7 pm Wednesday, July 10. They'll perform Haydn's String Quartet #27 in D.
Also on the program: Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Minor.
At 8 pm, stay tuned for Center Stage from Wolf Trap:
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat, op.31, no. 3. Joyce Yang, piano
James STEPHENSON (b. 1969): Celestial Suite (2012) CSO Brass Quintet
David BIEDENBENDER: (b.1984): Liquid Architecture (2011) Randall Hawes, bass trombone; Katharine Goodson, piano
Mitch MURRAY & Peter CALLANDER: The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde Jamie Van Eyck, mezzo-soprano; David Portillo, tenor; Kim Pensinger Witman, piano
RACHMANINOFF: Spring Waters (or Streams). Melissa Shippen, soprano; Kim Pensinger Witman, piano
10 am Friday on WILL-AM's Focus: The former U of I athlete recently wrapped up his cross country tour in a wheelchair. We'll talk to him about his trek.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign grad, PADI divemaster and US Paralympian Ryan Chalmers has pushed himself nearly 3,000 miles over the course of the last few months in his racing wheelchair, journeying the length of three to four full length marathons every day. In a campaign he called “Push Across America,” Ryan traveled from Los Angeles, California to Central Park in New York City to raise awareness and money for programs to benefit people with disabilities. To start this hour of Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Chalmers about the trek now that he has finished his journey. Then, we’ll listen back to Jim’s interview with Ryan when he came through Champaign-Urbana in the middle of his push in late May.
4 pm today on Live and Local: Music in the studio with a specialist in late-19th century, classic finger-style banjo.
Host Kevin Kelly tries to bring you a wide variety of mainly acoustic music that represents what’s heard throughout our listening area. On the Wednesday edition, we’ll have two very different performers live in our studio: Clarke Buehling specializes in late-19th-century, classic finger-style banjo. He'll play in Champaign Wednesday night. And Lauryn Peacock writes songs that range from folky pop to raw rock. She'll play in Urbana this weekend.
WILL-TV and WILL-AM: America's birthday celebration with fireworks, Barry Manilow, Scotty McCreery and Candice Glover.
America’s favorite host, two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron (“Dancing With the Stars”) returns to host A Capitol Fourth, starring music legend Barry Manilow, who is back by popular demand following his powerful debut performance on the show in 2009. Broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the biggest and brightest birthday party in the country will also feature performances by Candice Glover, the Season 12 winner of “American Idol”; country music artist Scotty McCreery (winner of “American Idol”); actor and singer Darren Criss (“Glee”); musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho; Broadway and television star Megan Hilty (“Smash”); Broadway’s new hit Motown: The Musical; and five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams conducting music from the Oscar-winning blockbuster Lincoln; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. With 20 cameras positioned around the city, viewers at home are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation. A Capitol Fourth also airs on National Public Radio and to our troops around the world on the American Forces Network.
The longtime public media reporter and producer will join the show when it begins broadcasting from the West coast in September.
Journalist Arun Rath will become the new host of the NPR newsmagazine Weekend All Things Considered beginning in late September, when the Saturday and Sunday edition moves its broadcast to the west coast. Rath has had a distinguished career in public media as a reporter, producer and editor, most recently as a senior reporter for the PBS series Frontline and The World® on WGBH Boston. He has also worked for several NPR and public radio programs.
"Weekend All Things Considered manages to cover the full range of human experience in an hour," says Rath. "It's hard work but the payoff is amazing. I'm especially excited to join the show as it reinvents itself at NPR West. The intense diversity of Los Angeles is invigorating --all the racial, economic, and political diversity smashed together--it's what's best and most exciting about America."
Rath began his journalism career as an NPR intern at Talk of the Nation, eventually joining the staff and becoming the show's director after working on several NPR News programs during the 1990s. In 2000, he became senior producer for NPR's On the Media, produced by WNYC, where he was part of a team that tripled its audience and won a Peabody Award. He spent 2005 as senior editor at the culture and arts show Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC. Rath moved to television in 2005 to report and manage radio partnerships for Frontline; he also reports on culture and music for the PBS series, Sound Tracks. At Frontline and The World®, Rath specialized in national security and military justice. He reported and produced three films for Frontline, the latest being an investigation of alleged war crimes committed by U.S. Marines in Haditha, Iraq.
"Arun has that rare constellation of skills that will make him a first-class host," says Margaret Low Smith, senior vice president of NPR News. "He has editorial depth and range. He is relentlessly curious. Plus he is wonderful on the air. The audience will love spending weekend afternoons with him."
The relocation of Weekend All Things Considered to NPR West in Culver City, Calif., in September will offer the program expanded access to a whole new range of stories and sources drawn from the area's strong entertainment, international trade, science and technology industries. The move also provides NPR with a greater presence in the west, allowing it to respond even more quickly to news from the region. Rath and the staff of Weekend All Things Considered will join a team of journalists and support staff at NPR West, including Morning Edition host Renee Montagne, national correspondents Mandalit Del Barco, Kirk Siegler and Ina Jaffe; and Karen Grigsby-Bates and Shereen Meraji with Code Switch, covering race, culture and ethnicity.
8 pm Tuesday, July 2, on WILL-TV. Mount Rushmore's story is as bizarre and wonderful as the monument itself.
High on a granite cliff in South Dakota’s Black Hills tower the huge carved faces of four American presidents. Together they constitute the world’s largest sculpture. The massive tableau inspires awe and bemusement.
How, and when, was it carved? Who possessed the audacity to create such a gargantuan work? The story of Mount Rushmore’s creation is as bizarre and wonderful as the monument itself. It is the tale of a hyperactive, temperamental artist whose talent and determination propelled the project, even as his ego and obsession threatened to tear it apart. It is the story of hucksterism and hyperbole, of a massive public works project in the midst of an economic depression. And it is the story of dozens of ordinary Americans who suddenly found themselves suspended high on a cliff face with drills and hammers as a sculptor they considered insane, Gutzon Borglum, directed them in the creation of what some would call a monstrosity and others a masterpiece. Michael Murphy narrates.
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7 pm Thursday, July 4, on WILL-FM: American patriotic favorites and classical music “fireworks” with music by Sousa, Copland and more. Hosted by WILL's Vincent Trauth.
American patriot favorites and classical music “fireworks” from the Friends of WILL CD Library, with music by Sousa, Copland, and others for the musical backdrop to your Fourth of July activities. Vincent Trauth hosts. Includes:
John WILLIAMS: Summon the Heroes
COPLAND: Fanfare for the Common Man
TRAD.: Armed Forces Medley
SOUSA: Stars and Stripe Forever; Washington Post (Marches)
TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture
Midday news program at 12 noon Monday-Friday on WILL-AM
On July 1, WILL-AM 580 began airing a midday news program, Here & Now, co-hosted by Champaign-Urbana native Jeremy Hobson, as it became NPR’s replacement for Talk of the Nation, which has ended production.
Hobson, who grew up in Urbana and worked at WILL-AM early in his career, was formerly host of Marketplace Morning Report, heard on many NPR stations, including WILL-AM.
Here & Now, produced at Boston-based public radio station WBUR, has expanded to two hours and added Hobson as a co-host as NPR redirects resources to support news coverage, rather than call-in talk programming, through the middle of the day.
Airing on WILL-AM from 12 to 2 pm Monday-Thursday and 12 to 1 pm on Friday, the program offers numerous opportunities for WILL to add segments of locally produced news and feature content to be incorporated in the mix of stories, said Kimberlie Kranich, director of community content and engagement at Illinois Public Media. WILL-AM’s The Afternoon Magazine has been absorbed into the new program. The type of local content previously included in that show, including agricultural and local news updates, will air in segments of Here & Now, she said. Jason Croft, a longtime technical director and audio producer at WILL Radio, is WILL-AM's local on-air host for Here & Now.
Hobson is working with longtime Here & Now host Robin Young, and with his former WILL-AM colleague Alex Ashlock, who is the producer of Here & Now. Hobson was an intern at NPR’s All Things Considered when he was 17, and since then has gained deep experience as a public radio producer, reporter and host.
Here & Now has been produced by WBUR since 1997, and became a national program in 2001. The show airs on more than 180 stations, including eight top-25 market news stations. The expanded edition of the program, produced in collaboration with NPR, has a dedicated producer at NPR headquarters to help get NPR bloggers, reporters, and editors onto the program.
WILL-AM continues to air Focus from 10-11 am, Fresh Air from 11 am-noon, and the Closing Market Report at 2 pm. Science Friday with Ira Flatow continues to air at 1 pm on Fridays.
7 pm Thursday, June 27: Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Lang Lang. Music director Gustavo Dudamel leads the group in the Philharmonic’s season finale. Also on the program: Nielsen’s 4th Symphony, "The Inextinguishable."
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