Joe Donahue

Vice President, News and Programming

Joe talks to people on the radio for a living. In addition to countless impressive human "gets" - he has talked to a lot of Muppets. Joe grew up in Philadelphia, has been on the area airwaves for more than 25 years and currently lives in Washington County, NY with his wife, Kelly, and their dog, Brady. And yes, he reads every single book. 

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Tanglewood - Chocolate Springs

    Joshua Needleman, creator and chocolatier of Chocolate Springs Café, has been fascinated with chocolate all of his life. Joshua is a native of Lebanon Springs, New York. He first entered the culinary field at age sixteen and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1994. Joshua began to refine his skills at the Wheatleigh Hotel in Lenox, Massachusetts and then relocated to France to explore another culture and learn directly from the French culinary traditions.

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The Roundtable
11:10 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Tanglewood - Tony Fogg, Artistic Director of The Boston Symphony Orchestra

    As the season opens at Tanglewood, we speak to a man who not only is keeping the plates spinning here, he is also has an eye on Boston and even working on programming for future years here at Tanglewood.

Tony Fogg has been Artistic Administrator of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1994 and assists the Music Director in the planning and selection of all BSO concerts and repertoire.

A pianist by training, Fogg has been an avid collector of recordings for over 40 years. He produced the BSO's 12-CD "Symphony Hall Centennial Celebration," as well as a disc for the Ozawa Hall 10th anniversary, and the all-Mozart collection with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players.

The Roundtable
10:45 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Tanglewood - Shakespeare & Company

Credit Kevin Sprague

    A master class with famed opera singer Maria Callas is an intimidating affair. Just ask Sophie, her first “victim” in Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning Master Class – now being presented by Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA.

McNally takes us inside Callas’ infamous sessions, which she conducted late in her career. Callas regales us with the details of her illustrious and controversial professional life, encouraging her pupils to take notes. Master Class prompts the question so often posed by artists: What is the price of fame?

Actress Annette Miller embodies Callas in a true tour de force performance. Miller was last seen at Shakespeare & Company’s 35th Season hit, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. She and Elizabeth Aspenlieder join us - she is the Communications Director and an Artistic Associate at Shakespeare & Company.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Tanglewood - Ellen Highstein, Director of the Tanglewood Music Center

  Ellen Highstein is the Director of the Tanglewood Music Center - where Tanglewood Music Center Fellows hone their craft and learn from the masters.

The Roundtable
10:03 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Tanglewood - Vince Gill

    This Sunday, country star, Vince Gill, will perform with The Boston Pops in the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA.

The country singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and member of the Grand Ole Opry has been honored by the Country Music Association with 18 CMA Awards, including two Entertainer of the Year awards and five Male Vocalist Awards. Gill has also earned 20 Grammy Awards, more than any other male Country music artist. In 2007, Gill was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Roundtable
9:35 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Tanglewood - Maestro Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos

  A regular guest with North America's top orchestras, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos’ 2012-13 season includes engagements with the New York, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. He appears annually here at Tanglewood and will be on the podium in the shed Friday night.

Born in Burgos, Spain, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos studied violin, piano, music theory and composition at the conservatories in Bilbao and Madrid. From 2004-2011, he was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Dresden Philharmonic, and is just beginning his time as Chief Conductor of the Danish National Orchestra.

Friday night’s BSO opener at Tanglewood is an all-Tchaikovsky program featuring violinist, Joshua Bell.

The Roundtable
9:15 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Tanglewood - Mark Volpe, Managing Director of The Boston Symphony Orchestra

    Mark Volpe is the Managing Director of The Boston Symphony Orchestra. He joins us to talk about how the year has been and about this year's Tanglewood season schedule.

The Roundtable
9:10 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Tanglewood - Kevin Moran, Managing Editor of The Berkshire Eagle

    Kevin Moran is the Managing Editor of The Berkshire Eagle

He joins us to talk about what's making the pages of the paper during the region's very busy - and culturally rich - summer.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

The Book Show #1302 - Ben Schrank

In the new novel, Love Is a Canoe, partly set in the village of Millerton, NY, Ben Schrank delivers a smart, funny, romantic novel about the fragility of marriage and the difficulty of repairing the damage when well-intentioned people forget how to be good to one another.

Ben Schrank is also the author of the novels Consent and Miracle Man.

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Arts & Culture
10:45 am
Tue July 2, 2013

"A Rite" at Bard SummerScape

Credit Paul B. Goode

    The 1913 premiere of Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring created an uproar whose repercussions changed the course of dance and music in the 20th century. A hundred years later, two titans of the American performing arts have joined forces to create a thrilling new dance-theater performance that celebrates that legendary opening night.

A Rite is a collaboration between choreographer Bill T. Jones (a resident artist at Bard) and director Anne Bogart (a Bard alumna). Their respective companies of dancers and actors have come together to develop a contemporary response to Stravinsky’s masterpiece.

A Rite will be performed as part of Bard SummerScape on 7/6 and 7/7.

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