7 pm TONIGHT on WILL-FM: The Rite of Spring: The 100-Year Shockwave: First-hand recollections of the famous first night.
Wednesday, May 29, is the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring, which caused one of the most sensational scandals in artistic history with its premiere in Paris.
WILL-FM celebrates the work's centennial with a new documentary, The Rite of Spring: The 100-Year Shockwave, on The Evening Concert at 7 pm Wednesday, May 29.
The program features first-hand recollections of the famous first night from Dame Marie Rambert, one of the dancers, and Igor Stravinsky, who was in the audience. It also includes stories surrounding the Berlin premiere in 1923 and the 50th anniversary performance in London, as well as comments on the work's enduring power from major artists of today including dancer Dame Monica Mason and conductors Sir Colin Davis and Valery Gergiev.
With the Chicago Symphony at 7 pm tonight on The Evening Concert
Emanuel Ax is the piano soloist in Chopin’s 2nd Piano Concerto tonight with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ludovic Morlot guest conducts. Also on the program Berlioz’ Overture to ‘Benvenuto Cellini’, Wagner’s Overture to ‘Rienzi’ and Mendelssohn’s 5th Symphony, “Reformation.”
7 pm TONIGHT: In Performance at the White House with James Taylor and more.
Carole King: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize In Performance at the White House is a PBS music special in the East Room of the White House. President and Mrs. Obama will host the concert event in honor of singer-songwriter Carole King’s receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The evening will include performances by King, as well as by Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sandé, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood. President Obama will present the Gershwin Prize to King during the event. The sixty-minute television special is part of the Emmy Award-nominated PBS “In Performance at the White House” series. The program will premiere Tuesday, May 28 at 8 p.m. on WILL-TV.
“Carole King’s body of work reflects the spirit of the Gershwin Prize with its originality, longevity and diversity of appeal,” said Dr. James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress. “Since the inception of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, PBS has brought this celebration of creativity directly and more broadly to the American people. We’re pleased that the greater public will be able to join in the recognition of this great artist.”
Watch a preview with Emeli Sandé.
A WILL crew tracked and filmed the recovery of a weather balloon that was part of a class science project.
WILL-TV educational outreach director Molly Delaney and TV producer George Hovorka chased and filmed the recovery of a weather balloon this week that was part of a junior high school project.
Science teacher Emily Dawson and her junior high students at Riverview Grade School in Peoria are pushing the boundaries of their classroom to the very edge of the earth’s atmosphere. In an exciting, hands-on learning experience, the students launched their own weather balloon 100,000 feet up to collect weather data, take photos and see their world from an entirely new perspective.
The launch took place Wednesday, May 22, at the Caterpillar Inc. Edwards Demonstration and Learning Center in front of an audience of 300 students from East Peoria, Metamora and Brimfield. Students gathered at 9 a.m. for set-up, assembly and related activities, and the launch took place around 10:50 a.m. Teachers, students and citizens everywhere will be able to witness the morning’s activities, from set-up to loss of visible flight trajectory, through a webcast on the WTVP-Public Media website. Watch a video of the launch.
Molly and George looked for the balloon for more than two hours after it landed. A transmitter that was to have helped them find the balloon didn't work. Finally, Dawson discovered the balloon in a field near Princeton, Ill. Molly and George hurried to the location, and shot video and took photos.
"When we learned the GPS wasn't working on the balloon, we weren't going to give up, and kept looking around the projected impact area," said Molly. "Emily saw it off the side of the road on Route 26, and gave us a call." They recovered the shredded balloon, parachute and data collection box.
The launch is the central focus of a multidiscipline unit on weather, using science, language arts, and literature classes cooperatively to plan, research, analyze and report on the real world application of the information taught within the classroom. It was inspired by an activity on the Illinois PBS LearningMedia site for teachers and students.
The school project was made possible through funding from PNC’s FirstGrant to Riverview Junior High teachers Emily Dawson, JoAnn Lowry-Emery and Luann Kuehn. The FirstGrant program is designed to help classroom teachers throughout central Illinois accomplish creative and innovative projects they would otherwise be unable to fund because of budget limitations, and it is supported by the Ruby K. Worner Trust and the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group.
The helium required to fill the balloon was provided by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and arranged by WILL-TV. The launch site and equipment are courtesy of Caterpillar Inc. Production and broadcast made possible by WTVP-Public Media with support from WILL.
WILL-TV has a new Friday night show featuring highlights from Charlie Rose interviews of the week.
Charlie Rose: The Week, a new 30-minute series featuring some of the best stories and interviews of the week from his nightly PBS show, airs at 7:30 pm Fridays on WILL-TV, replacing the news magazine Need to Know, which ended production.
Beginning in the fall in the same timeslot, Charlie Rose Weekend will focus on the events and conversations shaping the week and the week ahead. The show will feature new interviews about politics, science, business, culture, media and sports as well as highlights from his nightly PBS interview program.
Rose said he’s excited about the project that will build on his Charlie Rose nightly show, and make full use of technology and social media. “We will offer a fresh look at the people shaping our lives and the questions that demand answers and context,” Rose said. “By bringing together top newsmakers each week and engaging the audience in innovative ways, we will invite viewers to start their weekends on Friday with PBS.”
Rose has appeared nightly on PBS nationally since 1993 as host of Charlie Rose, which launched on PBS station Thirteen/WNET in 1991. In 2012, he added to his daily television duties, becoming co-anchor of CBS This Morning. Rose previously worked for CBS News from 1984–1990 as the anchor of CBS News Night Watch, on which Rose regularly conducted one-on-one interviews with high-profile newsmakers, similar to style of his PBS show. Rose first worked with PBS in 1974 as managing editor of the PBS series Bill Moyers’ International Report, and then became executive producer of Bill Moyers Journal in 1975.
7 pm tonight on The Evening Concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony
7 pm Monday on WILL-FM: She's joined by violinist Harvey de Souza on the Santa Fe Music Festival 40th Anniversary Special.
Join us Monday night of Memorial Day for a special program to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Joyce Yang is the featured pianist in Mozart’s E-flat Piano Quartet with violinist Harvey de Souza. Also on the program, Mendelssohn’s “Octet” featuring violinists Jennifer Gilbert, Arnold Steinhardt and Alan Gilbert.
4 pm TODAY: Steel string guitarist Andreas Kapsalis and nylon string classical guitarist Goran Ivanovic have fused their musical roots with modern, classical, world and jazz.
Goran Ivanovic is a native of Croatia. Andreas Kapsalis grew up in Chicago to first-generation Greek parents. They join host Kevin Kelly for live music in the studio. More info about the duo.
10 am TODAY on WILL-AM's Focus
University of Illinois assistant professor Carol Tilley has always felt strongly about the fact that kids need comics. And she’s not the only one. We’ll talk with Tilley about how comics played a huge role in her childhood and why she thinks it’s so upsetting that they are less widely available and more expensive than they once were. Award-winning graphic novelist and nationally syndicated cartoonist Josh Elder also joins us. He’s creating a new series of graphic textbooks for elementary and middle school teachers. We’ll talk with him and Tilley about what sets comics apart and why they’re useful in the classroom.
9 pm Tues., May 14, on WILL-TV: Travel to the Jewish ghettos of Poland to hear the poignant recollections of child survivors. Watch a preview.
Over the course of his 50-year career, filmmaker Marian Marzynski has occasionally turned his cameras on himself and his story of surviving the Holocaust, which claimed the life of his father and millions of other European Jews.
In his latest film, Marzynski returns to Poland and the Jewish ghettos of his childhood. But this time, he is not alone. In Never Forget to Lie, Marzynski chronicles the poignant, painful recollections of other child survivors. The film rescues haunting pieces of the past while exploring the conflicting feelings about national, cultural, and religious identity that mark many survivors.
“The Holocaust story has been told by others; this is our turn,” Marzynski says. “In our old bodies, we are still children.”
In Never Forget to Lie, Marzynski attends an annual Warsaw gathering of Holocaust survivors. He accompanies some of them to the Warsaw ghetto from which he and others escaped through the aid of sympathetic Christian friends. Their childhood memories bear the stain of Nazi oppression: Marzynski recalls playing a wartime version of hide and seek, whereby one Jewish child would shout “Germans!,” and the others would hide until told to come out.
“I remember boots—clean, beautiful, awesome, shiny boots,” a woman recalls of the Nazi soldiers who marched into Poland. “I was afraid of those boots.”
Lilian Boraks-Nemetz, a writer from Vancouver, relives the day her family was marched to the transportation for the death camps. “I am digging my nails into my mother’s flesh. We start marching, and we walk and we walk. I keep crying and asking my mother, ‘Where are we going?’”
At the last moment, Boraks-Nemetz and her mother were saved when they were shoved out of line and behind a gate by her father, who was working as a “Jewish policeman” charged with assisting in the deportations.
“He hated what he was doing, but he did it,” she says, “because to survive in that insane jungle, he told me, you have to become an animal yourself.”
Never Forget to Lie tells of parents who did anything possible to save their children, entrusting them to Christian friends, priests and orphanages. Many of the children were baptized as Catholics in order to provide them with the documents that could mean the difference between life and death. Some survivors recall the challenges of assuming their Jewish identities after the war.
Halina Kramarz fled her hometown with her mother to hide with Christian friends in Krakow during the war; her father died on an overcrowded train bound for a death camp. Yet she recalls being shocked after the war when her mother confessed that they were Jewish.
“I said, ‘I can’t be Jewish! I have nothing personally against the Jews, but I don’t want to be one!’”
Marzynski—who relished his role as an altar boy while hiding with a Catholic priest—also admits that his religious faith dissolved because of his wartime experiences.
“My mother used to say that during the Holocaust, God was taking a long nap—and I agreed,” he says. “So I call my religion ‘survival.’”
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