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6:59 am Show close: 'Show close' 8/21/2014
6:56 am The Atlanta Chamber Players: 'The Anniversary Song from Songs America Loves to Sing' 8/21/2014
6:54 am The Atlanta Chamber Players: 'Ain't Gonna Study Way No More from Songs America Loves to Sing' 8/21/2014
6:52 am The Atlanta Chamber Players: 'We Shall Overcome from Songs America Loves to Sing' 8/21/2014
6:49 am The Atlanta Chamber Players: 'St. Louis Blues from Songs America Loves to Sing' 8/21/2014
6:46 am The Atlanta Chamber Players: 'What a Friend We Have in Jesus from Somgs America Loves to Sings' 8/21/2014
6:08 am John and Rosemary Harbison: 'Preview of the 2014 Token Creek Chamber Music Festival beginning with "Amazing Grace" performed by the Atlanta Chamber Players' 8/21/2014
6:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 8/21/2014
6:01 am BBC News: 'News' 8/21/2014
6:00 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 8/21/2014
5:48 am Daniel Hope (violin), the german Chamber Orchestra Berlin and Chorus conducted by Simon Halsey: 'Fratres (Daniel Hope performs with the Madison Symphony Orchestra March 6-8)' 8/21/2014
5:48 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 8/21/2014
5:41 am Insurgent Radio Kiosk: 'Kiosk' 8/21/2014
5:40 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 8/21/2014
5:08 am The Pacifica Quartet: Simin Ganatra. Sibbi Bernhardsson (violins)-Masumi Per Rostad (viola)-Brandon Varnos (cello): 'String Quartet No. 6 (1946)' 8/21/2014
5:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 8/21/2014
5:01 am BBC News: 'News' 8/21/2014
4:59 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 8/21/2014
4:49 am The Washington Master Chorale, Thomas Colohan conductor: 'The Eye Begins to See: In a dark time; A steady stream of correspondences (2012)' 8/21/2014
4:48 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 8/21/2014
4:27 am John and Richard Contiguglia (piano four hands): 'Fantasia in F Minor, (940' 8/21/2014
4:25 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 8/21/2014
4:21 am Ensemble Folia Barocca: 'Sonata a tre in E Minor Op. 1 No. 1' 8/21/2014
4:20 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 8/21/2014
4:09 am The American Horn Quartet: david Johnson, Charles Putnam, Kerry Turner & Geoffrey Winter: 'Three Movements for Four Horns: Allegro-Lento-Allegro (2003)' 8/21/2014
4:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 8/21/2014
4:00 am Insurgent Radio Kiosk: 'Kiosk' 8/21/2014
6:59 am Show close: 'Show close' 8/14/2014
6:53 am Claudio Villa, tenor: 'Vecchia Roma - Quanno er Sole de Roma lascia ii' sette colli' 8/14/2014
6:52 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 8/14/2014

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Welcome to the Blog of Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 | Rich Samuels

On the left is a photo of me (snapped by April 14, 2009, by Chicago Sun-Times photographer Brian Jackson) seemingly yelling at Rod Blagojevich. The former Illinois governor had just exited Chicago’s Dirksen Federal Building where he had entered a “not guilty” plea to a wide variety of corruption charges, including the allegation that he had attempted to market, for personal gain, the seat in the U.S. Senate left vacant when Barack Obama was elected President.

I was part of the media scrum (a correspondent for the “Chicago Tonight” show which airs on WTTW, one of Chicago’s public television stations) that pursued Blago that day: and, to be quite frank, I only appear to be yelling at the disgraced former governor: in reality, I was trying to locate my camera operator who had disappeared into the crowd, nowhere to be seen.

A month short of three years after that picture was taken (it’s recently been recycled as the cover art for Natasha Korecki’s book “Only in Chicago”), Rod Blagojevich began serving a 14 year sentence at the Federal Correctional Center Englewood near Denver. I wasn’t around to witness the denouement of his prosecution: I retired from television journalism at the end of 2009 and, as Garrison Keillor once put it, “moved up to radio”.

Since November of 2010 I’ve been hosting WORT’s “Anything Goes” show, bringing my listeners classical music every Thursday morning between the hours of 5 and 8.

To the greatest extent possible, I try to feature the work of local artists and composers, especially those who are younger. When necessary, I have the capability of recording interviews and performances in the field.

I hope you’ll be able to join me each week. I also hope you can continue to provide WORT with the financial support that makes this kind of programming (which is obviously not for everyone) possible.

When I’m not on the air you can follow me via this blog, via Twitter, Facebook or my personal website.

 

Madison Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning August 21, 2014

08/21/14 5:13 AM | Rich Samuels

Thursday August 21 7 pm at Rennebohm Park 115 North Eau Claire, Madison. The Capitol City Band directed by Jim Latimer presents a free concert, Friday August 22, 7:30 pm at Music Hall, 925 Bascom Mall, Madison The Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Mikko Rankin Utevsky presents “Summer Magic”, a concert featuring works by Barber, Mozart and Shostakovich with soprano Caitlin Ruby Miller. The program features soprano Caitlin Ruby Miller singing Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915″. Also featured will be the overture to Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and Shostakovich’s Symphony No 9 in E flat major, Opus 70. Tickets are available at the door: $7 for adults, students by donation. MAYCO is a summer program ….

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August 21, 2014 Playlist for “Anything Goes” with Rich Samuels

08/14/14 3:13 PM | Rich Samuels

5:09 am: Three Movements for Four Horns by Kerry Turner performed by the American Horn Quartet. 5:21 am: The Ensemble Folia Barocca performs the Sonata a tre in E Minor Op. 1 No. 1 by Giovan Battista Gigli 5:27 am: Pianists John and Richard Contiguglia (piano four hands) perform the Fantasia in F Minor by Franz Schubert. 5:49 am: The Washington Master Chorale directed by Thomas Colohan performs The Eye Begins to See by Donald McCullough (setting of a text by Theodore Roethke). 6:08 am: The Pacifica Quartet performs String Quartet No. 6 by Mieczylaw Weinberg. 6:48 am: Violinist Daniel Hope and the German Chamber Orchestra conducted by Simon Halsey perform Fratres by Arvo Pärt. 7:08 am: John and Rosemary ….

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Madison Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning August 14, 2014

08/13/14 1:29 PM | Rich Samuels

Thursday August 14 6:30 pm at Larson Park, 6002 Exchange Street, McFarland. The McFarland Community Band in concert. Thursday August 14 7 pm at Rennebohm Park, 115 North Eau Claire, Madison The Capitol City Band under the direction of Jim Latimer presents an hour long concert Saturday August 16 at the Capitol Rotunda, Capitol Square, Madison The Madison Flute Choir presents a free concert. Tuesday August 19 6:30 pm at Meyer Oak Grove Park, Sauk City The Sauk Prairie High School Band in Concert.

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August 14, 2014 Playlist for “Anything Goes” with Rich Samuels

08/7/14 2:13 PM | Rich Samuels

5:09 am: The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos performs Feste Romane by Ottorino Respighi 5:34 am: The Taverner Consort directed by Andrew Parrott performs Stabat Mater for Eight Voices by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina 5:46 am: A studio orchestra conducted bu Nino Rota performs music from the soundtrack of Federico Fellini’s “Roma”: Trailer, Feast of the Snails, Vitelloni’s Bar and Trasteverina. 6:08 am: The Wisconsin Chamber Choir conducted by David Erb performs Sicut Cervus by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. 6:12 am: A studio orchestra conducted by Nino Rota performs music from the soundtrack of Federico Fellini’s “Roma” Barafonda Theater, Ecclesiastical Fashion Show and Roman Festival. 6:39 am: The Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Ditoit performs the FOuntains ….

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Madison Area Classical Calendar for the Week Beginning August 7

08/6/14 9:00 AM | Rich Samuels

Thursday August 7 2014 7 pm at Rennebohm Park 115 North Eau Claire, Madison The Capitol City band under the direction of Jim Latimer presents a free concert. Saturday August 9 11 am at Overture Center-Overture Hall 201 State Street, Madison A free Madison Symphony Orchestra organ concert by Donald VerKullen Wisconsin native and current Oberlin College organ performance major Donald VerKuilen makes his Overture Hall debut in an exciting program of music by Saint-Saëns, Widor and Archer. He recently returned from a concert tour of French organs, and is certain to bring the same magic to the colossal Klais organ! Don’t miss his exciting interpretations as we wrap up this season’s summer concert series! The Madison Symphony Orchestra and ….

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Hear the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra tomorrow!

08/6/14 9:00 AM | Rich Samuels

wyso in argentina Three members of the ensemble along with WYSO’s executive director join Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM at 7:08 am tomorrow (August 7) to talk about their trip and to present some of the music they played for audiences in three Argentine cities.

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August 7, 2014 Playlist for “Anything Goes” with Rich Samuels

07/31/14 6:49 PM | Rich Samuels

5:09 am: Pastorale d’été by Arthur Honegger performed by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra conducted by Andrew Sewell 5:18 am: La folia barocca performs the Sonata in G Minor for violin and continuo Op. 3 No. 7 by Antonio Veracini 5:25 am: Sonata in G Minor Op. 8 No. 1 by Muzio Clementi performed by pianist Ian Hominick 5:40 am: Elizabeth Buck (flute) and Andrea Thiele (harp) perform Before the Solstice for Flute and Harp by David S. Lefkowitz. 5:52 am: Two Scenes with Skylark for Chorus and Recorded by Peter Bruun performed by Michala Petri an the Danish National Vocal Ensemble directed by Stephen Layton 6:08 am: The Choral Arts Society of Portland Maine and the Prometheus Chamber Players conducted ….

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Madison Area Classical Calendar for the Week Beginning July 31

07/29/14 10:11 PM | Rich Samuels

Thursday July 31 7 pm at the Waunakee High School Performing Arts Center 301 Community Drive, Waunakee. The Waunakee Community Band in concert Thursday July 31 7 pm at Rennebohm Park, 115 North Eau Claire Avenue, Madison The Capitol City Band presents an evening concert, Thursday July 31 7:30 pm at UW Music Hall, 925 Bascom Mall, Madison (repeated at 7:30 pm on 8/1 and 8/2 and at 3 pm on 8/3). The Madison Savoyards present Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Princess Ida” Friday August 1 7:30 pm at Christ Presbyterian Church 914 E. Gorham, Madison (repeated on 8/3 at 3 pm at Covenant Presbyterian Church 926 South Segoe Road, Madison_ The Isthmus Vocal Ensemble When conductor Scott MacPherson convened some of ….

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July 31 Playlist for “Anything Goes” with Rich Samuels

07/26/14 8:29 AM | Rich Samuels

5:09 am: Overture to Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me, Kate” performed by an orchestra conducted by Lehman Engel 5:16 am: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major BWV 1051 by J.S. Bach performed by the Adolf Bush Chamber Players conducted by Adolf Busch. 5:38 am: The Grant Park Orchestra conducted by Carlos Kalmar performs Partita for Orchestra by John Harbison. 6:08 am: The Pacifica Quartet performes String Quartet No. 15 in E-flat Minor by Dmitri Shostakovich. 6:51 am: The Graceful Ghost Rag by William Bolcom performed by Gil Shahan (violin) and Jonathan Feldman (piano) 7:08 am: Nightsoundings for Orchestra by Barbara Harbach performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by David Angus 7:24 am: Seeing is Believing by Nico Muhly performed ….

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Madison Area Classical Calendar for the Week Beginning July 24

07/23/14 9:34 AM | Rich Samuels

Thursday July 24 7 pm at Rennebohm Park 115 North Eau Claire Ave. Madison The Capitol City Band under the direction of Jim Lattmer presents a free evening concert. Friday July 25 7:30 pm at Music Hall 925 Bascom Mall, Madison (repeated 7/26 at 7:30 pm, 7/27 at 3 pm, 8/31 at 7:30 pm, 8/1 at 7:30 pm, 8/2 at 7:30 pm, and 8/3 at 3 pm. The Madison Savoyards present Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Princess Ida” The 2014 summer production is Princess Ida, last performed by the Madison Savoyards in 1999 (and before that in 1980 and 1967). Paul Bushland, Scynthius in the 1999 production, has prepared a wonderful glossary which will be of great interest everyone. Please be sure ….

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