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Classical Marathon 2002 - December 8-15


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Marathon Schedule
Sun, December 8th

Mon, December 9th
Tue, December 10th
Wed, December 11th
Thu, December 12th
Fri, December 13th
Sat, December 14th
Sun, December 15th

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Introduction

Welcome to the 2002 Classical Music Marathon, our annual celebration of great music and great listeners! We hope you enjoy the music and pledge your generous support to keep it coming to you throughout the year. Each of our weekday morning shows will focus a different European country. This year also we pay tribute to one of our most dedicated volunteers, Ann Shaffer, who has been bringing you the Sunday Opera Matinee and A Time for Singing for 20 years. Congratulations and thanks to Ann for 20 years of great vocal music, and thanks to you, our listeners, for your pledges of support. Thanks also to Winston Barham for organizing the program schedule and to Patricia Price for behind-the-scenes assistance.

Tim Snider
Classical Director


Marathon Schedule


Sunday, December 8th

Sunday, Dec. 8

6:00 AM

Classical Sunrise: Bach and Friends

Deborah Murray and Tom Bninski

An homage to Johann Sebastian Bach, the greatest genius in Western music who still bestrides the narrow world like a colossus. Deborah and tom start the marathon with a triumph during which Bach's predecessors, contemporaries, and immediate successors also bear the palm.


Sunday, Dec. 8

10:00 AM

In the Spirit: African-American Spirituals

Shawn Felton

Join Shawn for this annual celebration of the Spiritual. This special edition of "In the Spirit" features magnificent interpretations of a truly timeless genre by soloists, choirs, and instrumentalists. Featured will be classical legends Leontyne Price, Marian Anderson, Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle, Florence Quivar, and Barbara Hendricks; younger stars like Robert McFerrin, Pamela Dillard, Robert Honeysucker, and Wendell Whalum; as well as old and new recordings by wonders like Robert Heard, Wilhelmenia Fernandez, Oral Moses, Martina Arroyo, Jeanette Thompson, and the Moses Hogan Chorale. Be sure to tune in and hear the Spirit.


Sunday, Dec. 8

Noon

Opera: Siegfried

Ann Shaffer

Richard Wagner's mighty Ring takes center stage on the Sunday Opera Matinee. At a special time during the Marathon - at noon on December 8 and 15 - Siegfried and Die Gotterdammerung complete the cycle.


Sunday, Dec. 8

6:00 PM

King of Instruments

Michael Latsko

The King of Instruments performs a special 2-hour Marathon edition of great organ music, with emphasis on music for the stage (operas and musicals) transcribed for the monarch of music.


Sunday, Dec. 8

8:00 PM

Just a Few Friends

Winston Barham

You've enjoyed the intimate musical offerings presented by Winston and friends all year long. So be sure to tune in for a special three-hour Marathon edition of Just a Few Friends for some of the finest selections of chamber music. Pledge your support to this unique offering in central Virginia.


Sunday, Dec. 8

11:00 PM

Gyorgy Ligeti

Brian Malone




Monday, December 9th

Monday, Dec. 9

6:00 AM

Mosaics: England

Ethelbert Nevin

It's that time of year again. And how exciting it is! WTJU's Ethelbert Nevin invites you to take part in this special four-hour edition of Mosaics celebrating the rich, diverse, distinctive blend of classical music that is uniquely English (Irish too!). This program of pomp, circumstance, lush lyricism, majestic beauty, and pastoral landscapes includes the music of Purcell, Vaughan Williams, Moeran, Bax, Elgar, Finzi, Stanford, Bliss, Bridge, Britten, Walton, Ireland, and extended family members like Grainger.


Monday, Dec. 9

9:59 AM

Watershed Radio


Monday, Dec. 9

10:00 AM

Setting the Stage

Tim Snider

Orchestral settings for the opera. Before the diva sings, the mood is set by the orchestra in these interludes, introductions, and preludes.


Monday, Dec. 9

Noon

Natural History Note

Bess


Monday, Dec. 9

12:05 PM

Lamentations and Exultations

The Contessa

Vocal music has always been the obvious choice for expression of human despair and joy, but instrumental music, pure and wordless, can capture those same feelings remarkably well. This show presents examples of abject misery and uncontainable happiness in music drawn from over three hundred years of repertoire.




Monday, Dec. 9

2:00 PM

The Lost Generation: American Pianists of Mid-Century

Jay Kardan

Kappel, Katchen, Fleisher, Cliburn, Graffman...What happened to the first great generation of U.S.-born pianists? Learn their stories and listen to their dazzling artistry with host Jay Kardan.

Monday, Dec. 9

4:00 PM

BBC Newshour


Monday, Dec. 9

5:00 PM

Early Music: Orlando di Lasso and Flemish Friends

Jenny Wyss-Jones and Sandy Snyder

Orlando di Lasso dominated the European musical scene during the 16th century. Born in the Flemish region of France, he mastered the art of Italian composition, served the Bavarian court for 30 years, and was known throughout Europe as the "divine Orlando." Madrigals, chansons and sacred music of Lasso and his Flemish contemporaries like Rore, Arcadelt and Wert will showcase the wonderful creativity of this period.


Monday, Dec. 9

7:00 PM

Five-Star Edition: Bach's Brandenburg Concerti

The Contessa

These joyous concerti offer limitless performance possibilities. Once again, the Contessa selects from a multitude of interpretations for this program of all six Brandenburgs.


Monday, Dec. 9

10:00 PM

By Appointment to the Crown

Tom Bninski and Deborah Murray

Whether royal, princely or noble, the courts of Europe commissioned extraordinary music for divers occasions - commemorative, festive, elegiac, and much, much more.


Tuesday, December 10th

Tuesday, Dec. 10

6:00 AM

Impressionata: Germany and Austria

Elizabeth Benzinger

Mark your Marathon calendar for an expanded edition of your favorite Tuesday morning show, Impressionata, featuring music old and new from Germany and Austria. After all, didn't Germans and Austrians invent classical music? (If you don't believe that, just try to list the 8 or 10 composers who are the first to come to your mind. Chances are very good that far more than half of them are German or Austrian.) And if the show does what it should do, there will also be a name or two that don't come to your mind right off.


Tuesday, Dec. 10

9:59 AM

Watershed Radio


Tuesday, Dec. 10

10:00 AM

The Strauss Family

Brian Malone




Tuesday, Dec. 10

Noon

MacDowell's Piano

Ethelbert Nevin

Nineteenth-century American composer Edward MacDowell was a gifted pianist. His writing for the instrument melds together his rich heritage as an Irish Quaker, his training in the European Classical tradition, and his search and further development of the American classical sound.


Tuesday, Dec. 10

2:00 PM

American Music

Ralph Graves

Copland didn't write in a vacuum! Join the Radio Star for a quick survey of the other great American composers, such as Walter Piston, Howard Hanson and Virgil Thomson.


Tuesday, Dec. 10

4:00 PM

BBC Newshour


Tuesday, Dec. 10

5:00 PM

Eventide: For Openers

Andrew Pratt

Begin your evening with a delectable antipasto of preludes and overtures from the Romantic repertoire. In fact, these appetizers will have you begging for more! Join host Andrew Pratt for a taste of Debussy, Mendelssohn, Rossini, and many others.


Tuesday, Dec. 10

7:00 PM

La Voce Latina

Tim Snider and Ann Shaffer

The Spanish-speaking lands have produced some of the greatest singers of opera and song. Hear many of them-from de los Angeles to Domingo--from their finest performances in this Marathon edition of A Time For Singing, commemorating Ann Shaffer's 20 years with WTJU.


Tuesday, Dec. 10

10:00 PM

As You Like It

Derek Furr

Year round, WTJU brings classical music as you like it. During the classical marathon, host Derek Furr will take your requests, and your pledges of support, on As You Like It. From 10 till 1, request your favorite classical music - ancient to modern, you make

the call - and pledge your support to Central Virginia's source for the finest in classical music.


Wednesday, December 11th

Wednesday, Dec. 11

6:00 AM

Gamut: Spain

Ralph Graves

Spanish musical influences stretch as far as its once-global empire. Granados, Chavez, Barrios, Ginastera and Albeniz all share a common musical tongue. Salsa with your Sanka? Wake up with the Radio Star!


Wednesday, Dec. 11

9:59 AM

Watershed Radio


Wednesday, Dec. 11

10:00 AM

Countertenors

Francesca da Rimini




Wednesday, Dec. 11

Noon

From the Choir Loft

Catherine Wray

Classical composers were inspired to write devotional vocal works on many religious themes, not just the Mass."From The Choir Loft" will present works specially written in praise or sorrow on religious or spiritual ideas.From Copland's "In The Beginning" to "Take Him, Earth, For Cherishing," written in 1963 by Herbert Howells for the memorial service of John F. Kennedy, host Catherine Wray will guide you through 2 hours of glorious music for choir, soloists, and accompaniment.


Wednesday, Dec. 11

2:00 PM

Two English Williams: Music of Byrd & Boyce

Bob Taibbi

Byrd and Boyce -- living a hundred years apart, they represent a musical transition, the end of the Renaissance, the beginnings of the Baroque. The shift from the spiritual to the worldly, the art of the mass to the start of the symphony.

Wednesday, Dec. 11

4:00 PM

BBC Newshour


Wednesday, Dec. 11

5:00 PM

Portrait of the Artist: Ormandy in Philadelphia

Jay Kardan

For four decades,Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra stood for the finest performances of the Romantic symphonic repertoire. Hear why their reputation is enjoying a resurgence after undeserved eclipse during the '80s and '90s. Ex-Philadelphian Jay Kardan will make a special appeal for pledges from other Quaker City expatriates.


Wednesday, Dec. 11

7:00 PM

Wet Ink: Schoenberg & Adams

Brian Malone




Wednesday, Dec. 11

10:00 PM

Simply Cello, Part I

Elizabeth Benzinger

Are you really turned on by that sonorous silken alto sound of Yo-Yo Ma playing cello? Tune in for Simply Cello for the finest in cello music: solos, ensembles, concertos, all played by past and present masters of the cello - from Casals to Yo-Yo and many in between. Simply Cello begins Wednesday night and continued Thursday afternoon with a special studio guest.


Thursday, December 12th

Thursday, Dec. 12

6:00 AM

Sleepers, Awake! - France

John Mitchell

John will play the music of three rebels - Ravel, Debussy, and that towering Romantic, Berlioz. Celebrate Classical Marathon 2002 on Sleepers, Awake! - and join John Mitchell in saying, "Vive la France!"


Thursday, Dec. 12

9:59 AM

Watershed Radio


Thursday, Dec. 12,

10:00 AM

Mahler's Shorter Works

Brian Malone




Thursday, Dec. 12

Noon

Early Women's Music

Sandy Snyder

From 11th Century Hildegarde von Bingen to "The Jane Pickering Lute Book of 1616", enjoy 6 centuries of music written by or for women.


Thursday, Dec. 12

2:00 PM

Simply Cello, Part II - Live

Elizabeth Benzinger

In addition to recordings of masterworks of the cello repertoire, you will hear a live performance by the most recent newcomer to the Charlottesvillle music scene: cellist Tanja Anisimova. She and pianist Arnold Popkin brought down the house recently with their concert at the Municipal Arts Center. Tanya will be playing her cello transcription of a Bach sonata for solo violin. She will also tell a bit about her musical odyssey to our area from her native Chechnya and will give some insight into the process of transcribing violin music for the cello.


Thursday, Dec. 12

4:00 PM

BBC Newshour


Thursday, Dec. 12

5:00 PM

Great Amens

Colin Bird




Thursday, Dec. 12

7:00 PM

Tanti Azzurri: I Compositori Italiani

Deborah Murray and Tom Bninski

"Tanti Azzurri" brings you the extraordinary musical richesof Italy. We'll start in the Renaissance and finish with contemporary composers. You'll have it all,including solo, operatic, chamber, and orchestral works.


Thursday, Dec. 12

10:00 PM

Miniatures and More: Music for Strings

Ethelbert Nevin

Exquisite, beautiful, and tempestuous music (in small form) for strings. Three hours that promise to be worth your staying up late. As the evening rolls on, delight in this canvas of lush musical sounds.


Friday, December 13th

Friday, Dec. 13

6:00 AM

Concordanza: Italy

Francesca da Rimini and Ralph Graves

Together again for the first time! The Contessa and the Radio Star present the music of Italy, where every work contains a beautiful melody - even instrumental works. Be prepared for four hours of stirring music and heartfelt fundraising!


Friday, Dec. 13

9:59 AM

Watershed Radio


Friday, Dec. 13

10:00 AM

Neoclassical Stravinsky

Colin Bird




Friday, Dec. 13

Noon

Archival Piano

The Contessa and Jay Kardan

Call it old wine from old bottles. Before CDs, before stereo, before LPs, 78s and wax cylinders preserved the artistry of keyboard giants. Sommeliers Jay and the Contessa descend into the dankest and most nitre-festooned vaults of the library to decant some early vintages of recorded pianism.


Friday, Dec. 13

2:00 PM

Saucy Entrees

Andrew Pratt

Prepare your palate for a piquant panoply of succulent second courses. They are meaty, certainly - and stringy on occasion - but never dry and tasteless! Your maitre d', Andrew Pratt, presents pieces de resistance from Chopin, Respighi, Prokofiev, and others.


Friday, Dec. 13

4:00 PM

BBC Newshour


Friday, Dec. 13

5:00 PM

American Beauty

Tim Snider and John Mitchell

Artists from around the world play and sing the music of American composers. An all-American spectacular of classical music, from Chadwick to Copland, Foote to Barber, we celebrate American music in all its diversity.


Friday, Dec. 13

7:00 PM

The Glory of Beethoven

Winston Barham

You already know the story of Ludwig van Beethoven's incredible life... so just sit back and enjoy the great master in all his glory! Winston Barham will weave a sampler of all varieties of Beethoven's works, from the salon to the symphony hall - with recordings historic, definitive, brand-new - on instruments from Beethoven's lifetime as well as from his wildest dreams.


Friday, Dec. 13

10:00 PM

It's Your Call

Derek Furr

Year round, WTJU brings classical music as you like it. During the classical marathon, host Derek Furr will take your requests, and your pledges of support, on It's Your Call. From 10 till 1, request your favorite classical music - ancient to modern, you make

the call - and pledge your support to Central Virginia's source for the finest in classical music.


Saturday, December 14th

Saturday, Dec. 14

6:00 AM

All Creatures Great and Small

Catherine Wray

Birds, insects, cats, dogs, fish - composers were inspired to write marvelous music about them. Catherine will pay special tribute to the world of living things on "All Creatures Great and Small." Listen to glorious music about the furred, the finned, the feathered, the flying, and even those with feelers. If you have pets, they'll probably be waking you up early Saturday morning to be fed or walked - after all, they don't know it's the weekend. Or maybe the morning bird songs will wake you up as usual. Join us then, as you enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a Saturday morning, for a special classical music program about the wonderful world of predators, prey, and pets.


Saturday, Dec. 14

2:00 PM

Natural History Note

Bess


Saturday, Dec. 14

10:05 AM

English Anthem

Michael Latsko and The Contessa

As children gath'ring pebbles on the shore

Or if I would delight my private hours

With music or with poem, where so soon

As in our native language can I find

That solace?

- John Milton


Answer: on The English Anthem, a perennial marathon favourite. Choral masterpieces from the English isles -- a perfect accompaniment to your Saturday.


Saturday, Dec. 14

2:00 PM

Anonymous 4

Sandy Snyder

Experience Medieval Chant and Polyphony through the exquisite vocal blend and ensemble virtuosity of the world renowned quartet, Anonymous 4.


Saturday, Dec. 14

4:00 PM

The Show Show: Broadway Divas

Eric Motschenbacher

Curtain Up and Light the Lights! It's the Show Show's Marathon tribute to theDIVAS! From Barbara Streisand to Ethel Merman (and that covers a lot of vocal territory!) Eric will feature the Great Ladies of Broadway singing the works of Rogers and Hammerstein, Jerry Herman, Cole Porter, George Gershwin...well, you get the idea! We are sure to have fun... so to hear all of your favorite tunes and singers, and perhaps a surprise or two -- join Eric for the Show Show's Salute to the Diva's of Broadway!


Saturday, Dec. 14

6:00 PM

Martha Argerich

Ann Porotti

Passionate and virtuostic, piano diva Martha Argerich scorches the romantic repertoire with solo and orchestral performances. From her debut in 1961, she has taken no prisoners from the likes of Ravel, Prokofiev, Liszt and Schumann. Lovely older vinyl performances included.


Saturday, Dec. 14

8:00 PM

A Sweet Nut to Crack: Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker

Andrew Pratt

Bask in your after-dinner glow with a nip of hazelnut honey. Join Andrew Pratt as he inundates the air with the mellifluous outpouring of emotion from Casse-Noisette (The Nutcracker) and other works of the Russian master of melody, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.


Saturday, Dec. 14

10:00 PM

They Can Write, Too! Compositions by 20th-Century Performers

The Contessa

Many conductors (including Furtwangler, Markevitch, Previn, Salonen) and performers (including Milstein and Schnabel) have been driven to create music as well as interpret it. Here are some recorded samples from a surprising large field of compositions.


Sunday, December 15th

Sunday, Dec. 15

6:00 AM

Classical Sunrise: Early Sounds of Christmas

Deborah Murray and Tom Bninski




Sunday, Dec. 15

10:00 AM

Guitar Memories

John Mitchell

Antique lute or modern 12-string, campfire or concert hall, the guitar bespeaks memory, nostalgia, romance.Join John Mitchell for rhythms and melodies that linger.


Sunday, Dec. 15

Noon

Opera: Die Gotterdammerung

Tim Snider

Richard Wagner's mighty Ring takes center stage on the Sunday Opera Matinee.

At a special time during the Marathon - at noon on December 8 and 15 - Siegfried

and Die Gotterdammerung complete the cycle.


Sunday, Dec. 15

6:00 PM

Messiah

The Contessa

The annual fin-de-Marathon broadcast, whereby we offer this great oratorio, complete and (almost) uninterrupted, for your pleasure and possible singalong, and beseech our kind listeners for their final contributions.


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