Archive for December, 2012

FTV 346 Women Composers with JoAnn Falletta, Part 1 of 2

Posted in Update on December 28th, 2012

This week, From the Vault jumps back a couple of decades to a 1992 International Women’s Day special by KPFK’s Jude McGee on women composers in classical music, with in-studio guest JoAnn Falletta – conductor of the Women’s Philharmonic. Falletta talks about the great women composers from the baroque period through to contemporary times and her work with the National Women Composers Resource Center. The Women’s Philharmonic plays Ellen Zwilich’s “Concerto grosso 1985”, Marianna Martines’ “Sinfonia in C”, Camilla de Rossi’s “Il sacrificio del Abramo”, and excerpts from Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre’s cantata “Jonas.”

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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FTV 345 Charles Dickens: The Seven Poor Travellers

Posted in Update on December 20th, 2012

On this edition of From The Vault we present a reading of Charles Dicken’s classic short story The Seven Poor Travellers. Inspired by the real-life 16th Century charity organization called The Six Poor Travellers House in Rochester, England, Dickens wrote himself into the story as the ‘seventh traveller.’ The Seven Poor Travelers is the fifth Christmas number, from 1854, of his journal Household Words.

This story was read by WBAI producer Frank Coffee on December 28, 1968.

The Six Poor Travellers House from which this story derives it’s name is still open today.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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FTV 344: Julio’s Holiday: Keeping Christmas Well

Posted in Update on December 14th, 2012

This week on From the Vault we premiere you a new radio drama from KPFK-Los Angeles host Julio Martinez and the Arts in Review Repertory Players, Keeping Christmas Well, a story about the origins of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. But before we get to Ebenezer Scrooge and the Cratchit family, we’ll hear a 1988 WBAI-New York radio drama production of Grace Paley’s The Loudest Voice, about a Jewish girl in 1930’s New York who, because of her clear, loud voice and expressive reading, is chosen to narrate her school’s Christmas play. Closing out this holiday edition of From the Vault we play selections from a 1964 KPFA recording called Christmas Music from Mexico; songs include Alegre Navidad by Mariachi Pulido, Canciones De Las Posadas by Coro de las Campanas, and Navidad by Mariachi Jalisco, written by Tony Aguilar.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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FTV 343 Julio’s Holiday: The Nutcracker’s Journey

Posted in Update on December 7th, 2012

This week on From The Vault, KPFK Arts In Review host Julio Martinez presents original productions of two holiday classics: O. Henry’s The Gift of The Magi and Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas In Wales. We also showcase a new radio production sure to be a classic called The Nutcracker’s Journey, featuring the Arts in Review Repertory Players, about the interesting story of the creation of The Nutcracker Ballet, a project Tchaikovsky never wanted to do.

Julio Martinez, the creative force behind these radio productions, began his work at Pacifica in 1967 hosting an improvisation children’s program on KPFA in Berkeley, California. In 1968 he moved to Los Angeles and today is the host of KPFK’s weekly program on the arts (Arts in Review). Over many years Julio has teamed up with Al Alu, his colleague from San Francisco, and an array of talented actors and musicians in Los Angeles to produce a series of holiday radio specials (three of which are featured today). This program also contains a rare live in studio performance with Julio Martinez and Al Jarreau from a 1968 recording in Studio A at KPFK Los Angeles.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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FTV 342 Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina

Posted in Update on December 1st, 2012

This week on From the Vault, we dive into one of the greatest love stories ever penned, Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina – through a rediscovered 1974 recording of the reading of the novel in its entirety. Produced by Ruth Seymour at Pacifica’s station KPFK in Los Angeles on the occasion of the centennial of the novel’s original publication in 1874, Anna Karenina took over forty hours to record and was presented in serial form, with musical interludes selected by famed KPFK music director Mario Cassetta. After a present-day recording by Ruth Seymore of her original written 1974 folio introduction for the production, we’ll hear a sampling of the more than 100 actors and actresses who participated, starting with Henry Fonda on page one.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio listeners.

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