WMNR Program Notes
Sunday December 1 at 5:00 pm, WMNR Fine Arts Radio will air "Chanukah in Story and Song." Narrated by Leonard Nimoy (yes, that Leonard Nimoy) and sung by acclaimed vocal sextet The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, the program is a unique holiday offering created especially for public radio audiences. As the month unfolds, WMNR will bring you several more holiday programs all of which will be listed in a seasonal e-newsletter, coming soon. In the meantime, celebrate Karl Haas' birthday with us on Sunday, December 8 at 5:00 pm when we air "Romantic Piano" with commentary by Karl and his performances of piano music by Schubert, Schumann, Chopin and Beethoven.
Exploring Music kicks off a week of "Child's Play" on December 16 and takes a weeklong look at how childhood has inspired composers from Purcell to Prokofiev. Peter Shimkin of Tuesday Morning Classics has chosen seasonal pieces for his December programs and will air Rheinberger's "The Star of Bethlehem," Pärt's "Te Deum" and Menotti's "Missa Pulchritudo" over the next few weeks.
December's highlights also include The New York Philharmonic's performance of Handel's "Messiah" on Sunday, December 22. WMNR's weekends also include One Great Song, Saturdays at 6:00 pm, when Jay Harris listens to different artistic interpretations of... one great song. This month's pieces include "Time On My Hands," "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye," "The Way You Look Tonight" and "Over the Rainbow.
Meet WMNR's Richard Hageman
After spending two years as a classical broadcaster, Dick Hageman asked the station if he could present a half-hour of folk music. Thirty years later that program has grown into two hours every Thursday night; Good Folk at 9:00 pm. Dick says "folk music is everyone's music, it speaks of feelings and experiences" and he points out that much of what we think of as classical music has roots in folk. Each week Dick presents a different theme-- Peter, Paul and Mary, Cowboy Songs, The Artists of Bleecker Street, Joan Baez etc. On the first Thursday of each month he presents New Folk, featuring new releases by artists such as Si Kahn, Patty Larkin and Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin).
Whereas his themed programs draw from his established personal collection of 7,000+ CDs and 300+ vinyl albums, New Folk features new releases which he carefully reviews and considers. Dick follows his folk programming with New Music Gallery at 11:00 pm. He says new age music is a natural pairing with folk music and fuses classical, jazz and folk. NMG has been on the air for over twenty years and Dick enjoys the "peace and solace" and contemplative nature of the program.
Theatre Reviews with Rosalind Friedman
The December holidays are theater-going season for many, especially in WMNR's listening area with its proximity to New York City. Rosalind Friedman has been WMNR's theater critic since 1979 and is an Executive Board/Nominating Committee member of the New York-based Outer Critics Circle, a member of the International American Theatre Critics Association and a founding member of the Connecticut Critics Circle. As you make your plans, click here for Rosalind's current reviews and check back over the next few weeks for reviews of "Cinderella," "700 Sundays," "Shakespeare's Macbeth," "Waiting for Godot" and more.
WMNR's Internet Video
To celebrate our 30th Anniversary there is a WMNR Fine Arts Radio internet video featuring 27 broadcasters and staff. It is a loving tribute that gives you an inside look at the people who make up the station. Produced by WMNR’s own H. William Stine, with Associate Producer Megan Stine. To view the video click the photo.
To read WMNR's Theatre Reviews with Rosalind Friedman click here