7 pm Thursday, March 13, on WILL-FM: He performs with The New York Philharmonic.
Joshua Bell is the violin soloist in Leonard Bernstein’s “Serenade” (after Plato’s ‘Symposium’) with the New York Philharmonic. Music director Alan Gilbert conducts. Also on the program the world premiere of Christopher Rouse’s Prospero’s Rooms.
Alan Gilbert: conductor; *Joshua Bell, violin
ELGAR: "Nimrod" Variation IX from Enigma Variations
Christopher ROUSE (b. 1949): Prospero's Rooms (World Premiere, New York Philharmonic Commission)
*BERNSTEIN: Serenade (after Plato's Symposium)
IVES: Symphony No. 4
[NYP fill: MOZART: Symphony No. 36, Linz (NYP/Sir Colin Davis)]
WILL-AM will re-launch Focus in January 2015 with a new permanent host and a renewed commitment to exploring the stories that directly affect our region and community.
For more than three decades, Focus has been a rich source of information and conversation. As technology and media advance, so do the ways we communicate. Over the next year, the production team will lay the groundwork for an even stronger and more inclusive Focus.
Beginning March 17, Focus will temporarily become a weekly show, airing every Friday, as the production team reimagines the program and continues a search for a permanent host.
“In the coming months, we’ll have the opportunity to talk with our audience and identify the ways we can best serve them across all platforms for the next 30 years,” said Focus producer Lindsey Moon.
Focus will continue to host conversations that connect with listeners’ lives, including telemedicine and access to health services in central Illinois, the science of laughter, talking across ethnic and racial differences and other topics.
“Public radio listeners have told us they want to learn something new in every segment.They want stories that are relevant to them and their community. And they want to hear a diverse range of experiences and opinions. That’s our vision for Focus,” said news and public affairs director Scott Cameron.
Jim Meadows' insight, knowledge and willingness to take on new challenges gave new life to Focus at a turning point for the show. After a year as interim host, Jim will return to his duties as senior reporter in the newsroom.
The NPR program Tell Me More will air Monday-Thursday at 10 am until January 2015, when Focus will return to the daily line-up.
Hosted by Michel Martin, the program’s regular weekly segments include spirited discussions of recent headlines, including the “Barbershop” and the “Beauty Shop.” The regular “Moms” segment is among the most popular, featuring practical advice from every day parents and recognized experts. “Faith Matters” addresses the powerful role of faith and spirituality in everyday life across denominations and faith traditions.
WILL-TV's Create channel is off the air due to an equipment failure. Replacement equipment has been ordered, and we expect to restore programming within 48 hours. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
8:30 pm Tues., March 11, on WILL-TV: The cases Lincoln tried as a lawyer traveling Illinois’ Eighth Judicial Circuit shaped one of our greatest presidents. Watch a preview.
This WILL-TV-produced documentary features historical reenactments and interviews with prominent Lincoln scholars, including Doris Kearns Goodwin, Douglas Wilson, Michael Burlingame and Orville Vernon Burton.
7 pm Wed., March 12, on WILL-TV: Ireland's greatest geographical landmark and longest river.
The Shannon is Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and longest river. It is both a barrier and highway — a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east. On its journey south, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes, where on little-known backwaters, Ireland’s wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else. For a year, wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson lives on the river — camping on its banks, exploring its countless tributaries in a traditional canoe, following the river from dawn to dusk through the four seasons, on a quest to film the natural history of the Shannon as it has never been seen or heard or experienced before.
8 pm Friday, March 14, on WILL-TV: We'll repeat Sunday night's final episode of Season 4 in which troubles plague almost everyone at Downton Abbey, even Rose, who meets the Prince.
In episode 8, Lady Rose meets the Prince of Wales and faces a dilemma. Trouble also plagues Cora’s mother, her brother, Edith and almost everyone else at Downton Abbey.
The much-loved cast of Downton Abbey Season 4 includes Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, Penelope Wilton, and a host of others, with guest stars Shirley MacLaine and Paul Giamatti.
See our special page of Season 4 extras.
8:30 pm Wednesday, March 12, on WILL-TV:Full-length music performances including the Beatles’ American television debut and the Doors’ infamous one-time-only appearance.
From the late 1940s until the early 1970s, millions of viewers of all ages saw great musical acts each Sunday night on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” This installment in the MY MUSIC series presents classic song performances from 1963-1968. From the Beatles’ American television debut to the Doors’ infamous one-time-only appearance to the Rolling Stones, Sly and the Family Stone, the Mamas and the Papas and more, the special focuses exclusively on full-length music performances — no plate spinners or dancing elephants — that evoke the spirit of that decade’s youth movement.
The Beatles kick things off with their million-selling #1 chart debut “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” followed by another John-Paul-George-Ringo smash, “She Loves You.” Other featured British Invasion icons are the Rolling Stones (“[I Can’t Get No] Satisfaction”), Gerry & the Pacemakers (“Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying”), the Animals (“We Gotta Get Out of This Place”), Herman’s Hermits (“Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter”) and Petula Clark with her Grammy-winning evergreen “Downtown.”
More vocal group greats who sing top hits of the decade include the Beach Boys with a pair of their gold records, “I Get Around” and “Good Vibrations,” and Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons with their chart topper from 1962, “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” ED SULLIVAN’S ROCK AND ROLL CLASSICS: THE 60s remembers the Mamas & the Papas, who bridged the generation gap with their soaring harmonies, with their unforgettable anthem “California Dreamin’“ and its follow-up, “Monday, Monday.”
The program includes a joyful batch of “groovy sounds” represented by such beloved ensembles as the Turtles (“Happy Together”), the Young Rascals (“Groovin’,” “Good Lovin’”) and the Supremes (“You Can’t Hurry Love”), all #1 favorites still played on the radio today.
The 60s were also a time of psychedelic sounds, most famously immortalized by Jim Morrison and the Doors with their 1967 masterpiece “Light My Fire.” “Crimson & Clover” by Tommy James is another era-defining hit. Sly & the Family Stone sing their groundbreaking hits “Everyday People” and “Dance to the Music,” bringing racial equality to rock music.
7 pm Saturday, March 15, on WILL-TV: From the creators of Riverdance, a fusion of Irish dance, Latin American salsa and the rhythms of Africa.
This high-octane dance extravaganza blends the thunder and drama of Irish dance with the sultriness and attitude of Latin American salsa and the glorious rhythms of Africa. With a world-class cast of 29 dancers and 10 musicians, the high-energy production employs cutting-edge projection technology to create a dream world of joyous, heart-stopping music and dance. The tantalizing musical tour de force was created by the producers and director of Riverdance, with original music by Golden Globe-nominated composer Brian Byrne and lyrics by award-winning writer Joseph O’Connor.
9 pm Saturday, March 15, on WILL-TV: Celebrate the musical heritage of the Emerald Isle with dazzling performances from the ensemble, along with Irish dancers and bagpipers.
Celebrate the rich musical heritage of the Emerald Isles with Celtic Woman as they offer enchanting re-imagined versions of fan favorites from their treasure chest of Celtic songs. This family-friendly, one-of-a-kind interactive concert showcases the group’s sparkling pure voices, bewitching choreography and fairytale charms along with a group of world-class musicians, an Aontas Choir, bagpipers and championship Irish dancers.
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