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.
Regina Carter with "Reverse Thread" and Stefon Harris with "Blackout": Innovative jazz fiddler Regina Carter and vibraphonist Stefon Harris explore their past to create a very contemporary sound. With kora player Yacouba Sissoko and accordionist Will Holshouser, Carter explores the music of Africa - from Ugandan Jewish songs to traditional folk music of Madagascar and Mali. Harris and his band Blackout find inspiration in the funk and soul sound of the 70s.
Established in 2000 with the planting of organically farmed Olivet Grange Vineyard, Inman Family Wines is the result of Kathleen Inman's love of Pinot Noir and her appreciation for mother natures bounty. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Kathleen Inman who describes herself as a one woman winemaker, salesperson, farmer, grape grower and more.
In an all-new episode, Steve D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Anna Maria College President Jack Calareso, who is also chairman of the Board of Directors of the Colleges of Worcester Consortium. They talk about maintaining college collaborations in a tough economy.
The 45-year-old Consortium is going to split into two entities: one, a non-profit that will continue the Consortium’s college-access program without any reductions; and the other, a scaled-down version of the Consortium’s member-services program. As the Consortium announced on March 14, the transition has already begun and will become official on July 1.
The Consortium's college-access program, which serves middle- and high-school students and low-income adults, will remain in the Denholm building in downtown Worcester. The member-services program will move to a yet-to-be-announced college campus.
The Consortium has an annual budget of about $4 million, of which about $3.5 million is for the government-funded college-access program. The rest, about $500,000, is for the member-services program.
Under the new arrangement, the annual budget for the college-access program will remain about $3.5 million and the staffing will remain at 28 full-time-equivalent employees. One name being considered for the new college-access program: Massachusetts Education and Career Opportunities Inc.
In addition, the member-services program will retain the Colleges of the Worcester Consortium name. And it will reduce its annual budget from about $500,000 to about $115,000 and cut its workforce from six FTE employees to one FTE employee.
Mark Bilotta, the Consortium’s CEO, will continue in that role through June 30. And Pamela Boisvert, the Consortium’s vice president for college-access services, will lead the new college-access non-profit.
The 12 Consortium members are: Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Becker College, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Nichols College, Quinsigamond Community College, Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, UMass Medical School, WPI and Worcester State University.
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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