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Playlist: Music Station Picks for January '11

Compiled By: PRX Curators

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Curated Playlist

These January picks for music stations were curated by PRX Music Format Curator David Srebnik.

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Dancing the Sicilian Tarantella

From Rachel Louise Snyder | Part of the Global Guru Radio series | 03:00

Bitten by a spider, and looking for relief and a cure?

Dance till you drop -- in other words...dance the Tarantella.

Three minutes of history, tradition, all-consuming music and fantasy from producer Rachel Louise Snyder.

Profile2selinunte07_small The Global Guru is a weekly public radio spot that celebrates the oddities, the curiosities, the unknowns of global culture, particularly in countries where Americans have either single narrative story lines, like Afghanistan (war), Thailand (sex tourism), Rwanda, (genocide), or perhaps no story lines at all, like East Timor, Moldova, Malta, Lesotho, etc. Engaging and rich in sound, the 3:00 interstitial helps us connect to the vastness of human experience. Presenting station is WAMU in Washington, DC and sponsored by American University in DC. Some of our favorite past shows include: How do Cambodians predict the harvest each year? What messages do cigarettes send in Chinese business dealings? How did Tanzania become the capitol of barbershops? How and why does Thailand categorize food? What is Iceland’s most feared culinary delight? How do you track a Tasmanian devil? What are the hidden messages in Zulu beadwork? 

Red Barn Radio - 09-15 AP - Louisville Mandolin Orchestra

From Ed Commons | 59:00

The music of many mandolins grows on you...quickly. This is a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging sound of music featuring the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra. The LMO makes strong declarations about the beauty and integrity of the music from Kentucky.

While I search for the polite way to tell you this is not a twangy music show, or that it’s not your grandfather’s mandolin, I’ll just say this edition of Red Barn Radio is likely suitable for most AAA and eclectic music formats and news/information stations with music on their schedule. Highly recommended.


The Louisville Mandolin Orchestra was organized in 1988 to offer Louisville area musicians an opportunity to participate in an orchestral ensemble of plucked instruments.

The orchestration is comprised of mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, guitars and bass, similar to the instrumentation of a traditional string orchestra, and is a carry-over from the mandolin orchestra tradition popular at the turn of the last century.

The Louisville Mandolin Orchestra has achieved a wide reputation during its brief existence. The LMO has appeared on the Lonesome Pine Specials at the Kentucky Center for the Arts as part of a program called "Mando Magnificat." This show has been televised in a worldwide market. In addition, "Mando Magnificat" has been added to the permanent collection of The Smithsonian, making the LMO the first mandolin orchestra to be included in the Smithsonian. Besides numerous appearances in the region, the LMO has participated in international festivals in Germany, France and Spain. In 1994 the LMO became the first American mandolin orchestra to be invited to the Bundesmusikfest held in Germany every four years. The LMO received high critical acclaim for its performances at that prestigious festival. In 1995, the LMO was invited to participate in another international festival held in Remiremont, France. Other countries participating in that festival included Spain, Italy, Bulgaria and Russia. In 1997 the LMO was again invited overseas to participate in the international mandolin festival held in La Coruña, Spain.

The Louisville Mandolin Orchestra has welcomed the opportunity to represent Kentucky in these international festivals, and as a result has forged many international friendships. Because of these friendships the LMO has been able to bring to Louisville audiences several international artists. Collaborative concerts have featured the Jack Lynn Frets Orchestra (England), The Duo Capriccioso (Germany), the Albeniz Guitar Duo (Germany) and Keith Harris (Germany/Australia).

It is the intention of the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra to continue to serve the Louisville community by providing a musical outlet for amateur musicians of the area, while bringing the world's best mandolinists and guitarists to Louisville audiences.

Choral Contributions 10-50

From All Classical Public Media | Part of the The Score with Edmund Stone series | 59:00

I’ve been on this show’s bandwagon since it became available on PRX. It’s a program for music stations (classical and beyond) and stations-without-music looking for a weekly, baggage-free documentary series of substance, stature and color. The Score also works as a one-time special when the topic moves you. See the various titles and topics here.

This particular show highlights those film scores that use choruses to imaginative, eerie and often stunning effects.

Also from the series, Classical Soloists in Film - http://www.prx.org/pieces/56494-classical-soloists-in-movies-10-49 - presents the leading role that well known classical music performers have played (off screen) to music heard in films such as Pride and Prejudice, Nagoyqatsi, Memoirs of a Geisha, Stepmom, Seven Years in Tibet, Angels and Demons, Far and Away – with nice hat tips to Amadeus and Fantasia.

Edmund_for_the_score_ad_8-2012_small This week on The Score - Choral Contributions - great soundtracks that include choral singing. From the wordless humming in classic spaghetti westerns to the terrifying use of liturgical music in horror films, we’ll focus on an often overlooked – and very effective – tool of the film composer’s trade. Choral contributions to movie music this week on The Score with Edmund Stone.

Savannah Music Festival LIVE Presents: Yefim Bronfman

From Savannah Music Festival LIVE | Part of the Savannah Music Festival LIVE - Season Three series | 59:01

Here's an appealing opportunity to offer your listeners a concert performance either as a stand-alone special or as special event to enliven and add variety to a live classical music shift.

Pianist Yefim Bronfman plays Beethoven, Prokofiev, Schumann and Paganini — music, with the exception of the Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 2, he has yet to record. The playing overall is warm, spirited, poignant and properly spirited.

Host Rob Gibson adds a few nice touches, especially when he mentions the traits that set Bronfman apart from other pianists, and more specifically, the stereotypical Russian pianist-virtuoso-machine. Better still, Bronfman's playing shows him to be his own man, and nobody else.

Suitable for most dayparts, but the intensity of the Prokofiev probably makes afternoons and evenings the best fit for this concert program.


Original air date: week of May 22, 2010

As one of the most revered pianists in our time, Yefim Bronfman bucks the stereotype of the Russian soloist as merely a technical wizard of large sound and emphatic personality. Though he has technique to burn, he also has a chameleon-like ability to subsume himself in the music. Mr. Bronfman's approach is about doing what the composer wants, and he seems to extract every bit of music from the work without ever overstating it. In this episode, we listen to the first half of a program produced at the 2010 Savannah Music Festival featuring works by Schumann, Beethoven, Prokofiev and Paganini.

Classical Soloists in Movies 10-49

From All Classical Public Media | Part of the The Score with Edmund Stone series | 59:00

An interesting and entertaining look at the wonderful film score tradition where there's a big star in the movie -- but not on the screen. "Classical Soloists in Movies" shows the leading role that well known classical music performers have played in the film scores for Pride and Prejudice, Nagoyqatsi, Memoirs of a Geisha, Stepmom, Seven Years in Tibet, Angels and Demons, Far and Away and several others – with nice hat tips to Amadeus and Fantasia.

Edmund_for_the_score_ad_8-2012_small This week on The Score, with Edmund Stone – Great Classical Soloists in Movies. For as long as there have been film scores Hollywood has employed great classical musicians to play on them. Join us for Yo-yo Ma, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Itzhak Perlman, and Joshua Bell on the next edition of The Score with Edmund Stone.