April Program Notes

Program Notes . . . On Palm Sunday, April 13, Anne Cushman Schwaikert of Sunday Evening Songfest will air J.S. Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" during her 6:00 pm program.  The Passion will be performed by Oelze, Danz, Schade, Goerne and Quasthoff from a Hänssler recording featuring the Gächinger Kantorei and the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart conducted by Helmuth Rilling.  

. . . On Easter Sunday, April 20, Anne will share Bach's "Easter Oratorio," also a Hänssler recording, conducted by Rilling.  Easter Sunday's program will also feature Russian Orthodox Easter music by various composers.  Sunday Evening Songfest airs weekly from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Weekdays at 5 PM with a Listener Survey  

In April WMNR will continue to present a new variety of programming at 5:00 pm.  During the first week of the month, Fred Flaxman will present the music of Villa-Lobos, Schubert, Wagner and Saint-Saëns and put it in context for listeners on Compact Discoveries.  Beginning Monday, April 7, we present a weeklong look at Thirteen Days When Music Changed Forever.  These hourlong programs are part of The San Francisco Symphony's Keeping Score series and will take a look at pivotal days in classical music history such as the day the Town Council of Leipzig appointed Bach as Cantor, the premiere of "Don Giovanni" in Prague and the first public performance of Beethoven's "Eroica."  

April concludes with three weeks of Exploring Music, when Bill McGlaughlin will feature Bach's "St. Matthew Passion," music inspired by Shakespeare and the inner workings of great symphonies.  We hope you will enjoy the 5:00 pm lineup and invite you to share your thoughts in the survey below. To take a brief 6 question survey click here.

Springtime in Connecticut

WMNR Fine Arts Radio's spring pledge effort begins on Friday, April 25 and continues to Saturday, May 3.  During that time, listeners can call 1-800-345-1812 or can offer  their support anytime by clicking here.  At WMNR we receive 72% of our funding from listeners. We look forward to hearing from longtime supporters and new members who make it possible for us to provide independent, public classical and fine arts music every day, all day.


If you've let yourself believe that this long winter is over and that it's actually time for a spring pledge, perhaps it has Tanglewood Logo occurred to you that the Tanglewood season approaches! WMNR has once again committed to bringing you live music from Tanglewood all summer long.  During May and June we will rebroadcast last summer's concerts on Sunday afternoons.  Complete concert details will be shared soon, but in the meantime, mark you calendars for Saturday, July 5 at 8:30 pm when Renée Fleming opens the 2014 season in an all-American program, here on the stations of WMNR Fine Arts Radio and streaming live at wmnr.org.

WMNR's Joanne Moryl

Joanne Moryl of Wednesday and Friday Afternoon Classics tells us that she jots down ideas for her programs the night before, but makes her actual choices the day of her program.  She explains that the weather, world events, seasonal moods and holidays all impact her choice of music and that Wednesday has a "different feel' from Friday.  Within her program she likes to vary the selections; for example, she'd hesitate to play a "deep, modern Tchaikovsky piece" right next to something similar.  Joanne likes contrast and variety so as to avoid "listener fatigue" or "emotional overload."  She has favorites, click on Rachmaninoff's Second Concerto to read about one, but she tries not to overplay them.

Joanne uses both her personal music library and the WMNR CD library as a source.   When she has longer pieces on the air she likes to take a moment to peruse the station's library.  If she comes across an interesting, unfamiliar piece she listens to it, but prefers to mull it over for a bit rather than putting it immediately on the air.  When she broadcasts, Joanne also likes to take into account what her colleagues air before and after her program so she can provide counterpoint and change.  She tells us her mission is "to expose the listeners to as much music as I can."  Join Joanne on Wednesday and Friday afternoons at noon and hear what she's put together for you.



Theatre Reviews with Rosalind Friedman  

The December holidays are theater-going season for many, especially in WMNR's listening area with its proximity to New York City.  Rosalind Friedman has been WMNR's theater critic since 1979 and is an Executive Board/Nominating Committee member of the New York-based Outer Critics Circle, a member of the International American Theatre Critics Association and a founding member of the Connecticut Critics Circle.  As you make your plans, click here for Rosalind's current reviews and check back over the next few weeks for reviews of "Cinderella," "700 Sundays," "Shakespeare's Macbeth," "Waiting for Godot" and more.



WMNR's Internet Video

To celebrate our 30th Anniversary there is a WMNR Fine Arts Radio internet video featuring 27 broadcasters and staff. It is a loving tribute that gives you an inside look at the people who make up the station. Produced by WMNR’s own H. William Stine, with Associate Producer Megan Stine. To view the video click the photo.




To read WMNR's Theatre Reviews with Rosalind Friedman  click here


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