07-21-19 Violinist Irina Muresanu and Pianist Daniel Del Pino - WCRI’s Festival Series featuring The Newport Music Festival

July 23rd, 2019

In this program WCRI host Mike Maino welcomes Violinist Irina Muresanu & Pianist Daniel Del Pino who will be performing at the Newport Music Festival this season.

Romanian violinist Irina Muresanu has won the hearts of audiences and critics alike with her “irresistible” (Boston Globe), exciting, elegant and heartfelt performances of the classic, romantic and modern repertoire. An active chamber musician and recitalist, she is the winner of the Pro Musicis International Award, the Presser Music Award, the Kate Kinley Fellowship Award from the University of Illinois and the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association. For more information on Irina please visit https://www.irinamuresanu.com/

One of the leading Spanish concert pianists in the international scene, Daniel del Pino has performed in all five continents in some of the most prestigious venues, such as Salle Gaveau in Paris, Bulgaria Hall in Sofia, Atheneum G. Enescu in Bucharest, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Auditorio Manuel de Falla in Granada, Auditori in Barcelona, Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao, Taipei’s National Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City. He holds top prizes from international Piano Competitions Nueva Acrópolis, Ciudad de Ferrol, Fundación Guerrero, Her Majesty Princess Lalla Meriem, Jeunesses Musicales du Maroc, and Premio Jaen. For more information on Daniel please visit http://danieldelpino.weebly.com/

For more information on the Newport Music Festival or to purchase tickets please visit newportmusic.org 

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07-21-19 WCRI Announcer Larry King - Conducting Conversations

July 23rd, 2019

This week we feature Larry King, on air personality of WCRI's Classical Network. We'll talk about his recent trip to Spain, and listen to music that was written and performed in some of the places he visited. For more information about Larry, go to our web site www.classical959.com

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07-14-19 Baritone Trevor Neal & Soprano Kara Shay Thomson - WCRI’s Festival Series featuring The Newport Music Festival

July 16th, 2019

In this program WCRI host Mike Maino welcomes Baritone Trevore Neal & Soprano Kara Shay Thomson who will be performing at the Newport Music Festival this season.

Hailed by Opera News for his “warm and rich baritone”, Trevor Neal, is a favorite among audiences across the United States. The 2017/18 season has seen him at Opera San Jose in role debuts of Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte, Germont in La Traviata, Dutchman in The Flying Dutchman, and Rambaldo in La Rondine. He was previously a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist at Virginia Opera where he sang the role of Kilian in Weber's Der Freischutz to critical acclaim. For more information on Trevor Neal please visit trevornealbaritone.com . 

Dramatic soprano, Kara Shay Thomson continues to build her expansive stage career by creating characters that push the limits both musically and dramatically and this year is no exception. Ms. Thomson opened the 2018-19 season with her debut of Balkis in Goundod's La Reine de Salba with Opera Odyssey. She follows with Turandot with Sarasota Opera and her debut of Salome with Dayton Opera. For more information on Kara Shay Thomson please visit karashaythomson.com .

For more information on the Newport Music Festival or to purchase tickets please visit newportmusic.org 

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07-19-19 Trumpeter Terence Blanchard - Jazz After Dinner

July 11th, 2019

On this week's show Joe is featuring Trumpeter Terence Blanchard from his 1995 Sony/Columbia recording "Romantic Defiance" with Kenny Garrett, tenor sax; Edward Simon, piano; Chris Thomas, bass and Troy Davis, drums.

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07-12-19 Saxophonist Harry Allen - Jazz After Dinner

July 11th, 2019

On this week's show Joe is featuring saxophonist Harry Allen from his 1999 RCA Victor recording "Harry Allen Plays Ellington Songs" with Bill Charlap, piano; Peter Washington, bass and Kenny Washington, drums.

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07-14-19 Theatre By The Sea-Newsies - Conducting Conversations

July 11th, 2019

Theatre By The Sea's presentation of “Newsies” is the subject of this week's program with Karen Kessler, Press Rep., and Clay Roberts, playing the roll of Jack Kelly. We talk about the musical, and listen to some of the very popular songs from it. For more information you can call (401) 782-8587 or go to www.theatrebythesea.com

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07-07-19 Violinist Stephanie Chase - WCRI’s Festival Series featuring The Newport Music Festival

July 8th, 2019

In this program WCRI host Mike Maino welcomes violinist Stephanie Chase who will once again be performing at the Newport Music Festival this season. Stephanie Chase is internationally recognized as “one of the violin greats of our era” (Newhouse Newspapers) through solo appearances with more than 170 orchestras that include the New York and Hong Kong Philharmonics and the Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Baltimore, and London Symphony Orchestras. She has judged for the violin concerto competitions at The Juilliard School; the Concorso Postacchini in Fermo, Italy; Concert Artists Guild String Competition; Hudson Valley String Competition, and Cooper International Violin Competition. Born in Illinois and renowned as a child prodigy starting at age two, Chase’s early violin teachers were her mother and Sally Thomas of The Juilliard School. She made her debut with the Chicago Symphony at eight and at Carnegie Hall at 18. For more on Stephanie, her music and career visit stephaniechase.com. For more information on the Newport Music Festival or to purchase tickets please visit newportmusic.org 

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07-06-19 OMO Jewels & Gifts - The 95.9 Company Break

July 8th, 2019

This month on The 95.9 Company Break we talk with Joanna Papineau Allen owner of OMO Jewels & Gifts. OMO is a curated collection of American made jewelry, ceramics, hand blown glass and much more. We represent artists throughout the country who are committed to their craft and offer only the highest quality goods. We are constantly finding new and unique items to add to our selection of wonderfully handcrafted works. Whether you're looking for a wedding, baby, hostess gift or even a treat for yourself, OMO has that special something. Complimentary gift wrap and bridal registry is available. For more information call 860-961-4678 or visit omojewels.com

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