|6:52 am||Beverly Sills, Julius Rudel, London Philharmonic Orchestra: 'Gluck, mir verblieb, fr. Die tote Stadt'||3/6/2014|
|6:10 am||Cleveland Quartet: 'Quartet in E-flat Major Op. 127'||3/6/2014|
|6:08 am||Placido Domingo; Julius Rudel, piano: 'E lucellino'||3/6/2014|
|5:55 am||David Pyatt, horn; Martin Jones, piano: 'Pavane Variee'||3/6/2014|
|5:39 am||Cecilia Bartoli; Juan Diego Florez; Ildebrando D'Arcangelo; Alessandor De Marchi & Orchestra La Scintilla: 'final arias (Ah! non credea through end) of La Sonnambula'||3/6/2014|
|5:12 am||Orpheus Chamber Orchestra: 'Simple Symphony op. 4'||3/6/2014|
|5:08 am||Placido Domingo, Justino Diaz; Julius Rudel, organ: 'Vexilla'||3/6/2014|
|4:54 am||Orchestre National de France, cond. Lorin Maazel: 'Troika, fr. Lietuenant Kige Symphonic Suite, Op. 60'||3/6/2014|
|4:07 am||The Cleveland Orchestra cond. Lorin Maazel: 'Symphony No. 5, Op. 47: III. Largo'||3/6/2014|
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.
Music Featured on the February 6, 2014 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin
02/1/14 12:43 PM | Rich Samuels
5:09 am: Concerto in A Minor for Two Violins and Continuo (L’eestro armonico No. 8) by Antonio Vivaldi performed by the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields conducted by Neville Marriner. 5:20 am: The Pacifica Quartet performs the String Quartet NO. 10 in A-flat Major by Dimitri Shostakovich. 6:46 am: Soprano Jean Danton performs songs by Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hammerstein. Accompaniment by Doug Hammer (piano) and Steve Chaggaris (percussion) 6:08 am: The Washington Master Chorale conducted by Thomas Colohan performs “To Be Sung on the Water” by Samuel Barber. 6:12 am: Cellist Wendy Warner and Camerata Chicago perform the Cello Concerto in C Major by Josef Myslivevek. 6:40 am: Theresa Bogard (piano), John Fadial (violin) and Ruth Vandenborgh (cello) perform the Piano Trio by Jennifer Higdon. 6:54 am: The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Black performs “Clockwork” by Warren Gooch. 7:08 am: Soprano Toti Dal Monte and the La Scala Orchestra conducted by Gabriele Santini performs the arias “Lo dice ggnuno” and “Le ricchezze ed it grado” from “La figlia del regimento” by Gaetano Donizetti. Recorded 3/10/1928. 7:18 am: Paul Robeson (accompanied by Lawrence Brown) sings six spirituals arranged by Harry T. Burleigh (recorded in the mid and late 1920′s). 7:31 am: A Mass by George Walker from a live 1977 performance by soloists Claudia Lindsay, Norma Hirsch, Abraham Lind-Oquendo, the Morgan state College Choir and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sergio Comissiona.read article »
The WORT Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning January 30. 2014 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”.
01/28/14 9:08 AM | Rich Samuels
Thursday, January 30 beginning at 5:30 pm at the University Club, 803 State Street, Madison. Dinner with the ProArte Quartet. Join the Pro Arte Quartet for an evening of music and three course dinner at the UW-Madison’s University Club. Thursday, 1/30/14 University Club. 803 State St., Madison 5:30 Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres 6:30 Dinner (three courses) 7:30 Concert For a full menu and to make reservations visit www.uclub.wisc.edu Reservations ($40 each) 608-262-5023 email@example.com Friday Jamuary 31, 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison/ The Noon Musicale presents pianist Mark Valenti Music of Ives, Bach, Beethoven & Debussy Friday January 31 2014 6 pm at Der Rathskeller, 800 Langdon St. Madison WUD Music presents “Behind the Beat” with Sinister Resonance: Mark Hetzler- trombone and electronics, Vincent Fuh- piano, Nick Moran- bass, Todd Hammes- drums and percussion. Sinister Resonance experiments in the areas of hard rock, heavy metal, jazz, modern classical and improvised styles. The program will include music to be be featured on their upcoming release, “They Said…” which is the group’s first recording project. This ensemble tackles just about every kind of music out there- from ethereal to ecstatic, groove based to free form- lots of lyricism and a huge dynamic range. http://www.union.wisc.edu/wud/event.asp?event_id=24831 Friday, January 31, 7:30 pm at the Janesville Performing Arts Center, 408 South Main Street, Janesville. Flutist Elizabeth Horvath. Free Admission Elizabeth Horvath is the Executive Director at the Janesville Performing Arts Center and also a freelance flautist. Holding a BM from Northwestern University in Flute Performance, she studied under Walfrid Kujala and Richard Graef, both of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Playing credits include the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, Evanston Symphony Orchestra, Classical Symphony of Chicago and numerous pit orchestras. Horvath lives in Janesville, WI with her husband and teaches a private flute studio out of her home. To purchase tickets, please call the JPAC Box Office at 608-758-0297 ext. 1 or visit www.janesvillepac.org. Box office hours are MWTH 10am-5pm and Friday 10am-1pm. “The talent that the Janesville area has is absolutely incredible,” says Elizabeth Horvath, JPAC’s Executive Director. “We are so honored, as a local community performing arts center, to truly recognize all of these local residents that provide Janesville with their raw talent. It will truly be an eclectic month not to be missed!” The Janesville Performing Arts Center serves the greater Rock County area through performances and events produced by 15 local non-profit arts groups. The center’s 633 seat theatre, lobby, art gallery, box office, and administrative office are located ….read article »
Music Featured on the January 30, 3014 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin
01/25/14 7:46 AM | Rich Samuels
5:09 am: “Mars, the Bringer of War” and “Venus, the Bringer of Peace” from The Planets by Gustav Holst. Transcribed for organ by, and performed by, Peter Sykes. 5:31 am: Concerto in F major for four violins and continuo (L’estro armonico No. 7) by Antonio Vivaldi. Performed by the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields directed by Neville Marriner. 5:42 am: Brent Wissick (cello), Richard Luby (violin) and Dndre Willis perform Introduction and Polonaise by Frederic Chopin. 5:52 am: Kia Bennett (flute(, Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano) and Catrin Finch (harp) perform Three Welsh FOlk Songs arranged by John Rutter. 6:08 am: “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity” and “Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age” from The Planets by Gustav Holst. Transcribed for organ and performed by Peter Sykes. 6:27 am: Chicago a Cappella conducted by Jonathan Miller performs “El Hambo” by Jaakko Mantyarvi. 6:37 am: Pianist Molly Morkoski performs Gabriela Lena Frank’s “Sonata Andina”. 7:08 am: “Uranus, the Magician” and “Neptune, the Mystic” from The Planets by Gustav Holst. Transcribed for organ and performed by Peter Sykes. 7:24 am: The Pro Arte Quartet with pianist Christopher Taylor perform the Piano Quintet No. 2 by William Bolcom. 7:46 am: Pianist Nicholas Phillips performs “Occidental Psalmody” by Ethan Wickman. 7:55 am: The Chicago Sinfonietta conducted by Mei Ann Chen performsSaibei Dance by An-Lun Huang.read article »
The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning 23 January, 2014 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”.
01/22/14 11:45 AM | Rich Samuels
Friday January 24, 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison. The Noon Musicale presents flutist Dawn Lawler and Kirstin Ihde, piano Music of Saint-Saens, Shostakovich, Prokofiev & Bach Info at www.fusmadison.org Friday January 24, 7 pm at Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard Street, Madison. Sound Waves presents “I Got Rhythm! The Pulsations of the Universe” lecture/performance. Rhythm underlies the working of our bodies, the organization of our cities and the patterns of the universe. Join UW-Madison scientists and musicians L. Lee Eckhardt, Richard Amasino, Keith Woodward, Ellen Zweibel, Daniel Grabois and Johannes Wallmann as they explore rhythm. Registration requested. 7 – 9:30 p.m. Friday, January 24 Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery 330 N. Orchard St. Madison, WI 53715 No cover Becky Balistreri 608-316-4382 firstname.lastname@example.org http://discovery.wisc.edu/SoundWaves Saturday January 25, 2014 3 pm at the Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main, Stoughton WI The Madison Brass Band Saturday January 25, 2014 3:00pm Tickets: $20 With a reputation in the community and among brass bands for innovative and entertaining performances, Madison Brass Band has a long history of entertaining audiences. Bavarian immigrant George Scherer founded the original Madison Brass Band in 1863. Its first members were businessmen, cobblers, cigar-makers, stone-cutters, and a saloon proprietor. Only one member was a professional musician. The band went into remission until 2002 when it was reestablished – since then the Madison Brass Band has become one of southern Wisconsin’s premier musical ensembles, sharing the unique spirit and beauty of the distinctive, mellow British-style brass band sound with a unique early American twist. The 30 piece ensemble has an active performance schedule including concerts and competitions. Most recently, in 2012, the band participated in the North American Brass Band Association Championships for the first time and was named Champions of the Second Section. MBB is directed by music educator and composer Craig Mason who generates a strong synergy throughout the band in every musical genre. Under Craig’s skillful direction the individual talent of even the finest player is often exceeded in context of the ensemble as a whole. Craig’s most sensitive interpretations in both his arrangements and conducting has won the heart of both player and listener alike. Don’t just take our word for it, come out and see for yourself! web: madisonbrass.com Saturday January 25, 7 pm at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1833 Regent Street, Madison WI (repeated Sunday 1/26 at Zion Lutheran Church, 2165 Linden Avenue, Madison) The Wisconsin Baroque Musicians Collective A program of 17th Century Music, Theresa Koenig, ….read article »
Music Featured on the January 23, 2014 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin
01/16/14 8:41 PM | Rich Samuels
5:09 am: Concerto for Violin and Continuo in A minor (L’estro armonico No. 6) by Antonio Vivaldi. Performed by the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, conducted by Neville Marriner. 5:17 am: Sonata for cembalo Op. IV No. 5 (Arpeggio toccata) by Azzolino Bernardino della Ciaia. Performed by harpsichordist Donatella Mitolo. 5:21 am: Pyor Illyich Tschaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence performed by the Kocian Quartet with members of the Praza Quartet. 5:57 am: “Vitelloni’s Bar” from Nino Rota’s score for the film “Fellini’s Roma”. 6:08 am: Symphony No, 3 by Roy Harris performed by the Albany Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Alan Miller. 6:43 am: Pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keiuske Nakagoshi (“Zofo”) performJohn Corigliano’s Gazebo Dances. 6:59 am: Pianist Cecil Lytle performs his arrangement of the spiritual “Glorius Glorius”. 7:08 am: Madison Symphony Orchestra Musical John DeMain talks about the “Beyond the Score” presentation on Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”. 7:39 am: Leonard Bernstein speaks about Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9.read article »
The WORT 89.9 FM Madison, WIsconsin Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning January 16, 2014 Compiled by Rich Samuels, Host of “Anything Goes”
01/14/14 4:54 PM | Rich Samuels
Thursday January 16, 7:30 pm at the Janesville Performing Arts Center, 408 S. Main Street, Janesville. The UW-Rock County Orchestra presents the word premier of a new symphony by UW-Rock County associate professor Jeff Suarez. Jeff Suarez is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin – Rock County in Janesville, Wisconsin, where he directs the UW-Rock County Concert Band, the UW-Rock County Jazz Band, founded the UW-Rock County Chamber Orchestra, and co-founded the UW-Rock County Youth Orchestra. In addition to his directing duties, Professor Suarez also teaches music theory and music history classes. Trained as an educator, French hornist, and composer, Jeff earned a B. M. E. and B. Mus. (Composition / Theory) from Central Michigan University, a M. M. in French horn performance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in French horn performance with a minor in musicology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. As a conductor of musical theater, Jeff has been recently seen with Spotlight on Kids, Theater Unlimited, and musical theater productions at UW-Rock County. Jeff was inducted into the United Arts Alliance Hall of Fame at the Janesville Performing Arts Center on April 7, 2013. This year, Suarez is coordinating the annual “Walk-in Messiah” with the Janesville School District, ECHO, and Cargill United Methodist Church where Richard Severing will conduct this annual event. From the compositional and music arrangement realm, Suarez has recently composed two works for orchestra, a work for French horn quartet, and has constructed numerous arrangements for the UW-Rock County Concert Band, the UW-Rock County Youth Orchestra, and the UW-Rock County Jazz Combo in which he plays “2nd keyboard”. To purchase tickets, please call the JPAC Box Office at 608-758-0297 ext. 1 or visit www.janesvillepac.org. Box office hours are MWTH 10am-5pm and Friday 10am-1pm. “The talent that the Janesville area has is absolutely incredible,” says Elizabeth Horvath, JPAC’s Executive Director. “We are so honored, as a local community performing arts center, to truly recognize all of these local residents that provide Janesville with their raw talent. It will truly be an eclectic month not to be missed!” The Janesville Performing Arts Center serves the greater Rock County area through performances and events produced by 15 local non-profit arts groups. The center’s 633 seat theatre, lobby, art gallery, box office, and administrative office are located in the historic Janesville High School/Marshall Junior High School building in downtown Janesville. Friday January 17, 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Societ, 900 University Bay ….read article »
Music Featured on the January 16, 2014 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin.
01/11/14 7:21 PM | Rich Samuels
5:09 am: Prelude No. 5 in G Major, Prelude No. 10 in B minor and Prelude No. 12 in g-sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov, performed by pianist Yaroslav Senyshyn. 5:21 am: Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto No. 5 in A major for two violins and continuo (L’estro armonico No. 5) performed by the Academy of aint Martin in the Fields conducted by Neville Marriner. 5:29 am: Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in D minor by Dmitri Shostakovich performed by Vladimir Ashenazy. 5:41 am: Flute Concerto (1994) by John Harbison performed by flutist Randolph Bowman with the Albany Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Alan Miller. 6:08 am: The Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas performs Walter Piston’s Symphony No. 2 (1943). 6:44 am: Ten East Pieces (1909) by Béla Bartók performed by pianist Jenő Jandó. 7:08 am: The Pro Arte Quartet with Brian Hsu performs Three Rhapsodies for Piano Quintet by Paul Schoenfield. 7:38 am: Variations for Winds, Strings and Keyboards by Steve Reich, performed by the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Edo de Waart.read article »
Music Featured on the January 9, 2014 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT 89.9 FM Madison, Wisconsin
12/25/13 11:11 AM | Rich Samuels
5:09 am: Concerto in E minor for four violins by Antonio Vivaldi. Performed by the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, conducted by Neville Marriner 5:17 am: The Pacifica Quartet performs the String Quartet No. 9 by Dimitri Shostakovich, 5:45 am: The Rotterdam Philharmonic Chamber Players perform Kerry Turner’s Suite for Horn, Two Violins, Viola and Cello. 6:08 am: Pianist Inna Faliks performs the Eroica Variations and Fugue by Ludwig van Beethoven. 6:40 am: Medieval Suite by Kathleen Hoover, performed by Jan Vinci (flute) and Pola Baytleman (piano.) 7:08 am: The Pro Arte Quartet performs the String Quartet No. 2 by Walter Mays. 7:35 am: Fall River Legends by Morton Gould, performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Sedares. 7:56 am: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra Brass performs “Don’t Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me” by Duke Ellington.read article »
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 ….read article »