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Recording, Episodes & Live Studio Performances

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Opera is my Hobby January 16th, 2009

Excerpts from Donizetti's La Sonambula

University of Costa Rica - KU Baroque Ensemble

Musicians from the University of Costa Rica and KU perform music written during the Baroque period in South America, Spain and France.The artist(s): Zamira Barquero, soprano Gerardo Duarte, percussion Tami Lee Hughes, violin Isabel Jeremias, basoon Margaret Marco, oboe Maria Clara Vargas, harpsichord Hugo Vera, tenorEngineer(s): Jason Slote

Opera is my Hobby December 5th , 2008

Engineer(s): Chubias Smith

Octarium December 4th, 2008

Live perfromanceThe artist(s): 8 member vocal groupEngineer(s): Chubias Smith

Chris Thompson and Steve Spooner

Live performanceThe artist(s): Chris Thompson, baritone Chris Thompson has been hailed “as a lyric baritone possessing a rare combination of velvet tone, comic timing, and elegant stage deportment.” A favorite with Lyric Opera San Diego, he helped inaugurate their newly renovated North Park Theatre in 2005 as Dandini in Rossini’s Cenerentola. Additionally, he has sung regionally and internationally in principal roles in operas ranging from: The Barber of Seville, The Merry Widow, The Mikado, The Marriage of Figaro, Die Fledermaus, to the title role in a staged version of Elijah. In concert, Chris has sung Bach’s B minor Mass, Magnificat, St. John Passion, and St. Matthew Passion; Requiem by Faure, Brahms, and Willan; Handel’s Messiah and Judas Maccabeus, and Monteverdi’s Vespers among many others. A strong advocate of new music, Chris has appeared in several world premieres including: Guest from the Future, The Scrimshaw Violin, Box and Cox and Hester Prynne at Death. In addition, Chris made his Off-Broadway debut in Fermat’s Last Tango (Original Cast Recordings) and is a featured soloist on Impetuosities (Albany Records), a CD of music by New York composer Joshua Rosenblum. Other recent musical theatre credits include Fred/Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate, Georges in La Cage aux Folles, and Enjolras in Les Misérables with Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre. Chris joined the faculty of the University of Idaho in the fall of 2003 where he teaches voice, is Director of the Opera/Musical Theatre Studio, and is musical director for the Idaho Repertory Theatre. His conducting credits include: Oklahoma!, The Man of La Mancha, The Pirates of Penzance, My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, A Chorus Line, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, and the northwest premiere of Michael Ching’s opera, Corps of Discovery, based on the journals of Lewis and Clark. Chris returns to Lyric Opera San Diego in 2009 to conduct Cole Porter’s Anything Goes. Engineer(s): Jason Slote and Chubby Smith

Zoe Lewis

Live Performance and interviewThe artist(s): Jason Slote and Chubby Smith

Peter Chung and Steven Spooner

Live Performance and interviewThe artist(s): Jason Slote and Chubby Smith

Opera is my Hobby August 22nd, 2008

Opera is My Hobby Friday 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM One of the longest running shows on American radio, Opera Is My Hobby debuted on Kansas Public Radio (then KANU) in September 1952, during the very first week the station was on the air! Every week, Dr. James Seaver selects recordings from his vast collection of LPs, CDs, 78s and even wax cylinder recordings for programs spotlighting legendary performers of the past, as well as up- and-coming singers. Recent shows have included tributes to tenor Jussi Bjoerling and soprano Elisabeth Schwartzkopf, highlights from the Victor Blue Label recordings from the early 20th-century, plus excerpts from Mozart's The Magic Flute and Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus. The artist(s): 22 August: Excerpts from Verdi's First Opera--OBERTO, CONTE DI SAN BONIFACIO The great Italian composer of opera Giuseppe Verdi was the son of illiterate Italian peasants who ran the local tavern at Roncole in the Duchy of Parma in Italy. Giuseppe was born on 10 October 1813. He became interested in music as a child and learned how to play the village church organ. He wrote his first music when he was only fifteen years of age. Rejected by the Milan Conseratory of Music when he was sixteen, he studied music at Busseto with Ferdinand Prevetti. In 1836 Verdi received his first operatic commission. It was to write an opera for the Teatro Filodrammatico in Milan. The opera he wrote for this theater, entitled ROCHESTER, was never performed and perhaps never completed. Only fragments of it remain. Three years later, in the spring of 1839, Merelli, director of the La Scala Theater in Milan, persuaded Verdi to write an opera for his theater. This was to be Verdi's first opera--OBERTO, CONTE DI SAN BONIFACIO--which had a big success on 17 November 1839. The plot of Verdi's opera is quite complicated, concerning warfare between nobles in medieval Italy during the thirteenth century; but the music is very melodious, resembling the operatic style of Bellini. Among the best numbers are two arias for the tenor and the long father/daughter duet for Oberto and Leonora, which will be sung by Rolando Panerai and Ghena Dimitrova. The tenor aria from Act I will be sung by the famous Verdian tenor Carlo Bergonzi. Engineer(s): Chubias Smith

Doug Talley Quartet

The Doug Talley Quartet plays before a live audience in KPR's Live Performance Studio.Artist's WebsiteThe artist(s): Tim Brewer - Bass Keith Kavanaugh - Drums Wayne Hawkins - Piano Doug Talley - Saxophone Engineer(s): Jason Slote

IIYM July 22nd 2008

Piano contest performers! Dominic Cheli Yi-Mei Chan Andrew Petracca Matthew PalumboContest websiteEngineer(s): Chubias Smith


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