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May/June 2014
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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 at various times through out the day on these stations:
WAPJ, 89.9 & 105.1, Torrington, CT
WDJW, 89.7, Somers, CT
WWEB, 89.9, Wallingford, CT 

You can also listen on line using your PC, tablet or smart device.  We offer both Windows Media and MP3 streams here.

We also recommend that you download the free app "tunein" 
here to your mobile device. 
It makes listening to WWUH on the go very easy, 
wherever your summer travels might take you.**

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

We are very excited to announce
that all WWUH programs are now available on-demand
the "Program Archive" link 
on our home page, 
  This means that if you missed one of your favorite shows, or if you want to listen to parts of it again, you can do so easily using the Archive link.  Programs are available for listening for two weeks after their air date.
Monday Night Jazz Returns to 91.3 This Summer!


Starting on July 7, WWUH will once again be broadcasting live the Monday Night Jazz series from Hartford's Bushnell Park. 
The series of free concerts, founded by Paul Brown and now produced by the Hartford Jazz Society, will be marking its 46th consecutive season. 

Regionally and internationally-recognized musicians regularly grace the stage of the park's Thomas D. Harris IV Pavillion. 


Event Schedule

Opening act starts at 6 pm. Headliner starts at 7:30 pm.

July 7Jonathan Barber QuartetYoron Israel & High Standards
July 14Peter Greenfogel QuintetMarc Cary Focus Trio
July 21Frank Kozyra/Andrew Renfroe/Matt Dwoynszyk/
Curtis Torian
Ralph Peterson Fo'tet - Fo' n Mo'
July 28Espada Jazz EnsembleRay Mantilla Ensemble
August 4N'dea LloydRenee Rosnes Quartet
August 11Michael Pallas QuintetStephen King Porter And The Legacy Band

For rain site update information, call WWUH at 860-768-4701.  

For more event details, also see the Hartford Jazz Society website.

If you're at one of the concerts, be sure to visit 
the WWUH table and say hi!
Celtic Airs Concert News

Upcoming Concert:







     FullSet is one of the most talked about, critically acclaimed, bands playing Irish Traditional music today. The sextet will make their Celtic Airs/WWUH concert debut Friday August 15th at 7:30 pm in the Wilde Auditorium. They are all accomplished musicians in their own right. Put them together and they create a stunning and unique sound, full of energy and innovation, while remaining true to their traditional roots.


     I urge you to view the two performance videos on their web site: www.fullsetmusic.com . Very impressive!! I have wanted to get them here for a concert since I first heard their debut CD "Notes At Liberty" two years ago. Watching these videos convinced me I had to make it happen!!


     In 2011, FullSet were the winners of the RTE "Breakthrough Annual Music Bursary Award", triumphing over more than 800 other entrants! The Irish American News named them "Best New Group" for 2012 and they were named "Best Newcomers" in the 2012 Live Ireland Awards.


     To date, they have performed on Ireland's two most prestigious television programs, The Late,Late Show and Geantrai. They have also impressed audiences and reviewers of major festivals such as the Copenhagen Irish Fest, the Festivaux Interceltique de Lorient, the Michigan Irish Festival and the Texas Irish Festival.

Their second album, "Notes After Dark" was recently released and has received wonderful reviews.


     Michael Harrison is the band's spokesperson and fiddler. His original and colorful technique, fluent and free flowing, creates a distinctive sound. He was born in Tipperary, grandson to well known fiddler Aggie Whyte. He has won three All Ireland fiddle awards so far.

Janine Redmond is a Dublin native and one of Ireland's most dynamic young button accordion players. She has a rich traditional style that is becoming increasingly rare on the traditional music scene today. Her mentors are John Ryan and June McCormack. Under their tutelage she has won numerous All-Ireland titles on button accordion and melodeon.


     Martin Vacca, uillean pipes/whistles, was born in a little town in Northwest Italy and moved to Limerick in 2005. He was playing flute at the tender age of 4 and at 10 years, took up the uillean pipes. Childhood influences included Planxty (Liam O'Flynn) and Moving Hearts (Davy Spillane). By 2009, he had already won the All Ireland Uillean Pipe title. In 2011, he graduated from the prestigious Irish World Academy of Music and Dance with a Masters degree in traditional Irish Music Performance.


     Marianne Knight, lead vocals/flute, hails from Co. Mayo. She is a very talented multi-instrumentalist (button accordion, whistles, bodhran, in addition to flute), and a proficient dancer who has won the American and Scottish National dance championships and has placed highly in the All Ireland and World Dance Championships. Her bright clear voice and crisp vocal ornamentation have put her in much demand!! She has performed with Solas, Cherish the Ladies, and the Mairtin O'Connor Band. 

Eamonn  Moloney, bodhran/percussion,  is another Tipperary man, from the village of Newport. He too graduated from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (2008). Since then, he's performed with the Chieftains, Sharon Shannon, Cathy Jordan (from Dervish) and others.


     Andrew Meaney, guitar, combines with Eamonn in a sensitive yet driving rhythm section that effortlessly blends the music together. He comes form Rathmines, Co. Dublin, and is primarily self taught. He cites Steve Cooney, Jim Murray, Alec Finn and Andy Irvine as his major influences. He has toured the world with the acclaimed music and dance show, "Ragus."

Sean Laffey, editor of Irish Music Magazine, said of FullSet, "This is a band in full control who can easily go from frenetic energy to a tearful pause." Well known music reviewer John O'Reagan says, "the blazing energy FullSet possesses is matched by their confidence and skill!!"


     We've introduced Irish Traditional music fans in the greater Hartford area to some great bands over the past 20 years: Dervish, Danu, Solas, Goitse, Old Blind Dogs just to name a few. I believe FullSet will join this list of luminaries in the years to come and urge you to come and enjoy them in their early years.


     Again, the concert takes place Friday, August 15th at 7:30 PM in the University of Hartford's Wilde Auditorium. There is plenty of free ground level parking nearby. Tickets are only available through the University Box Office. Call 1-800-274-8587 or 860-768-4228. For on line purchases, go to the the WWUH home page (www.wwuh.org) and click on "benefit concerts." Next click "buy tickets" next to the FullSet name to obtain a direct link to purchase tickets for this show.


     Upcoming concerts confirmed so far include North Sea Gas on 10/18/14 and Dervish 3/21/15. Negotiations are under way to include the following bands in our concert series in 2015: Lunasa, Old Blind Dogs, Socks In the Frying Pan, Karan Casey, the Mairtin O'Connor band and more!


     Tune in to Celtic Airs each week, Tuesdays 6:00-9:00 AM for concert updates and lots of Celtic Music, both new and old.


Steve Dieterich

Producer/host of Celtic Airs

Promoter of Celtic Airs/WWUH Concerts


Special Broadcast: Hartford Circus Fire Documentary
WWUH Presents... 
The Hartford Circus Fire: An Audio Recollection 


 Air Date:  Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM


On July 6, 1944, during a matinee performance of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, the main circus tent, known as the Big Top, became engulfed in flames. Between 7000 and 9000 people were inside the tent when the fire broke out. Most would escape, but as a result of the fire, 168 people died, and hundreds more were injured. It was the worst disaster in the history of Hartford, Connecticut. 

WWUH will present a special program commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Hartford Circus Fire Tragedy. This 90 minute documentary, includes an interview with Don Massey, who co-wrote the book 'A Matter of Degree the Hartford Circus Fire and the Mystery of Little Miss 1565', as well as survivors talking about their memories of that day. First broadcast in 2004, this documentary has been revised to include nearly a half hour of archival radio broadcasts from 1944 courtesy WTIC Newstalk 1080. The program will conclude with a reading of the names of the victims of the fire.  


To hear an interview with Brandon Kampe, the producer 

of the Circus Fire documentary, please visit



WWUH Classical Programming - July/August 2014 

Sunday Afternoon at the Opera... Sundays 1:00 - 4:30 pm

Evening Classics... Weekdays 4:00 to 7:00/ 7:30/ 8:00 pm

Drake's Village Brass Band... Mondays 7:00-8:00 pm  





C.P.E. Bach: Harpsichord Concerto No. 6, Wq 43; Edward Tubin: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major; Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas K 261-264; Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time; J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 202 "Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten" (Wedding Cantata); Cecile Chaminade: Pieces for Piano



Jean Philippe Rameau: Symphonies from Les Indes Galantes; George Dyson: The Canterbury Pilgrims; A sampling of recently acquired CDs.



Handl-Gallus: Pater Noster, Resonet in laudibus; Gouvy: Symphony #1 in E Flat Op 9; Gershwin: Porgy and Bess - Symphonic Picture; Janacek: Lachian Dances, Sonata 1.X.1905 'From the street', Violin Sonata; William Wallace: Pelleas and Melisande Suite; Seeger: Study in Mixed Accents; Classical Happy Hour Sibelius: Pelleas and Melisande Op. 46; Márquez: Conga del Fuego; Couperin: Concerts Royaux - Concert #2 in D.



Celebrating Independence Day with some fireworks



Bo: Lucrezia; Musto: Bastianello; Steven Mercurio: Many Voices



Host's choice.  Drakes Village Brass Band pre-empted



Quantz: Flute Concerto in g; Grieg: Piano Sonata in e Op. 7; Schubert: Fantasy in C D. 605a "Grazer Fantasie"; Kraft: Cello Concerto in C; Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Dvorak: Kate and the Devil - Excerpts; Walton: Crown Imperial.



Host's choice



A Scarlatti: Flute Sonata in A; Abel: Symphony Op 7 #2; Neukomm: Dramatic Fantasia on some passages of Milton's Paradise Lost; Wieniawski: Légende, Polonaise brillante, Scherzo-Tarantelle; Jules Mouquet: Pan et les Oiseaux; Orff: Carmina Burana; Gabriel Jackson: To Morning, Song, Ave Maria; Schubert: Qrt #2 in C D 32.



There's a "Lord of the Rings" symphony?



Fall: The Rose of Stambul



Host's choice.  Drakes Village Brass Band pre-empted



Młynarski: Violin Concerto #1 in d, Op. 11; Beach: Symphony in e, Op. 32 'Gaelic'; Schulhoff: Concerto Doppio for Flute & Piano, Small Orchestra & 2 Horns; Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81



Gaetano Brunetti: Symphony No. 26; Rachmaninoff: The Bells Choral Symphony; Ernst Eichner: Flute Quartets; Khachaturian: Gayane Suite No. 3; Janacek: On an Overgrown Path; Pergolesi: Missa Romana



Soderman: Concert Overture in F, Swedish Festival Music; Gernsheim: Cello Concerto in e Op. 78, Violin Sonata #2 in C op. 50; Tovey: Sonata for 2 Cellos in G; Kilar: Orawa, Solemn Overture for Symphonic Orchestra; Schickele: Serenade for Three; Beethoven: Bagatelles Op 119; Sammartini: Symphony in F JC 36.



Host's choice



Rossini: L'Equivoce Stravagante



Host's choice.  Drakes Village Brass Band pre-empted



Rott: Symphony in E; Brahms: String Quintet #1 in F, Op. 88; Röntgen: Cello Concerto #1; Mozart: String Quartet #16 in E, K.428



Bruckner: Symphony No. 1; Guillaume de Machaut: Ballads; Alonso Mudarra: Fantasias; Otto Nicolai: Fantasy on a Theme from Norma; Lorenzo Allegri: Les Suites Medicee; Dora Pejacevic: Piano Quartet in D Minor



Adam: Giselle-Act 2, If I Were King Overture; Godefroid: Etude de Concert for Harp in E Flat; Bloch: Concerto Grosso #1 for String Orchestra and Piano, Suite Hébraïque; Farnon: Westminster Waltz; Leo Kraft: Partita #1; Josephs: Siesta; Buxtehude: Praeludium in g BuxWV 163.



Host's choice



Sullivan: The Beauty Stone



Host's choice.  Drakes Village Brass Band pre-empted



C.P.E. Bach Hamburg Sinfonia Wq 182/1; Edward Tubin: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor; Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas; Margaret Brouwer: Clarinet Quintet; J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 211 "Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht" (Coffee Cantata); Beethoven: String Quartet in F minor, Op 95, "Serioso"



Granville Bantock: Celtic Symphony; Heinrich Isaac:  Missa La Spagna; Zdenek Fibich: Symphony No. 2; 

Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello; Elisabetta Brusa   Florestan; Melchior Franck: Psalms



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




Classical Conversations with the ZOFO Duo



German: Tom Jones



Host's choice.  Drakes Village Brass Band pre-empted



C.P.E. Bach Hamburg Sinfonia Wq 182/2; Martinu: Violin Concerto No. 2; Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas; Brahms: Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E-flat Major, Op 40; J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 212 "Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet" (Peasant Cantata); Dvorák: Terzetto in C Major, Op 7; Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre: Keyboard pieces



Beethoven: Symphony No. 7; Antonio Rosetti: Symphony in F Major; Pedro de Escobar: Missa in Granada; Antonin Reichenauer: Oboe Concerto;  

Alexandre Guilmant: Sonata No. 7  



Litolff: Concerto Symphonique #3 in E Flat Op. 45; Bantock: Song to the Seals, Hebridean Symphony; Lecuona: Danzas Afro-Cubanas, Malagueña, Siboney; Frommel: Piano Sonata #3 in E Op. 15; Husa: Smetana Fanfare, Serenade for Piano and Wind Quintet; Orbon: Symphonic Dances; Ziffrin: Suite; Tormis: Four Estonian Lullabies; Classical Happy Hour Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Copland: Danzon Cubano; Dvorak: Rusalka - Highlights.



Host's choice: Maybe the grass will be a bit blue today - it's Podunk weekend.



Kodaly: Hary Janos



Host's choice.  Drakes Village Brass Band pre-empted



C.P.E. Bach Hamburg Sinfonia Wq 182/3; Walton: Violin Concerto; Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas; Augusta Holmes: Two Symphonic Poems: Poland and Ireland; Rameau: Orchestral Suite from Castor et Pollux; Brahms: String Sextet in B-flat Major, Op. 18; Handel: Selections from the opera Teseo



Carl Reinecke: Symphony No. 1 in A Major; John Browne: O Regina Mundi Clara; Haydn: Symphony No. 75; Jan Josef Ignac Brentner: Concerti; Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra; Benedikt Anton Aufschnaiter: Serenades 



Leopold Hofmann: Oboe Concerto in G, Symphony in F; Samuel Sebastian Wesley: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace; Sinigaglia: Variations on a theme of Franz Schubert Op 19; Jarnefelt: Berceuse, Praeludium, Suite in E-flat; de Jong: Horn Concerto in F Op. 145; Koetsier: Brass Quintet; Fennelly: Empirical Rag; Horner: Film Music.



A Children's Festival - for the young and  young at heart, featuring special guests Rusty and Sparky



Salieri: Falstaff



Britten: Prince of the Pagodas; Drake's Village Brass Band - US Air Force Heartland of America Band Frontiers



Klughardt: Symphony #5 in c, Op. 71; Haydn: String Quartet in G, Op. 77, # 1; Pfitzner: Cello Concerto in a, Op. 52; Mendelssohn: Symphony #2 'Lobgesang'



Henryk Gorecki: Symphony No. 2; Tarik O'Regan:  Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis; Franz Xaver Richter: Symphonies: Frescobaldi: Messa sopra L'Aria di Fiorenza; Adalbert Gyrowetz: String Quartet     



Boccherini: Cello Concerto in A G 475;  Frohlich: Symphony #4 in B Flat Op.20: Goldschmidt: A Tender Shoot; Lili Boulanger: Dans l'immense tristesse, D'un matin de printemps; Homs: Piano Toccata; Rehnqvist: När natten skänker frid (When Night Confers Repose); Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #2; Rameau: Overtures.



Trains, planes & automobiles



Lehar: Das Furstenkind



Monday Night at the Movies... Bernstein: To Kill a Mockingbird; Drake's Village Brass Band - US Air Force Heartland of America Band Heartland Concert



C.P.E. Bach Hamburg Sinfonia Wq 182/4; Wolf-Ferrari: Violin Concerto; Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas; Elizabeth Maconchy: Concertinos No. 1 & 2 for Clarinet and Orchestra; J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 208 "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd" (Hunt Cantata); 

Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135



Hans Huber: Symphony No. 2; Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov: Vespers, Op. 43; David Dzubay: Brass Quintet No. 1; Johann Albrechtsberger: Quartets; Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor



Peter von Winter: Overture in c Op. 24, Quartet; MacFarren: Concertstuck in e; Albert Dietrich: Cello Concerto in g Op 33; Ludvig Norman: Konsertstycke Op. 54; Giordano: Opera Arias; Gurney: Down by the Salley Gardens, Severn Meadows; Reinecke: Konzerstuck in g Op. 33; Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Noels pour les instruments.




June was such a success.  We'll do more listener favorites.



Delius: Eine Messe des Lebens; Welwood: Cyngra


Thursday Evening Classics - 

Composer Birthdays for July and August


yellow-bday-cake.jpg Composer Birthdays


Jul 3

1550 Jakob Handl Gallus

1709 Wilhelmina Sophie Friederike

1802 Joseph Labitzky

1814 Janis Cimze

1819 Louis Theodore Gouvy 

1846 Achilles Nikolayevich Alferaki

1850 Alfredo Keil

1854 Leos Janacek

1855 Piotr Maszynski

1860 William Wallace

1862 Friedrich Ernst Koch

1871 Vicente Arregui Garay

1878 George M. Cohan

1880 Carl Schuricht

1892 Wilhelm Rettich

1895 Oles' Semyonovich Chishko

1899 Klimenty Arkad'yevich Korchmaryov

1899 Otto Reinhold

1901 Ruth Crawford Seeger

1907 Romeo Maximilian Eugene Ludwig Gutsche [Gene Gutchë]

1920 John Lessard

1923 Jean Eichelberger Ivey

1926 Meyer Kupferman

1937 David Shire

1948 Peter Ruzicka

1954 Vladimír Hirsch

1959 Lawrence Dillon

1970 Chung Shih Hoh

1972 Christopher Orczy


Jul 10

1697 François Hanot

1759 Eleanore Sophia Maria Westenholz

1778 Sigismund Ritter von Neukomm

1779 Alois Basil Nikolaus Tomasini

1826 Theodore Edouard Dufaure de Lajarte

1835 Henryk Wieniawski

1858 Karl Flodin

1867 Jules Mouque

1882 Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli

1887 Alfred Ernest Whitehead

1890 Rodolphe Mathieu

1890 Andre Souris

1895 Carl Orff

1904 Isa Krejci

1921 Revaz Il'yich Lagidze

1933 Jerry Herman

1936 Jan Wincenty Hawel

1962 Gabriel Jackson

1979 Seyed Mehdi Hosseini Bami

1981 Simone Stella


Jul 17

1702 (Bapt) Johann Schneider 

1775 August Harder

1800 Ivan Padovec

1817 Ignace Xavier Joseph Leybach

1832 August Soderman

1839 Friedrich Gernsheim

1870 Ludvik Celansky

1875 Sir Donald Francis Tovey

1876 Vittorio Gnecchi

1878 Henri Zagwijn

1885 Benjamin Dale

1903 Valerian Mikhaylovich Bogdanov-Berezovsky

1908 Rudolf Petzold

1913 Everett Burton Helm

1915 Esther Williamson Ballou

1930 Ryohei Hirose

1932 Niccolo Castiglioni

1932 Wojciech Kilar 

1934 Philippe Capdenat 

1935 Peter Schickele [PDQ Bach]

1973 Anthony Joseph Lanman


Jul 24

1803 Adolph Charles Adam

1818 Felix Godefroid

1856 Paolino Vassallo

1880 Ernest Bloch

1902 Hans Chemin-Petit

1903 Robert Mills Delaney

1904 Leo Noël Arnaud

1914 Riccardo Malipiero

1917 Robert Farnon

1922 Leo Kraft

1924 Glenn Glasow

1927 Wilfred Josephs

1937 Barry Vercoe

1955 Philippe Hurel

1964 Elliott Goldkind


Jul 31

1629 (Bapt) Johann Jakob Lowe von Eisenach

1767 Amelie Julie Candeille

1808 Frederick Nichols Crouch

1810 Julian Fontana

1828 Francois Auguste Gevaert

1830 Frantisek Skuhersky

1847 Ignacio Cervantes 

1848 Robert Planquette

1877 Nathaniel Clark Smith

1880 Manuel Penella Moreno

1893 Charles Wilfred Orr

1894 Heinz Bongartz

1900 Erich Katz

1920 Rudolf Halaczinsky

1945 Tomas Vackar

1953 Randall Davidson


Aug 7

1818 Henry Charles Litolff

1823 Faustina Hasse Hodges

1868 Sir Granville Ransome Bantock

1887 Luckey Roberts

1896 Ernesto Lecuona

1903 Saburo Moroi

1906 Gerhard Frommel

1919 Kim Borg

1921 Karel Husa

1925 Julián Orbon

1926 Marilyn Ziffrin

1930 Veljo Tormis

1931 Betty Dardess

1933 David Dorward

1945 Alexander Zhurbin

1949 Dan Locklair

1965 Francois Evans

1977 Panayiotis Demopoulos


Aug 14

1675 Johann Georg Christian Storl

1738 Leopold Hofmann

1756 Olof Åhlström

1769 Friedrich Ludwig Dulon

1810 Samuel Sebastian Wesley

1823 Karel Miry

1865 Paul Dupin

1868 Leone Sinigaglia

1869 Edvard Armas Jarnefelt

1870 Lucius Hosmer

1891 Marinus de Jong

1892 Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (Leon Dudley)

1893 Alfred Alessandrescu

1899 Jaroslav Jeremias

1900 Shalva Mikhailovich Taktakishvili

1902 Franz Konwitschny

1909 Tibor Kozma

1910 Pierre Schaeffer 

1911 Jan Koetsier

1923 William Flanagan

1937 Brian Fennelly

1946 Bjørn Kruse

1950 Joseph Pehrson

1953 James Horner

1966 Michio Shirasawa


Aug 21

1642 Johann Friedrich Treiber

1751 Johann Georg Witthauer

1806 Johannes Frederick Frohlich

1809 Francesco Schira

1825 Kate Fanny Loder

1829 Otto Goldschmidt

1852 Benedetto Junck

1893 Juliette Marie Olga Lili Boulanger

1903 Yannis Constantinidis

1906 Joachim Homs

1919 Tommy Reilly

1926 James Brian Bonsor

1926 Ben-Zion Orgad

1927 Wilhelm Killmayer

1928 Zdenek Lukas

1931 Gregg Smith

1946 Ivar Danielsen

1957 Karin Rehnqvist

1963 Elena Louise Ruehr

1969 Levente Egry

1972 Amy Beth Kirsten


Aug 28

1673 (Bapt) Conrad Michael Schneider

1700 Carolomannus Pachschmidt

1754 (Bapt) Peter von Winter

1775 Sophie Gail

1826 Walter Cecil Macfarren

1827 Teresa Milanollo

1829 Albert Dietrich

1831 Fredrik Vilhelm Ludvig Norman

1867 Umberto Giordano

1872 Alfred Baldwin Sloane

1873 Svante Sjoberg

1881 Arne Eggen

1885 Armas Toivo Valdemar Maasalo

1887 Daniel Zamudio

1890 Ivor Gurney

1903 Rudolph Wagner-Regeny

1917 Ugo Amendola

1924 Vilayat Khan

1924 Berislav Klobucar

1939 Robert Aitken

1950 Michael Matthews

1957 Ivo Josipović

1968 Geoffrey Gordon



 Sunday Afternoon at the Opera


Your "lyric theater" program

with Keith Brown

programming selections

for the months of July and August,  2014 

Sunday 1-4:30pm


The Rose of Stambul 




Bolcom, Lucrezia, Musto, Bastianello, Mercurio, Many Voices 

     Comic opera and operetta will be the general fare throughout the nine Sundays of these two Summer months, plus other lighter weight lyric theater works that compliment your vacationtime frame of mind. We begin the Summer season with a pair of comic chamber operas by two contemporary American composers, both with wordbooks by a contemporary American librettist,Mark Campbell. Both compositions are scored for five singers and two pianos. Both were  commissioned and performed by the New York Festival of Song and premiered in a double bill in March of 2008 at the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall. Lucrezia by William Bolcom (b. 1938) is Bolcom's riff on the Zarzuela, the popular lyric theater genre of Spain early on in the twentieth century.  It's also his operatic reimagining of the Renaissance writer Nicolo Machiavelli's Italian language comedy La Mandragola, which sends up the Roman Catholic Church, the  Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and the sanctity of motherhood. Bastianello by John Musto (b. 1954) is a modern take on an Italian folktale that pokes fun at the institution of marriage. The American record label Bridge issued Lucrezia and Bastianello together in a two-CD package as Two Comic Operas in 2010.

    William Bolcom and John Musto have written a considerable body of operatic works between them. Steven Mercurio (b. 1956) is internationally renouned as an opera conductor. Like Gustav Mahler, he conducted at the Met, and like Mahler too, he has composed numerous songs, which he eventually orchestrated. Mercurio himself describes them as "melancholy musings." His orchestrated collection (or "cycle," if you will) from 2000 is Many Voices.  Mercurio has worked with the vocal greats of opera in our time: soprano Sumi Jo, tenors Andrea Bocelli and Rolando Villazon and baritone Gino Quilico. These "many voices" and others lent their talents to Sony Classical's 2006 release. Mercurio leads the Prague Philharmonia, with tracks recorded in Prague's famous Rudolfinum concert hall.  Andrea Bocelli wrote the lyrics for two of the songs, "Desiderio" and "Paternita."  Mercurio wrote the verses for one of them, Eugene O"Neill for another. After listening to those two acerbic comic operas of Bolcom and Musto,  Mercurio's easygoing melancholy will serve as a tuneful tonic for your ears. I broadcast two tracks from the single Sony CD on Sunday, September 2, 2012.  I present the entire seven songs of Many Voices today.




Fall, The Rose of Stambul  

     I follow up the modern music of the Americans Bolcom, Musto and Mercurio with an operetta from an earlier period in the history of the Americam lyric theater: Leo Fall's The Rose of Stambul (1916).  Leo Fall (1873-1925) was an Austrian, not an American.  A colleague of the Hungarian Franz Lehar, like Lehar his career as a composer drew him to the imperial capital Vienna.  There Die Rose von Stambul was as enormous a success as Lehar's Die lustige Witwe.  From Vienna it went out all over the world. It had the irresistibly right components of romance,  saucy wit and exoticism. The exotic setting of the operetta is Istanbul (the Stambul of the title), the capital of the Ottoman empire, which in 1916 was about to collapse, as would the empire of Austria-Hungary.  The Turkish harem girls in the story are intelligent and hip. (They're like the Grisettes in "The Merry Widow.") Their over-the top spoken dialog passages are a hoot! And these are spoken in American English! The translated Rose of Stambul reached New Haven's Shubert Theater in 1922 in a Broadway-style adaptation, but it had never been performed in its original musical form in the United States until Chicago Folks Operetta took it up in 2011.  A new English translation of the dialog and lyrics was prepared, updating them a bit.  The new historically-informed American production was recorded live in performance for release on two CD's through the Naxos label in 2013.  The "period" 1920's sound of the whole affair is particularly interesting to listen to, especially the small pit orchestra. John Frantzen conducts the band and singing cast. These are the voices of American singing actors, not European opera stars.  




Rossini, L'Equivoco Stravagante  

     Only in the past couple of decades have all of Gioacchino Rossini's 38 operas finally appeared on disc in definitive recordings. The two act farce L'Equivoco Stravagante ("The Bizarre Deception,"1811) is Rossini's second opera, and surely the least known of all the works in his operatic canon. The one and only production of this work in Bologna was a fiasco. The city fathers suppressed it after three performances because of its objectionable libretto. Among the intricacies of the plot, the heroine is passed off as a eunuch in drag! That is the "bizarre deception" of the title. The music of L'Equivoco Stravaganteis Rossini at his light-hearted buffa best, beautifully orchestrated and bubbling with lovely melody. The music may well sound familiar to Rossini aficionados. Rossini mined the score of this unsuccessful opera buffa in writing many of his later, better known operas.  This Rossini rarity came out on two CD's under the Naxos label in 2002 during the Rossini in Wildbad Festival,  Bad Wildbad in Germany. Alberto Zedda conducted the Czech Chamber Chorus and Czech Chamber Soloists orchestra with a six member cast of solo singers. Those Naxos CD's were last broadcast on Sunday, August 10, 2003.  Prior to that date I broadcast the only other available recording of the lyric farce, the one issued on CD's under the Italian Bongiovanni, which was actually a reissue of a 1974 LP recording.  That was on Sunday, July 23, 2000.  You get to hear the Naxos release again today.




Sullivan, The Beauty Stone

     Normally this would be the Sunday in the Summer seasonal lineup that I reserve for one or another of the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan.  Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) wrote much other lyric theater music both before and after his longtime collaboration with Mr. William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911). Before Gilbert he wrote the music for C. F. Burnand's lyric comedy Cox and Box (1866),recordings of which I have aired a couple of times. Then there's Burnand's comic opera The Contrabandista (1867) and the incidental music for Tennyson's Robin Hood play The Foresters (1893), which I aired back-to-back on a Hyperion CD on Sunday, March 6, 2005. Sullivan's dramatic cantata The Golden Legend (1886), after Longfellow's poem, came on Hyperion/Musical Heritage Society CD's. This I broadcast on Sunday, September 26, 2004. The closest thing to G & S minus the "G" might be Sullivan's very late work The Rose of Persia (1899, librettist Basil Hood), extended highlights of which (an hour's worth of music) were broadcast on a BBC Magazine compact disc release on Sunday, July 25, 1999.  Most important of all, however, was my broadcast on Sunday, April 28, 2013 of Sullivan's attempt at English grand opera Ivanhoe (1890), based on Sir Walter Scott's novel, recorded with the musical resources of the Welsh division of BBC Radio, and issued in 2010 on three Chandos CD's.  Ivanhoe was a considerable success at the Royal English Opera House in 1890, but The Beauty Stone was a flop at the home G & S venue, the Savoy Theatre, in 1897.  Like Ivanhoe, it was a medieval romance for the lyric stage. The Beauty Stone is a light opera, certainly, although not a comic one. In style it's not all that different from the Gondoliers of 1889. Sullivan's music was as engaging as ever, but the book and lyrics by Pinero and Carr failed to hold the attention of the Savoy audience.  This Sunday you can discover and appreciate the beauties of The Beauty Stone in its 2013 world premiere recording for Chandos.  The performing resources are virtually the same as for Ivanhoe.  Rory MacDonald directs the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales. Tenor Toby Spence was the hero in Ivanhoe.  Here he's the knight Philip, Lord of Mirlemont. "In this recording," writes Fanfare magazine's reviewer Ronald E. Graemes," we are spared all of Pinero's verse...this is the best case that one could ever have hoped for on behalf of this neglected opera." (Fanfare, May/June, 2014) 




German, Tom Jones  

     Edward German (1862-1936) became the acknowledged successor to Sir Arthur Sullivan in the vein of light opera. Even Sullivan himself declared German was the only musician of genius who could follow him.  When Sullivan died leaving his last Savoy opera The Emerald Isle (1901) unfinished, German very ably completed the score, and won high praise from the critics of the day. German's most well known work is Merrie England (1902), also written for the Savoy Theatre.  I broadcast a recording of it on Sunday, July 26, 1998. His best work, musically and dramatically speaking, is Tom Jones (1907), based on the novel by Henry Fielding. German seems to have inherited Sullivan's gift for melody. Tom Jones has plenty of memorable tunes.  Strangely, the operetta had to wait until 2008 for its first  musically complete recording.  David Russell Hulme directed the National Festival Orchestra and Chorus of the UK, with a cast that includes seven (!) baritones.  Naxos Records released it on two compact discs in 2009 in its "Operetta Classics" series.




Kodaly, Hary Janos  

     Way back in late Summer of 1982 I remember broadcasting on two London LP's the complete music for the comic opera Hary Janos (1926) by Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967).  Kodaly's orchestral suite derived from the opera is much more frequently  performed and recorded.  The complete music was taped in 1968 fro Decca/London.  Hungarian conductor Isztvan Kertesz came to London to record Kodaly's masterpiece, bringing with him a cast of native Hungarian singers.  Kertesz led the London Symphony Orchestra and Edinburgh Festival Chorus.  The Singspiel-style Hungarian language dialog was omitted altogether.  What makes this British recording so wonderful is its English language narrator, that comic genius of an actor, Peter Ustinov.  He also voices the part of Hary Janos, the bombastic village storyteller.  If he sneezes on purpose, it's a signal to his listeners that his story is pure fantasy. You actually hear the sneeze in Kodaly's music.  Ustinov's audio characterizations of various figures in the stories, especially the drunken Empress Maria Teresia, I say, are still hilarious to listen to today.  A quarter century down the line in opera broadcasting I again aired the old London LP's on Sunday, July 8, 2007.  Since then the  1969 London Hary Janos has reappeared in compact disc format in a four-CD Decca compilation that includes Kodaly's orchestral works and the choral Psalmus Hungaricus (1923).  The 2010 Decca reissue is what you will hear today.



Salieri, Falstaff  

     The popular film about Mozart's life Amadeus did not portray the figure of Antonio Salieri (1750-1825) in a particularly flattering light, yet for a supposedly second rate composer he was a greater success than Mozart in his chosen profession.  Salieri was a prolific composer, too, and he was in the main a composer of operas.  He wrote at least forty of them,compared to Mozart's twenty two. Salieri's comic opera Falstaff (1799) is Mozartean at every turn- so much so that at times it seems like he's quoting Mozart.  Falstaff is also an innovative work in that it was the first time an Italian language adaptation of Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor was set to music. Salieri wrote some very popular, memorable tunes for the score of Falstaff.  The young Beethoven made one the theme of a set of piano variations.  In the history of opera Salieri's Falstaff is an excellent specimen of Italian opera buffa in the period immediately before Rossini came on the scene.  Falstaff got the recorded treatment it deserved from Hungaroton, the former Hungarian state record label, who issued it on three CD's in 1985, presumably a world premiere on disc.  I have broadcast these discs twice before, on Sundays August 23, 1994 and August 11, '96.




Lehar, Das Fuerstenkind  

     Sentimental Viennese operetta always figures in my Summertime programming. Who could be more songfully sentimental than Franz Lehar (1870-1948)!  I have broadcast recordings of all of his famous operettas: Die lustige Witwe (" The Merry Widow,"1905), Das Land des Laechelns ("The Land of Smiles," 1924) and my personal favorite Giuditta (1934).  I've also come up with recordings of his more obscure or less successful ventures in the genre. "The Merry Widow" is a classic of its kind,but stylistically it's conventional compared to Das Fuerstenkind ("The Prince's Child," 1909), whose lush orchestration looks forward to Lehar's later Silver Age works. The story of "The Prince's Child" is pretty typical of operetta: a Greek nobleman leads a double life.  He's a legitimate head of state,but he's also the head of a band of robbers.  His princess daughter has been kept in the dark about his alter ego.  The robbers prey upon tourists to Greece. A young American hostage falls in love with the robber/prince. Complications spring from the kidnapping of this girl, and what the princess learns about her father.  Das Fuerstenkind was recorded in radio broadcast from Munich in 2010. Ulf Schirmer conducts the Munich Radio Orchestra and the Chorus of Radio Bavaria. "The Prince's Child" was released in 2013 on two compact discs through the German cpo label,in co-production with Radio Bavaria.



Delius, Eine Messe des Lebens, Welwood, Cynara 

     Every year I devote the last Sunday in August to the music of English composer Frederick Delius (1862-1934) because Delius' impressionistic style is so exquisitely evocative of those lazy, hazy days at the end of Summertime.  Over the course of three decades of lyric theater broadcasting I have presented several times in cycle the recordings of all of Delius' seven operas.  Delius himself considered his greatest work to be not one of them, but Eine Messe des Lebens ("A Mass of Life," 1909).  This paean to the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche could never be mistaken for a musical setting of the Roman Catholic Mass.  Delius' amanuensis Eric Fenby wrote of 


"Delius was at heart a pagan."  "A Mass of Life" is a secular oratorio conceived on a grand scale like Mahler's symphonies, calling for a gigantic orchestra, even bigger chorus and vocal soloists. Delius selected his text from the most poetic and least polemical passages of Also Sprach Zarathustra. There's nary a hint of Nazi propagandizing in his libretto. Curiously, Hitler's pagan National Socialist regime in Germany never made use of Delius' oratorio for political purposes. Delius' music transcends all politics. The joy of living and love of Nature was what he was extolling in his "Mass." Way back in April of 1986 I broadcast the old 1953 mono LP recording of "A Mass of Life" with Delius' personal friend and artistic champion Sir Thomas Beecham conducting.  Then in April, 1993 came the Intaglio CD issue of a 1971 BBC radio broadcast of the "Mass," under Norman Del Mar's direction.  Another big name interpreter of English music, Richard Hickox recorded "A Mass of Life" for the British Chandos label.  Hickox lead the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.  The Chandos CD's I have aired twice before on Delius Sundays in 1997 and 2011. The Bournemouth Symphony has made a new recording of the "Mass." It was released on two Naxos CD's in 2012.  This time it's David Hill conducting the orchestra, with the Bach Choir,who sing the original German language text of Eine Messe des Lebens, along with five top notch British vocal soloists.  Fanfare magazine's reviewer Adrian Corleonis pronounces the Naxos release " ...a superb production and the grandest addition to the Delius discography in many years." (Fanfare, Nov/Dec, 2012.)   



    Keep listening for a new recording of Delius' choral masterpiece Sea Drift (1904), to the words of Walt Whitman.  Baritone Roderick Williams is the baritone soloist, joined by the Halle Orchestra and Chorus directed by Mark Elder.  Sea Drift was recorded live in performance in 2011 in Bridge-water Hall, Manchester, England for compact disc release under the famed orchestra's own label.  Delius was familiar with the exquisite four-stanza poem Cynara by Ernest Dowson (1867-1900).  It was inspired by the beautiful semi-divine figure in the Odes of the Roman poet Horace. Cynara is Dowson's finest lyric.  Its third stanza contains the phrase "Gone with the wind," taken up as the title of Margaret Mitchell's famous novel. Local composer Arthur Welwood (b. 1934) has set Cynara  to music. Welwood scored his setting for soprano voice and piano, with English horn obbligato. Cynara was recorded live in performance in October of 2013 in David Friend Hall at the Berklee College of Music, where Welwood teaches composition.  I obtained an exclusive CD copy of that premiere performance directly from the composer.  I feature it today in its world premiere broadcast.  Like myself, Welwood is a Delius aficionado, but does not model his own music on the impressionistic Delian style. You get to compare Welwood's setting of Cynara with that of Delius himself.  It's a late work of his, completed in 1929 with the assistance of Eric Fenby. Delius scored it for full orchestra and solo baritone. For all its beauty, Cynara remains rarely recorded. When Mark Elder and the Halle Orchestra essayed it in 2012 they did so in studio conditions. Again Roderick Williams was the soloist. Cynara and Sea Drift were piggybacked on the Halle's CD release of Gustav Holst's The Hymn of Jesus (1920).   I broadcast the Halle-Holst Hymn from that disc on Sunday, March 23, 2014.

   During this two-month period of programming I drew largely upon recordings in my own collection of opera on silver disc.  The only items derived from our WWUH classical music record library are the two comic operas of Bolcom and Musto, Steven Mercurio's Many Voices and the Rossini opera buffa. (Oh yes, I must not forget the Delius tracks from the Halle Orchestra CD, which is also in the station's holdings.) Thanks as always to our station's operations director Kevin O'Toole for mentoring me in the preparation of these notes for cyber-publication.   


Hartford Symphony Orchestra - Upcoming Events
fireworks-summer.jpg July 2014


Thursday, July 3, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. 
The Performing Arts Center | Simsbury Meadows 
Rain Date: Friday, July 4 | 7:30 p.m. 
Eric Dudley, conductor 
(there will be fireworks after the concert)

Friday, July 11, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. 
Rain Date: Saturday, July 12 | 7:30 p.m. 
The Performing Arts Center | Simsbury Meadows 
Morgan James, Capathia Jenkins, and Rob Evan, guest vocalists 
Randall Craig Fleischer, conductor 
Featuring music from Hairspray, Wicked, Lion King, Dreamgirls and More. 
Friday, July 18, 2014|7:30 p.m. 
Rain Date: Saturday, July 19 | 7:30 p.m. 
Brody Dolyniuk, guest vocalist

Friday, July 25, 2014 | 7:30 p.m. 
Rain Date: Saturday, July 26 | 7:30pm 
Byron Stripling, trumpet and vocals; Marva Hicks, vocals; Benjamin Rous, conductor 
For tickets and more information, visit 


or call HSO Ticket Services at 860.244.2999.


Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
Opened in December of 1955, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts is the largest college-based presenting program in New England. Each season, Jorgensen events attract more than 70,000 students, faculty and staff from the University of Connecticut, as well as residents from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Jorgensen presents 25-30 nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles annually, ranging from classical music to world music and dance, classical and contemporary dance, comedy, family programming and contemporary entertainment. 
Box Office: 860.486.4226 or http://jorgensen.uconn.edu.


The Musical Club of Hartford

The Musical Club of Hartford, Inc., is a non-profit Connecticut organization celebrating its 123rd anniversary this year. Each year, from October to May, ten or more concerts are presented by performing members, featuring soloists and vocal or instrumental ensembles. These concerts usually take place on Thursday mornings at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT.  For more information, visit:  http://www.musical-club-of-hartford.org/.
Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra

The Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, a non-profit Community Orchestra, presents numerous concerts in the Greater Hartford area, performing works from all periods in a wide range of musical styles. The members of Hartford's only community orchestra are serious amateurs who come from a broad spectrum of occupations. Besides commissioning and performing new works, the CVCO has made concert tours to Romania, Spain, Hungary, Austria and Poland 
under the sponsorship of organizations such as the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation.


For more information, visit the CVCO website.
West Hartford Symphony Orchestra
For over ten years, the West Hartford Symphony has been providing a musical outlet for residents of West Hartford and the Greater Hartford Area. Musicians from the ages of 14 to 86 come together once a week to play a variety of pieces and perform four concerts each year. For tickets and information, 860-521-4362 or http://whso.org/

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