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.

10:01 Spotlight: Shreveport Symphony Orchestra Season Finale

Apr 27, 2012

Music Director Michael Butterman play musical chairs with Kermit Poling and interviews Kermit about this weekends performance which features the Barber Violin Concert with Mr. Poling as soloist. Other works on the concert include the Candide Overture by Bernstein, Hanson's Symphony No. 2, and Peck's The Glory and the Grandeur.

Bill Beckett talks with Al Bohl about his documentary "Tarzan: Lord of the Louisiana Jungle" which will be shown tonight at the Robinson Film Center along with the original 1918 silent film movie "Tarzan of the Apes," starring Elmo Lincoln and featuring the West Edge String Quartet performing a new score for the movie by Kermit Poling. 

Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, April 21 at 11:00 a.m. The 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Wagner’s Siegfried, the third installment in Wagner’s epic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. Jay Hunter Morris stars as the title character, a hero so brave that he literally does not know the meaning of the word “fear.” The celebrated cast of Wagnerians includes Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde; Bryn Terfel as the Wanderer; and Gerhard Siegel as Mime. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the performance, which is part of a complete Ring cycle presented in a new production by Robert Lepage. Siegfried will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. 

Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, April 14 at 12:00 noon. The 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Verdi’s La Traviata. Natalie Dessay sings her first Met performances of the iconic leading role, Violetta Valéry. Matthew Polenzani co-stars as her love, Alfredo, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky is his disapproving father, Giorgio Germont. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the performance in the second of his four consecutive radio broadcasts this season. The opera will be seen in Willy Decker’s striking production, which premiered to critical acclaim at the Met in 2010. La Traviata will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 14.  The performance will also be transmitted worldwide as part of The Met: Live in HD series, which is now seen in more than 1,700 movie theaters in 54 countries.

Bill Beckett talks with Alexandyr Kent, Executive Director of the Robinson Film Center about their BACKLOT Gala at Millennium Studios and their Summer Film Camps for kids ages 9 to 18. Learn more about the camps here.

Cory Weaver / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Sarurday, March 31 at 12:00 noon. The 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore. Juan Diego Flórez stars as the simple villager Nemorino, opposite Diana Damrau as the beautiful Adina; Mariusz Kwiecien is Adina’s swaggering suitor, Belcore; and Alessandro Corbelli is the potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara. Donato Renzetti conducts L’Elisir d’Amore, which will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 31.

Airs Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m.  The U.S. Supreme Court has been hearing arguments in the one of the most important legal and policy cases of our generation. Today the justices will consider the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.  The Supreme Court  will release audio of today's arguments and NPR will offer one-hour wrap specials tonight of the arguments. Jennifer Ludden, NPR correspondent, will host tonight special. We will have edited highlights of the arguments before the justices. Tentative guests include Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg, Health Policy Correspondent Julie Rovner and National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson.

Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, March 24 at 12:00 noon. The 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Verdi’s Macbeth, starring Thomas Hampson in the title role. Gianandrea Noseda conducts his first Met performances of Verdi’s opera, adapted from the Shakespeare tragedy, which also stars German soprano Nadja Michael in her Met debut run as Lady Macbeth.

Pleasant Street

Bill Beckett talks with Philip Maxfield and the men of Pleasant Street Barbershop Quartet about the Harmony On The Red showcase and competition this weekend. On March 23 & 24 voices will be raised here in Shreveport as the Barbershop Harmony Society's "Harmony On The Red" returns. Approximately 400 participants featuring both Barbershop Quartets and Choruses will compete for Top Honors. The competition will take place at Caddo Magnet High School Performing Arts Center. Free Harmony Education classes will be held on Friday, March 23 and 4 p.m. and Saturday, March 24 at 3 p.m.

Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, March 17 at 12:00 noon. The 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, conducted by Kirill Petrenko and featuring an acclaimed Russian, Georgian, and Ukrainian cast. Anatoli Kotscherga makes his network debut as Ivan Khovansky, the leader of a conspiracy against Peter the Great, with Misha Didyk as his son, Andrei.

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