The holiday tradition continues with Paul Winter's Winter Solstice Celebration. A dynamic musical celebration in the extraordinary acoustics of the worlds largest Gothic cathedral - New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Hear a unique exploration of the solstice tradition in cultures near and far. The Paul Winter Consort is joined by musicians from all over the world, including Russia's Dimitri Pokrovsky Ensemble and gospel singer Theresa Thomasson. John Schaefer hosts the production from Living Music and Murray Street.
Big Band Holidays No one throws a holiday party like Jazz At Lincoln Center! Wynton Marsalis leads an all-star lineup through a Yuletide romp. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is joined by vocalists René Marie and Gregory Porter for a New Orleans style holiday treatment of I'll Be Home for Christmas, Winter Wonderland and We Three Kings. Wendell Pierce hosts. Jazz At Lincoln Center Radio Special airs on 89.1 WEMU on December 25 at 7pm.
Jazz pianist Bob Thompson and his band welcome renowned vocalist Catherine Russell to celebrate the holiday season with favorites old and new. The 20th Anniversary of ‘Joy to the World’ features The Bob Thompson Unit: Doug Payne on saxophone, Tim Courts on drums, John Ingrham on bass and band leader Bob Thompson on piano. Award winning singer Catherine Russell puts her versatility on display with gospel, blues and pop numbers, alongside new arrangements of some classic holiday tunes.
Joy to the World airs on 89.1 WEMU at 8pm on December 24
Toast of the Nation 2013-14 will make New Year's Eve stops in Boston, Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Denver and the Monterey Jazz Festival! Stand by to see the performers, but expect the likes of the Donald Harrison Quintet, Cecile McLorin Salvant and the Aaron Diehl Trio, Wynton Marsalis Septet reunion, Paquito D'Rivera String Quartet, Convergence with Special Guest Larry Goldings, and Bobby McFerrin's spirityouall (line-up to be confirmed within a few days). An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve, Toast of the Nation is perfect for the occasion.
The documentary explores the rich history of the longest-running live performance radio show on public radio. Featuring interviews with the show's founders, band members and guest artists (including Tim O'Brien, Kathy Mattea, Jason Isbell, Billy Bragg, Bela Fleck and more), WV Public Broadcasting's Dave Mistich retraces the earliest steps of the show in 1983 all the way to the 30th anniversary in 2013. In addition, this hour-long special also attempts to identify the multifaceted identity of the program and explores its reach and meaning to listeners all across the world.
A nine minute exploration of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and it's relationship to the local community.
The Ann Arbor Summer Festival marks its 30th Anniversary this year. The annual celebration of music and entertainment is now in its final week for 2013. As this year's event winds down, we thought it a good time to look at the past, present and future of the festival. As WEMU's Wendy Wright discovered, the common thread has been, and will continue to be, a sense of community.
More than 30 films were screened over four days at Cinetopia. They were some of the brightest and the best of contemporary films playing the international festival circuit. Films were screened in the Michigan Theater’s historic auditorium, the State Theater and the University of Michigan’s Angell Hall; additional special 3D lecture was presented at the main branch of the Ann Arbor District Library.