Anything Goes

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6:59 am Show close: 'Show close' 7/17/2014
6:44 am Howard and Frances Karp (piano); Christopher Karp (violin); Katrin Talbot (viola); Parry Karp(cello): 'Karptet (commissioned by Christopher Karp for the Karp family in 2006)' 7/17/2014
6:42 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 7/17/2014
6:21 am Interview with Howard Karp, Frances Karp, Parry Karp, Ariana Karp and Isabel Karp (recorded in August, 2012 in advance of the 3: 'interview and performance by Howard and Frances Karp' 7/17/2014
6:20 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 7/17/2014
6:08 am Howard Karp, piano (recorded in concert): 'Movements III and IV from Sonata in B-flat Mahor D.960' 7/17/2014
6:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 7/17/2014
6:01 am BBC News: 'News' 7/17/2014
6:00 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 7/17/2014
5:45 am Howard Karp, piano (recorded in concert): 'Final two movements from Sonata in B-flat Major op. 58' 7/17/2014
5:45 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 7/17/2014
5:38 am Insurgent Radio Kiosk: 'Kiosk' 7/17/2014
5:37 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 7/17/2014
5:08 am Howard Karp, piano (recorded in performance): 'Partita No. 4 in D Major BWV 828: Overture, Allemande Courante, Aria Saraband, Menuet & Gigue' 7/17/2014
5:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 7/17/2014
5:01 am BBC News: 'News' 7/17/2014
5:00 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 7/17/2014
4:50 am Daniele Mitolo, pianoforte: 'Sonata Op. 1 No. 11 in E Minor for pianoforte' 7/17/2014
4:48 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 7/17/2014
4:32 am Sara Andon, flute, with members of the Hollywood Studio Symphony conducted by Scott Hosfeld: 'Concertino for Flute and Chamber Orchestra' 7/17/2014
4:31 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 7/17/2014
4:16 am The Adolf Busch Chamber Player conducted by Adolf Busch (recorded 10/15/1935): 'Brandenburg Conccerto No. 4 in G Major BWV 1049' 7/17/2014
4:14 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 7/17/2014
4:09 am The Grant Park Orchestra conducted by Carlos Kalmar: 'Midsummer Fanfare (2004)' 7/17/2014
4:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 7/17/2014
4:00 am Insurgent Radio Kiosk: 'Kiosk' 7/17/2014
6:54 am The Gaudete Brass: Ryan Berndt (trumpet) Julia Filson (horn) Bill Baxtresser (trumpet) Scott Tegge (tuba) Paul Von Hoff (trombone): 'A Great Commercial City' 7/10/2014
6:52 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 7/10/2014
6:08 am The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Storgårds: 'Symphony No. 2 for String Orchestra (commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Pulitzer winner in 2001)' 7/10/2014
6:06 am Rich Samuels: 'Comment' 7/10/2014

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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 November 8

11/6/12 3:38 PM | Rich Samuels

Thursday November 8 Mills Concert Hall 11:45-1 pm Classical rock star” cellist Joshua Roman, who plays with the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, November 10, 2012, 8 pm, at Mills Hall, will be conducting a masterclass. The public is invited to observe this free event. Thursday, November 8 Morphy Recital Hall, 8:30 p.m. Black Music Ensemble Richard Davis, director Friday, November 9 First Unitarian Society Noon Musicale 12:15 pm Wendy Adams, violin & Ann Aschbacher, piano. Aaron Copland Sonata for Violin and Piano & Bela Bartok Romanian Folk Dances Friday November 9 Mills Concert Hall 8 pm Parry Karp, violoncello (part of the UW Faculty Concert Series) Karp will perform with pianists Christopher and Howard Karp in a program featuring ….

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Music Featured on the November 8 Edition of “Anything Goes”

11/5/12 9:17 AM | Rich Samuels

  5:09: Two versions of J.S. Bach’s chorale prelude “Fervent is My Desire” BWV 727 featuring Hans-André Stamm (organist) and the University of Wisconsin Wind Ensemble conducted by Scott Teeple (recorded in concert October 5, The wind ensemble version is based on an arrangement by Lucien Caillet. 5:15: Two minuets of the French Baroque composer Jacques Duphly (1715-1789) performed by harphichordist Jonathan Rhodes Lee. 5:34: Agnus Dei (a concerto for bassoon and mixed choir a capella) by Egil Hovland (b. 1924). Performed by Benjamin Coehlo (bassoon, University of Iowa) and the University of Iowa Kantorei conducted by Timothy Salter. 6:08: The Pied Piper Fantasy (1981) by John Corigliano (b. 1938) performed by Alexa Still (flute) with the New Zealand Symphony ….

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Music featured on the November 1 2012 edition of “Anything Goes”

10/29/12 5:13 PM | Rich Samuels

Here’s the music I’ve selected for my November 1, 2012 show: 5:09: The Wisconsin Brass (celebrating their 40th season) perform four madrigals of Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). Recorded in concert in Mills Hall March 3, 2012. 5:19: The Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer performs Dances of Galánta, composed by Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967) in 1933. I’ve selected this piece because the Madison Symphony Orchestra will be performing it at its next concert series on November 2, 3 & 4. 5:36: Violinist James Ehnes performs the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Op. 14 of Samuel Barber with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bramwell Tovey. (Ehnes performed this work with the MSO several weeks ago). 6:08: James Smith conducted the University ….

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Music Featured on my October 25 show

10/23/12 4:38 PM | Rich Samuels

Here’s a list of the music scheduled for the October 25 edition of “Anything Goes” 1. 5:09: 21-year-old Russian pianist Georgy Tchaidze plays Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” 2. 5:46: The Wisconsin Brass Quintet (celebrating its 40th anniversary this year) plays “Emerald Street” by Doug Lindsey, former second trumpet. 3. 6:08: Violinist James Ehnes (recent soloist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra) performs the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra of William Walton with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bramwell Tovey. 4. 6:45: The University of Texas Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jerry Junkin plays “Bells for Stokowski”, a 2002 work of Michael Daugherty. 5. 7:09: An experimental stereo broadcast that aired in Chicago on July 15, 1954 on ….

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