Monday, January 7

GPB is pleased to roll out a new feature, Cover to Cover Footnote, with St. John Flynn, host of GPB's on-air book club, Cover to Cover. St. John describes the newcomer as "a literary daybook with segments focusing on a wide range of topics all concerned with Georgia writing and writers" that is "designed to increase our cultural coverage and promote each weekly show." (Yes, Cover to Cover itself is now going from monthly to weekly as well. Read all about that at Cover to Cover Footnote airs weekdays at 1:49, just before the Writer's Almanac. Together they nestle in there between the end of Midday Music and the start of Talk of the Nation. The 1:49-1:59 segment of our day forms a new . . . Writer's Block!

Sightings on the Georgia concert radar trigger three bits of today's Midday Music:

  • The Atlanta Chamber Players, airing in the first hour, perform with the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet tomorrow, 8:00 at Brenau University's Pearce Auditorium, Gainesville. Beethoven, Brahms and more. Read more about it here or here.
  • The Columbus Symphony displays its villainous side at their Saturday program at Columbus's RiverCenter. "Symphonic Scoundrels" lets loose the likes of Billy the Kid, the Sorcerer's Apprentice, Don Juan - and bad guys from the world of Superman. Midday Music dances that Red Cape Tango from the Metropolis Symphony by Michael Daugherty.
  • And the Augusta Symphony welcomes soprano and Georgia-girl-made-good Leah Partridge back for a concert Saturday at First Baptist of Augusta. In addition to Mahler and some arias, the orchestra offers the little non-vocal Puccini piece from our one o'clock hour.
11 AM . . . . .
  • Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1. St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble. St. Luke's 0302.
  • Harbison: Songs America Loves to Sing. Atlanta Chamber Players. MSR 1190.
  • Grechaninov: Passion Week: No. 12. Phoenix Bach Choir, Kansas City Chorale, Bruffy. Chandos 5044.
  • Chadwick: Symphonic Sketches: Jubilee. Czech State Phil, Serebrier. Reference 2104.
12 N . . .
  • Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony: Red Cape Tango. Baltimore Sym, Zinman. Argo 452 103.
  • Saint-Saens: Clarinet Sonata, Op. 167. Ensemble Villa Musica. DMG 0395.
  • Maslanka: Concerto for Marimba and Band. Drew Lang, Univ of Arizona Wind Ens, Hanson. Albany 424.
  • Obrecht: Stat in meskin. Convivium Musicum, Berger. Naxos 8.553352.
1 PM . . .
  • Puccini: Preludio Sinfonico. Scala Phil, Muti. Sony 63025.
  • Schumann: Humoreske, Op. 20. Angela Hewitt. Hyperion 67618.
  • Wagner: Prelude to Act 3 of Lohengrin. Seattle Sym, Schwarz. Delos 3174.