition 3/22/14 (a seven member ensemble including some famous names!), the Teetotalers 4/12/14 (Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford, John Doyle) and Andy Irvine 6/6/14.

                Please continue to attend the Celtic Airs concert series. It is only YOUR SUPPORT that keeps it going. We'd love to have you introduce some of your friends, neighbors and family to these wonderful live events. We're always looking for "new blood" to keep us successful.

                Stay tuned to Celtic Airs Tuesday mornings from 6 to 9 AM on WWUH 91.3 FM. Even when there are no upcoming concerts to promote, I will continue to entertain you with the latest of Celtic music releases mixed with a healthy dose of older material that we all still enjoy listening to.




Steve Dieterich, Producer/Host of Celtic Airs and the Celtic Airs Concert Series

Blue Monday

9 PM to midnight

hosted by Bart Bozzi


Tune in to Blue Monday during July and August for the following features:

Featured Artist


July 1                                      Fleetwood Mac

August 5                               Peter Green           

August 12                             Jimmy Dawkins (1936 - 2013)

August 19                             Mighty Sam McClain

August 26                             Janis Joplin


Back to the Roots


July 1                                      West Coast Blues

August 5                               Rhythm & Blues

August 12                             Boogie Woogie

August 19                             Texas Blues

August 26                             Jump Blues



Tune in as we also go back in my blues history, featuring a cut I aired 20 and 10 years ago on my weekly blues shows previously aired on Overnight Blues and Blue Monday.


Join us as we explore the diverse and interesting world of "the blues" every Monday night at 9 PM on WWUH's long running blues show, "Blue Monday."
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.


WWUH Classical Programming - July and August 2011

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






A Pre-Fourth of July Show...Stravinsky: The Star Spangled Banner; Ives: Holidays Symphony; J. W. Gibson: The Spirit of Ellis Island; Gillis: Star Spangled Symphony; Stravinsky: Fireworks, Fantasy for Orchestra; Gould: American Ballads

Drake's Village Brass Band... Sousa: Music for Wind Band Volume 9



Purcell: The Fairy Queen; Beethoven: Die Grosse Fuge; Brahms: A German Requiem



Michael Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Ives: String Quartet No. 1; Gershwin: An American in Paris; Gottschalk: Symphony No. 1, A Night in the Tropics;  Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata in G Minor



1776: Music written in that memorable year. Gossec: Symphony in D B86; Mozart: Divertimento in D K.251; Church Sonata #10 in F K 244; Divertimento #12 in E flat K 252; Piano Concerto #8 in C K 246 "Lützow"; Boccherini: String Quintet in D Op. 11 #6 "L'uccelliera", Symphony Op. 12 #6; Gluck: Alceste - Intrada and Ombre Larve; Haydn: Baryton Trio in D Hob 11: 42; Salieri: Daliso e Delmita - Intrada; Classical Happy Hour Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever; Foster: Songs; Hanson: Symphony #2 Op. 30 "Romantic".



Music to celebrate the 4th with a 5th



Weinberger: Schwanda the Bagpiper



An American Pageant - United States Air Force Band of Flight; Gershwin: An American in Paris

Drake's Village Brass Band... Preempted



Bruckner: String Quintet in F; Sibelius: Symphony #7; Dvořák: String Quartet #13; Pärt: Dopo la vittoria



Hans Pfitzner: Symphony,Op. 36A; Jean-Baptiste Forqueray: Cinquieme Suite; Mahler: Der Abscheid;

August Klughardt: Cello Concerto, Op. 59; Enesco: Orchestral Suite No. 1; Paul Charles Durant: Sonata in A Minor



New Releases. A Sampling of New Acquisitions from the WWUH Library



Musical potpourri



Handel/Mozart: Acis und Gralatea



Granados: Goyescas; Satie: Three Pieces in the Shape of a Pear

Drake's Village Brass Band... Preempted



Brahms: Piano Quartet #3; Sousa: Cubaland Suite; Mozart: String Quartet #14; Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb



Liszt:Symphonic Poem No. 7; Clement Janequin: Mass,"L'Aveugle Dieu"; Donizetti: String Quartet No. 16; Medtner: Ballad in F Sharp Major; Jakob Kleiknecht: Sonata IV; Schubert: Impromptus



Bononcini: Duets, Sinfonia a 7; Garcia-Viardot: Songs; Mlynarski: Violin Concerto #2 in D Op. 16; Fucik: Marches; Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; R. Murray Schafer: Son of Heldenleben; Picker: Old and Lost Rivers; Williams: Film Music.



Steve Reich: Different Trains; Britten: String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 25; Schoenberg: String Quartet No. 3



Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro



United States Coast Guard Band Chamber Players - Music of R. Strauss; Cheetham; Schifrin; Stravinsky

Drake's Village Brass Band... Preempted



Weber: Clarinet Quintet; Sinding: Suite im alten Stil; Tchaikovsky: String Sextet in d, 'Souvenir de Florence'; Mouton: Missa: Dictes moy toutes voz pensées



Danzi: Symphony in D; Nicholas Ludford: Missa Lapidaverunt Stephanum; Philippe Gaubert: Symphonie en Fa; Roque Cordero: Eight Miniatures for Small Orchestra; Saint-Saens - Bagatelles, Op. 3



Steffani: Sonatas; Erlebach: Sonata #3 in A, Overture #6 in g; Casella: Partita for Piano and Orchestra Op 42, Scarlattiana; Ambrosius: Suite #1 in A; Fleury: Variations sur un Noël bourguignon; Scarlatti: Sonatas.



Steve Reich: Different Trains; Britten: String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 25; Schoenberg: String Quartet No. 3



Gilbert & Sullivan: Patience



Windswept - United States Air Force Heartland of America Brass and Wind Quintets

Drake's Village Brass Band... Preempted



Rand Steiger: Woven Serenade for Clarinet and String Quartet; Reynaldo Hahn: Violin Concerto;  Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard sonatas; George Lloyd: Symphony No. 5; Britten: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94



Alexander Glazunov: Symphony No. 6; Nicolas Gombert: Magnificat; Mendelssohn: Piano Sonata in E Major;  Boccherini: Quintet, Op. 25; Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder




Kmoch: Marches; Rott: String Quartet in c, Symphony in E; Kohn: Concords for violin & guitar;

Classical Happy Hour B. Marcello: Sonata  #5, Concerto for Violin and Cello; Verdi: Don Carlos - Ballet Music; Moross: Frankie & Johnny ballet



Steve Reich: 2 x 5; Piston: String Quartet No. 1; Britten: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94; Anton Webern: String Quartet (1905)



Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Derail; D. Scarletti: La Dirindina



Ellington: Harlem; Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Adams: The Chairman Dances; Glass Symphony #3

Drake's Village Brass Band... Preempted



Guest hosts: Walter Mayo



Gounod: Petite Symphony for Winds; Nicolai: Te Deum; Alexandre Guilmant: Marche de Procession in A Major; Fernando Sor: Grand Sonata in C; Antoine Brumel: Missa Et Ecce Terrae Motus



Weber: Clarinet Concerto #1; Chaminade: Automne, Flute Concertino, Serenade Espagnole; Borodin Symphony #1 in E Flat; Jolivet: Flute Concerto; Nixon: Fiesta del Pacifico; Hetu: Wind Quintet; Hibbard: Bass Trombone, Bass Clarinet, Harp; Bortz: Variations and Intermezzi for String Orchestra; Britten: Peter Grimes - Sea Interludes



Walter Piston: String Quartet No. 2; Frank Bridge: String Quartet No. 3; Alban Berg: String Quartet op. 3



Smetana: The Bartered Bride



Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brazilieras #5 and 2

Drake's Village Brass Band... Preempted



Wolfgang Rihm: Clarinet Quintet; Gian Francesco Malipiero: Violin Concerto; Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard sonatas; George Lloyd: Symphony No. 6;  Dora Pejacevic: Symphony Op. 41 in F# minor



Beethoven: Symphony No. 4; Lelio Colista: Sinfonia;

Brahms: 4 Ballads; Charles-Auguste de Beriot: Concerto No. 3 in E minor; Zdenek Fibich: PianoTrio in F Minor



Rameau: Dardanus - Suite; Kellner: Quartetto in E Flat; Rust: Violin Partita in d; Coleridge-Taylor: Petite Suite de Concert; Bauer: Prelude and Fugue for Flute and String Orchestra Op. 43; Ibert: Trois Pièces Brèves, Concertino da Camera; Foss: Three American Pieces; Faure: Pelleas et Melisande Op. 80 - Suite; Verdi: Simon Boccanegra Prelude



Walter Piston: String Quartet No. 3; Frank Bridge: String Quartet No. 4; Alban Berg: Lyric Suite



Lehar: Das Land des Lachelns



Jerome Moross and Norman Dello Joio Birthday Centenary

Drake's Village Brass Band... Dello Joio Music for Wind Ensemble



Glazunov: Violin Concerto; Chopin: Sonata in g for Cello & Piano; Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge; Beethoven: String Quartet #10



Kabalevsky: Symphony No. 2; Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole; Penderecki: Quartet for Clarinet and Strings; Cesar Cui: Suite, Op. 56; Adam Fackenhagen: Lute Sonata No. 3



Mass Movements: J.S. Bach's Mass in B minor (complete), preceded by the original versions of some of its numbers.



Walter Piston: String Quartet No. 4; Moeran: String Quartet in E flat major; Hindemith: String Quartet No. 4 op. 22



Delius: Fennimore and Gerda



Monday Night at the Movies - Herrmann: North by Northwest; Waxman: My Geisha; Moross: The Big Country

Drake's Village Brass Band...Meridian Arts Ensemble - Andrew Rindfleisch: In The Zone



Vivian Fung: Clarinet Quintet; Martinu: Violin Concerto No. 1; Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard sonatas; George Lloyd: Symphony No. 7;

Carlo Giorgio Garofalo: Romantic Symphony



Elgar: Symphony No. 3; Corelli: Concerto Grosso;

Adalbert Gyrowetz: String Quartet in B Flat; Martinu: Duo No. 1 for Violin and Cello



Steve's Favorites. An annual indulgence in which your host plays favorite recordings. Beethoven: Symphony #9; Handel: Harpsichord Suite in E HWV 430; Bruch: Violin Concerto #1 in g; Dvorak: Serenade for Strings; Wagner: Götterdämmerung - excerpts.



Walter Piston: String Quartet No. 5; Moeran: String Quartet in A minor; Hindemith: String Quartet No. 6 in E flat major





 Do you like live music?  

Well..we have live music!




A Listener Supported Community Service of the University of Hartford - Information call: 860-768-4703


DATE                   PERFORMER                        VENUE                    TIME                                                   



July 20                 Paul McKenna Band             Wilde Auditorium    7:30 pm
November 22       Comas                                  Wilde Auditorium    7:30 pm


 Feb 28, 2014       Karan Casey Band                Wilde Auditorium    7:30 pm

March 22, 2014    Masters of the Tradition         Lincoln Theater       7:30pm

    (Band includes Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Mairtin O'cononor, Cathal Hayden

     Seamie O'Dowd, Iarla O'Lionard and David Powers)

April 12, 2014       Teetotalers                              Wilde                    7:30 pm

June 6, 2014          Andy Irvine (and Icon!)           Wilde                    7:30 pm




Shows are added all the time, check wwuh.org for up to date information.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time.  UH student ticket price for most shows: $10.

All shows in Wilde are general admission; Millard & Lincoln seats are reserved. 

Automated campus direction line: 860-768-7878

Tickets, if available, are placed on sale at the venue one hour before show time the night of the show.

Tickets for all shows are available from the University Box Office:

860-768-4228 or 1-800-274-8587

Thursday Evening Classics

Composer Birthdays

July and August 2013 

Presented by Steve Petke


Jul 4

1694 Louis Claude Daquin

1762 Marco Santucci

1769 Louis-Luc Loiseau de Persuis

1793 Franz Xaver Pechacek

1826 Stephen Collins Foster

1829 Hermann Kotzschmar

1840 James McGranahan

1842 Gyula Erkel

1850 Ole Olsen

1854 Henrich Zollner

1883 Maximilian Oseyevich Shteynberg

1886 Heinrich Kaminski

1896 Adolf Hallis

1903 Flor Peeters

1904 Dante Fiorillo

1904 Artur Malawski

1910 Alec Templeton

1911 Franco Ferrara

1953 Alfred V. Fedak


Jul 11

1824 Adolphe-Abraham Samuel

1836 Antonio Carlo Gomes

1837 Paul Lacombe

1841 Daniel de Lange

1857 Iacob Moresianu

1889 Johanna Magdalena Beyer

1892 Giorgio Federico Ghedini

1914 Ahti Sonninen

1916 Howard Brubeck

1926 Rodolfo Arizaga

1928 Robert Washburn

1953 Bramwell Tovey

1974 Musa Gocmen

1979 Phillip Neil Martin


Jul 18

1013 Hermannus Contractus

1670 Giovanni Bononcini

1711 (bapt) Pierre-Joseph le Blan

1766 Friedrich Fleischmann

1810 Peter Singer

1821 Pauline Garcia-Viardot

1830 Marie Auguste Durand

1870 Emil Mlynarski

1872 Julius Fucik

1880 Otto Vrieslander

1893 Josef Huttel

1894 Bernard Wagenaar

1902 Karel Mengelberg

1903 Bozidar Kunc

1907 Yvonne Desportes

1914 Herbert Collum

1922 Georg Kreisler

1923 Hector Tosar

1930 Siegfried Kurz

1933 R. Murray Schafer

1934 Roger Reynolds

1954 Tobias Picker


Jul 25

1579 Valerius Otto

1654 Agostino Steffani

1657 (bapt) Philipp Heinrich Erlebach

1772 Gottlob Benedikt Bierey

1780 Christian Theodor Weinlig

1786 Giacomo Cordella

1832 Simon Hassler

1855 Edward Solomon

1878 Heinrich Gebhard

1883 Alfredo Casella

1894 Kresimir Baranovic

1897 Hermann Ambrosius

1903 Andre Fleury

1907 Karl Holler

1926 Teodor Grigoriu

1934 Don Ellis

1936 Edward Gold

1937 Dmitry Smolsky

1939 Richard Akre Trythall

1953 Christopher Cree-Brown

1955 Ian Venables

1957 Jacob Vejslev

1972 Johann Hasler


Aug 1

1659 Antoine Mouque

1685 Pietro Giuseppe Sandoni

1686 Benedetto Marcello

1755 Giuseppe Antonio Capuzzi

1766 Ignace Antoine Francois Xavier Ladurner

1840 Aldine Sillman Kieffer

1848 Frantisek Kmoch

1858 Hans Rott

1873 Henri Verbruggen

1871 Oskar Fried

1882 Vaclav Klicka

1888 Vito Frazzi

1902 Edgar Martin Deale

1908 Miloslav Kabelac

1913 Jerome Moross

1914 Jack Delano

1923 Yoshinao Nakada

1926 Karl Kohn

1930 Lionel Bart

1931 Sean O'Raida (John Reidy)

1949 Primous Fountain III

1951 Robin Julian Heifetz

1952 Thomas Massella

1973 Avior Byron


Aug 8

1571 John Ward

1693 Laurent Belissen

1754 Luigi Marchesi

1857 Cecile Chaminade

1871 William Henry Squire

1886 Pietro Alessandro Yon

1886 Daniel Ruyneman

1900 Victor Young

1904 Istvan Szelenyi

1905 Andre Jolivet

1921 Roger Nixon

1924 Thomas Beversdorf

1931 Jonathan Elkus

1938 Jacques Hetu

1939 William Hibbard

1943 Daniel Bortz

1950 Synne Skouen

1959 Caroline Ansink

1973 Ioannis Kourtis


Aug 15

1725 Giuseppe Ferdinando Bertoni

1727 (bapt) Johann Georg Holzbogen

1736 Johann Christoph Kellner

1741 (bapt) Thomas Norris

1776 Ignaz Ritter von Seyfried

1787 Alexander Alyabiev

1822 Wilhelm Rust

1829 Eduard de Hartog

1832 Ernst Naumann

1839 Hugh Archibald Clarke

1872 Rubin Goldmark

1872 Harold Fraser-Simson

1875 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

1882 Marion Bauer

1885 Andrey Pashchenko

1890 Jacques Ibert

1892 Knud Christian Jeppesen

1893 Alexander Vasil'yevich Gauk

1901 Sulho Ranta

1906 Finn Videro

1918 Raymond Gallois-Montbrun

1922 Lukas Foss

1926 Lyutsian Abramovich Prigozhin

1931 Mario Kuri-Aldana

1946 Tom Hamilton

1951 António Pinho Vargas

1955 Jean-Luc Bertel

1960 Karlheinz Essl

1973 Adam B. Silverman


Aug 22

1530 (bapt) Bartolomeo Spontone

1615 (bapt) Christopher Gibbons

1681 Pierre Danican Philidor

1753 Christian Friedrich Ruppe

1766 Joseph-Denis Doche

1771 Jan Joseph Rosler

1827 Edouard Silas

1847 Alexander Campbell Mackenzie

1862 Achille-Claude Debussy

1873 Antonio Savasta

1874 Edward Cuthbert Bairstow

1909 Sergius Kagen

1913 Robert Schollum

1924 Andrzej Markowski

1927 Aleksandar Obradovic

1928 Karlheinz Stockhausen

1934 John M Chowning

1967 Louis Kobra

1970 Nadir Vassena


Aug 29

1881 Edvin Kallstenius

1922 Yorgos Sicilianos

1923 Lester Albert Trimble

1934 Jean-Pierre Guezek

1936 Gilbert Amy

1953 William Copper

1955 Diamanda Galas

1960 William Sussman



Sunday Afternoon at the Opera

Your Lyric Theater Program

With Keith Brown

Programming Selections for

July and August 2013 







Weinberger,Schwanda the Bagpiper Schwanda Dudelsackpfeifer is the one and only lyric stage work Jaromir Weinberger (1896-1967) is known for,although he composed many other things,.including film scores in later life.Weinberger died in obscurity in a rest home in Florida of an overdose of sedatives,presumably a suicide.He was thirty one years old when Schwanda premiered at Prague,his hometown,the capital city of his native Bohemia.It was a tremendous success and its libretto was translated from the original Czech into seventeen other languages,but the opera is known to the world at large in its German language version.As recorded in German in 1981 for CBS Masterworks and titled simply Schwanda,it is a world premiere on disc.Even in German Schwanda remains a Czech national folk opera at heart.Its story is based on an old Bohemian legend with elements of the grotesque and burlesque,magic and fairy tale.Wouldn't you know that in this very musically inclined national culture a musician would be the hero of the piece! Schwanda is a Bohemian peasant and a damned good bagpipe player.The legendary highwayman Babinsky tempts the hero to leave his home village and his wife Dorotka.Schwanda has a series of adventures in foreign parts.In the end he must bargain with the Devil  for possession of his soul.Schwanda cheats the Devil at cards and is released from Hell to return to his beloved Dorotka.That world premiere recording was derived from a concert hall broadcast from Radio Bavaria in Munich.The distinguished German baritone Hermann Prey is Schwanda.His wife Dorotka is soprano Lucia Popp,who is herself of Bohemian origin.The robber Babinsky is tenor Siegfried Jerusalem and bass Siegmund Nimsgern is heard as the Devil.What topnotch vocal casting!Heinz Wallberg conducts the Munich Radio Orchestra and Bavarian Radio Chorus.I can't believe my programming records show me that I have not rebroadcast this wonderful recording since it was aired on Sunday,August 11,1985!Back then I worked from the set of three LP's that's in our station's classical music record collection.Now after more than a quarter of a century I present Schwanda today in its CBS Masterworks reissue on two compact discs.It comes out of my own collection of opera recordings.



Handel/Mozart Acis und Galatea Throughout the Summer months I regularly program lighter lyric theater fare:comic operas,operetta and pastoral works like this one.It's Mozart's classical take on an operatic pastorale in the older baroque style.There is a certain Handelian quality to Mozart's 1791 masterpiece "The Magic Flute."That's surely because in the 1780's Mozart was engaged in preparing a series of arrangements of Handel's choral works for performance in Vienna.One of these was a skillful reorchestration of Messiah K.572 (1789),heard on this program on Sunday,March 31,1991.Equally well reorchestrated is Acis und Galatea,K. 572 (1788).Mozart's friend and patron,Baron Van Swieten commissioned the composer to update in the mature classical style Handel's charming lyric theatrical entertainment.Van Swieten translated the original English libretto into German.Mozart clearly took great pains in modernizing the 1718 Acis and Galatea.Handel's music ends up sounding incredibly Mozartian,as if the two styles,baroque and classical,fit hand-in-glove.On Sunday,December 11,1994 you heard the German Archiv label CD release of the Handel/Mozart Acis,.recorded in London in 1991 with Trevor Pinnock conducting the chorus and period instrument players of the English Concert.It went over the air again on Sunday,May 27,2006.I'm pleased to present it a third time today.




Mozart,Le Nozze di Figaro My broadcasts of Sony Classical's "The Mertopolitan Opera" series continues into the Summer months with Mozart's immortal opera buffa,perhaps the single finest example of this comic operatic subgenre."The Marriage of Figaro" was captured on tape for posterity as it was performed live on stage at the Met,January 28,1961.This was actually the aircheck tape of a radio broadcast.The Met's archives preserve reel-to-reel airtapes going back more than half a century into the twentieth century,a period that some consider to be the Golden Age of opera singing.Consider this lineup of legendary Met singing stars:baritone Cesare Siepi as Figaro,soprano Roberta Peters as his betrothed Susanna,bass Kim Borg as the philandering Count Almaviva,mezzo Lucine Amara as his long-suffering wife the Countess.The cast is filled out with the likes of Regina Resnik and Ezio Flagello,also legendary names in opera history.Erich Leinstorf conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.Sony digitally upgraded the early stereo sonics of these airtapes of the Met's "Marriage of Figaro" for release in 2011 0n three compact discs.



Gilbert & Sullivan,Patience This is the Summer Sunday when I usually broadcast a recording of one of those classic English Victorian comic operas.This particular Sunday you get G & S with all of Gilbert's witty dialog,so this is a truly complete recorded presentation of something from the G & S canon.Patience (1881) is a musical satire on the Victorian Aesthetic movement of artists and writers which included Oscar Wilde.Every generation has its share of artsy poseurs.Twenty-first century listeners ought to be able to recognize modern counterparts to the  two pretentious poets Reginald Bunthorne and Archibald Grosvenor.Patience goes out to you in the 1986 CD reissue of a vintage recording originally issued on Decca/London stereo LP's in 1961 with the world renouned D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.Isadore Godfrey conducted the D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus and New Symphony Orchestra of London.Professional performers of the G & S canon are often referred to as Savoyards,after the Savoy Theatre in London,impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte's opera house,where so many of the immortal British operettas were first performed.Patience was the first of them to be produced there in the company's new home.Patience is a personal favorite of mine that I've programmed four times before over three decades doing this show.I last broadcast it exactly eleven years ago today.



Mozart,Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail,Scarlatti,La Dirindina No opera of Mozart's was so successful in his own lifetime.Immediately after its first run at Vienna's Burgtheater in 1782 it took off for opera houses all over German-speaking Europe and everywhere it went."The Abduction from the Seraglio" is the best specimen of a special subgenre of lyric theater in the eighteenth century:the"Turlish" opera.Sometimes comedic,sometimes melodramatic in nature,such operas were based upon a love story or tale of rescue and were set in some exotic location in the Orient.Every composer of any stature in Mozart's time tried his hand at  Turkish opera. Over the years I've broadcast recordings of such works by Sammartini,Kraus and Haydn.Mozart's Turkish piece is also a Singspiel,the then popular German singing entertainment with spoken dialog.There are plenty of good recordings of "The Abduction" in circulation.The one I featured on Sunday,October 4,1992 was on Sony Classical CD's,recorded in Vienna with Bruno Weil conducting the Vienna Symphony and chorus of the Vienna State Opera.It's in our station's classical music record library.The station has acquired an 18 CD boxed compilation of seven of Mozart's most famous operas,as interpreted by a pioneering conductor in the historically-informed practice of eighteenth century music:John Eliot Gardiner.All the Gardiner interpretations were recorded between 1987-98 in various venues.The one Gardiner made of Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail took place in Henry wood Hall in London in 1991.Gardiner directed the English Baroque Soloists,the period instrument ensemble he founded,and the Monteverdi Choir.In the cast basso profundo Cornelius Hauptmann is featured as Osmin,the comic overseer in the Pasha's palace.

     Another subgenre of eighteenth century opera was the intermezzo.It was always short,always some variant of domestic farce.These comic mini-operas were inserted between the long acts of a full-scale Italian opera seria to amuse audiences during intermission.The classic example of the intermezzo is Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona (1733).Domenico Scarlatti also wrote one:La Dirindina,which was probably staged between one of the three acts of his opera seria Ambleto (1715).The son of the famous opera composer Alessandro Scarlatti,Domenico is known to music history as a keyboard virtuoso,but early in his career he wrote a number of lyric theater works.Following Mozart's Turkish opera there should be sufficient time to broadcast the 2012 Sono Luminus recording of La Dirindina,since it runs for a mere half hour.The singers and players of Ars Lyrica of Houston gave this intermezzo and the pastoral cantata Pura nel Sonno the best possible "period" performance,as directed from the harpsichord by Matthew Dirst.



Smetana,The Bartered Bride We revisit Old Bohemia this Sunday.Although Bedrich Smetana's "The Bartered Bride" (1866/70) has been rightly termed a folk opera,it does not quote a  single authentic Czech folk melody.To be sure,it does draw upon the Bohemian national musical idiom in a most effective way.As with Jaromir Weinberger's "Schwanda The Bagpiper" (Svanda Dudak),the libretto for Smetana's Prodana Nevesta was translated from Czech into German and renamed Die Verkaufte Braut,in which language it became internationally popular.The German language version is thoroughly appropriate because in the past many German-speaking people lived in Bohemia."The Bartered Bride" succeeded outside its native land because the prevailing element of romantic comedy is universal and not bound down to notions of Czech nationalism.Three times before you've heard Smetana's masterwork in German.Two of those thjree broadcasts featured the classic 1963 EMI recording starring the incomparable German tenor Fritz Wunderlich,with Rudolf Kempe conducting the Bamberg Symphony.Today you get  it in the original Czech.BBC Radio Three produced it and recorded it in 2011 at the Barbican Centre in London.An entire cast of native Czech-speaking singers was brought over from the Czech Republic.The distinguished Czech conductor Jiri Belohlavek led the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the chorus of the BBC Singers.The French Harmonia Mundi label the opera La Fiancee vendue when it was released on two compact discs in 2012.



Lehar,Das Land des :Lachelns Sentimental Viennese operetta always figures in my Summertime programming.The operettas of Franz Lehar's later period were all bittersweet musical melodramas with partly unhappy endings.Lehar's works constitute the core repertoire of the Silver Age of this genre in the early twentieth century.A poignant story seemed to evoke his loftiest flights of lyricism.In "The Land of Smiles" (1929) Lehar created the role of Prince Suo-Chong expressly for the Austrian Richard Tauber,the greatest lyric tenor of the day.Many other German lyric tenors to follow would essay Suo-Chong's part.The eminent Siegfried Jerusalem took it up in a 1982 radio production of the operetta.Opposite him as the Austrian countess Lisa is soprano Helen Donath.Willi Boskowsky,the Viennese expert in the genre,conducts the Munich Radio Orchestra.The airtape of this Radio Bavaria broadcast was issued on two compact discs through West German EMI.I last broadcast this recording,which I have in my own collection,on Sunday,April 26,1992.



Delius,Fennimore and Gerda Every Summer on the last Sunday in August I broadcast one of the six operas of Frederick Delius (1862-1934) because Delius' exquisitely impressionistic style of music is so evocative of the lazy,hazy end of Summertime.I have aired Delius' last opera Fennimore and Gerda (1919) four times before in my complete broadcast cycle,year-by-year,of those six works.For the story of Fennimore and Gerda Delius drew upon Danish literature.He conceived a series of musical pictures of two episodes in the life of the writer Niels Lyhne as related by the nineteenth century poet/novelist Jens Peter Jacobsen.Fennimore and Gerda is a tale of unfaithfulness in love and the numbing loss of an artist's creative powers.The score is absolutely lovely,as Delius' music always is,but the staging is strange,more like a film in its abruptly changing scenes. Delius' operas are perfectly suited for radio broadcast because radio is the theater of the imagination.Delius fashioned his own German language libretto for F & G's stage premiere.A young friend of the composer,Philip Heseltine,prepared the English language version,the one EMI taped in 1976,with Meredith Davies conducting the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.The distinguished Swedish soprano Elisabeth Soderstrom is featured as Fennimore,supported by a cast of top notch English singers.In times long past I have worked from the old Angel/EMI vinyl discs or my own tape cassette copy of them.Then I acquired the 1997 EMI Classics reissue of Fennimore and Gerda on a single compact disc.That reissue is auditioned again today.Keep listening for an old recording of Delius' choral masterpiece Sea Drift (1904) and thew new two volume CD release of the complete songs of Frederick Delius,as interpreted by baritone Mark Stone.

    And thinking of singers,did anyone reading these notes notice the mistake I made in identifying a famous one,Teresa Stratas? In my blurb for the broadcast of Sunday,April 21st I said she was a mezzo and an American.Well,no actually-she's a soprano and she was born in Toronto,Canada.If you readers or listeners read or hear an error I made,I urge you to contact me and correct me.Also,at the every end,I must again thank somebody who patiently corrects and mentors me,our station's operations director Kevin O'Toole.He has assisted me in the preparation of the notes for cyber-publication.  



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The WWUH Alphabetical Menu of Programs

Accent on Jazz - "The sounds of surprise," from the great African-American tradition of improvised music. Tuesday-Friday 9:00pm-midnight.


All Night Show - Alternative, progressive music.  Stay up late and FIND OUT!  Every night 3:00-6:00am.


Alternative Radio - Interviews and speeches from alternative sources and alternative information, produced by David Barsamian. Monday 12 noon-1:00pm.


Ambience - Music that blends electronic and acoustic styles, borrowing from many cultures, from dream rock, to deep space, quiet contemplation and ambient dance. Sunday 9:00am-1:00pm.


Blue Monday - The world of blues from country to R&B.  Monday 9:00pm-midnight.


Carosello Musicale Italiano - Italian music and news.  Saturday 5:00pm-7:00pm.


Counterspin - Learn how to talk back to your radio and TV! Critical views of mainstream media, produced by Fairness and Accuracy in Media (F.A.I.R.). Tuesday 12:30pm-1:00pm.


Cultura E Vida - Portuguese programming. Saturday 7:00pm-9:00pm.


Culture Dogs - A look at contemporary media, movies, videos, etc. Sunday 8:00pm - 9:00pm


Evening Classics - Classical music by composers from Albinoini to Zelenka, styles ranging from Gregorian Chant to the modern twentieth century.  Weekdays 4:00pm-7:30/8:00pm.


Explorations - Every week Dr. Michio Kaku gives us new insight into the world of science.  Sunday 4:30pm-5:00pm.


FM on Toast - A wide variety of acoustic music ranging from folk to bluegrass. Sunday and weekdays 6:00am-9:00am.


Free Speech Radio: A daily (Mon - Fri) news program with alternative sources from around the world.Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00-8:30pm, Thursday at 7:30pm and Friday at 7:00pm.


Gay Spirit - Greater Hartford's only gay news program featuring contemporary issues, music, and special guests.  Thursday 8:30pm-9:00pm.


Geetanjali -. Geetanjali plays a variety of music from the subcontinent -classical, contemporary, devotional and Bollywood music. The show'shosts provide narrative both in English and Hindi. Friday from 7:30pm - 9:00pm


Gothic Blimp Works - Alternative rock music including pop, progressive, experimental, reggae, punk, urban, blues...and more.  Every night midnight-3:00am.


Greatest Show From Earth - Esoteric space rock from psychedelic to progressive, with a side of electronics.  Need we

say more?  Broadcast via the T.E.L./T.A.N. V27X Transfleet Repeater Probe, the last analog frontier. Sunday 9:00pm-midnight.


Making Contact - A program about activists and social change.  Tuesday 8:30pm


Morning Jazz - Music from diverse aspects of the jazz tradition from the big bands to fusion to avant-garde. Weekdays 9:00am-Noon.


New Focus - Alternative news and views presented by Mike DeRosa.  Friday 12N-12:30pm. And Wednesday at 8:30pm.


New World Notes - New perspectives on American Government, foreigh policy, media and culture in a variety of genres, produced by Ken Dowst.  Tuesday 12noon.


911 Wake Up Call - Exploring the issues surrounding the 911 attacks.  Thursday 12:30pm


Rock 'N Roll Memory Machine - The Hartford Courant calls it the best oldies show in the area.  Memories, music and trivia from the golden days of rock 'n roll.  Sunday 6:00pm-8:00pm.


Saturday Morning Polka Madness - Polkas! Saturday 6:00am-9:00am, requests welcome


Soapbox - Interviews with progressive authors and activists, host Rob Tyrka. Thursday 12:00noon-12:30pm.


Street Corner Serenade - Music from the '50's "do-wop" era, and more. Saturday 1:00pm-3:00pm.


Sunday Afternoon at the Opera - Selections from the Operatic repertory ranging from Baroque to twentieth century. Sunday 1:00pm-4:30pm.


Super Sabado -Salsa - from '70's classics to current faves - and greetings, in Spanish. Saturday 3:00-5:00pm.


Synthesis - Alternative rock from all genres featuring new releases, rarities, imports, and international artists.  Including electronic, dance, fusion, funk, pop, reggae, experimental...... Weekdays 1:00pm-4:00pm.


Tevynes Garsai - Lithuanian programming. Sunday 5:00pm-6:00pm.


This Way Out - The international gay and lesbian news magazine.  Thursday 8:00pm-8:30pm.


TUC Radio - From San Francisco: a show about the global village and the global pillage.  Friday at 12:30pm.


UH Radio Bluegrass - The best of bluegrass, with occasional live performances by area bluegrass musicians.  Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm.


Voices of our World - Views from the 2nd and 3rd world on life in the real world.  Monday at 8:30pm.


West Indian Rhythms - Reggae, soca and more from Jamaica, T & T and beyond. Saturday 9:00pm-12midnight.

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