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Classical Music

WPSU-FM Pays Tribute to a Bradford Legend

Posted by Kristine A. on 11/25 at 12:11 PM

One of operas greatest stars, mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne,  was born 75 years ago in Bradford, PA.  Earlier this year, her friends, many of the greatest stars in opera today, got together to honor her with a special concert.  Friday afternoon, WPSU-FM will bring you CELEBRATING MARILYN HORNE, a gala concert for her 75th birthday, and the 15th anniversary of the Marilyn Horne Foundation.  The concert is hosted by Fred Child of Performance Today and Margaret Juntwait of the Metropolitain Opera radio broadcasts.  You can hear the program Friday afternoon, beginning after the noon news on WPSU-FM.
If you’d like a sneak peak at the music on the show, read on!

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Portraits of Pennsylvania

Getting Lost

Posted by David Walker on 11/24 at 04:49 PM

“Getting lost is just another way of saying ‘going exploring.’” - Justina Chen Headley (North of Beautiful)

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Live Local Music

Evening Fires, Ben Reynolds, Mike Tamburo Review

Posted by Charlee Redman on 11/24 at 12:38 PM

Wednesday night brought the sounds of experimental music to the community rooms of the Schlow Center Region Library. The free, all-ages show featured local band Evening Fires, Scottish singer-songwriter Ben Reynolds, and Pittsburgh-native Mike Tamburo.

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Live Local Music

PSU SNATS Review

Posted by Chelsea Sweithelm on 11/24 at 12:29 PM

The Penn State University Student Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singers’ (PSU SNATS) jazz performance was an uncommon show for Penn State’s musical scene. Unlike most concerts that take place at local bars or at large venues, PSU SNAT’s performance last Tuesday night was held at a small café, Abba Java Coffee House, located on the corner of Locust and Calder Street.

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Live Local Music

Domenick Swentosky Review

Posted by Natalie Plumb on 11/24 at 12:21 PM

On Nov. 12th, Domenick Swentosky, of Indiana, Pa, performed, as he does every Thursday night, at The Deli. Swentosky gigs three to four times a week. Acoustic rock is the best way to describe his style, though it may be more accurately described as indefinable.

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Sports

Wrestling Preview

Posted by Steve Jones on 11/23 at 07:17 PM

It is amazing what one hire can do to energize a program.  The hiring of Cael Sanderson as the head wrestling coach has energized a program stunned the wrestling world and excited the Nittany Nation fan base.

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Programming

Best Bets - Week of 11/23/09

Posted by Greg Petersen on 11/23 at 02:43 PM

What’s Cooking this Thanksgiving Week!

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Classical Music

CLASSICAL MUSIC Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Posted by Kristine A. on 11/23 at 12:37 PM

Classical music for Tuesday on WPSU includes the Symphony No. 1 in B-flat by Robert Schumann, known as his “Spring” symphony;  Beethoven’s String Quartet in F-minor, Op. 95, played by the Tokyo String Quartet;  and “Brazilian Impressions” by Ottorino Respighi.  Join us for that and more, Tuesday from 9:00am to 3:00pm on WPSU.

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Classical Music

CLASSICAL MUSIC Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Posted by Kristine A. on 11/17 at 04:04 PM

Wednesday’s classical music from 9:00am to 3:00pm on WPSU-FM will include music by Carl Maria von Weber, who was born November 18th in 1786, and a couple of songs from Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado”, in honor of the birthday of lyricist Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, born November 18th in 1836.

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Live Local Music

PSU SNATS Presents Jazz Cabaret: Nov. 17th

Posted by Chelsea Sweithelm on 11/16 at 05:39 PM

If you’re a jazz enthusiast, or just really enjoy sipping coffee while listening to soothing music, you need to check out the newest jazz scene to hit Penn State. The Penn State Student chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, also known as PSU SNATS, will be performing a sultry jazz show on Tuesday, November 17th. 

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Sports

Volleyball Excellence

Posted by Steve Jones on 11/16 at 05:29 PM

Penn State women’s volleyball has set a standard of excellence in college sports not seen since the days of North Carolina women’s soccer and UCLA basketball.

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Live Local Music

Ben Reynolds, Mike Tamburo, Evening Fires to play Schlow Library on Wednesday

Posted by Charlee Redman on 11/16 at 03:07 PM

You’ll be able to find something more than books at The Schlow Center Region Library on Wednesday, November 18th.

The library will be hosting a concert featuring three artists – Scottish singer/songwriter Ben Reynolds, Pittsburgh native Mike Tamburo, and the State-College based band Evening Fires will play in the library’s Community Rooms.

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Portraits of Pennsylvania

Autumn

Posted by David Walker on 11/16 at 11:46 AM

“Autumn begins with a subtle change in the light, with skies a deeper blue, and nights that become suddenly clear and chilled. The season comes full with the first frost, the disappearance of migrant birds, and the harvesting of the season’s last crops.” - Glenn Wolff and Jerry Dennis

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Programming

Best Bets - Week of 11/16/09

Posted by Greg Petersen on 11/16 at 10:33 AM

A Few Notable Programs Worth Your Time

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Radio

What Are You Doing the Day After Thanksgiving?

Posted by Cynthia B on 11/13 at 02:11 PM

Story Corps, the team that produces those warm-n-fuzzy interviews you hear on public radio every Friday morning, has a post-Thanksgiving suggestion for those who aren’t interested in hitting the Black Friday sales.  They want you to sit down with your Mom (or Dad or Aunt Gert or . . .  you fill in the blank) and and tell some family stories.

And if you have a tape recorder (or the digital equivalent) handy, so much the better.  Story Corps has declared Nov 27th to be a “National Day of Listening.”

The goal of the project—which is only in its second year—i, in part, to document your favorite family stories.  The time Dad drove away from the rest stop without Mom.  How Gran and Grandpa met.  Your kid brother’s hilarious Halloween adventures.

David Isay, the founder of Story Corps, also has this philosophy: Listening is an act of love.  All too often, we’re so wound up in the minutia of day to day life, we don’t take the time to sit down and really listen.  And then, time passes, and it’s too late.

If you’re intrigued by the idea of recording an interview, check our website at http://wpsu.org/listening.  Even if you’ve never played reporter before, Story Corps makes it easy, with step by step directions.  They even invented a handy “question generator” to help you figure out what questions you want to ask.

And, you don’t have to interview a family member.  Some people take part in the project by visiting nursng homes, homeless shelters, or soup kitchens to talk with someone whose story deserves a good listen.

All of the raddio producers here at WPSU are taking part in the National Day of Listening. We invite you to join us!

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