Chloe (Nell Tiger Free) sees Mr. Stink (Hugh Bonneville) every day, but she’s never spoken to him, which isn’t surprising, because he’s a tramp — and he stinks. But before she knows it, Chloe has an unusual friend hiding in her garden shed when it seems Mr. Stink and his stinky dog, Duchess, might be driven out of town. As Chloe struggles to make sure no one sniffs out Mr. Stink, she also has to cope with an overbearing mum who is more interested in her own political ambitions than her daughter, her put-upon dad who has a secret of his own, her “perfect” younger sister, Annabelle, and the nasty girls who make her life miserable at school. There is also one other person with an extraordinary secret, as it turns out that there is more to Mr. Stink than meets the eye ... or nose. This special family comedy with a nose-clenching twist is based on David Walliams’ best-selling book.
Members of Cantus, one of the premiere men's vocal ensembles, talk with Minnesota Public Radio host Alison Young about the holiday, music and food. This year's special presentation will focus on the importance of heritage, including works from the Sacred Harp, Lakota Wiyanki by Herrington/Woodside and will feature the premiere of Psalm of the Soil, by Sarah Kirkland Snider.
Simple gifts - Shaker Tune, Arr. Stephen Caracciolo
We Gather Together - Hymn Tune Arr. Humble
Ain't Got Time To Die - Hall Johnson, arr. Philip Duey
Psalm of the Soil - Sarah Kirkland Snider
A Thankful Heart - Sacred Harp
Holy Manna - Sacred Harp
Turkey in the Straw - Trad, arr. Dwight Bigler
Fiddle Tune - Arr. Chris Foss
Hard Times Come Again No More - Stephen Foster, Arr. Donald Moore
Lakota Wiyanki - Judith Herrington and Gail Woodside
My Journey Yours - Elise Witt, Arr by Michael Holmes
Northwest Passage - Stan Rogers, Arr. Ian Loeppky
In Flanders Fields - Christine Donkin
Chancellor Wise, who oversees the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus, has been pushing for “future excellence” through her “Visioning Future Excellence” initiative. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Chancellor Wise about her goals for the university’s future.
We’ll also talk with Wise about the university’s growing presence in China, the growing reliance on private support, including philanthropy from individuals and foundations, and about the increasing emphasis on diversity as a mission of the university.
The composer conducts. Also on the program: Sibelius’ Pohjola’s Daughter and Excerpts from Wagner’s Twilight of the Gods.
Welcome Christmas Latin-style with the music of legendary jazz musician Dave Brubeck and his charming Christmas cantata La Fiesta de la Posada. Brubeck, who grew up on a cattle ranch in California, fell in love with the sounds of Mexican folk music that surrounded him. Blending Latin rhythms with American jazz, Brubeck created a stunning Christmas cantata celebrating Las Posadas, the Latin festival recounting the journey of Mary and Joseph to the stable. We’ll recreate the piece with Brubeck’s original instrumentation, featuring pianist Dan Chouinard and local mariachi band Mariachi Mi Tierra. Beloved carols will complete the program in settings by renowned American composers including “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “We Three Kings,” and “Angels We Have Heard on High.” Join VocalEssence for a performance that will warm your heart and get you in the Christmas spirit!
“Ethnic music reflects those qualities I most admire in people ... dignity in moments of tragedy, high spirits in moments of joy, a deep respect for the shared values of one’s group. It is this sense of sharing in an event which I have tried to capture in the simple retelling of the Christmas story.” — Dave Brubeck
One hundred fifty years ago on Tuesday, President Lincoln delivered one of the best known speeches in American history. Host Jim Meadows talks with Bruce Levine about the significance of the Gettysburg address and the Battle of Gettysburg. Levine says that while the Battle of Gettysburg is one of the most important battles of the war, the Gettysburg Address is not the most important speech Lincoln gave during that time period. We’ll talk about why that speech became so famous and what that says about American history.
When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963, Richard Stolley was Los Angeles bureau chief for Life Magazine. He got a call soon after the news of the assassination broke that someone named Zapruder had caught the whole thing on film.
Stolley immediately started thumbing through the phone book looking for a way to contact him, and Life eventually obtained the footage for a price tag of more than $100,000. Years following the Kennedy assassination, Zapruder’s business partner has said the money wasn’t the only reason Zapruder gave up the film to Life. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Stolley about his Illinois roots, in part, helped him obtain that film. Meadows also talks with Stolley about the continuing significance of the Kennedy assassination and why the man and the moment still matter 50 years later.