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7:58 am Pauline Alpert (piano) (recorded ca. 1943-1944): 'The Girl Friend (1926)' 4/24/2014
7:57 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/24/2014
7:50 am Cameron Carpenter, performing on the Aeolian-Skinner organ of St. Mary the Virgin Church, New York City: 'Serenade and Fugue on B-A-C-H' 4/24/2014
7:49 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/24/2014
7:39 am Cameron Carpenter, performing on the Aeolian-Skinner organ of St. Mary the Virgin Church, New York City: 'Prelude and Fugue in G-Major BWV 541 with an improvised cadenza' 4/24/2014
7:37 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/24/2014
7:33 am Cameron Carpenter, organist: 'Cameron Carpenter talks about the International Touring Organ built by Marshall & Ogletree' 4/24/2014
7:31 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/24/2014
7:26 am Cameron Carpenter, organist, performing on the Marshall & Ogletree International Touring Organ: 'Overture to Candide' 4/24/2014
7:25 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/24/2014
7:08 am Bruce Bengston, organist of Madison's Luther Memorial Church: 'Sonata Eroica Op. 94' 4/24/2014
7:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/24/2014
7:01 am BBC News: 'News' 4/24/2014
7:00 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/24/2014
6:58 am Pauline Alpert (1900-1988) (recorded around 1943-44): 'Church Mouse on a Spree (written around 1932)' 4/24/2014
6:56 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/24/2014
6:39 am The Pacifica Quartet: Simin Ganatra. Sibbi Bernhardsson (violins)-Masumi Per Rostad (viola)-Brandon Varnos (cello): 'String Quartet No. 11 (1966)(Dedicated to the memory of violinist Vasili Shirinsky)' 4/24/2014
6:38 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/24/2014
6:31 am Insurgent Radio Kiosk: 'Kiosk' 4/24/2014
6:30 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/24/2014
6:11 am Christopher D. Lewis (harpsichord) with the West Side Chamber Orchestra conducted by Kevin Mallon: 'Concerto for Harpsichord and Instrumental Ensemble (1959)' 4/24/2014
6:09 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/24/2014
6:08 am Jeffrey Biegel, piano: '"If I were a bird, I would Fly to You" (No. 6 from Douze Etudes Caracteristiques Op. 2)' 4/24/2014
6:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/24/2014
6:01 am BBC News: 'News' 4/24/2014
6:00 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/24/2014
5:47 am The Stephane Caillat Vocal Ensemble conducted by Stephane Caillat: 'Les deux cités (1937): Babylone, Elegie, Jerusalem' 4/24/2014
5:45 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/24/2014
5:21 am Brent Wissick (cello), Andre Willis (playing an 1848 Pleyel piano) and Richard Luby (violin): 'Trio in G Minor, Op. 8 (1828-1829)' 4/24/2014
5:20 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 4/24/2014

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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.

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The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning December 19, 2013 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”.

12/18/13 10:30 AM | Rich Samuels

Friday December 20, 7:30 pm at Grace Episcopal Church, 116 West Washington, Madison. The Wisconsin Chamber Choir presents “Wake, Awake” with the works of Bach, Pausin and Oquin. (including Bach’s cantata 240, “Wachet aug, ruft ins die Stimme”) Join the Wisconsin Chamber Choir to usher in the holiday season with J. S. Bach’s most famous cantata, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (“Wake, Awake, a Voice is Calling”), featuring some of Bach’s most beloved melodies. Appearing with the WCC in this work are a stellar cast of soloists and Sinfonia Sacra, the WCC’s own professional orchestra. Additional highlights of the concert include a set of hauntingly beautiful carols by Stephen Paulus and a new, visionary setting of O magnum mysterium by Juilliard composer Wayne Oquin. Further music for Advent and Christmas by Heinrich Schütz, Gottfried Homilius (Bach’s student), William Mathias, and William Dawson round out the program, and a vocal! Jazz arrangement of Go,Tell It On the Mountain brings the evening to a rousing close. Advance tickets are available for $15.00 adults and $10.00 for students from www.wisconsinchamberchoir.org, via Brown Paper Tickets, or at our local retail partners: Willy Street Coop and Orange Tree Imports. Founded in 1999, the Madison-based Wisconsin Chamber Choir has established a reputation for excellence in the performance of oratorios by Bach, Mozart, and Haydn; a cappella masterworks from various centuries; and world-premieres. Dr. Robert Gehrenbeck is the Wisconsin Chamber Choir’s Artistic Director. For more information call 273-4609. Web info: wisconsinchamberchoir.org Saturday December 21, 7 pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1609 University Avenue, Madison. The Madison Choral Project presents “A Light in the Darkness” The holiday concert will feature the area’s top vocal professionals. Traditional and new music. Madison’s professional choral ensemble, the Madison Choral Project, announces that it will perform a holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church (1609 University Ave, Madison, WI). The concert, given on the winter solstice is named “A Light in the Darkness,” and will feature performances of traditional holiday music, secular music, and spoken texts. “We are so excited to share this program in Madison with all audiences—both young and old,” said Dr. Albert Pinsonneault, Founder and Artistic Director of the Madison Choral Project. “The evening will weave together an eclectic range of choral favorites, bringing hope, joy and inspiration to the darkest day of the year. I am especially proud to partner with many of the best musicians in Madison, for what will be a truly unforgettable evening.” The ….

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Music Featured on the December 19, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT, 89.9 FM, Madison, Wisconsin

12/14/13 8:35 AM | Rich Samuels

5:09 am: Winter Solstice Mystery by Aldonis Kalniņš, performed by the New York LAtvian Choir and the Latvian NAtional Opera Orchestra, 5:58 am: The Madison Area Concert Handbessl perform :The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came”, a Basque carol arranged bt Michael Keller. 6:08 am: The Crossing performs “What Child is This?” arranged by Andrew Gand. 6:11 am: The Oakwood Chamber Players perform “Pastorales de Noel” by Andre Jolivet. 6:24 am: Chicago a Capella directed by Jonathan Miller performs “Il e ne le divin enfant. 6:27 am: Harpist Emily Mitchell performs Franz Gruber’s “Silent Night” 6:38 am: The Madison Children’s Choir and the Madison Symphony Orchestra perform “Star of Bethlehem”: by John Williams. 6:41 am: The Isthmus Brass performs “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Gustav Holst, arranged by R. Harvey. 6:47 am: The Kat Trio performs “It Came upon a Midnight Clear” 6:50 am: The Oakwood Chamber Players perform “An Old Wisconsin Christmas” arranged by Pierre LaPlante. 6:54 am: The MAdison Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform “The Joy of Dance: Fum Fum Fum from the Seven Joys of Christmas” by Kirke Mecbem. 6:55 am: The Madison Concert Handbells perform O Come, O Come Emmanuel. 7:08 am: Composer John Harbison describes how he received a commssion from the Vatican to write the sacred motet “Abrham”. The performance of the motet is by musicians from Pittsburgh, London, Krakow and Ankara, conducted by Gilbert Levine. 7:23 am: Steve Kurr, conductor of the Middleton Community Orchestra talks about the group’s 12/23 concert featuring soprano Emily Birsan. 7:41 am: The Madison Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform “Here We Come A-Carolling”. 7:42 am: The Madison Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform “Joyeux Noel by Steven Amundson 7:46 am: The Kat Trio performs “O Come All Ye Faithful” 7:48 am: The Isthmus Brass performs :Silent Night” 7:52 am: The Madison Area Concert Handmells perform “Go Tell it on the Mountain” 7:57 am: The Madison Symphony Orchestra Choir performs “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”

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The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning December 12, 2013 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”

12/11/13 9:04 AM | Rich Samuels

Friday December 20, 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Mdison The Noon Musicale presents Shannon Farley, violin; Beth Morgan, cello; Greg Punswick, piano Johannes Brahms – Trio in A minor, Op. 114 Felix Mendelssohn – Trio in D minor, Op. 49 Friday December 13, 7 pm at Blackhawk Evangelical Church, 9620 Brader Way , Middleton Handel’s “Messiah,” with Festival Choir of Madison. Soloists Stacey Tappan, soprano Stacey Tappan has distinguished herself as an exceptional musical artist in the United States and abroad. In stellar reviews for her “witty and sexy” Adele in Die Fledermaus with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, she was praised for the production’s “most polished singing… her coloratura bright and well-focused.” Plaudits for her Gilda in Rigoletto with Opéra de Lille included “the revelation of the evening” – “a luminous Gilda” – “tremendous American soprano” – “a magnificent discovery” and “high notes of a splendid sweetness.” She reprised the role with the Opéra de Dijon in 2010. Emily Lodine, Alto Emily Lodine is highly regarded for her impressive musical background. Her artistry, silvery voice and mastery of many styles place her in great demand for both concert and operatic performances. She has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philip Glass Ensemble, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the symphonies of Omaha, Milwaukee, Detroit, Jacksonville, Indianapolis and Phoenix. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in Handel’s Messiah under the baton of conductor and composer John Rutter. Equally sought after for operatic appearances, she created the role of Verena Marsh in Stephen Paulus’s opera Summer for Berkshire Opera. Other opera credits include Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with Lyric Opera Cleveland, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Anchorage Opera, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with Opera Grand Rapids, and Verdi’s Falstaff with the Pine Mountain Music Festival. James Doing, Tenor James Doing began his career after joining the Netherlands Opera Studio in Amsterdam which launched an international career in opera. Mr. Doing has sung over 70 operatic roles in Paris, Nice, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Antwerp, Turin, Stuttgart, Doha (Qatar), New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Santa Fe, Cleveland, Cooperstown (Glimmerglass), Milwaukee, Madison and elsewhere. He has performed Messiah around the world including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and in Tokyo and Osaka, and is the tenor soloist on the world premiere recording of Beethoven’s Kantate auf die Erhebung Leopolds II zur Kaiserswurde with the Krakow Symphony Orchestra. 2011 and 2012 bring sixteen Passions throughout Holland including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and Messiah and Weihnachtsoratorium in Japan. Peter Van de Graaff, bass Hailed ….

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Music Featured on the December 12, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin

12/11/13 8:55 AM | Rich Samuels

5:09 am: Weihnachtsbaum of Franz Liszt performed by pianist Eteri Andjiaparidze and duo pianists Richard and John Contiguglia. 6:08 am: Chicago a Capella conducted by Jonathan Miller performs Fragments from his Dish by Bob Chilcott. 6:26 am: The Oakwood Chamber Players perform Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams. 6:37 am: A Little Suite for Christmas by George Crumb, performed by pianist Pola Baytleman. 6:53 am: The Crossing conducted by David Nally performs What Child is this (arranged by Andrew Gant and Christmas Daybreak by Robert Convery. 7:08 am: Composer John Harbison introduces a performance of his 1987 “The Flight into Egypt” performed by The Cantata Singers and ensemble directed by David Hoose. 7:24 am: Craig Bohmler’s “Visions of the Child” performed by the Oakwood Chamber Players with soprano Cheryl Bensman Rowe and baritone Paul Rowe. 7:53 am: The Madison Area Concert Handbells perform “Sheep May Safely Graze” by J.S. Bach, arranged by Martha Lynn Thompson.

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The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning December 5, 2013 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything GOes”.

12/4/13 12:00 PM | Rich Samuels

Thursday December 5, 7:30 pm at Morphy Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison. UW Blue Note Ensemble, Jazz Composers’ Septet & Contemporary Jazz Ensemble Friday December 6, 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison. Garrick Olsen, piano. Frederic Chopin – Etude, Op. 10 No. 1 Robert Schumann – Fantasy, Op. 17 Franz Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 Information at: fusmadison.org/ Friday December 6, 7 pm at River Arts on Water, Prairie du Sac 590 Water St. , Prairie du Sac. The Kat Trio Information at riverartsandgallery.org The warm, relaxed setting of the River Arts on Water Gallery along with the classical music of the Kat Trio is a perfect combination to put you in the Christmas spirit. Vlad, Vikki, and Justin will perform selections from their classical, Christmas, inspirational and American standards repertoire. The violin-clarinet-piano ensemble from Ekaterinburg, Russia was formed in May 1998 in Ekaterinburg by three friends-Victoria Gorbich (violin), Vladislav Gorbich (clarinet) and Vasil Galiulin (piano). They had just graduated from the Ural State Music Conservatory. Today “The Kat Trio” is Victoria, Vladislav and pianist Justin Snyder. Victoria and Vlad are doctoral graduates of Arizona State University. Justin is a graduate of University of Michigan and recently has finished studying in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. House concerts are casual, intimate, solo or small ensemble musical performances designed around the notion of having friends over to your living room to enjoy live music. There is no advance ticket sale, only a $10 suggested donation at the door. All proceeds benefit River Arts Inc. programs. Friday December 6 7 pm at Saint Joseph Chapel, Edgewood College, 1000 Edgewood Colledge Drive, Madison. (Repeated Saturday December 7, same time and place.) Edgewood College Christmas Concert. Friday December 6 7:30 pm ay Overture Center-Overture Hall, 201 State Street, Madison (repeated at the same location at 8 pm on 12/7 and 2:30 pm on 12/8). The Madison Symphony Orchestra Christmas concerts with soprano Melody Moore & bass Nathan Stark, Madison Symphony Chorus, Madison Youth Choirs, Mt. Zion Gospel Choir. National vocalists, Madison community chorus members – and the audience – will all get a chance to shine when Conductor John DeMain and the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) kick off the holiday season with the much-loved tradition of the Madison Symphony Christmas concerts Dec. 6, 7, and 8 in Overture Hall. The concerts will celebrate the holidays with a banquet of “main courses” – music by Mendelssohn, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Handel. But like any good ….

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Music Featured on the December 5, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin

12/3/13 8:08 AM | Rich Samuels

5:09 am: Prelude and Fugue No 21 in B-flat major and Prelude and Fugue No 22 in G minor by Dmitri Shostakovich. Vladimir Askenazy is the pianist. 5:19 am: Concerto No. 3 in G major RV 310 by Antonio Vivaldi. Performed by the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields conducted by Neville Marriner. 5:26 am: Colin Carr, cello and Thomas Sauer, piano perform Seven Variations of the Theme Bei Maennern welche Liebe fieglen” from Mozart’s Magic Flute by Ludwig van Beethoven. 5:36 am: Suite Lyrique by John Rutter performed by Sinfonia Cymru conducted by John Rutter. The harpist is Catrin Finch. 5:54 am: Chicago a Cappella conducted by Jonathan Miller performs Prayers of Steel by Jerry J. Troxel. 6:08 am: Violinist Rachel Barton Pine and the Goettinger Symphonie conducted bt Christoph-Mathias Mueller perform the Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn. 6:41 am: The Triton Brass perform “The Madding Crowd” by Lansing McLoskey. 7:08 am: The Pro Arte Quartet performs John Harbison’s String Quartet No. 5 (with an introduction by violinist Suzanne Beia). 7:37 am: An interview with composer Joel Puckett about his upcoming appearance with the UW Madison Wind Ensemble. Music includes the last movement of his “Southern Comforts” and “BillyTude:.

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The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning November 28, 2013 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”.

11/27/13 5:20 PM | Rich Samuels

Friday, November 29. 1:30 pm at the Oakwood Village-University Woods Center for Arts and Education, 6209 Mineral Point Road, Madison. (repeated at the same time and location on Sunday 12/1) Celebrate with the Oakwood Chamber Players as they weave together heart-warming folk tales from around the world along with a feast of holiday music. The concert will feature musical performances from the familiar to folk, from classical to jazz, and from duos to octets. The family-friendly stories, interspersed throughout the concert, drawn from the wealth of global storytelling, are both cheering and poignant, expressing the cultures from which they are drawn. The Oakwood Chamber Players will present Celebration! on Friday November 29 at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday December 1 at 1:30 p.m. at the Oakwood Center for Arts and Education, 6205 Mineral Point Road. Guest artists Elizabeth Marshall, flute, and Jennifer Morgan, oboe, will join the core musicians of the ensemble for the concerts. This is the second concert in the Season Series titled “Origination: Exploring Musical Regions of the World.” Upcoming concerts include: Nordic – February 1st and 2nd Russian Radius – March 22nd and 23rd Down Under – May 17th and 18th The Oakwood Chamber Players is a group of Madison-area professional musicians who have rehearsed and performed at Oakwood Village for 30 years. Tickets are available at the door – $20 general admission, $15 seniors and $5 students. Visit www.oakwoodchamberplayers.com for more information. The Oakwood Chamber Players are a professional music ensemble proudly supported by Oakwood Lutheran Senior Ministries and the Oakwood Foundation, in collaboration with Friends of the Arboretum, Inc. Saturdsy November 30 at 2 pm and 8 pm at the Middleton-Cross Plains Area Performing Arts Center/ The Wisconsinb Chamber Orchestra with the Canadian Brass Annual Holiday Pops Concert Middleton Tourism and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra invite you to join us for an action packed holiday celebration with the world famous Canadian Brass at Middleton’s Performing Arts Center. Thanksgiving weekend will never be the same as we say ‘Happy 50th Anniversary’ to the city of Middleton with an exciting program of seasonal favorites including Gesu Bambino, Winter Wonderland, Christmas Time is Here, and Sleigh Bells. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Overture Center Ticket Office at 608.258.4141 Saturday November 30, 8 pm at Gates of Heaven, 302 E. Gorham Street, Madison. The Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble. The Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble presents a concert program of baroque vocal and instrumental chamber music performed on period instruments. Consuelo Sañudo – mezzo soprano Theresa Koenig – recorder, baroque bassoon ….

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Music Featured on the November 28, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin

11/23/13 7:43 PM | Rich Samuels

  5:09 am: The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta performs Morton Gould’s Steven Foster Gallery Suite. 5:29 am: “We Want Mark Twain” by John Duffy, performed by the Casatt String Quartet. Isaiah Sheffer is the narrator. 5:49 am: Music from the 1960 MGM film “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” composed by Jerome Moross performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Paul Bateman. 6:08 am: The Chicago Sinfonietta conducted by Mei-Ann Chen with the Harlem Quartet performs “West Side Story for String Quartet and Orchestra” by Leonard Bernstein, arranged by Randall Craig Fleisher. 6:42 am: Samuel Adler’s “To Celebrate a Miracle” performed by the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory Wind Symphony directed by Rodney Winther. 6:57 am: The Klezmer Conservatory band performs “Oy Chanukah”. 7:08 am: Jazz Concerto in D major for Combo and Orchestra by Daba Suesse performed by the American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Frederick Fennell. Cy Coleman is the pianist. 7:29 am: “Jazz Nocturne” by Dana Suesse performed by the composer, the Victor Orchestra conducted by Nathaniel Shlkret and the Brunswick Orchestra conducted by Victor Young. 7:41 am: Three popular songs from the 1930′s by Dana Suesse: Ho-Hum, Have You Forgotten? and You Ought to be in Pictures, performed by Bing Crosby and Loyce Whiteman, Ruth Etting and Al Bowlly. 7:50 am: Blue Moonlight by Dana Suesse, performed by Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra with the composer at the piano. 7:55 am: Stan Freberg tells the story of the first Thanksgiving.

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The WORT 89.9 FM Madison Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning November 21, 2013 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything “Goes”

11/20/13 5:57 PM | Rich Samuels

Thursday November 21, 7:30 pm at Mills Hall, 455 North Park Street, Madison The UW Faculty Concert Series presents the Wingra Woodwind Quartet. Friday November 22, 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison The Noon Musicale presents Ben Solomonow, ‘cello & Claire Mallory, piano Music of Bach and Beethoven Friday November 22m 7:30 pm at Saint James Catholic Church, 11 28 St. James Court, Madison. (Repeated Saturday, November 23 at Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Avenue, Madison; and Sunday November 24 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, MononaP). Remembering John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Choral Tribute. Cecilia Singers with Joseph Testa: Remembering John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Choral Tribute. An all-American composer program featuring Bernstein, Copland, Barber, Kreutz & Fissinger. Fri. 11/22 St. James RC Church, 7:30p; Sat. 11/23 Luther Memorial, 7:30p; Sun. 11/24 St. Stephen’s Lutheran – Monona, 3:00p. Advance Tickets at Willy St. East/West, Orange Tree Imports, The Pink Poodle: $12 Gen./$10 Seniors or $15/12 at the door. For more info: Joseph Testa ceciliasingers1@gmail.com On this 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Joseph Testa & Cecilia Singers will present a program titled, Remembering John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Choral Tribute. In the spirit of celebrating the arts –perhaps as JFK would have envisioned — some of Madison’s finest singers will explore the compositional artistry of a few American composers of JFK’s generation: Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Robert Kreutz and Edwin Fissinger. Noteworthy among these featured composers is Wisconsin-born, Robert Kreutz, whose Improperium, composed the weekend of JFK’s tragic death, was a very personal and moving artistic response to that fatal event. His New England Frostbite is a set of three short works based on the poetry of Robert Frost — JFK’s favorite poet! And his Songs of Hope and Deliverance are a thought-provoking collection of four pieces, the third of which is a very dramatic rendering of the last homily given by the Polish Priest, Jerzy Popiełuszko, shortly before he himself was assassinated by Communists in 1984. In all, this is a program of considerable depth and breath, not to be missed! Saturday November 23, noon at Grace Episcopal Church,116 W. Washington, Madison. The Grace Presents series presents the UW Russian Folk Orchestra directed by Victor Gorodinsky. Grace Presents: The UW Russian Folk Orchestra The UW Russian Folk Orchestra, now in its 16th season, is a unique ensemble performing Russian and other East-European folk music on authentic Russian instruments, balalaikas and domras. The orchestra was founded and is directed by Victor ….

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Music Featured on the November 21, 2013 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin

11/16/13 10:54 AM | Rich Samuels

  5:09 am: Concerto in G minor doe Two Violins (L’estro armonico No. 2) by Antonio Vivaldi performed by the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields conducted by Neville Marriner. 5:20 am: String Quartet No. 8 in C minor by Dmitri Shostakovich performed by the Pacifica Quartet. 5:43: am: Brigg Fair by frederick Delius performed by the BBC Cymphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Davis. 6:08 am The “Lord Nelson Mass: by Franz Josef Haydn performed by the Boston Baroque, Martin Pearlman, director. 6:53 am: Three Burlesques by Béla Bartók performed by Jenő Jandó 7:08 am: Symphony NO. 2 in F by Hans Gál performed by the Orchestra of the Swann conducted by Kenneth Woods. 7:56 am: The fourth (final) movemebt of the Piano Quintet No. 2 by William Bolcom performed the the Pro Arte Quartet.      

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