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Program Guide
September/October, 2015
In This Issue
WWUH Scholarship Fund
How To Listen
WWUH Archive Now Online
Sunday Gothics
Too Much to Dream
Celtic Airs Update
Program Idea?
Classical Music on WWUH
Composer Birthdays
Sunday Afternoon at the Opera
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Long before MP3 files and streaming services, people found out about new music almost exclusively through listening to the radio. Before television, radio was also a prime source for people to hear about breaking news events. In that era, radio stations broadcast dramas, comedies, and other entertainment programs, long before they were a staple of television programming.

People had favorite radio stations they listened to and radio disk jockeys didn't just play records, they were celebrities who had fans, just like the recording artists they featured on their shows.

Since 2005, WWUH has recorded interviews with over 120 disk jockeys, radio engineers, and behind-the-scenes people who remember those years of radio in Connecticut. We've also scoured websites, libraries, basements and garages to turn up vintage tapes and transcription disks from those years.

The result is CONNECTICUT RADIO MEMORIES - a series looking back at Connecticut's radio stations, focusing on the years 1922 to 1980 and featuring stories from people behind the microphones and behind the scenes.

The series is divided into ten episodes. Each episode runs about 90 minutes and focuses on a particular radio station or group of stations.

For five consecutive weeks, beginning September 9, 2015, two episodes will run back-to-back each Wednesday afternoon from 1PM to 4PM on WWUH.

WEEK 1 - SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 

EPISODE 1 - Doolittle's Dream and Parker's Promise - The story of Connecticut's oldest radio station - WDRC AM.

EPISODE 2 - Static Free - The story of Hartford's Oldest FM station, and other FM stations in Hartford, that didn't have AM counterparts. This includes WHCN, WWUH, WRTC, WJMJ, WFNQ/WSCH/WLAE/WLVH, WPBH/WPKT/WNPR, and WHUS.

WEEK 2 - SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

EPISODE 3 - Radio Under the Umbrella Part 1 - The radio stations of the Travelers Insurance Co. (WTIC AM and FM)

EPISODE 4 - Radio Under the Umbrella Part 2 - More stories from the radio stations of the Travelers Insurance Company (WTIC AM and FM)

L-R, WTIC's Bob Ellsworth, Dick Bertel, Jon Anderson and Bruce Kern

WEEK 3 - SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 

EPISODE 5 - Insurance City Radio - More stories of Hartford radio including the histories of WCCC, WTHT, WNBC/WHTD/WONS and WGTH.

EPISODE 6 - Pop Goes Your Radio - the story of Hartford's first top 40 station - WPOP.

WEEK 4 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 

EPISODE 7 - Brass and Park - Radio stories from Waterbury and Bridgeport including the histories of WICC, WNAB, WJZZ/WPSB/WEZN, WATR, WWYZ, WWCO, WIOF/WYSR/WMRQ, WBRY/WTBY/WQQW.

EPISODE 8 - Hometown Radio Part 1 - Stories from radio stations in Connecticut's smaller cities and towns including WCNX/WMRD (Middletown), WILI (Willimantic),WINF (Manchester), WKNB/WRYM (New Britain), WLIS (Old Saybrook), WNLK (Norwalk), and WSOR/WEHW/WKND (Windsor).

WEEK 5 - OCTOBER 7, 2015 
(EPISODES 9 &10)

EPISODE 9 - Hometown Radio Part 2 More stories from Radio stations in Connecticut's Smaller Cities and Towns including WBIS (Bristol), WMMW/WBMI/WKSS (Meriden), and WHAY/WRCH/WRCQ (New Britain).

EPISODE 10 - Elm City Radio - The history of New Haven's radio stations including WAVZ, WBIB, WELI, WDEE/WCDQ/WOMN/WSCR, WNHC, and WPLR.

Join us on Wednesday afternoons, 1 - 4 p.m. starting September 9 as we explore the wonderful history of Connecticut radio.  WWUH volunteer, Brandon Kampe, has spent the last decade collecting radio station air checks and interviewing people who were involved in radio in CT over the last 50+ years.  Previously Brandon had produced the definitive radio documentary on the Hartford Circus Fire.

WDRC's Dick Robinson interviews The Rolling Stones
WWUH Scholarship Fund

In 2003, the WWUH Scholarship Fund was created 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.   


Who Else

The future of radio is in your hands!


   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.


How To Listen To WWUH
Come as You Are... Tune in However Works Best for You
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.  

Hi tech or low tech, near or far, we've got you covered!
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.
 Enjoy the music, even when you can't listen "live"!
 Sunday Gothic Blimp Works

Boomer's Paradise 
Your Host: Turtle Man

     I've been hosting this show since February 2014. I've been preparing for this for over 40 years since I first became interested in radio broadcasting while attending college. Opportunity knocked last year and I can check off one thing from my bucket list by being on the air at WWUH and sharing some great rock music with the listeners.
     As the title of my show indicates, the emphasis on the music is from the period of the 1950's to 1980's but I'll play newer material and cross into other genre of folk, R&B, blues, comedy and anything else that sounds interesting. I showcase artists that often times you've heard of but maybe aren't familiar with their music or artists you know but presenting material you won't hear on commercial radio. I also like to share tidbits of trivia about the artists, albums and songs.
     Music is the fabric of our lives and very often we associate particular songs to significant events in our lives and elicit strong emotions. You may not remember what you had for dinner last night but you probably remember songs about your first love many years ago.
     Thank you for letting me share the music with you each week.
     Tune in to Sunday Gothic Blimp Works, midnight to 3am every Sunday night/Monday morning.
 Too Much To Dream - by River City Slim

     Roots.  Everybody's got some.  When it comes to music, all music lovers started somewhere and have roots in a particular genre or era.  So although I have presided over a weekly gumbo of American Roots music for over 20 years on WWUH, when I first got into music as a youngster I saw things a little differently.
In the wake of The Beatles' success in 1964 and the 'British Invasion' that followed, thousands of kids across America picked up guitars, basses, drum kits, cheesy Farfisa organs and retreated to somebody's garage.  There they banged out three chords and howled in teenage angst, all with an eye to becoming the next Beatles.  I was one of those kids.
     Of course, there was only one Beatles, but that didn't stop legions of rock'n'roll-crazed kids across America from trying.  By 1965 - 6, some of these kids were actually making records, and some of them even made the charts, mostly as the prototypical one-hit wonders.  Three chords, Blues-y rhythms, Beatle-esque harmonies, punky attitudes and the beginnings of psychedelia were suddenly all over the airwaves.  The Electric Prunes, The Seeds, Count Five, The Strangeloves, The Wildweeds - the names of the bands evoke those heady days of musical freedom and the dawning of the psychedelic era.
So in 1966, although I was well aware of and dug mightily the R&B sounds that were still a huge part of top 40 radio, I didn't see that music as something I could aspire to play.  It was way too complicated; it required levels of skill and finesse that pimply teenage boys simply could not attain.  The music I aspired to play was the same Beatles/Stones-derived garage rock that was filling the charts with one-hit wonders.
     Fast forward to 2015 -- although I'm doing weekly roots music radio and have become something of an expert in the Blues and R&B-related roots fields, my 'true' musical roots are rarely part of that show.  My adult sensibilities have taken over, and my musical roots have changed.  But I still look back fondly on the music that turned me on back then and led me to a life in music.  So coming up on Thursday October 1, I will be presenting a special edition of 'The Pine Grove Blues' called 'Too Much To Dream'.  Tune in at 6 AM to hear three hours of the irrepressible sounds of those late 60's punk pioneers - you'll hear from The Remains, The Shadows Of Knight, The Sonics, The Knickerbockers, Sir Douglas Quintet, The Vagrants, 13th Floor Elevators, Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs and many more. 
Celtic Airs Update

The Press Gang is a trio based in Maine, already very popular among Boston area Irish music fans. They perform the instrumental music of Ireland on fiddle , accordion and guitar.            
     Their many creative arrangements are tempered with a musical sense of adventure. They're also known for their humorous stage presence!
     The Boston Irish Reporter said,  "There are three reasons Irish music fans like The Press Gang: They're young, they clearly have  a strong dose of Irish tradition in their blood and above all, they're VERY GOOD musicians!!"
     The trio includes Christian "Junior" Stevens on button accordion and concertina, a fixture on the Irish traditional music scene in America. He has performed with many of the genre's most talented artists and is acclaimed as one of the most talented squeeze box players in America.
     Fiddler Alden Robinson became fascinated with Irish music as a child living in coastal Maine. He studied traditional music at University College, Cork. He has traveled throughout the U.S. and Ireland to hear and study with some of the finest traditional musicians alive today. His style is innovative, blending a fluent command of Irish ornamentation with the rhythms and harmonies of Appalachian music.
     Owen Marshall is a multi-instrumentalist who primarily plays guitar with The Press Gang. He is a highly sought after accompanist in diverse genres and has performed with a variety of traditional musicians including the late Jerry Holland, Aoife Clancy, Liz Carroll, John Doyle and Andrea Beaton.
     The Press Gang's members blend their skills and fluency in Irish traditional music with their curiosity and aptitude for other traditional styles to produce a unique sound that is at once energetic and sensitive, innovative and reverent. Their joy in playing for an audience shines brightly when they're on stage. Irish Music Magazine said "The Press Gang plays a fast moving blend of buttons and strings with each instrument clearly aware of its role in the set." To quote The Portland Phoenix "these guys play with real heart and passion." John Doyle said "The Press Gang is one of those rare bands that are ingenious, driving, thoughtful and yet have great respect for the tradition."
     In the past year, The Press Gang have joined forces with Hanz Araki, a very talented whistle /flute player and singer of considerable skill. His maternal grandmother emigrated from Co. Clare and his maternal grandfather from Co. Tyrone. His father is Tatsuya Kodo Araki, a fifth generation shakuhachi grandmaster (Google that one why don't you!?!)
     Hanz began his apprenticeship with his father in 1988. He became a teacher at Keio Univerity in Tokyo. In 2009, the title of
Kodo VI was conferred on him and he became the sixth generation shakuhachi grandmasters in his prestigious family.
     In 1992 Hanz moved to America. He settled in Seattle and became associated with a group of musicians who shared a love of Irish and Scottish music. They formed a band called the Whyos. (perhaps you've heard of them?) Celtic music then became his single-minded focus and he developed an uncanny grasp of the music, both instrumental and vocal.
     In 2012, with fiddle /guitar player and vocalist Kathryn Claire, he released an ambitious 4 CD set of traditional Celtic music celebrating the seasons of the year.
     Please come and let me introduce you to yet another very talented , up and coming ensemble when The Press Gang and Hanz Araki take the stage at the Wilde Auditorium on Friday September 11th, 2015 at 7:30 PM. I predict you will go home with a smile on your face and a catchy song or tune in your head that will keep you toes tapping all the way home!
     As you know, tickets for the WWUH/Celtic Airs Concert Series are only available through the University of Hartford box office, open Tuesday through Friday 10:00AM to 5:00PM. Call 1-800-274-8587 or 1-860-768-4228. On line purchase can be made at www.hartford.edu/hartt OR for a direct link to the box office for Press Gang tickets, go to wwuh.org , click benefit concerts and click Press Gang.
     If you're not already a dedicated Celtic Airs listener, I urge you to tune in to 91.3 FM  any Tuesday  between 6:00 and 9:00 AM. I think you'll like what you hear; a blend of old favorites, new releases and a good introduction to the music of our upcoming concert performers.
       Steve Dieterich
       Producer/Host of Celtic Airs
Got An Idea for a Radio Program?

 We might have some late night (midnight and 3am) shows opening up this fall. If you have a unique idea for a radio program and/or have an interest in possibly filling in on 91.3 as a late night volunteer email us with a description of the type of show you propose and a playlist of the type of music you might play. Send it to WWUH

If we like your show idea and something opens up we'll let you know. We can provide on-air training so even if you've never done radio before if you are interested/available for some late night volunteer work and have a neat show idea feel free to email us.


WWUH Classical Programming - Sept/Oct., 2015


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

Johann Christian Schieferdecker: First concert from Ouvertüren: Music for the Hamburg Opera; Gian-Carlo Menotti: Violin Concerto (1952); D. Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas; Schubert: Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 100, D.929; David Diamond: String Quartet No. 4; Salomon Jadassohn: Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 24; Kenneth Leighton: Sonata for Cello Solo, Op. 52
Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in D; Ned Rorem: Nantucket Songs; Schonberg: String Quartet No. 2; Marin Marais: Suite in A Minor; David Kellner: Courante
Steve's Favorites. An annual indulgence in which your host offers some of his favorite recordings. Locatelli: Concerto Grosso in f Op. 1 #8; Granados: Danzas Espanolas Op. 37; Beethoven: Symphony #8; Elgar: Symphony #1; Rimsky-Korsakov: Tsar's Bride Overture; Schubert: Notturno D 897; Bruch: Violin Concerto #1 in g Op. 26
Music of Edvard Grieg
Gordon: The Grapes of Wrath
Labor Day Special... American Music Festival Series Vol. 13 - Griffes, Loeffler; Diamond: Symphony #2
Drake's Village Brass Band... United States Navy Band - American Century
Enescu: Violin Sonata #1, Op. 2; Rota: Symphony #1 in G; Czerny: String Quartet in a; Sibelius: Cantata for the Conferment Ceremony of 1894
Carl Abel: Symphonies; Nicholas Ludford: Missa Videte Miraculum; Dmitry Kabalevsky: First Piano Concerto; Leonardo Leo: Cello Concerto No. 2 in D; Domenico Alberti: Sonatas
Demachi: Sinfonia "Le Campane di Roma"; Jommelli: Temistocle Sinfonia; Aulin: Violin Concerto #3 in c Op. 14; Yashiro: Symphony; Rota: Sonata for Flute and Harp; Beethoven: String Quartet in D Op. 18 #3.
Four score and no years ago Arvo Part was born
Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail
American Music Festival Series Vol. 14 - Hively, Donovan, Porter; Diamond: Symphony #4;  Carpenter: Adventures in a Perambulator
Drake's Village Brass Band...United States Navy Band - Sea Interludes
Fesca: String Quartet #1 in E, Op.1, #1; Albéniz: Piano Concerto #1 in a, Op. 78; Taneyev: String Quintet in G, Op. 14; Sibelius: Night Ride and Sunrise, Op. 55
Anton Rubinstein; Symphony No. 3; Mendelssohn: Lieder; William Alwyn: String Quartet No. 3; Liszt: Piano Sonata in B Minor; Stanislaw Szarzynski: Sonata a 2
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Tchaikovsky: Symphony #6; Bach for Orchestra
Kol Nidre and moreto celebrate the Jewish High Holy Days
Rameau: Castor et Pollux
American Music Festival Series Vol. 15 - Hanson, Barber; Adams: Absolute Jest, Grand Pianola Music
Drake's Village Brass Band...Paul Merkelo - French Trumpet Concertos
Röntgen: String Trio #3 in e; Shostakovich: Symphony # 6 in b, Op. 54; Reicha: String Quartet in E, Op. 48, #3; Lassus: Missa super Dixit Joseph
Etienne-Nicholas Mehul: Symphony No. 4 in E Major; Nevett Bartow: Mass of the Bells; Rodolphe Kreutzer: Violin Concerto No. 18 in E Minor; Franz Berwald: Grand Septet in B Flat; William Lawes: Royal Consort in D Minor
Jommelli: Periodical Overture; Klengel: Hymnus; Lemba: Symphony in c sharp; Moncada: Costena; Nelhybel: Trittico; Panufnik: Nocturne; Tull: Sketches on a Tudor Psalm; Herold: La Fille Mal Gardee - Act I; Rutter: Choral Music; Faure: La chanson d'Eve, Op. 95
A trip "down the tracks" for kids of all ages - Tubby takes another ride and David Bowie also hops on board
Keiser: Pomona
1914/1915 - Magnard: Symphony #4; Ives: Second Orchestral Set; Stephan: Music for Orchestra 1912;
Sibelius in Connecticut June 4, 1914: Finlandia, Phojola's Daughter, The Oceanides
Drake's Village Brass Band... Sibelius - Music for Brass
J. C. Bach: Sinfonia II for wind sextet; Rozsa: Violin Concerto (1954); D. Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas; David Diamond: String Quartet No. 7; Salomon Jadassohn: Symphony No. 2 in A major, Op. 28; Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Grand Sonata for Piano and Flute, Op. 64; Carl Nielsen: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra
Thomas Arne: Symphonies; Benjamin Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings; Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 16 in G; Clement Harris: Paradise Lost, Symphonic Poem; Massenet: Suite No. 1; Charles Loeffler: Quintet for 3 Violins, Viola and Cello
New Releases. A Sampling of New Acquisitions from the WWUH Library
What's new? Music received in the past month or so.
Schumann: Genoveva
150 Birthday Anniversary - Nielsen: Helios Overture, Woodwind Quintet, Symphony #5; Dukas: La Peri, Symphony in C;
Drake's Village Brass Band... Washington Symphonic Brass - Nielsen for Brass
Enna: Violin Concerto in D; Raff: String Quartet #3 in e, Op. 136; Larsson: Symphony #1 in D, Op.2; Guilmant: Organ Sonata #1 in d, Op. 42
Leonard Bernstein: Symphony No. 2; Handel: Arias from Giulio Cesare; Steve Reich: Different Trains: David Diamond: TOM - Ballet suite: Jan Dussek: Grand Sonata   
Gibsone: Paraphrase de Concert sur Le Carnival de Venise Op 10; Ricci: Symphony #2 in G; Caccini: Ave Maria; Woyrsch: 3 Bocklin-Phantasien, Op. 53; Sauer: Piano Concerto #1 in e; Groven: Hjalarljod Overture Op. 38; Takemitsu: Toward the Sea I; Sellars: Palm Court Music; Carl Vine: Bagatelles; Abels: Global Warming; Vierne: Organ Symphony #2 in e Op. 20; Kiel: Piano Concerto in B Flat Op. 30.
Celebrating a birthday (Saint-Saens) and a 1st performance anniversary (Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1)  
Rossini: La Gazza Ladra
Kernis: Three Flavors; Tower: Violin Concerto; Diamond: Symphony #1; Persichetti: Symphony #4; Daugherty: Hells' Angels for Bassoon Quartet and Orchestra
Drake's Village Brass Band... Persichetti: Music for Brass and Band
J. C. Bach: Sinfonia III for wind sextet; Bo Linde: Violin Concerto (1958); D. Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas; David Diamond: String Quartet No. 10; Salomon Jadassohn: Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 50; Giuseppe Martucci: Piano Trio No. 1 in C major, Op. 59
Johann Christian Bach: Sinfonia Concertante in E flat; Monteverdi: Messa  a 4 da Capella; Copland: Symphonic Ode: Debussy: Preludes- Book 1; Francesco Manfredini: Concerti Grossi
Salieri: Symphony in D "Il giorno onomastico"; Holyoke: Quintetto; Crusell: Clarinet Quartet Op. 4 #2 in c, Divertimento in C; Dreyschock: Piano Concerto in d Op. 137; Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra; Shtogarenko: Ballad for Cello and Piano; Wiren: Ironical Miniatures Op. 19, Serenade for Strings, String Quartet #2.
We'll hear some pictures today - maybe those, too
Vinci: Catone in Utica
Gunther Schuller conducts: The Road from Rags to Jazz; Ives: Calcium Light Night; Schuller: Journey Into Jazz
Drake's Village Brass Band... Schuller: Music for Brass
J. C. Bach: Sinfonia IV for wind sextet; Edmund Rubbra: Violin Concerto (1959); D. Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas; Irving Fine: Toccata Concertante (1947); Sergei Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf; Salomon Jadassohn: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 101; Giuseppe Martucci: Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 62
Karl Amadeus Hartmann: Symphony No. 1; Alexander Agricola: Missa Guazzabuglo; Smetana: String Quartet No. 1; Joseph Rheinberger: Organ Concerto No. 1; Giovanni Battista Tibaldi: Trio Sonatas
Sammartini: Symphony in F JC 35; Brahms: Hungarian Dances #1-7 (for Orchestra and for piano 4-hands); Sibelius: Belshazzar's Feast; Nielsen: Flute Concerto; Aufschnaiter: Serenades; Wagenseil: Concerto for Oboe and   Bassoon in E flat; Glazunov: Piano Sonata #2 in E Op. 75.
Happy Birthday, Shulamit Ran - a few more months till you qualify for Social Security
Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander
Monday Night at the Movies Holdrige: Film Music; Herrmann: Symphony; Horner: Pas de Deux;
Drake's Village Brass Band... United States Coast Guard Band Play John Williams
Ries: Violin Sonata in F, Op. 8, #1; Shostakovich/Barshai: Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a [String Quartet #8]; Dvořák: String Quartet #13 in G, Op. 106; Sibelius: Coronation Cantata
Johan Helmich Roman: Sinfonias; Bartok: String Quartet No. 1; Pavel Vejvanovsky: Vespers; Cesar Cui: Suite Concertante for Violin and Orchestra; Bel Canto Arias, sung by Edita Gruberova
Uttini: Symphony in G; Beethoven: Coriolan Overture Op. 62, Egmont Overture; Brahms: Hungarian Dances #8-14 (for Orchestra and for piano 4-hands); Herold: La Fille Mal Gardee - Act II; Schubert: String Quartet #2 in C D. 32
Halloween music - Ghost's Choice 
Thursday Evening Classics - 
Thursday Evening Classics


 Composer Birthdays for September and October 2015

Sep 3
1568 Adriano Banchieri
1695 Pietro Locatelli
1719 Ferdinand Zellbell
1778 Jean Nicolas Auguste Kreutzer
1789 Ludvig Anton Edmund Passy
1803 Aleksandr L'vovich Gurilyov
1840 Jakob Fabricius
1846 Theodore Lack
1864 Hale Ascher VanderCook
1891 Marcel Grandjany
1893 Anthony Collins
1897 Francisco Paolo Mignone
1905 Robert Ruthenfranz
1915 Abel Ehrlich
1915 Knut Nystedt
1922 Rosendo Ejercito Santos
1931 Rudolf Kelterborn
1933 Roland Kayn
1934 Xavier Darasse
1935 Otto Ketting

Sep 10
1585 Ercole Porta
1588 Nicholas Lanier
1714 Niccolo Jommelli
1779 Louis Alexandre Piccinni
1823 Adolf von Doss
1836 Karl Merz
1866 Tor Bernhard Vilhelm Aulin
1869 Caro Roma [Carrie Northey]
1875 Paul Scheinpflug
1889 Vilem Petrzelka
1897 David Snell
1899 Theodore R. Frye
1906 Bertus van Lier
1919 Lex van Delden
1925 Boris Tchaikovsky [Chaykovsky]
1929 Akio Yashiro
1934 Alemdar Sabitovych Karamanov
1934 Vassil Kazandjiev
1934 Larry Sitsky
1943 Garrett List
1959 Tim Knight
1986 Jason Rudolf

Sep 17
1605 (bapt) Francesco Sacrati
1711 Ignaz Jakob Holzbauer
1748 (bapt) Robert Wainwright
1767 Henri-Montan Berton
1795 (bapt) Giuseppe Saverio Raffaele Mercadante
1815 Halfdan Kjerulf
1821 Charles Victor Arthur Saint-Leon
1827 Ludwig Siegfried Meinardus
1849 Vaclav Juda Novotny
1859 Richard Henry Warren
1875 Vyacheslav Gavrilovich Karatigin
1877 Jean Hure'
1878 Vincenzo Tommasini
1880 D. E. Inghelbrecht
1884 Charles Tomlinson Griffes
1885 Uzeir Hajibeyov
1892 Hendrik Andriessen
1905 Jorge Urrutia Blondel
1908 Franz J A Grothe
1913 Jorgen Jersild
1917 Isang Yun
1930 Theo Loevendie
1949 Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez
1954 Joel-Francois Durand

Sep 24
1667 (bapt) Jean-Louis Lully
1748 Philipp Meissner
1773 Johann Philipp Christian Schulz
1806 George Alexander Osborne
1859 Julius Klengel
1885 Artur Lemba
1893 Rafael Millan
1899 Eduardo Hernandez Moncada
1907 Pierre Moulaert
1910 Frank Pelleg
1919 Vaclav Nelhybel
1914 Sir Andrzej Panufnik
1921 Robert Mols
1921 Leonard Lopez Salzedo
1927 Richard Swift
1928 Karl Haus
1934 Fisher Tull
1945 John Rutter
1951 Steph K. Waller
1973 Amy Scurria
1974 D'Mendo Boteli [Miguel Angel Botello]
1975 Greg Robbin

Oct 1
1644 Jean Rousseau
1724 Giovanni Battista Cirri
1729 Anton Cajetan Adlgasser
1735 (bapt) Johann Baptist Christoph Toeschi
1771 Pierre Baillot
1808 J. Friedrich Eduard Sobolewski
1812 Johann Rufinatscha
1820 Gustav Adolf Heinze
1832 Henry Clay Work
1841 Anatol' Vakhnyanyn
1857 Marjory Kennedy-Fraser
1865 Paul Dukas
1881 Leonid Leonidovich Sabaneyev
1890 Constantin Nottara
1891 Ricardo Castillo
1898 Karl Rankl
1899 Lajos Bardos
1907 Oedoen Partos
1908 Herman Koppel
1922 Hector Campos-Parsi
1931 Sylvano Bussotti
1933 Olga Pozzi Escot
1939 James H. Willey
1947 Kees Schoonenbeek
1960 Richard Tolenaar
1973 John Mackey
1976 John F. Kaefer
1982 Stephen Mark Barchan

Oct 8
1551 Giulio Romolo Caccini
1690 Jaime de Casellas
1692 Antonio Palella
1740 Michel-Julien Mathieu
1747 Johann Wilhelm Stadler
1748 (bapt) Franz Seydelmann
1790 Waldemar Thrane
1800 Count Leó Festetics de Tolna
1813 Carl Ludwig Amand Mangold
1820 Stanislaw Katski
1821 Friedrich Kiel
1826 William Ignace Gibsone
1831 Michal Jelski
1837 Otto Winter-Hjelm
1842 Pierre Degeyter
1860 Felix Woyrsch
1861 Emil von Sauer
1870 Louis Vierne
1885 William Henry Bennett Vodery
1898 Clarence Williams
1901 Eivind Groven
1908 Paul V. Yoder
1913 Walter Schumann
1917 Hans Poser
1922 Svend Westergaard
1930 Toru Takemitsu
1936 Carman Moore
1939 Armando Gentilucci
1939 Andrew William Thomas
1943 James Sellars
1953 Robert Saxton
1954 Carl Vine
1962 Michael Abels
1973 Marc Kowalczyk

Oct 15
1761 Peter Gronland
1762 Samuel Holyoke
1775 Bernhard Henrik Crusell
1784 Thomas Hastings
1799 August Ferdinand Haeser
1815 Moritz Brosig
1818 Alexander Dreyschock
1822 Kornél Ábrányi
1839 Adolf Muller, Jr.
1844 Friedrich Nietzsche
1852 Wilhelm Posse
1858 Frank van der Stucken
1874 Olallo Morales
1890 Arkady Dubensky
1898 Gunther Ramin
1902 Andrey Yakolevich Shtogarenko
1905 Aleksey Fyodorovich Kozlovsky
1905 Edna Deanne Fuelling
1905 Dag Wiren
1916 Väinö Ilmari Haapalainen
1923 Harold Blumenfeld
1932 Jaan Raats
1936 Kari Rydman
1938 Rafael Aponte Ledee
1944 Mathias Spahlinger

Oct 22
1073 William IX of Aquitaine
1686 Georg Balthasar Schott
1698 (bapt) Nicola Bonifacio Logroscino
1737 Vincenzo Manfredini
1752 Ambrogio Minoja
1761 Johann Christian Gottlob Eidenbenz
1765 Daniel Steibelt
1809 Federico Ricci
1811 Franz Liszt
1826 Guglielmo Quarenghi
1832 August Labitzky
1838 Carl Fuchs
1856 Eduard Schutt
1879 Frank La Forge
1883 Viktor Jacobi
1885 Lothar Windsperger
1891 Fidelio Friedrich Finke
1898 Marcel Mihalovici
1904 Paul Arma
1905 Joseph Kosma
1906 Cornelis L "Kees" van Baaren
1927 Louis Revell Carus-Wilson
1928 Clare Fischer
1929 Giorgio Gaslini
1931 Hikaru Hayashi
1937 Tadeas Salva
1942 Robin John Maconie
1947 Neil Burton Rolnick
1965 Georges Lentz
1970 David Rodwin

Oct 29
1815 Daniel Decatur Emmett
1885 Juan Battista Massa
1898 Emmanuel Bondeville
1901 Daniele [Dimitry] Amfiteatrov
1904 Vivian John Herman Ellis
1911 Narciso Martinez
1923 Dietrich Manicke
1934 Ramon Sender Barayon
1947 John Stanley Hilliard
1950 James Dillon
1956 James Primosch

 Sunday Afternoon at the Opera


your "lyric theater" program
with Keith Brown
programming selections for the months of September and October, 2015

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 6TH Gordon,The Grapes of Wrath For opera programming on WWUH this has certainly been the year of Ricky Ian Gordon (b. 1952). Today will be the third time in 2015 that I will be broadcasting a recording of one of his operas, not to mention airing various recordings of his many songs. First, on the Sunday of the Memorial Day weekend, came his Civil War ballad opera Rappahannock County (2011), as produced by Virginia Opera (Naxos CD's). Then, in celebration of Christopher Street Liberation Day I broadcast on the 46th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion, Sunday June 28th, what Gordon simply calls "27",setting forth the story of those iconic lesbian lovers Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. The world premiere recording of "27" in its 2012 St. Louis Opera premiere production came out on Albany Records. Out as of 2008 on three PS Classics compact discs is Gordon's operatic take on the famous novel by John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath. Michael Korie wrote the libretto: you may remember his name as the librettist for Stewart Wallace's historical/biographical opera Harvey Milk (1997).
     I broadcast the Telarc CD's of Wallace's work as special gay pride programming on Sunday, June 20th,1999. PS Classics offers us the audio part of the 2007 Minnesota Opera production of The Grapes of Wrath. It was recorded live in performance at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Grant Gershon conducts the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and Chorus. The large singing cast includes Met veteran mezzo Rosalind Elias and baritone Robert Orth, who took the title role in Harvey Milk. This lyric theatrical treatment of Steinbeck's book makes perfect listening on the Sunday of the Labor Day holiday weekend.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13TH Mozart,Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail ("The Abduction from the Seraglio,' 1782) This Mozart opera is the greatest example of a special subgenre of lyric theater in the eighteenth century; the "Turkish" opera. Often comic in nature, such operas presented a love story/rescue melodrama and were set in some Levantine location. Practically every composer of any stature in Mozart's time tried his hand at Turkish opera. Mozart's 'Abduction" is also a Singspiel, an 18th century form of German popular musical comedy with spoken dialog. There are plenty of good recordings of "The Abduction" around. On Sunday, October 4,1992 I broadcast a Sony Classical release recorded in Vienna in 1991. Bruno Weil conducted the Vienna Symphony and the chorus of the Vienna State Opera. An American soprano Cheryl Studer sang the role of the abducted European girl Konstanze. The British label L'Oiseau Lyre (a subdivision of Decca) came out with a recording of Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail on two CD's in 1990. Recorded in London that year, a British soprano Lynn Dawson was cast as Konstanze. The most interesting character in this Mozart opera is Osmin, the overseer of the Pasha's harem. Here the role is taken by a German basso, Gunther von Kannen. Writing for Fanfare magazine (Mar/Apr,'92 issue), James Kamner was forced to admit he really liked the L'Oiseau Lyre "Abduction." "It is by far the best performance on records...I have never been a proponent of original instruments, nor do I worship at the altar of "authenticity." But...for this reviewer, L'Oiseau Lyre's Entfuhrung represents the first completely successful recording of a Mozart opera utilizing original instruments. Chief credit for its success must go to the conductor Christopher Hogwood..." Hogwood leads the period instrument ensemble he founded, the Academy of Ancient Music Orchestra,as well as the Academy's Chorus.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH Rameau,Castor et Pollux Jean Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) should rank alongside Bach and Handel as their equal and a true musical genius of the eighteenth century. He is surely the greatest composer of the French baroque. I have broadcast as many recordings of his operas as I could find. Although he began writing for the lyric stage in France at the advanced age of fifty, his output of tragedies lyriques,ballet divertissements,etc. was prolific right to the very end of his long life. He had a background as a musical theorist. He wrote a famous treatise on harmony. He is also credited with discovering overtones. Rameau marked the path leading to the modern science of acoustics. As a composer he was a musical progressive stylistically advanced beyond his colleagues Bach and Handel. Central to his operatic output is the tragedie en musique in five acts Castor et Pollux (1737). Twice in years long past I have broadcast the 1972 Telefunken recording of the original 1737 version of the lyric tragedy, first on LP's (Sunday, June 12,1988) and again in the 1987 CD reissue (Sunday, November 8,1992). That pioneer in baroque "period" performance practice Nikolaus Harnoncourt was directing the period instrument ensemble he founded, the Concentus Musicus Vienna and the Stockholm Chamber Choir. Rameau radically reworked his score for Castor et Pollux for its 1754 staged revival. He cut the lengthy prologue altogether. It was by then a royal courtly holdover from the Lullian past, no longer relevant in the public theaters of Paris. He provided a completely new first act and upgraded the rest of the music into an even more progressive mode. Along came a Naxos release in 2004 of the 1754 Castor et Pollux, with Kevin Mallon leading a Canadian period instrumental group, the Aradia Ensemble. The 1754 version went over the air on Sunday, May 22,2005. And now a new recording of the 1754 version has appeared, made live in broadcast performance over Radio France Montpelier in 2014. (The two previous recordings were done in studio.) Raphael Pichon directs the orchestra and chorus of Pygmalion. Harmonia Mundi of France released Castor et Pollux this year on two compact discs.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH Keiser,Pomona Apples and pears are ripe now and dropping from the bough. Pomona is the name the ancient Romans gave to the fruit tree nymph. There is a Tuscan legend about her and her male consort, the shape-shifter spirit Vertumnus. These two figures, along with the more familiar classical deities, were taken up into a delightful baroque operatic pastorale,"The Triumph of Fruitful Pomona" (1702) by Reinhard Keiser (1674-1739). Keiser helped to bring German opera into being. He wrote operas for Hamburg's "Goose Market" theater, but this pastoral piece, styled an operetta, was written as a celebratory entertainment for the birthday of Friedrich IV, King of Denmark. (The Free City of Hamburg cultivated good relations with Denmark.) Scored for nine singers and nine instrumentalists, this is really a chamber opera in scale. It may remind you of the masque Acis and Galatea (1718) by Handel. What is presumably the world premiere recording of Keiser's Der Sieg der fruchtbaren Pomona was made in 2010 in co-production with Deutschlandradio Kultur. The singers and players of the Capella Orlandi Bremen were directed by Thomas Ihlenfeldt. The German cpo label released Pomona in 2014 on two compact discs. Pomona follows my broadcast on Sunday, June 27th,2004 of Keiser's Croesus (1710/rev 1730), performed by the Clemencic Consort (Nuova Era CD's, 1990).

SUNDAY OCTOBER 4TH Schumann, Genoveva From opera of the German baroque we spring forward in time to the romantic era in mid nineteenth century Germany. Genoveva (1850) was Robert Schumann's one and only opera. It was staged in Leipzig with moderate success. Despite the decline of his physical health and mental powers, Schumann managed to put a lot of his finest music into Genoveva. The overture has been frequently performed and recorded on its own. On the face of it, Genoveva is a medieval romance, but Schumann insisted his opera was "...not the sentimental tale of old." As a lyric drama it is psychologically quite modern, more along the lines of Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande, a work of the early twentieth century. Genoveva was recorded in its entirety for the first time in 1976 in the city where it originally premiered. Kurt Masur conducted the orchestra of the Leipzig Gewandhaus and chorus of Radio Berlin. Soprano Edda Moser sang the title role. Genoveva is the wife of Count Siegfried of the Palitinate.The Count was the late legendary baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Other contemporaneous vocal greats were in the cast. Tenor Peter Schreier was one of them. Just this year the Dutch label Brilliant Classics reissued Genoveva on two compact discs, licensed to do so by the German record company Edel.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 11TH Rossini,La Gazza Ladra The magpie is a European bird resembling a crow that has a chattering, screeching call and a curious habit of flying off with small, shiny objects. 'The Thieving Magpie" was the title given to a French melodrama about a humble servant girl who was sentenced to death for a theft she did not commit. The mischievous birdie screeches out the girl's name in accusation. In the end it's revealed that the magpie was the real culprit. "The Thieving Magpie" or "The Servant Girl of Paliseau" was enormously popular in Napoleonic times. In short order the play was adapted for the operatic stage. Gioacchino Rossini set it to music to an Italian language libretto as La Gazza Ladra (1817). Rossini's operatic version of the story has the obligatory happy ending and injected some comic and folksy elements, hence the Italians thought of it as an opera semiseria. Rossini's music for La Gazza Ladra is admired today for its pathos, highlighting the tragic over the buffo component of that hybrid form. There's a new recording of La Gazza Ladra in circulation. It was made live in performance at the twenty first annual Rossini in Wildbad Summer Festival in 2009. The recording was co-produced by Southwest German Radio on location in Bad Wildbad, Germany. Alberto Zedda leads an orchestra brought in for the production from the Czech Republic, the Virtuosi Brunensis who hail from the city of Brno or Brunn in what was once the province known as Moravia. Zedda has prepared a new critical edition of Rossini's score for "The Magpie." The Classica Choir of Brno also took part in the musical proceedings. The cast of vocal soloists assembled for this production was truly international. This is a long opera, put into a three-CD Naxos set which hit the market earlier this year. An older recording I have broadcast twice previously, in 1991 and 2002, likewise filled out three Sony Classical compact discs (Gelmetti, Radio Turin co-prod.,Teatro Rossini).

SUNDAY OCTOBER 18TH Vinci, Catone in Utica Leonardo Vinci (1696?-1730) lived an even shorter life than Mozart, but he wrote many more operas than the Austrian child prodigy: at least forty works for the lyric stage, some of them comedies in Neapolitan dialect that were the forerunners of the Italian opera buffa. A musical progressive, Vinci developed a style that was moving from the late baroque into the pre-classical. His twenty-or- so opere serie have long lain forgotten. I was overjoyed to discover one of them has received its world premiere recording for the Decca label, released this year on three silver discs. Catone in Utica (1728) has a libretto by Pietro Metastasio, who back then was also considered a progressive. This particular opera seria was intended for an opera house in Rome, where the Pope had banned female singers from the stage. So the entire cast of Catone consisted of male voices. The female roles were taken by the soprano-voiced castrati. It's amazing to me that, I guess for reasons of historical authenticity, the six cast members in the Decca recording are all men. Three of them are countertenors in place of the 18th century geldings. The cast is backed by an Italian period instrument ensemble, Il Pomo d'Oro, directed by Riccardo Minasi. Lovers of baroque opera will remember my broadcast on Sunday, November 17, 2013 of Vivaldi's Catone in Utica (1737), in its reconstructed score by musicologist Alessandro Ciccolini (Opus 111 CD's in their 'Vivaldi Edition" series).

SUNDAY OCTOBER 25TH Wagner,Der fliegende Hollander ("The Flying Dutchman,"1843) My Halloweentide offering tells the tale of the cursed and storm-tossed Dutch sea captain whose tortured soul is redeemed by the sacrificial love of a merciful young woman. As with all his operas, Wagner wrote his own libretto for 'The Dutchman," taking elements from a gothic romance about a phantom ship. (An English language play on that subject seems to have inspired the German poet Heinrich Heine.) This is one Wagner opera that is not too long for my 210 minute timeslot. It was only three years ago at Halloweentide that I last broadcast "The Dutchman," employing one of the German Pentatone label's issues of all the famous Wagner operas in celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of the composer's birth in 2013. All those Pentatone releases were recorded as concert productions at the Philharmonie hall in Berlin,with Marek Janowski conducting the musical forces. These productions were broadcast over Radio Berlin. Now listen to another recent concert production of Der fliegende Hollander from the Concertgebouw hall in Amsterdam. It was recorded live in performance there in May of 2013. Thinking of the phantom ship's docking at Sandviken in Norway, it's a Norwegian baritone Terje Stensvold who portrays the Dutchman. A young Latvian conductor, Andris Nelsons directs the famous Concertgebouw Orchestra, joined by the combined choruses of Bavarian Radio, West German Radio Cologne and North German Radio. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of the Netherlands issued the opera under its own RCO label on two compact discs.
     The PS Classics recording of Ricky Ian Gordon's The Grapes of Wrath is one of the three recordings of Gordon's operas that Rob Meehan has loaned to me for broadcast this year. Rob is a former classics deejay at WWUH and a specialist collector of recordings of classical music of the twentieth and twenty first centuries. From my own collection of opera on disc comes Mozart's 'Abduction," Rameau's Castor et Pollux, Keiser's Pomona and Vinci's Catone in Utica. Rossini's "The Thieving Magpie" and Wagner's "Dutchman" are recordings recently added to our WWUH classical music record library. As always I must thank our station's operations director Kevin O'Toole for mentoring me in the preparation of these notes for cyber-publication.
West Hartford Symphony Orchestra

In Collaboration with the WWUH Classical Programming we are pleased to partner with the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra to present their announcements and schedule to enhance our commitment to being part of the Greater Hartford Community

Autumn Classical Concert - Sunday, October 18, 3pm. Roberts Theater. Concert of Remembrance featuring concert pianist Karen Hakobyan performing "The Warsaw Concerto," violinist Carin Wiesner performing "Three Pieces from Schindler's List," baritone Mark McNally narrating Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" and singing "In Flanders Fields," plus the CT premiere of Hakobyan's "Symphony #2."

Annual Holiday Concert - Sunday, Secember 13, 3pm, WH Town Hall. Featuring tenor David Baker, one of our favorite soloists, as well as seasonal hol8ilday music from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride," and much more.
Spring Classical Concert - Sunday, April 3, 3pm Roberts Theater.
A unique collaboration between teacher and student as concertmaster Carin Weisner performs Max Bruch's "Concerto for Violin and Viola" with her student, senior Mai Vestergaard, along with Brahams' "Academic Overature."

Annual Pops Concert - Saturday, May 21, 8pm. WH Town Hall
Our yearly tribute to our veterans on Armed Forces Day featuring patriotic music and songs form the Great American Songbook, Broadway, and the movies!
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/.
The Musical Club of Hartford
The Musical Club of Hartford is a non-profit organization founded over a hundred years ago, in 1891. Membership is open to performers or to those who simply enjoy classical music, providing a network for musicians from the Greater Hartford area.
The 125th Anniversary Celebration begins Thursday September 24 with an open house and reception.
New England Jazz Ensemble presents the premi-ere of a jazz interpretation of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf at Conard High School. Pianist Mariangelo Vacatello and her organist husband Adriano Falcioni will give a joint concert at St. John's Church featuring a collaboration on Stravinsky's Firebird.
Musical Exploration
Musical Club history will be on the program, including a film from the 1980's with interviews of and performances by of some past and present members. In another program we will also examine some promising dynamic teaching methods for music students of the future.
Member Programs featuring autographed programs from the past
Throughout the year, Musical Club member performances will welcome some famous visitors of the past, as seen through the programs they presented.
 For more information, visit:  
 The Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra
The Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit Community Orchestra. They present four concerts each season 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.
The Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra 2015-2016 Concert Season
All concerts are at 3:00 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney Street, Hartford
November 8, 2015:  The Great Romantics
Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto (Leonid Sigal, violin)
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8
February 14, 2016:   A la France
Debussy: Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun
Mozart: Symphony No. 31 ("Paris")
Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 ("Organ") (Bert Landman, organ)
April 10, 2016: Schubert's Unfinished
Suppe: Overture to "The Beautiful Galathea"
Higdon: Blue Cathredal
David: Concertino No. 4 (Matthew Russo, trombone)
Schubert: Symphony No. 8 ("Unfinished")
June 12, 2016: Pops: An Afternoon at the Movies
Selected Film Music
For further information: http://ctvalleysymphonyorch.com/

 The Hartford Chorale
The Hartford Chorale is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization, and serves as the primary symphonic chorus for the greater Hartford community. The Chorale provides experienced, talented singers with the opportunity to study and perform at a professional level of musicianship. Through its concerts and collaborations with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and other organizations, the Chorale seeks to reach and inspire the widest possible audience with exceptional performances of a broad range of choral literature, including renowned choral masterpieces.
The Hartford Chorale 2015-2016 season
The Men of the Hartford Chorale
Jack Anthony Pott and Richard Coffey, conductors
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Joyful Voices
with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Carolyn Kuan, conductor
Thursday - Sunday, December 3-6, 2015
Mendelssohn's Elijah
Richard Coffey, conductor
Thursday, April 14, 2016
For further information: Hartford Chorale 860-547-1982 or www.hartfordchorale.org.