Week of 6 December 2010
Friday, December 10th
Have Your Say: A Classical Song You Wish You Could Play
All week we’ve been asking listeners to phone in and tell us about a classical song they’d like to be able to play themselves. Here are some of the great responses we received.
And here are a few web exclusive responses we couldn’t fit into the noon hour.
Thanks to everyone who phoned in this week to Have Your Say.
Thursday, December 9th
Atlanta Lyric Theatre Presents 42nd Street
In the world of theater, if a company announces it’s mounting a production of 42nd Street, you take notice. Based on the 1933 backstage movie musical, 42nd Street spares little in the way of extravagant costumes, sets and big showstopping musical numbers.
The Atlanta Lyric Theatre is one of the latest companies to tackle the production in performances this month at Marietta’s Strand Theatre. WABE’s John Lemley sat down with the musical’s director Brandt Blocker and Jeff McKerley, who plays Julian Marsh. McKerley began by summing up the plot of the show.
This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison
Atlanta Journal Constitution “Best Bets” writer Shane Harrison talks about what’s going on around the city this week.
Sunday, December 12th - Santa’s Favorite Chopin and Schumann
Saturday, December 11th - The Happenstance
Sunday, December 12th - Atlanta Audubon Society Birdwalk
Sunday, December 12th - Handel’s Messiah
Wednesday, December 8th
Christmas with the ASO
Following a tradition begun half a century ago by founding conductor Robert Shaw, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra celebrates the holidays each year with their Christmas with the ASO concert. In this sound portrait from 2009, we hear the ASO’s Director of Choruses Norman Mackenzie discuss the performance.
Trey Clegg at St. Paul’s Episcopal
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is one of the oldest churches in Atlanta, notable for its steadily growing choir, helmed by Trey Clegg. WABE’s Lois Reitzes recently sat down with Clegg for a conversation about the choir and the church itself.
Christmas at St. Paul’s: A Festive Concert will have two performances this Sunday the 12th at 2 and 6 PM.
Tuesday, December 7th
Rudolph at the Center for Puppetry Arts
Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts is presenting the first licensed stage production of a holiday favorite admired by puppetry artists and watched by television viewers for nearly fifty years.
Producer Kate Sweeney went backstage to see what all the reindeer games were about.
StoryCorps Atlanta - Brittany Jean & Crystal Williams
When Crystal Williams and Brittany Jean met a few years ago, they found out that they both had lived with foster care parents as teenagers. These days, Crystal and Brittany are best friends and college grads. At StoryCorps, Crystal asked Brittany how she got to where she is today.
Monday, December 6th
Black Nativity at True Colors Theater
Photo by Chris Bartelski
Langston Hughes’ 1961 play Black Nativity is seeing its third annual production this year by Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theater. And for the third and final year, actress Kelley Young is portraying Mary in the play. WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with the 18-year-old Young before a recent dress rehearsal, to talk about growing up in this role and how her perspective on the Virgin Mary has changed.
Local Book Events
Monday, December 6th - Patricia Cornwell - Port Mortuary
Tuesday, December 7th - Michele Norris - The Grace of Silence
Tuesday, December 7th - Anita Shreve - Rescue