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6:08 am Victoria Sirota performing on the Holkamp organ of the Peabody Conservatory, Boston: 'Toccata (1979)' 8/28/2014
6:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 8/28/2014
6:01 am BBC News: 'News' 8/28/2014
5:59 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 8/28/2014
5:44 am Howard and Frances Karp, piano (recorded in Mills Hall, September, 1986): 'Les préludes (version for two pianos)' 8/28/2014
5:43 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 8/28/2014
5:37 am Insurgent Radio Kiosk: 'Kiosk' 8/28/2014
5:36 am Rich Samuels: 'comment' 8/28/2014
5:11 am Catherine Dubosc (soprabo) with the Westminster Singers and the City of London Sinfonia conducted by Richard Hickox: 'Gloria (commissioned by the Koussevitsky Foundation; first performed in 1961' 8/28/2014
5:09 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 8/28/2014
5:08 am Vladimir Horowitz, piano (recorded in 1932): 'Toccata (1918)' 8/28/2014
5:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 8/28/2014
5:01 am BBC News: 'News' 8/28/2014
5:00 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 8/28/2014
4:47 am Myron Sandler (violin) and Lowndes Maury (piano) (recorded in 1970): 'Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano (1914, revised 1919)' 8/28/2014
4:46 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 8/28/2014
4:23 am John and Richard Contiguglia, piano four hands: 'Allegro in A Minor for piano four hands (Lebensstürme) (1828)' 8/28/2014
4:22 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 8/28/2014
4:16 am La Folia barocca: 'Sonata III in G Major for Violin and Continuo' 8/28/2014
4:15 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 8/28/2014
4:09 am Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino conducted by Ettore Gracis: 'Overture to the opera "Don Pasquale" (1842)' 8/28/2014
4:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 8/28/2014
4:00 am Insurgent Radio Kiosk: 'Kiosk' 8/28/2014
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

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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.

 

The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning July 25, 2013 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”.

07/24/13 8:43 AM | Rich Samuels

Thursday July 25, 7 pm at Rennebohm Park Park, 115 N. Eau Claire Ave., Madison. The Capitol City City Band presents its weekly summer concert. (Next week’s concert will be its 800th!). Monday, July 29, 7:30 pm at Taliesin-Hillside theater, Spring Green/ The Rural Musicians Forum featuring Dr. Adam Dachman,. The concert will feature his own works and a special performance of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Wednesday July 31 7:30 pm at Capitol Square, King Street Corner, Madison. The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra presents its latest Concert on the Square, a John Denver & Dan Fogelberg tribute with guests Bob Stillman, Le Ann Etheridge, Casey Kelly, Pat McInerney, Troy Engle, As we wrap up our 30th season, you’ll be transported ….

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Music Featured on the July 25, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM, Madison, Wisconsin.

07/19/13 4:11 PM | Rich Samuels

  5:09 am: Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major Op. 55 (“Eroica”) performed in January, 1930 by the New York Philharmonic directed by Willem Mengelberg. 6:08 am: Pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy performs the Ptelude and Fugue No. 7 in A minor and the Prelude and Fugue in F-sharp minor my Dmitri Shostakovich. 6:20 am: Antonio Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto NO. 2 in A minor. Nadina Mackie Jackson is the soloist. 6:37 am: The Zofo Duet (pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi) perform “Six Epigraphes Antiques” by Claude Debussy. 6:52 am: Harpist Maria Graf preforms “Impromptu for Harp” Op. 86 by Gabriel Fauré 7:08 am: Composer Stacy Garrop talks about her chamber composition “Frammenti”. A performance of the work by ….

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The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning July 18, 2013, Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”.

07/15/13 4:22 PM | Rich Samuels

Thursday, July 18 7 pm at Rennebohm Park, Madison The Capitol City Band in concert. Friday July 19 7:30 pm at UW Music Hall, 925 Bascom Mall, Madison. Repeated Saturday, 7/20 at 7:30 pm, Sunday 7/21 at 3 pm, Thursday 7/25, Friday 7/26 and Saturday 7/27 at 7 pm, Sunday, 7/28 at 3 pm). The Madison Savoyards present their production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Iolanthe”. The Madison Savoyards first production in 1963 was Iolanthe so it is fitting that the second fifty years of Gilbert & Sullivan in Madison also begins with Iolanthe in 2013. All performances will be in Music Hall on the UW-Madison campus (on Park Street near State at the foot of Bascom Hill) There will be ….

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Music Featured on the July 18, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM, Madison, Wisconsin.

07/14/13 9:05 PM | Rich Samuels

  5:09 am: Violinist Davis Hays and pianist Peter Collins perform three lullabies by Franz Neruda, Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Lyapunov. 5:20 am: Bassoonist Nadina MAckie Jackson and an ensemble led by Nicholas McGegan perform Concerto No. 25 in F major for Bassoon by Antonio Vivaldi. 5:28 am: The Pacifica Quartet performs String Quarter NO. 3 in F major Op. 92 by Dimitri Shostakovich. 6:08 am: Concerto for Organ, Strings and Tympani by Francis Poulenc. Performed by William Neil on the John Jay Hopkins Memorial Organ at the National Presbyterian Church, Washington D.C.. 6:38 am: Caroline Goulding (violin) and Christopher O’Riley (piano) perform La Gitana, Gypsy Caprice and Berceuse Romantique and Syncopation by Fritz Kreisler. 6:54 am: Organist Harold Stover ….

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The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning July 11, 2013. Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”.

07/9/13 7:23 AM | buzz

Thursday July 11, 1 pm, UW Humanities Building, 455 N. Park St. Madison. The Madison Early Music Festival presents a participant’ concert. More information at madisonearlymusic.org. Thursday, July 11, 7 pm at Rennebohm Park, Madison.. The Capitol City Band presents its weekly summer concert. Thursday July 11, 7:30 pm, UW Humanities Building, 455 N. Park St., Madison. The Madison Early Music Festival presents the Calmus Ensemble of Leipzig. More information at madisonearlymusic.org Friday, July 12, 7:30 pm, UW Humanities Building, 455 N. Park, Madison. The Madison Early Music Festival concludes with an all-festival concert, Stuttgart 1616 Our closing celebration is performed by MEMF faculty and workshop participants presenting a splendid Mass composed for the princely christening of the fifth son ….

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Music Featured on the July 11, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes”, Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT, 89.9 FM. Madison, Wisconsin.

07/8/13 6:11 PM | Rich Samuels

5:09 am: Prelude and Fugue No. 5 in D major and Prelude and Fugue no. 6 in B minor by Dmitri Shostakovich, Performed by pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy. 5:20 am: Concerto No. 14 in C minor RV 480 for bassoon by Antonio Vivaldi performed by Nadina Mackie Jackson. 5:29 am: Concerto No, 2 in B flat major by Thomas Haigh performed by pianist Barbara Harbach. 5:43 am: Duo pianists HJohn and Richard Contiguglia perform Franz Liszt’s Symphonic Poem No. 6 (“Mazeppa”) in a two-piano version. 6:08 am: David DeBoor Canfield’s transcription of Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” for soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone. Kenneth Tse is the performer. 6:50 am: Three traditional Celtic melodies performed by violinist Caroline Goulding ….

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The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning July 4, 2013 COmpiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”

07/3/13 12:20 PM | Rich Samuels

Thursday, July 4, 7 pm at Rennebohm Park, 115 N. Eau Claire Ave. , Madison , WI Capitol City Band “Tribute to the Troops-then and now” Jim Latimer, music director/conductor since 1981 Dave Pedracine, associate conductor Colorguard: VFW Post 7591, Madison Service Flags: VFW Post 7591 Ladies Aux. in cooperation with VFW Post 1318 Friday, July 5, 7:30 pm at Wartmann Prairie, 7356 West Caledonia Road, Edgerton Piffaro the Renaissance Band. “Pfeiffern! Music for Renaissance Towns, Courts & Cathedrals,” early music concert, In partnership with the Madison Early Music Festival, Mr. William Wartmann presents a benefit concert for the Arts Council of Edgerton. Piffaro is the nation’s finest Renaissance wind band. World-renowned for its highly polished performances as the pied-pipers ….

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Music Featured on the July 4, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin.

06/28/13 8:53 AM | Rich Samuels

  5:09 am: George Gershwin’s “Lullaby”, “Summertime” and “Our Love is Here to Stay” performed by the Venice Quartet, the Cincinnati Pops, Cathy Berberian and Jan DeGaetani. 5:23 am: George Gershwin’s “Embraceable You” performed by pianists John and Richard Contiguglia (playing an arrangement by Percy Grainger) and organist Harold Stover. 5:34 am: Pianists John and Richard Contiguglia perform Percy Grainger’s “Fantasy on Porgy and Bess”. 5:58 am: The Venice Quartet and The Cincinnati Pops perform George Gershwin’s Rialto Ripples. 6:08 am: Versions of George Gershwin’s “Swanee” performed by William Bolcom and Al Jolson. 6:11 am: Versions of George Gershwin’s “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise” performed by William Bolcom and Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra. 6:15 am: George Gershwin’s “Do it Again” ….

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The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning June 27, 2013 Prepared by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”

06/26/13 5:22 PM | Rich Samuels

Thursday June 27, 7 pm at Tennebohm Park, 115 N. Eau Claire Ave, Madison. The Capitol City Band. Concerts last one hour; bring a lawn chair and a friend for listening comfort Concerts continue each Thursday through August. Friday, June 28, 7:30 pm at the Stoughton Opera House, 381 Main Street, Stoughton. The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Presents “Poker Face” (repeated Sunday, June 30. 2:30pm at the Hillside Theater, Taliesin, Spring Green). More information at bachdancinganddynamite.com Poker Face program: Copland Flute Sonata (Transcribed from Violin Sonata) Mozart Piano Concerto #22, E-Flat Major (Transcribed by Hummel for Piano, FLute, Violin and Cello) Brahms Sextet in G Major (Transcribed by Kirchner for Piano Trio) A Poker Face gives no hint of ….

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Music Featured on the June 27, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT, 89.9 FM, Madison, Wisconsin

06/24/13 5:51 PM | Rich Samuels

  5:08 am: Concerto No. 27 in E flat major by Antonio Vivaldi. Nadina Mackie Jackson is the soloist. 5:18 am: The Pacifica Quartet performs String Quartet No. 2 in A major by Dmitri Shostakovich 5:52 am: Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio plays Vals Capcho on a theme of Juventino Rosas by José Rolón 6:08 am: The São Paulo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Isaac Karabtchevsky performs the Symphony No. 4 (“Victory:) by Heitor Villa-Lobos. 6:46 am: Violinist Axel Strauss of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society plays the Chaconne from Bach’s Partita in D Minor for Solo Violin. 7:08 am: An interview with composer Jerry Hui who introduces acts I and II of his opera “Wired for Love”. The final act ….

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