Monday, June 29, 2009

4th of July Programming Highlights

(View from stern of the Spirit of Ethan Allen III - how fortunate to be there just as the breeze was kicking up, the sun was setting, and the flag was flying. I took this on June 10th near the end of a dinner cruise.)

Fireworks, outdoor music, BBQs and good time spent with family and friends...whatever your plans this holiday weekend, VPR looks forward to being there with you!

Here are some of our programming highlights through the weekend:

VPR Classical - Friday, 7/3 (8-10am): Morning Classics - Cheryl Willoughby sets the stage for the occasion with music for the Independence Day weekend, and from the Samuel de Champlain year of 1609.

VPR - Friday, 7/3 at 6pm: Politics Takes a Holiday with the Capitol Steps. Tune in to hear Mark Sanford, Joe Biden, Arlen Spector, and several Somali pirates as The Capitol Steps perform their Independence Day special.

VPR - Friday, 7/3 from 9pm-Midnight: Jazz with George Thomas sings with the sweet home-grown sounds of Louis Armstrong, Coltrane (that's John AND his son Ravi), and many other representatives of the style described as "America's Classical Music".

VPR Classical - Saturday, 7/4 (Noon-5pm): Saturday Afternoon at the Opera with Peter Fox Smith, and an all-American lineup including Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F, Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite, and soprano Renée Fleming, from her collection of American opera arias, I Want Magic!

VPR - Saturday, 7/4 at 4pm: In the early days of our nation, July Fourth wasn’t an official holiday at all. In fact, it wasn’t until 1938 that it became a paid day-off. So how did the Fourth become the holiest day on our secular calendar? Listen Saturday at 4pm for a special presentation of Backstory with the American History Guys. Find out how radically the meaning of the Declaration has changed since 1776, and learn the story of how Independence Day came to be what it is today.

VPR - Saturday, 7/4 at 9pm
: American Routes host Nick Spitzer stomps, shouts and heads up the conga line this holiday with two hours of unforgettable live music from New Orleans' French Quarter. We'll go onstage at the House of Blues in New Orleans, and from there we'll move on to a jam session with the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and bluegrass great Del McCoury and his band.

VPR - Sunday, 7/5 from 1-4pm: Join Robert Resnik and All The Traditions for a Champlain 400 Music Showcase, celebrating the wealth of music from our region. Songcatcher Deb Flanders, Québecois musicians Lisa Ornstein and André Marchand, and farmer songwriter Alan Greenleaf make it a very special afternoon of ballads and stories from the Lake and its people.

From all of us at VPR, best wishes for a great holiday weekend!


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