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)]
Host Vincent Trauth programs and hosts two hours of classical music from the Friends of WILL Library, including pieces inspired by the landscape, and, of course, music by Irish composers such as John Field, Charles Villiers Stanford and E.J. Moeran.
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.
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.
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.