Sunday Matinee
12:00 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Sunday Matinee 3/1

Wagner on the West Indian Steel drums, Vivaldi on computer, Chopin on the flute – is nothing sacred in music? Apparently not, and you can hear some equally strange musical mixes with David Bouchier this Sunday in an entertaining program about rearrangements, transpositions, variations, and just plain rip-offs.

Sunday Baroque
12:00 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Sunday Baroque 3/1

Boston Early Music Festival is well known for its interesting and innovative programming. In the 2011 season, artistic directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs featured the French opera The Descent of Orpheus into the Inferno, and released a recording of it in 2014. Their imaginative work paid off because the CD just won a Grammy award for Best Opera Recording, and you’ll have a chance to hear some of it this week on Sunday Baroque.

Government
1:47 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

NY Assembly Speaker Heastie Makes Dream Act Top Priority

A woman holds a sign during a New York Dream Act news conference at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. on February 2014.
Credit (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Newly elected Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie made clear one of his top priorities in his first news conference, where he called for passage of the Dream Act, which would offer college aid to children of undocumented immigrants.

Speaker Heastie  says when it comes to helping young New Yorkers with paying for college, there’s a double standard.

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Classical Music Highlights
12:50 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

A NOT-So-Equal Partnership

Johannes Brahms
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In theory, Brahms wrote his first cello sonata to be a balanced conversation between the cello and piano, but the cellist at the first performance was so bad Brahms did all he could to drown him out.  We'll enjoy the sonata tonight with much more equal partners: David Finkel and Wu Han.  

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Classical Music Highlights
1:00 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Neville Marriner: Still Going Strong

Sir Neville Marriner
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   Legendary conductor, Sir Neville Marriner tuns 90 this year, and is showing no signs of slowing down.  Today we'll sample his newest release of Mozart's Violin Concertos with soloist Rachel Barton Pine. 

David Sommerstein, a contributor from North Country Public Radio (NCPR), has covered the St. Lawrence Valley, Thousand Islands, Watertown, Fort Drum and Tug Hill regions since 2000. Sommerstein has reported extensively on agriculture in New York State, Fort Drum’s engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the lives of undocumented Latino immigrants on area dairy farms. He’s won numerous national and regional awards for his reporting from the Associated Press, the Public Radio News Directors Association, and the Radio-Television News Directors Association. He's regularly featured on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Only a Game, and PRI’s The World.

Environment
2:10 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Conn. Struggling To Meet EPA Ozone Standards

Traffic on I-95 in Connecticut
Credit (AP Photo/Bob Child)

As cars and trucks rumble on I-95 near Connecticut’s shoreline, they spew emissions into the air. On hot summer days, those emissions, along with the emissions from power plants and factories, cook in the sun, which turns them into ozone. Ozone is the chief component in smog.

Southern Connecticut’s ozone is some of the worst in the nation, and, while it’s much better than it was back in the 1980’s, it’s been getting worse.

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Classical Music Highlights
12:00 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Opting Out of the Family Business

Antonin Dvorak
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It's possible that Antonin Dvorak would have made a really good butcher if he'd followed his family's traditional profession, but he certainly has a more lasting legacy as a composer.  Tonight we'll enjoy his Seventh Symphony, written when he was the most popular composer in Europe.  

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Classical Music Highlights
1:00 am
Thu February 26, 2015

A Glimpse of Small-Town Life

Keene, New Hampshire

This morning Aaron Copland shows us around the small town of Grovers Corners, New Hampshire, with a suite from his film score for "Our Town."  

Classical Music Highlights
12:15 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Hot Jazz for a Cold Night

Dave Brubeck in 1972

Tonight we're turning our studio into a little jazz club with Nikolai Kapustin's jazz-inspired "Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion," and a version of Dave Brubeck's classic, "Strange Meadowlark."  

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