Classical Music Highlight: Sunday Baroque

Jul 3, 2015

For your Independence Day holiday weekend, while you get ready to grill out and celebrate with family and friends, you can listen to Baroque music played by American performers and ensembles including groups based in Baltimore, Seattle, Houston, and Pittsburgh. We’re celebrating some exciting American musical groups on Sunday Baroque this holiday week.

Join us for some musical fireworks on the eve of Independence Day, with a thrilling performance of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, complete with live cannon fire and all the bells of St. Petersburg. Russia.  

We'll be starting our Independence Day celebration a little bit early today, with lots of patriotic music from Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, Dudley Buck, and many others.  

Bob Child / AP Photo

For gamblers skilled at counting cards, it can be especially risky to play at America's tribal casinos: Those who have gotten caught tell stories of seized winnings, wrongful detentions, or worse.

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In New Haven, Connecticut, Yale University students are asking the administration to change the name of one of the school’s 12 residential colleges.

Calhoun College is named after John C. Calhoun, the seventh Vice President of the United States and a U.S. Senator. Calhoun graduated from Yale in 1804 before he eventually went on to public office, where he defended the institution of slavery as a “positive good.”

When Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders announced a new rebate check for property taxpayers, they touted it as a significant “real” benefit to average homeowners. But fiscal watchdog groups say the program is severely flawed, and the money could be better used on something else. 

We're off to the land of Hans Christian Andersen tonight, with a Danish folk song arranged by Percy Grainger, and a contemporary piece written for Danish recorder virtuoso Michala Petri.   

Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero's new release includes music she wrote in protest against the harsh regime of her homeland.  We'll hear her "Ex Patria" this morning.  

The Hartford police department has responded to a video circulating on Facebook that appears to show police repeatedly hitting someone with a baton. The video has been viewed over 100,000 times since it was posted Monday morning. Police say the video of shows only a small part of the confrontation, which happened on Sunday.

Mechanical problems have left a 111-year-old Connecticut bridge stuck in the open position, delaying Metro-North trains to and from New York City.

The Devon Movable Bridge between Stratford and Milford carries trains on the New Haven line, Waterbury branch, Amtrak and Shore Line East over the Housatonic River. It has two drawbridge spans that open vertically to allow marine traffic to pass.