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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
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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:

18-50 Famous Performer-Composers, interviews: Sergio Assad, John Williams, and more

From Tony Morris | Part of the Classical Guitar Alive! series | 59:43

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TO: All Stations

FR: Tony Morris

DT: December 12, 2018

RE: ***** CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE! 18-50 Famous Performer-Composers, interviews: John Williams, Sergio Assad, and more

 

Total Length: 58:57

 

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

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

 

INTRODUCTION:

  Bizet:      Prelude                Los Romeros, guitars

                                               (Philips 412-609)

PROGRAM BEGINS:

 Interview excerpt: Michael Nicolella: “ It all came from this germ of an idea…  … became the main theme of the subject.”

 

 Nicolella: Toccata and Fugue  Michael Nicolella, guitar

                                                 (Gale Recordings 05-004)

 

Interview excerpt: John Williams: “Having performed a lot of new music, I’m very aware of where composers sometimes fall down...”   “... it became a piece.”

 

Williams: Aeolian Suite      John Williams, guitar

                                           studio orchestra

                                           William Goodchild, cond.

                                           (Sony Classical 60586)

 

Interview excerpt: Sergio Assad: “I had several phases; the first was ...”   “... I’m trying to write a lot of chamber music now”

 

Assad: Gypsy Songs         Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin      

                                          Sergio and Odair Assad, guitars

                                           (Elektra Nonesuch 79505)

 

Interview excerpt: Roland Dyens: “The most important thing for me is to touch deeply the listener...” “...it’s impossible because I need both.”

 

Dyens: Variations on G#     Roland Dyens, guitar

                                            (live recording, Stetson University 1998)

 

Interview: Andrew York: “The piece Transilience I wrote while I was living in London…      … a lot of textural possibilities with guitar, flute, and cello.”

 

York: Transilience            Kim Perlak, guitar

                                         Yong Clark, flute

                                         Cathy Anderson, cello

                                            (YongKim&Cathy 2005)

 

Norge: Cancion de Cuna    Kaare Norge, guitar

                                           (EMI Classics 724382636724)

 

CLOSING THEME/FUNDING CREDITS

 

This week's edition of Classical Guitar Alive! is devoted to music by virtuoso performers who also composers, and features interviews with several leading virtuoso guitarist composers, including Michael Nicolella, John Williams, Sergio Assad, Roland Dyens (1955-2016).

 

 

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 1839: Los Maestros/Modern Masters

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

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Chamber works for string quartet, piano quintet and guitar solo by Spanish composers of the 20th and 21rst centuries: Joquín Turina, José Evangelista, and José Luis Greco.

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:
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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: