88.5FM WFCR to Air Boston Symphony Orchestra Broadcasts Sundays at 1:00 Beginning March 4
[Wednesday, February 29, 2012 -- Amherst, MA] New England Public Radio is pleased to announce a new classical music offering on 88.5FM WFCR. On Sunday, March 4, the station will begin airing Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts as part of its Sunday classical music program (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.), hosted by Walter Carroll. The weekly broadcasts will air from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
"To be able to bring our listeners the BSO's Symphony Hall concerts, on such a timely basis - this is really great, and fits in perfectly with the station's efforts to keep its music programming fresh and local," said New England Public Radio's music director, John Montanari. "And a pretty good first couple of months too, with the Missa Solemnis, the German Requiem, Esa-Pekka Salonen's Violin Concerto and the Midsummer Night's Dream. This is a real boon for area music lovers."
The Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) Broadcasts are being offered to public radio stations in western Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and New York State thanks to a collaboration between Boston's WGBH radio service, Classical New England, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. All BSO radio broadcasts are produced by Classical New England's Brian Bell, engineered by James Donahue and hosted by Ron Della Chiesa.
WFCR can also be heard in the Berkshires at the following frequencies: 101.1FM (Adams/North Adams); 98.7FM (Great Barrington); 98.3FM (Lee); 106.1FM (Pittsfield); 96.3FM (Williamstown), and streaming live at nepr.net.
The BSO on Broadcast Schedule on WFCR (through May 13, 2012)
Mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung is joined by soprano Christine Brewer, tenor Simon O'Neill in his BSO debut, and bass Eric Owens, along with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for Beethoven's monumental Missa Solemnis, conducted by John Oliver.
Pianist Cédric Tiberghien is the soloist in Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in G for his BSO debut, part of a program that also includes Hector Berlioz's Overture to Benvenuto Cellini and Symphonie fantastique, all conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.
Violinist Gidon Kremer brings his distinctive voice to Robert Schumann's rarely performed Violin Concerto, and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conducts Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben - A Hero's Life.
The BSO performs an All-Brhams program, including the Symphony No. 3, and Nicholas Angelich is the soloist in the Piano Concerto No. 2
Violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann is the soloist in Antonín Dvorák's Violin Concerto, and conductor Juraj Valcuha makes his BSO debut with Zoltán Kodály's Dances of Galánta and Felix Mendelssohn's evocative Symphony No. 3, the "Scottish."
Leonidas Kavakos is both violin soloist and conductor for a program that begins with J.S. Bach's Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052, continues with Witold Lutoslawski's sonorous, moving Musique funèbre, and concludes with Beethoven's effervescent Symphony No. 4.
Conductor Christoph von Dohnányi returns to the BSO for Johannes Brahms's A German Requiem, with soprano Anna Prohaska, bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
Composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the BSO in his own Violin Concerto, with soloist Leila Josefowicz, as well as Maurice Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin and a performance of the complete score for Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird.
Soprano Layla Claire, mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey, and narrator Claire Bloom join the BSO, the women of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and conductor Bernard Haitink for Felix Mendelssohn's Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream, part of a program that also includes Beethoven's groundbreaking Symphony No. 1.
Pianist Till Fellner is the soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat, K. 482, and conductor Bernard Haitink leads to the BSO in Debussy's Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, the "Pastoral."
Conductor Bernard Haitink brings the season to a close with Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, the "Ode to Joy," with soprano Jessica Rivera, mezzo-soprano Meredith Arwady, tenor Roberto Saccà, and bass Günther Groissböck, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
New England Public Radio, has long been a champion of classical, jazz and world music. 88.5 FM WFCR features a wide range of music throughout the week, including opera, classical, jazz, world and Latin music. At a time when many public radio stations across the country are switching to an all news format, New England Public Radio remains committed to being western New England's source for high quality music programming. For a complete program guide, visit nepr.net.
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