We have bid a fond farewell to the Tanglewood season, but some of summer's enjoyments continue. Throughout September, John Ryden continues his musical look at the summer of 1914 with WWI music during Monday Afternoon Classics. John will also play the 1943 original cast recording of "Oklahoma" on Labor Day. Parker Prout proceeds on his journey through Bach's cantatas on Thursday Morning Classics and will air BMV 113 on September 4 and continue on throughout the year. During the week of September 15 Exploring Music explores the theme "Autumn Leaves" including music by Vivaldi, Piazzola, Delius and Schubert.
Of course, September also sees the return of our full schedule. Will Duchon of Friday Evening Classics and The Night Café returns and he tells us he is now podcasting his programs. Susan Kennedy's Jazz Nightcap also resumes on Friday nights. On Saturdays, Dan Lenore comes back with On the Record. In June, Dan closed his show with songs about saying goodbye. On last week's season opener he aired songs of welcome and will continue through the year with selections of jazz vocals and standards. H. William Stine, who is back on the air with season five of Turntable For One, is considering a few themed programs for the fall, including Oldies But Goodies Night, Musical Mash-Ups, and The Things We Do For Love. Just Jazz closes out Saturday nights each week when Mike Shakinovsky brings us the works of artists such as Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, Quincy Jones and other jazz greats.
WMNR's Wendell Rector
Wendell Rector, a WMNR broadcaster since 1982, tells listeners a bit about how he organizes his Tuesday Afternoon Classics broadcasts... "When I put a program together, I normally use a format that I've used for many years. Each program follows the following format: First, I do shorter works from the early classical period (I once scheduled all of Haydn's 105 symphonies in chronological order over a multi-year period!) or chamber works. Next, I choose music for piano as the featured instrument including solo works for piano, piano concerti, or chamber works featuring piano. I think the piano is - after the human voice - the most versatile of all instruments. Lastly, symphonic works - or portions thereof - predominate the final hour. Since I think that films have become the equivalent of the historical patrons of composition, I tend to also feature 'movie music' during this hour."
"Since my wife and I love to attend concerts, I tend to program selections that I have recently heard at concerts, especially if they are new to me." Wendell draws from his personal collection of "nearly 1,300 discs (and growing)." Join Wendell Tuesday afternoons from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Theatre Reviews with Rosalind Friedman
Summertime is 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 below for Rosalind's current reviews and check back over the next few weeks for new reviews.
WMNR's Anniversary Video
To celebrate our 30th Anniversary there is a WMNR Fine Arts Radio 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