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Playlist: Classical

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Celebration of Music and Baseball

From The WFMT Radio Network | 58:30

Every spring, WFMT host Carl Grapentine curates and presents music in his morning program that celebrates opening day of the baseball season. Grapentine and producer Michael San Gabino condensed these musical selections into an hour-long program that honors the great American pastime in Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Celebration of Music and Baseball.

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This special is available free of charge to all affiliate stations and will be available for two broadcasts from February 15, 2018 to February 14, 2019.

For more information please contact: 

Estlin Usher at 
eusher@wfmt.com  (p) 773-279-2112
David Sims at 
dsims@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2027
Tony Macaluso at 
tmacaluso@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2114

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Celebration of Music and Baseball

Every spring, WFMT host Carl Grapentine curates and presents music in his morning program that celebrates opening day of the baseball season. Grapentine and producer Michael San Gabino condensed these musical selections into an hour-long program that honors the great American pastime in Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Celebration of Music and Baseball.

In addition to some interpretations of the popular tune “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” Carl features an array of music that is inspired by the beloved sport, including selections from the films Field of Dreams and The Natural, a musical rendition of the Ernest Thayer poem “Casey at the Bat” with narrator James Earl Jones, the rousing Sousa march “The National Game,” and a hilarious Shakespearean baseball game skit featuring the comedic duo Wayne and Shuster.

The program also highlights some of the famous voices from the rich history of the game, including announcers Mel Allen, Harry Caray, and Russ Hodges, as well as players such as Ernie Banks and Lou Gehrig. For baseball aficionados and novices alike, you will want to “play ball” after listening to Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Celebration of Music and Baseball.

 

Carl Grapentine joined WFMT in 1986 and has been the host of WFMT’s morning program since 1996. He gives pre-concert lectures for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, and many other arts organizations. An alumnus of the University of Michigan School of Music, Carl has been the stadium voice of the Michigan Marching Band since 1970. His voice has been heard on national telecasts of 16 Rose Bowls and numerous other bowl games. In 2006, he became the game announcer at Michigan Stadium. Carl has sung the national anthem at Wrigley Field, U.S. Cellular Field, and several other sports venues.

Relevant Tones (Series)

Produced by The WFMT Radio Network

Relevant Tones, a weekly exploration of the most fascinating time in classical music history: right now. From up-and-coming firebrands to established artists, this series features music and in-person interviews from the hottest festivals around the world, celebrates the major figures shaping classical music today, spots emerging trends and shines a light on lesser known but fascinating composers.

This series is available via Subauto subscription.

Most recent piece in this series:

Meet the Composer with Nadia Sirota - Season 2 (Series)

Produced by WQXR

From New York Public Radio’s Q2 Music, a five-part Peabody award winning radio series that takes listeners into the minds and creative processes of the composers making some of the most engaging, innovative, and beautiful music today. Season 2 features host Nadia Sirota with Meredith Monk, Kaija Saariaho, Ingram Marshall, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Nico Muhly

Available on the PRX marketplace.

Most recent piece in this series:

Bonus Track: 'Viola Concerto: Part II' by Nico Muhly

From WQXR | Part of the Meet the Composer with Nadia Sirota - Season 2 series | 09:53

Mtc_itunes_sb_medium_small Says Nadia Sirota, "Nico wrote the concerto in 2014, and in a lot of ways it's the fruit of 10 years of our working together.  The piece is in three movements, and this movement, Part II, is sort of the emotional heart of the piece.  It's soulful and colorful and I adore playing it.

At the end of the movement the viola line suffers a sort of massive emotional breakdown, which is then answered by a huge orchestral explosion, featuring a giant tam-tam (gong) and all sorts of low-brass rumbles.  In the aftermath, individual members of the orchestra play small phrases independently of each other, finally reuniting in a wounded coda.  

This is my favorite part of the concerto to play."

Classical Guitar Alive! (Series)

Produced by Tony Morris

Classical Guitar Alive is a weekly one-hour music with interviews program that is free to all stations.

Available on the PRX marketplace.

Most recent piece in this series:

18-33 Old & New Music & 3 Premieres, Interviews: Anibal Acosta, Christopher Berg, Terry Muska

From Tony Morris | Part of the Classical Guitar Alive! series | 59:26

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RE: ***** CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE!   18-33 Old & New Music & 3 Premieres, Interviews: Anibal Acosta, Christopher Berg, Terry Muska

 

Program Length:58:57

 

In Cue: MUSIC IN “Hello and welcome to…”

Out Cue: “…another edition of Classical Guitar Alive!”

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

  Bizet: Carmen Suite: Prelude  Los Romeros, guitar quartet

                                               (Philips 412-609)

PROGRAM BEGINS:

Interview: Christopher Berg: “A lot of the Weiss suites do not have preludes, but it’s clear that the lutenist would just improvise them…  … logic and organization to them.”

 

Silvius Leopold Weiss: Suite in F: Prelude     Christopher Berg, lute

                                       (live recording)

 

  Johann Sigismund Weiss: Concerto in d minor    Heiki Matlik, guitar

                                                                              Olga Voronova, violin

                                                                              Sigrid Kuulmann-Martin, violin

                                                                               Peeter Klass, gamba

                                                                               Ivo Sillamaa, cembalo

                                             (Iloprint Klassika Raadio-Estonia)

 

  Tarrega: Capricho Arabe          Maria Cortes, guitar

                                              (live recording, 1982 Madrid)

 

 Michael Daugherty: Bay of Pigs    Manuel Barrueco, guitar

                                                       Cuarteto LatinoAmerica

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Interview: Terry Muska: “As far as having a piece dedicated to trumpet and guitar, I knew this was going to be something definitely unique and probably special, and I think it tuned out to be… “  “ … it was great.”

 

  Peter Carey: Duo for Muted Trumpet & Guitar    Andrew Gignac, trumpet

                                                                               Terry Muska, guitar

                                    (Peter Carey 2008)

 

 Interview: Anibal Acosta: “I don’t know if you want to put that on the radio, Tony. That’s a spooky story. Every guitar player will have nightmares after that. I must have been seven years old at a birthday party…  … otherwise I wouldn’t be a guitar player.”

 

Acosta: Danza de los Bufones                            Jeryl Burnette, flute

                                                                             Anibal Acosta, guitar

                           (live recording)

 

CLOSING THEME/FUNDING CREDITS

 

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This week’s edition of CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE! features live performances and recordings of both old and new music from the Baroque to present-day, with three world premieres and interviews with lutenist Christopher Berg, guitarist Terry Muska, and guitarist-composer Anibal Acosta.

 

The program begins with an interview with lutenist Christopher Berg, who discusses music of Baroque lutenist Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750), and how the preludes to his suites differ from lute suites of J.S. Bach (1685-1750).

 

Although not as well-known as his older brother Silvius Leopold Weiss, Johann Sigismund Weiss (1690-1737) was also a court lutenist. Estonian guitarist Heiki Matlik performs his guitar transcription of JS Weiss’s lute concerto in d minor with members from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

 

The program continues with a 1982 live recording of Tarrega’s “Capricho Arabe” by Maria Cortes, guitar professor at the Conservatory Federico Moreno Torroba in Madrid.

 

American composer Michael Daugherty is known for combining elements of popular culture and music in his works. This is also true of his Guitar Quintet, “Bay of Pigs”, which quotes music of Jimi Hendrix. The composer describes the work as a three movement elegy to Cuba past and present.

 

Commissioned by trumpeter Andrew Gignac in 2008, Peter Carey’s “Duo for Muted Trumpet and Guitar” is perhaps one of the rarest and unusual duo combinations with guitar. Guitarist Terry Muska discusses the genesis of the commission of the work.

 

The program concludes with an interview with award-winning guitarist-composer Dr. Anibal Acosta, Jr., who relates a harrowing story of how his left hand middle finger was completely cut off in a childhood accident, but was re-attached by his surgeon father, Dr. Anibal Acosta, Sr., the latter of whom went on to become famous as one of the original team of doctors which produced the world’s human in vitro fertilization.

 

Anibal Acosta Jr.’s “Danza de los Bufones”, (Dance of the Buffoons”) is performed by the composer on a live recording with flutist Jeryl Burnette.

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CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE! celebrates 20 years of national distribution, airing each week on over 200 stations, and is free to all stations. FUNDRAISER EDITION is available here, no carriage fee: http://www.prx.org/pieces/187790-fundraiser-editio CGA! is a winner at PRX's 13th Annual Zeitfunk Awards: #1 Most Licensed Producer, and #2 Most Licensed Series

The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree (Series)

Produced by Candice Agree

There's no better way to know a country or a people than through its music. The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree invites everyone who has an interest in, a fascination of, and a love for the cultural life of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world to be entertained, enriched, and informed by this unique classical music program.

Available on the PRX marketplace.

Most recent piece in this series:

The Spanish Hour 1821: Transcribed & Transformed

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

Bgq_4_small Guitarist Jorge Caballero and the Brazilian Guitar Quartet in transcriptions of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Iberian-inspired  orchestral work Capriccio Espagnole, Isaac Albéniz piano suite Chants d'Espagne, and more.

An American Stew

From KCME | 58:24

Michael Campion explores the diversity of American music with a potpourri of different kinds of works from different kinds of composers.

Available on the PRX marketplace.

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Concerts from the Frick Collection (2015-16 Season) (Series)

Produced by WQXR

The Concerts from The Frick series has delighted listeners with the finest in keyboard recitals, all manner of chamber groups and groundbreaking early music ensembles for decades. Many of the century's greatest artists have performed in the 175-seat music room at The Frick Collection, the former Upper East Side residence of industrialist Henry Clay Frick.

Available on the PRX marketplace.

Most recent piece in this series:

Imogen Cooper, piano

From WQXR | Part of the Concerts from the Frick Collection (2015-16 Season) series | 58:03

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Program:

Part 1              14:30

 

Theme with Variations in E-Flat Major WoO 24, F 3 (Robert Schumann)

(“Geistervariationen”/Ghost Variations)   (1854)

              Theme – Leise, innig

              Variation I

              Variation II – Canonisch

              Variation III – Etwas belebter

              Variation IV

              Variation V     

              Theme (unwritten reprise)

 

 

Part 2                43:30        

Sonata in B-Flat Major, D. 960 (1828) (Franz Schubert)

         Molto moderato                                                                                               

         Andante sostenuto

         Scherzo.  Allegro vivace con delicatezza

         Allegro, ma non troppo – Presto

Music and Conversation with Philip Glass

From The WFMT Radio Network | 58:44

To celebrate the incredibly influential American composer Philip Glass's 80th birthday, enjoy this music infused hour recorded last February when he was honored by his alma mater, the University of Chicago. WFMT host Kerry Frumkin speaks with him about his life in music, where he’s been, and what’s inspired him on his particular path.

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The duration is 58:44, and the show is entirely self contained, with no breaks.
The following music is featured in the program:
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
Wichita Sutra Vortex
Philip Glass, Solo Piano
CBS MK 45576
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LENNIE TRISTANO (1919-1978)
Line Up, excerpt
Peter Ind, Bass; Jeff Morton, Drums, Lennie Tristano, Piano
Atlantic 1224
 
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
“Train” from Einstein on the Beach, excerpt
The Philip Glass Ensemble
CBS M4K38875
 
BILLY ECKSTINE (1914-1993)
I Want to Talk About You, excerpt
John Coltrane, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums; McCoy Tyner, 
Piano
MCA Impulse 29015
 
RAVI SHANKAR (1920-2012)
Chappaqua
Ravi Shankar, Sitar
Columbia 82876745022
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  ) & RAVI SHANKAR (1920-2012)
Ragas In Minor Scale
Private Music 2074-2-P
 
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
Serra Pelada, excerpt
Elektra Nonesuch 79192-2
 
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
Australia, excerpt
Mark Atkins, Didgeridoo; The Philip Glass Ensemble
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PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
Wise Man, excerpt
Roberto Carillo Cocío, Guitar; Philip Glass, Piano; Daniel Medina de la Rosa, Violin
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PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
The Gambia
The Philip Glass Ensemble
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#CallJohann (Series)

Produced by Dominique Johnson

For a good time #CallJohann and be introduced to his crew of rebellious composers.

Most recent piece in this series:

Beethoven Rolled Deep

From Dominique Johnson | Part of the #CallJohann series | 01:44

Calljohann_small The original indie musician rolled deep. And no one put Beethoven in a corner.

Fiesta! (Series)

Produced by The WFMT Radio Network

Fiesta! is an original production devoted to Latino concert music, and brings artistically significant compositions from Latin America, Spain and Portugal to your listeners.

Most recent piece in this series:

FST 18-23: Segovia and his Disciples, 9/2/2018

From The WFMT Radio Network | Part of the Fiesta! series | :00

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