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The Spanish Hour 2123: Ocultos a plena vista: Julián Orbón y Joan Manén

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30


This edition of The Spanish Hour features works by two composers “ocultos a plena vista;” that is, hidden in plain sight: Concerto grosso, written in 1958 by Spanish-born Cuban composer Julián Orbón, and Concierto Espagnol for violin and orchestra, dedicated to Fritz Kreisler, written in 1923 by Barcelona native Joan Manén.

Jimmy Webb

From South Carolina Public Radio | Part of the Song Travels with Michael Feinstein News Friendly Version series | 53:00

One of the most prominent songwriters of his era, Jimmy Webb has written hits for artists including Glen Campbell, Linda Ronstadt, and the Fifth Dimension. Webb has earned multiple Grammy Awards, membership in the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Songwriters. In this session Webb presents some of his most memorable songs including “Galveston” and “MacArthur Park.”

Jimmywebbprx_small Song Travels is a one-hour series distributed by NPR and hosted by the renowned "Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," Michael Feinstein. As host and artistic director, Feinstein uncovers the intimate journey singers and songs take with one another, each changing the other through the course of a lifetime.  For Feinstein, American music is really a travelogue, with art that exists only because it has traveled through artists' lives, generations, and passions: 

"In this series, we talk about songs: How important they are in our lives, how they've changed our lives and how sometimes they make life worth living." 
-Michael Feinstein 

Feinstein welcomes a new guest each week to explore the genre of American Popular Song, examining how these great songs have evolved through the years, changing with each interpretation and artist.

Each program features an even mix of ½ insightful conversation to ½ in-studio or recorded musical performances of guests and Feinstein.

Apollo's Fire presents Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain: An Irish-Appalachian Celebration

From The WFMT Radio Network | 58:30

In this one-hour special, the listener is transported from Christmas Eve in medieval Scotland to the folk carols and shape‐note hymns at a toe‐tapping Christmas gathering in Virginia. The people of the Appalachian Mountains welcome Christmas with LOVE, SINGING, DANCING, and PRAYER.


The latest holiday program from GRAMMY®-award winners Jeannette Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire is a communal celebration of the American immigrant experience, sharing the spirit and history of Appalachia’s Irish and Scottish roots through music. The 35-member ensemble includes 10 children and brings a joyous concert experience with the warmth of period instruments. Fiddlers, medieval harp, hammered dulcimer, bagpipes, singers, and children’s voices join together to evoke the Celtic roots of an Appalachian holiday. In this one-hour special, the listener is transported from Christmas Eve in medieval Scotland to the folk carols and shape‐note hymns at a toe‐tapping Christmas gathering in Virginia. The people of the Appalachian Mountains welcome Christmas with LOVE, SINGING, DANCING, and PRAYER.

This concert program has played to sold‐out audiences in Cleveland and has toured to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The 2018 CD release of this program was called “Festive Disc of the Year” by GRAMOPHONE, and debuted at #3 on Billboard Traditional Classical Chart (Nov. 2018). With exceptionally produced sound, inviting hosts, and deeply moving performances, this special will appeal to families and listeners young and old. The special is hosted by WFMT’s Candice Agree and conductor, harpsichordist, and Artistic Director of Apollo’s Fire, Jeannette Sorrell. The special is produced by WFMT’s Rebecca Nystedt.

Photos, concert reviews, videos, and a preview of the album can be found via these embedded links, and in the Supplemental Materials folder for the program on our website’s program page.

Apollo’s Fire is a GRAMMY®‐award winning period‐instrument orchestra based in Cleveland, Ohio. Founding director Jeannette Sorrell (also a GRAMMY® winner) has led the ensemble in sold‐out concerts at Carnegie Hall, the BBC Proms, the Royal Theatre of Madrid, the Tanglewood Festival, the Ravinia Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Library of Congress, and more. Apollo’s Fire is dedicated to reviving the true spirit of baroque performances – not only with period instruments, but with the emotional impact the music was meant to convey. Sorrell is praised for her “inspired leadership” (THE INDEPENDENT, UK) and “revelatory performances” (OPERA NEWS). With over 16,000 YouTube subscribers and over 5 million “views,” Apollo’s Fire has a worldwide following.

Jeannette Sorrell, Artistic Director of Apollo’s Fire and co-host of this radio special, is an award‐winning conductor and harpsichordist. Sorrell is the subject of the 2019 documentary PLAYING WITH FIRE: Jeannette Sorrell and the Mysteries of Conducting, directed by 2‐time Oscar winning director Allan Miller. The film tells the story of how Sorrell overcame various hurdles as a young woman conductor – including her job interview for the position of Assistant Conductor with The Cleveland Orchestra, when Maestro Christoph von told her he would not allow her to audition with the orchestra because “the audience in Cleveland would never accept a woman as conductor.” She has also been featured on the video‐interview series, Living the Classical Life; and in an hour-long live interview with audience at the Tanglewood Festival.

Candice Agree joined WFMT in 2013, and hosts weekday afternoons on air. She began her radio career as an intern for Howard Stern at WNBC and continued as a music host in Washington, DC (WETA) and New York City (WQXR, WNCN, WNYC, Sirius). An off-camera announcer with CBS News since 1998, she can be heard on “CBS Evening News" and “CBS Sunday Morning,” as well as "Sunday Morning on the Radio," and the "Sunday Morning" and "Mobituaries" podcasts. After studying theory and composition at Eastman School of Music, Candice received a degree in Russian from Barnard College. A Foundation for Iberian Music Contributing Scholar, her weekly program The Spanish Hour has been distributed nationally since 2010 via PRX.