Vasily Petrenko guest conducts. Also on the program Shostakovich's Festive Overture, Tchaikovsky's Meditation and Elgar's 1st Symphony.
Also on the program Richard Strauss' tone poem Don Juan and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 in C Major.
Semyon Bychkov, conductor
R. STRAUSS: Don Juan, Op. 20
*R. STRAUSS: Burleske in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra
SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61
[SFS Encore: SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 70 (Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor)]
Brad Lang serves as a member of the Commemorative Air Force’s Red Tail Squadron and volunteers his time flying a restored Mustang fighter plane around the country. That plane, which was flown by the Tuskegee airmen in WWII, will be in Rantoul at the Chanute Air Museum this weekend. Lang’s dad, Donald, enlisted in the Air Force in 1945 and served with the Tuskegee Airmen.
We’ll talk with Brad about the history of the Tuskegee airmen and about the group’s connections to east central Illinois. He’ll tell us more about his dad, Donald, and how he talked about being a part of the Tuskegee legacy.
Doug Rozendaal also joins us during this hour on Focus. He’s been involved with the CAF Red Tail Squadron since its inception, and has overseen two restorations of the Mustang plane. Tragically, the second restoration was inspired by the Tuskegee airmen’s story in more ways than one. We’ll talk with both pilots about flying a vintage plane and about why they volunteer so much of their time to keep the memory and story of the Tuskegee airmen alive.
Childhood sweethearts Alan (Derek Jacobi) and Celia (Anne Reid), both widowed and in their 70s, fall for each other all over again when they are reunited after nearly 60 years. The celebratory tale of the power of love at any age is also a story about family — a family with baggage. Alan and Celia’s daughters, whose dysfunctional lives bring drama at every turn, would never dream of getting in the way of their parents’ happiness. But somehow they just can’t help themselves.
The critically acclaimed British drama LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX premieres Sunday, Sept. 8, at 7 pm on WILL-TV.
LAST TANGO is an uplifting comedy/drama about romance and second chances. Full of zesty humor, authentic characters and glorious dialogue, it’s about timeless love in a very modern setting.
Written by Sally Wainwright (“Scott and Bailey,” “Unforgiven,” “At Home with the Braithwaites”) and directed by Euros Lynn (“Black Mirror,” “Sherlock”) and Sam Donovan (“Skins,” “Secret Diary of a Call Girl”), LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX completed its first season in the UK in 2012. The premiere ranked within BBC One’s top ten highest-rated drama series in 2012, attracting 7.3 million viewers. A second series has been commissioned in the UK.
Full episodes of LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX will be available for viewing on the PBS Video Portal for a limited time after each national broadcast.
Ellnora: The Guitar Festival officially opens Thursday night at the Krannert Center in Urbana, with guitarists of all genres. On the Thursday edition of Live and Local, we’ll hear three of those players live in our studio: classical guitarist Jason Vieaux; Andreas Aase, who specializes in traditional music of his native Norway; and South African Derek Gripper, whose latest recording translates traditional music of Mali to the Western guitar.
Congress continues to debate whether or not the U.S. should get involved in Syria, even though President Obama can order a missile strike without Congress’ approval. We’ll talk about the debate and who really has the power to order military action. Ryan Hendrickson, professor of political science at Eastern Illinois University joins us. We’ll also talk with him about our local U.S. Representatives and Senators and how their voices play a role in the discussion.
We’ll also talk with Fred Lawson, who teaches international relations and government at Mills College in California, about who is actually fighting in Syria and what the consequences of a missile strike would be. Lawson also spent time on a Fullbright Fellowship in Syria and will talk with us about who the people are who are being affected by all the fighting.
PBS NewsHour Weekend will feature a summary of the day’s national and international news, using renowned experts to provide in-depth analysis. Each weekend broadcast will contain original, in-depth field reporting on topics including education, healthcare, the economy, energy, science and technology, religion, finance and the arts. Hari Sreenivasan anchors.
As appropriate, the PBS NewsHour Weekend team will work with local stations to produce stories of national interest for the broadcast.
“I am delighted about the expansion of the NewsHour to the weekend,” said Jim Lehrer, executive editor, and founding former news anchor for PBS NewsHour. “I welcome this latest expansion of our brand of trusted and balanced journalism. Plus, it is equally wonderful to rekindle our relationship with WNET, where Robert MacNeil and I started nearly 40 years ago.”
Sreenivasan has been with PBS NewsHour since 2009, currently serving as both a correspondent and as director of digital partnerships. Sreenivasan makes regular news updates throughout the day on the NewsHour's website, in addition to appearing nightly on the program. Prior to working at PBS NewsHour, he worked for CBS News, reporting regularly on the “CBS Evening News,” “The Early Show” and “CBS Sunday Morning.” Before that, he served as an anchor and correspondent for ABC News, working extensively on the network’s 24-hour digital service “ABC News Now.” Sreenivasan also reported for “World News Tonight,” “Nightline” and anchored the overnight program “World News Now.”
Steve Roslonek, who is PBS KIDS host Mr. Steve, blends participatory songs with clever stories to hold kids in rapt attention and create a fun experience at his concerts and shows. Kids know the recording artist from the songs he performs between children’s programs on PBS.
Families have two opportunities to see Mr. Steve in October. He’s coming to Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium for SteveSongs concert performances at 5 pm and 7 pm Friday, Oct. 11. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children. To buy tickets, visit http://www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium/onstage/SteveSongs.htm or call 217-206-6160.
Then from 2-4:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 12, Mr. Steve will join us at Illinois Public Media’s Campbell Hall, 300 N. Goodwin Ave., in Urbana, for three brief performances at 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15 pm as part of a FREE PBS KIDS Open House. No reservations are needed, but performance seating is limited. Call 800-898-1065 during business hours to find out how you can reserve seats. Parking will be available in University of Illinois lot B-22 on Clark Street just east of Goodwin Avenue and across the street from Campbell Hall.
Learning activities at both events
Kids can explore the PNC Mobile Learning Adventure traveling exhibit outside Sangamon Auditorium from 4-7 pm on Friday, Oct. 11. The exhibit is free and open to the public. It will also be outside Campbell Hall during the open house on Saturday, Oct. 12. The exhibit has touch screen kiosks with interactive learning activities, a staffed craft area, a giveaway table with activity books and learning kits, and a What I Want to Be When I Grow Up photo station at which children dress up as different professionals, such as an astronaut, firefighter, ballet dancer, scientist or doctor. Children can then have their picture superimposed on an appropriate background and receive a souvenir photo.
The world's biggest classical music festival wraps with a bang! Join us from London for this event that stops the UK in its tracks as the Brits bring out the noisemakers for this serious and silly don't-miss-it concert. Marin Alsop becomes the first female conductor of the Last Night of the Proms. Joyce DiDonato and Nigel Kennedy join the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Chorus in a concert that runs from Rossini and Handel arias to a mass sing-along. This year's program includes a rare performance of Britten's 1967 overture for chorus and orchestra, The Building of the House; also featured are Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending; a touch of Broadway magic and sea-faring themes with a trans-Atlantic flavour from Bantock and George Lloyd. More familiar homegrown music brings down the curtain in time-honored fashion.