GREAT PERFORMANCES partnered with San Francisco Opera, one of the nation’s leading opera companies, to record Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s adaptation of the classic Herman Melville novel Moby Dick. Filmed fresh from his headline-making appearance as a last-minute replacement in the title role of Siegfried in the Met Opera’s epic Ring Cycle, Jay Hunter Morris starred as the obsessive Captain Ahab, delivering a bravura performance.
We’ll present A Classical All-Hallows Eve. Join host Vincent Trauth for the most funereal, dark, lugubrious, and perhaps even ‘scary’ classical music around. On the program…Liszt’s Totentanz, Rachmaninoff’s Isle of the Dead, Chopin’s Funeral March and others.
Time keeps on ticking, ticking … and as it does, evolution operates to produce remarkable changes in species. Wings may appear, tails disappear. Sea creatures drag themselves onto the shore and become landlubbers. But it’s not easy to grasp the expansive time scales involved in these transformative feats.
Travel through millennia, back through mega and giga years, for a sense of what can occur over deep time, from the Cambrian Explosion to the age of the dinosaurs to the rise of Homo sapiens.
Lorna O’Brien – Evolutionary biologist, University of Toronto
Ivan Schwab – Professor of ophthalmology, University of California, Davis. His blog
Don Henderson – Curator of dinosaurs, Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, Canada
Gregory Cochran – Physicist, anthropologist, University of Utah
Todd Schlenke – Biologist, Emory University
On Sunday, Oct. 30, 1938, the night before Halloween, millions of Americans gathered around their radios and heard a news bulletin about strange explosions on Mars, followed by other reports that led them to believe an alien invasion was in progress. Relive the thrill of Orson Welles’ infamous radio dramatization of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, 75 years after it set off one of the biggest mass hysteria events in U.S. history. The film examines the elements that made America ripe for the hoax: America’s longtime fascination with life on Mars; the emergence of radio as a powerful new medium; the shocking Hindenburg explosion of 1937; and Welles himself, the 23-year-old wunderkind director of the drama and mischief-maker supreme.
The program will be repeated at 9 pm Thursday, Oct. 31.
It’s George’s first Halloween in the country, and Bill tells him and Allie about the “Legend of No Noggin” – a spooky tale about a hat-kicking scarecrow who haunts the countryside on Halloween. But is the legend real? George and Allie are determined to find out by taking a picture of No Noggin in hat-kicking action. But first, George needs to figure out what he’s going to be for Halloween so he can win the costume contest at the town Boo Festival and give the prize to the Man with the Yellow Hat. Will George be able to put together the perfect costume and find out the truth about No Noggin? Only the curious will find out!
Online, a new Halloween-themed CURIOUS GEORGE game will launch in late October on pbskids.org/curiousgeorge. In the game, players will use problem-solving and logical thinking skills as they explore a pumpkin patch with George, encountering playful spooky surprises along the way. Developed in HTML5, the game will be playable across platforms – on computers, mobile devices or tablets.
When harpsichordist and music director Jeannette Sorrell founded Apollo’s Fire in 1992, she envisioned an ensemble dedicated to the Baroque ideal that music should evoke various passions in listeners: “Music is a form of communication—a language that resonates with people in an emotional and spiritual way, touching people in a way that words cannot. Apollo’s Fire is a collection of artists who believe passionately that our job is to communicate—to take the listeners with us on an emotional journey. If, at the end of two hours, the audience is moved to tears, or joy, or laughter, or prayer, then we have done a good night’s work.”
Using period instruments—instruments from, or newly constructed in the style of, the time period in which the music was composed—Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire meld historically informed playing with honest emotional and physical expression, creating imaginative, vibrant, life-affirming musical experiences. Bach’s glorious Brandenburg concertos—one of which is included on the “Golden Record” sent into the solar system aboard theVoyager spacecrafts—present intriguing combinations of instruments (strings, trumpet, recorder, oboe, flute, harpsichord) and offer an ideal vehicle for the irrepressible Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire.
The orchestra play at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at 7 pm Wednesday, Oct 30. Get more information.
The over-the-air signals for WILL-TV and WILL-FM will be interrupted from midnight to 6 am on Oct. 24-26 for repairs to our broadcast tower. During this time, the TV and FM signals will be periodically turned on and off. Comcast and DIRECTV signals will not be affected.
Our AM broadcast signal, streaming service and Web site will not be affected by the tower work. If you have, any concerns or comments contact WILL at 217-333-7300 during business hours.
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Kirill Petrenko guest conducts. Also on the program, Shostakovich’s 1st Symphony and Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Symphony.