Spirituals and songs inspired by faith and belief are among the oldest styles of music in the folk tradition. Artists past and present have shared their souls in song over the ages. Get ready for four hours of soul-stirring harmonies and thought-provoking insights from artists like the Cumberland Trio, the Highwaymen, Peter-Paul-&-Mary, Ann Mayo Muir, the Cathedral Quartet, the Journeymen, Dailey & Vincent, Odetta, Rufus Wainwright, Dar Williams, the Halifax Three, Joan Baez, and many more!
ERNESTA CORVINO is a New York-based ballet dancer, teacher and choreographer whose life has been dedicated to dancing and teaching dance to young and old. Tune in tonight and listen to Ernesta talk about her legendary father Alfredo Corvino, how she came to embrace dance as her “art”. and the “Corvino Approach” to teaching dance. For more information on her classes and some wonderful pictures of the entire talented family go to:
Why do certain species of plants, birds and animals become rare? Are all rare species on the verge of extinction? Which species that are common today will become rare in the upcoming years? These are just a few of the complex questions about the nature of rarity that ERIC DINERSTEIN attempts to answer in his new book THE KINGDOM OF RARITIES. Eric Dinerstein is the Chief Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund, where he has spent the past 24 years working to save rare species around the world. Tune in tonight for an informative and fascinating look into the lives of creatures like the jaguar, the one-honed rhinoceros of Nepal and the Kirtland’s Warbler of Michigan.
Tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin has captivated audiences with his fusion of jazz and rock. He appeared on the Grammy Award-winning Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans; he's also worked with the Dave Douglas Quintet and the adventurous quartet, Lan Xang. This week McCaslin joins host Weber to perform a few of his favorite tunes.
There are 389 species of birds that are considered “Endangered”. An additional
197 species are considered to be “Critically Endangered” meaning that if something is not done quickly, these species will soon become extinct. An additional 4 species are effectively extinct in the wild, but hang on in small captive populations. Why are so many species of birds in trouble and what can be done about it? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ERIK HIRSCHFELD, a freelance writer, guide and consultant in ornithology. Together with Andy Swash and Robert Sill, they have written THE WORLD’S RAREST BIRDS, a state of the art volume that describes and illustrates all of those endangered bird species and explains why those species got to be so rare. It is one of the finest books on the challenges facing the natural world today and what it will take to save these endangered species for future generations to enjoy.
We revisit Judy’s 2008 conversation with stage and screen star, John Lithgow, who talks about his love for classic jazz, recording a jazz-inspired children’s record, and how improvisational acting influences even the most scripted performance.
The first four notes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony are instantly recognizable to music listeners around the world. Since the symphony’s premiere in 1808, people of many cultures have found special meaning in those four notes. Some have heard fate knocking on a door, while others have heard the spirit of revolution or the essence of the Romantic sublime. The Chinese Communist government initially banned it then embraced it. Some listeners even heard the call of a common European sparrow. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with MATTHEW GUERRÍERÍ about his wonderful new book: THE FIRST FOUR NOTES: BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH AND THE HUMAN IMAGINATION.
Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back TOM O’MALLEY, the head of the Ceramics and Photography Departments at the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS. With him is Artist In Residence and glass blower EMERY WENGER. Tom talks about the Center’s wonderful Artists In Residence program and how you can apply and Emery talks about his life working with glass. To look at application requirements for this program at the WCC, go to: http://www.worcester.edu/WCC/default.aspx
Since this set a year ago, high-energy drummer Miller has traveled to Cuba, released Live at Willisau on vinyl (DownBeat Editor’s Pick), showcased her Great Women of Blues & Jazz project, and a lot more. Boom Tic Boom is Dan Tepfer, piano; Marty Ehrlich, saxophone; Todd Sickafoose, bass.
Live from the WICN Performance Hall, a Celebration of Local Artists--in the spirit of the recent Worcester Music Award given to WICN in recognition as the station that does the most to support local artists, we will feature 4 hours of music from local artists old and new!
This week on Inquiry we welcome MICHAEL DOVER, retired environmental scientist member of the Hitchcock Center board and co-editor of the new compendium of essays titled EARTH MATTERS: ESSAYS ON THE NATURE OF THE PIONEER VALLEY. The essays in this wonderful collection were first printed as a bi-weekly newspaper column and written by a variety of people associated with the Hitchcock Center, one of the leading New England centers for environmental education of children and adults. The subjects range from observations of birds, mammals, salamanders and invertebrates to pieces on the local farms, how to eat locally and even where to find a place to take a nap outdoors in the Valley. Together, these essays make up one of the most interesting and entertaining books on our local environment. Tonight we talk about the Big Night (for salamanders), how to talk to your children about global climate change and why it’s important to get out of your car and simply walk.
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