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Archive for January 2009

January 2, 2009

movie reviews podcast

Doubt

There’s an extremely interesting film playing in local theaters, but it’s not doing much boxoffice, and it’s already been out for a week. The critics have been lukewarm, in many cases preferring the play on which the film is based. But when is the last time a movie sparked an argument that lasted for two days? That’s one you might want to seriously consider seeing.

January 3, 2009

podcast

A Freddie Hubbard Tribute With David Baker

Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, who died last week at the age of 70, was one of Indiana’s true jazz giants. On December 30, longtime Hubbard friend and musical colleague David Baker stopped by WFIU’s Just You and Me and offered some remembrances and reflections with WFIU's David Brent Johnson.

January 5, 2009

featured classical recording

Vienna Philharmonic: Holst’s “The Planets”

Our first featured CD for the year comes from the vault. In a 1962 recording, the great Maestro Herbert von Karajan conducts Gustav Holst’s masterpiece, The Planets. He leads the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera Chorus. The Planets covers the night sky in 7 movements, which may seem strange given that there are 9 […]

January 6, 2009

podcast

“Nothing But the Best” from Frank Sinatra

In 2008, Reprise records released 21 vintage Sinatra tracks - plus a newly completed alternate rendition of "Body and Soul." Creator of WFIU's "Afterglow," Dick Bishop, comments on these unique recordings and Frank's influences.

January 9, 2009

movie reviews podcast

Gran Torino

He steps out of the truck. He’s just a little old man, must be what, eighty? And after all, there are three of you, strapping teenage boys, king of this corner in this run-down town, and if you want to have a little fun scaring this Hmong girl, who’s going to stop you, him?

January 12, 2009

featured classical recording

The Light That is Felt: Songs of Charles Ives

Americans, and classical music enthusiasts in general, have a love-hate relationship with Charles Ives. Although much of that is through reputation, it can be a little hard to wrap your brain around his unique sound. If you want to give Ives another shot, then his vocal music might be a good route; such as found […]

January 16, 2009

movie reviews podcast

Defiance: Deep in the Woods, but not Lost

"Defiance," a movie about the Bielski Partisans who organized 1,200 wayward Jews, during the darkest days of WWII, hid them in the woods of Byelorussia, and taught them to fight, has another battle on its hands. It has to beat back our own cynicism and ennui about Holocaust films in general. It does so in lightning feints, like a guerilla warrior. Which is not to say it's a great film; it isn't. But not so fast.

January 19, 2009

featured classical recording

Texas Horns

This week's featured recordings mix Lone Star brass with European sonorities. Performances come from the Horn Sections of the Dallas and Houston Symphonies and violinist Jonathan Crow and pianist Paul Stewart.

January 23, 2009

feature

David “Fathead” Newman Dead at 75

Saxophonist David “Fathead” Newman, whose blend of jazz and inimitable Lone Star soul made him an integral part of Ray Charles’ orchestra and served him through dozens of impressive leader dates, passed away from pancreatic cancer January 20th at the age of 75. Read more

January 23, 2009

interview

Inside the Swope Art Museum

Field trips aren’t the only reason to visit local art museums. They’re for adults, too….really. WFIU’s Yaël Ksander recently visited the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, where they are trying to stress that point.

January 26, 2009

feature

Playwright Ramon Esquivel’s “Nocturnal” Instinct

The Bloomington Playwright's Project presents a special world premiere production of a new full-length play developed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Nocturnal by Ramon Esquivel tells the story of four teenagers venture into the night to wage a war of wills. When the dares turn perilous, will anyone have the courage to back down?

January 26, 2009

featured classical recording

Complete Piano Sonatas of Vincent Persichetti

This week's featured CD is a collection of piano sonatas from 20-century composer and teacher, Vincent Persichetti.

January 26, 2009

interview

The Allure of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”

Antonio Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" has been a staple of violin and string repertoire since its composition. Many virtuosi have cut their teeth on this charming set of four violin concertos, including Indiana native, Joshua Bell. WFIU's Annie Corrigan has more.

January 28, 2009

interview

William Irvine: “The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy”

Stoicism has made its impact through the centuries. However, according to a new book by philosopher William B. Irvine, Stoicism has much to offer twenty-first century seekers of tranquility. And it’s not all seriousness. WFIU’s Adam Schwartz has more.

January 30, 2009

movie reviews podcast

The Wrestler

Some people learn from their mistakes. Some people have to have life pound its lessons into them. And some people get pounded and keep doing it anyway. We are accustomed to saying of this kind of person that he is self-destructive, or even that he has a death drive. But I wonder: do we say this out of an unacknowledged jealousy? As a hedge, to reassure ourselves that though we never reached those heights, our more ordinary lives are superior?

January 30, 2009

review

Review: Bloomington Playwrights Project’s “Nocturnal

Ramon Esquivel's "Nocturnal" at the Bloomington Playwrights Project is a fast moving forty-five minutes of theatre that begins with a high school spray painting prank and ends with each of member of the quartet and the audience shaken by the night's events.

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