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6:08 am The D'Oyly Carte Company conducted by Malcom Sargent (recorded in 1932): 'Acts II and III of "Princess Ida"' 7/24/2014
6:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 7/24/2014
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5:32 am Grant Harville, Madison Savoyards Musicial director, and the D'Oyly Carte Company conducted by Malcom Sargent: 'Interview about the Madison Savouards' production of Princess Ida and Act one of the operetta' 7/24/2014
5:32 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 7/24/2014
5:25 am Insurgent Radio Kiosk: 'Kiosk' 7/24/2014
5:25 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 7/24/2014
5:08 am Scott Turpen (alto saxophone) and Theresa Bogard (piano): 'Sonata for Alto Sax and Piano' 7/24/2014
5:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 7/24/2014
5:01 am BBC News: 'News' 7/24/2014
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4:42 am The New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein: 'Symphony No. 3 (1939) (One movement with five sections)' 7/24/2014
4:41 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 7/24/2014
4:33 am Michel Debost (flute) and André Sennedat (bassoon): 'Bachianas brasileiras No. 6, for Flute and Bassoon: (Aria, Fantasia)' 7/24/2014
4:31 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 7/24/2014
4:09 am The Adolf Busch Chamber Player conducted by Adolf Busch (recorded in October,1935): 'Brandenburg Conccerto No. 5 in D Major BWV 1050' 7/24/2014
4:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 7/24/2014
4:00 am Insurgent Radio Kiosk: 'Kiosk' 7/24/2014

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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.


Music Featured on the December 27 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT Madison

12/24/12 9:13 AM | Rich Samuels

  5:09 am: J.S. Bach’s Sonata in G major BWV 1027 performed by Jeremy McCoy (double bass) and Matthew Larkin (positiv organ). 5:23 am: Guitarist Nicholas Goluses performs “Variations on a La Folia d’Espana” by Manuel Ponce (commisioned by Andres Segovia in 1929. 5:48 am:  Concerto for 2 Mandolins, strings and basso continuo in G major by Antonmio Vivaldi. 6:08 am: Eddie Cantor sings “Making Whoopee”, “A Girlfriend of a Boyfriend of Mine” and “My Baby Just Cares for Me” from the sound track of the 1930 United Artists Film “Whoopee”. This was the first film for which Alfred Newman served as musical director. 6:16 am: Alfred Newman conducts the United Artists studio orchestra in the overture to the film ….

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Madison Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning December 20

12/19/12 8:19 PM | Rich Samuels

Saturday December 22, 5 pm at the James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation 2146 E. Johnson St. , Madison Winter Solstice Singing Celebration. Songs & readings for the season Call: 608-242-8887 Sunday December 23, 2:00 pm Olbrich Gardens-Evjue Commons, 3330 Atwood Ave. , Madison. Madison Horn Club. Horn Ensemble. The Madison Horn Club (MAD HOC) is directed by former UW Horn Professor, Doug Hill. Sunday December 23, 2:30 pm in the Capitol Rotunda. Madison East Seventh-Day Adventist Church Christmas Concert. Madison East Seventh-Day Adventist Church will sponsor a Christmas Concert in Romanian, Spanish, and English. Sunday December 23, 3:00 pm at The Crossroads Church, 3815 Dutch Mill Rd. , Madison. Sandy La Clair & the Impact of Brass. “‘Twas the Brass ….

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Music Featured on the December 20 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels on WORT

12/14/12 2:00 PM | Rich Samuels

5:09: Selections from Olivier Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur performed by organist David Titterington: “Mother and Child”, “Shepherds” and “Eternal Purposes”. 5:27: Suite from the ballet :A Christmas Carol” composed by Carl Davis in 1992-1993, arranged by John Longstaff. John Pryce-Jones conducts the Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra. 5:46: J.S. Bach’s “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” performed by The Chicago Chamber Brass with the Glen Ellyn Children’s Choir, pianist Eteri Andjaparidze and SamuelHitchison (playing the Overture Concert Organ). 5:57: “Angels We Have Heard on High” performed by the Madison Symphony Chorus directed by Meverly Taylor. 6:08: More Selections from Olivier Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur performed by organist David Titterington: “The Word”, “The Children of God”, “The Angels”. 6:27: LeRoy Anderson’s ….

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Madison Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning December 13

12/11/12 1:04 PM | Rich Samuels

Madison Classical Music Calendar December 13-19 2012. Friday December 14, 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison. Noon Musicale. Holiday Carol Sing with Linda Warren, harp and Dan Broner, organ & piano. Friday December 14, December 14 at 7 pm (repeated Saturday 12/16 at the same hour), Middleton-Cross Plains Area Performing Arts Center, Middleton High School, 2100 Bristol St. Middleton. Madison Area Concert Handbells. Contact phone: 608-620-1997 Web: Friday December 14, 8 pm (repeated Saturday at 3 pm) at the First Congregational Church of Christ, 1609 University Ave., Madison. Madison Bach Musicians Baroque Holiday Concerts. Bach – Cantata BWV 122, Das Neugeborne Kindelein Schütz – Allein Gott in der Höh Lassus – Ave Regina ….

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Music Featured on the December 13 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels

12/10/12 6:44 PM | Rich Samuels

  5:09: Pianist Evan Hirsch performs selections from Olivier Messiaen’s “Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus” (1944): “The Kiss of the Infant Jesus”, “The Contemplation of the Angels” and “The Contemplation of the Virgin”. 5:31: Medley of different versions of the traditional French carol Il est né, le divin Enfant ending with the interpretation of organist Robert Leech Bedell. 5:43: Three versions of the carol “O Holy Night” sung in French (by Enrico Caruso, recorded 2/23/1916), in Swedish (by Jussi Björling) and in Norwegian (by Nathalie Hansen, recorded 9/18/1917). A recitation by Harry E. Humphrey (recorded 12/9/1915) follows the Caruso recording. 6:08: Pianist Evan Hirch performes more selections from Olivier Messiaen’s “Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus” (1944): “The Contemplation of the Father” and ….

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2013 Grammy Nominations in Classical Music Categories

12/6/12 6:29 AM | Rich Samuels

Best Engineered Album, Classical Americana, Daniel Shores Beethoven: The Late String Quartets, Op. 127 and 131, Bruce Egre Life and Breath, Tom Caulfield and John Newton Music For a Time of War, Jesse Lewis and John Newton Souvenir, Morten Lindberg Best Producer of the Year, Classical Blanton Alspaugh Tim Handley Marina Ledin, Victor Ledin James Mallinson Dan Merceruio Best Orchestral Performance “Adams: Harmonielehre and Short Ride In A Fast Machine,” Michael Tilson Thomas “Mahler: Symphony No. 1,” Iván Fischer “Music For a Time of War,” Carlos Kalmar “Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances,” Valery Gergiev “Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5,” Osmo Vänskä Best Opera Recording “Berg: Lulu,” Michael Boder “Handel: Agrippina,” René Jacobs “Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress,” Vladimir Jurowski “Vivaldi: Teuzzone,” Jordi Savall “Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen,” James Levine and Fabio Luisi Best Choral Performance “Handel: ….

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Madison Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning December 6

12/5/12 1:09 PM | Rich Samuels

Classical Calendar for 6-13 December Friday December 7 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society, 8900 University Bay Drive. Madison The Noon Musicale features Bach, Mozart, Chopin and the Fortepiano with Trevor Stephenson. 608- 233-9774 Friday December 7, 7 pm at the Blackhawk Evangelical Church, 9620 Brader Way, Middleton The Wisconsin chamber Orchestra and the Festival Choir of Madison perform Handel’s Messiah. Sold out for three years in a row, we return for a fourth year to present Handel’s most well known work, Messiah. This eternal holiday favorite is performed by the WCO along with the powerful voices of four soloists and The Festival Choir of Madison in the East Auditorium of Blackhawk Church in Middleton. 608-258-4141 (to see if ….

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Music Featured on the December 6 Edition of “Anything Goes” Hosted by Rich Samuels

12/5/12 8:40 AM | Rich Samuels

5:09: Symphonic Dances (1940) by Sergei Rachmaninoff performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Spano. 5:46: “Ricordando una melodi olvidada” by Robert Sierra, performed by the Verdehr Trio. 6:08: Three preludes and fugues in B major, F minor and G minor, Op.7, by Marcel Dupré. Performed by Florence Mustric om the Rudolph von Beckerath organ at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cleveland Ohio. 6:41 “Snazzy Sonata” by Judith Lang Zaimont. Performed by Judith Lang Zaimont and Doris L. Kosloff (pianos). 7:08: An interview with Mike Forbes of the Isthmus Brass featuring selections from their new “Isthmus Brass Christmas” CD. 7:30: Finale from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio”, recorded live at a December 2, 2012 performance by ….

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Madison Area Classical Music Calendar for the Week Beginning November 29

11/28/12 1:10 PM | Rich Samuels

Friday, November 30 12:15 pm at the First Unitarian Society 900 University Bay Drive Madison: Noon Musicale: Jeffrey Wagner, piano Music of Bach-Busoni, Bach-Petri, Mozart & Chopin Friday, November 30 8 pm Mills Concert Hall 455 N. Park Street Madison UW Wind Ensemble Scott Teeple, U Steve Sveum, Sun Prairie High School Wind Ensemble; Michael Daugherty, Guest Composer. The program features Motown Metal by Michael Daugherty (Madison Premiere), Bells for Stokowski by Michael Daugherty (Madison Premiere), Country Gardens by Percy Grainger and Blithe Bells by Percy Grainger. Free admission Friday, November 30, 7:30 pm , 8 pm on Saturday December 1 and 2:30 pm, Sunday December 2 Overture Center-Overture Hall Madison Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert. Nothing in Madison is like ….

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Music Featured on the November 29 edition of “Anything Goes” hosted by Rich Samuels

11/27/12 1:31 PM | Rich Samuels

5:09 am James Ehnes (violin) and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bramwell Tovey perform the Violin Concerto in D Op. 35 (1047) by Wric Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957). 5:35 am Christine and Michelle Naughton (violins) play Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos K. 448. 5:56 am Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio (violin) and Jeffrey Sykes (piano) perform Manuel Ponce’s “Estrelita” 6:08 Florencio Anenjo’s “A Diptych of Lord dunsany’s Tales” performed by the Bulgarian Philharmonic conducted by Kirk Trevor. 6:37 “The Chairman Dances – Foxtrot for Orchestra” of John Adams (b. 1947) performed by the Baltimore Symphony conducted by David Zinman. 6:50 Laura Pinto, accompanied by Codrut Birsan, sings the aria “O mio babbino caro” from Giacomo Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi. 6:52 Kira Dils-deSurra, accompanied by ….

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