Special Programs: Upcoming Community and Cultural Programs

Red River Radio offers a wide variety of programming, from classical, jazz and blues to news, public affairs, entertainment and information programming. We will also present specials for various holidays, cultural events, and documentaries on important issues of the day. Bookmark this page for information about these various specials. This page will be updated weekly. If an item you heard was removed and you'd like more information contact Bill Beckett at wbeckett@lsus.edu


  Here is what is coming up on Red River Radio.

  The following is a list of past specials you may have heard.

Malin Bystrom as Donna Anna and Daniel Behle as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni
(C) ROH 2019 Photographed by Mark Douet / Royal Opera House/Mark Douet

Airs Saturday, September 26, 2020, at 12:00 noon. This week the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series presents the Royal Opera House's performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Don Giovanni – Erwin Schrott
Leporello – Roberto Tagliavini
Donna Anna– Malin Byström
Don Ottavio – Daniel Behle

San Francisco Symphony Onstage
Bill Swerbenski / San Francisco Symphony

Airs Friday, September 25, 2020, at 12 noon. Since its beginning in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony has been known for innovative programs that offer a spectrum of traditional repertory and new music. Today, the Orchestra’s artistic vitality, recordings, and groundbreaking multimedia educational projects carry its impact throughout American musical life. In this concert the orchestra presents pianist Hélène Grimaud in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58. James Gaffigan leads the orchestra in this work as well as Wagner's Good Friday Spell from Parsifal, Mozart's “Paris” symphony, and Barber's Symphony No. 1, Op. 9.

Birthday of the World Part 2: Yom Kippur
Press Image / Western Winds

Airs Thursday, September 24, at 8 p.m. Music and Liturgy for Yom Kippur, (The Day of Atonement) Sung by The Western Wind with Guest Cantors, Narrated by Leonard Nimoy. Leonard Nimoy and The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble explore the rich and profound musical and spiritual traditions of the Jewish High Holy Days. The Birthday of the World presents some of the most inspiring music of the Jewish Liturgy performed by The Western Wind, guest singers and four internationally renowned cantors. Musical selections include Avinu Malkeinu, Kol Nidre, El Maleh Rachamim, traditional chant and composed works by Sulzer, Secunda and Nowakowsky. A narration performed by actor Leonard Nimoy elucidates the important prayers and illuminates the deeper structure of the liturgy.

Airs Thursday, September 24, 2020, at 7 p.m. At one of the most divided times in American history, StoryCorps and NPR Member stations around the country are inviting people to take One Small Step to better understand those with whom they disagree. One Small Step pairs people of differing political views to have conversations with one another out of respect and recognition of their shared humanity. This hour-long radio special from NPR and StoryCorps, 

Larry Josephson
Larry Josephson / Larry Josephson

Airs Wednesday, September 23, at 8 p.m. Host Larry Josephson talks with Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor Emeritus of the Jewish Theological Seminary, about the history, liturgy and customs of the Jewish High Holy Days, and the value of these ancient rituals in the modern age. The Jewish High Holy Days are the most solemn time on the Jewish calendar. The ten-day period between Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) are a period of renewal and reflection. Music appropriate to the High Holy Days is interspersed throughout.

Shofar (by Alphonse Lévy): Caption In Hebrew Reads  "To a good year"
Alphonse Lévy / This work is in the public domain - This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1925.

Airs Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at 2 p.m. Music and teachings from the Jewish mystical tradition on the High Holy Days. Each year, on the evening of the new moon, the beginning of the month of Tishrei in the Jewish lunar calendar, Jewish people around the world begin a period of prayer and self-examination that ends, ten days later, with a twenty-four hour fast. These are the High Holy Days, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and ending with Yom Kippur, the day of atonement.

Birthday of the World Part 1: Rosh Hashanah
Press Image / The Western Wind

Airs Tuesday, September 22, at 9 p.m. Music and Liturgy for Rosh Hashanah, (The Jewish New Year) Sung by The Western Wind with Guest Cantors, Narrated by Leonard Nimoy. In this classic performance, Leonard Nimoy and The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble join forces to explore the rich and profound musical and spiritual traditions of the Jewish High Holy Days. The Birthday of the World presents some of the most inspiring music in the Jewish liturgical tradition, performed by the acclaimed vocal ensemble The Western Wind. Mr. Nimoy's timeless narration focuses on the universal themes of redemption and divine forgiveness. "Sung by The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble with outstanding cantors, this is an ideal High Holy Days service with a splendid narration by Leonard Nimoy, the performance is outstanding for the beauty of its artistry.

Violinist Itzhak Perlman plays during the entertainment portion of the White House State Dinner in honor on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Monday evening, May 7, 2007
Shealah Craighead (United States Federal Government) / This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work prepared by an officer or employee of the United States Government as part of that person’s official duties under the terms of Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105 of the US Code.

Airs Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 2 p.m. For Itzhak Perlman, the Jewish High Holidays – Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – bring a flood of memories, many of them associated with music. In this one-hour special, the superstar violinist shares a wide variety of recordings that have special meaning for him, including several of his own performances. Ranging from classical gems to cantorial singing to raucous klezmer fiddling, the music will spark warm associations and an emotional response for all listeners.

LA SPECIAL SESSION — Louisiana lawmakers  announced  yesterday  they will convene a special legislative session beginning next week.  The session will address the near-bankruptcy of the state unemployment trust fund, work on Hurricane Laura recovery and try to scale back the governor’s emergency powers in the latest battle over Gov. John Bel Edwards’ coronavirus response.  Senate President Page Cortez and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder – both Republicans,  released  the 70-item outline of what will be debated in the 30-day session that begins Monday  Sept. 28th.