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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Program for June 3, 2016

June 3, 2016
Still Crazy Obscure After All These Years

Friday Evening Classics & The Night Café
with Will Duchon
beginning at 6 PM ET

6 PM: Harping On It
Music by Maximo Diego-Pujol, Marcel Tournier,
 Claude Debussy & Darius Milhaud

7 PM:  Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1

7:30 Musical Mystery Quiz

8 PM: The Concert Stage

Ernest John Moeran: Cello Concerto
Guy Johnston, cellist/Ulster Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta

Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
Yuja Wang, pianist/Tonhalle Orchester Zurich. Lionel Bringuier

9 PM: Words & Music
Songs of the Open Road
Poetry by Jane Kenyon, Robert Frost, Walt Whitman & William Wordsworth

Music by Johannes Brahms, Randall Thompson,
Herbert Howells & “Duke” Ellington

The Summer Wind
with Cyrille Aimee, Eva Cassidy, Madeline Peyroux, 
Antonio Carlos Jobim, Paula Morelenbaum  and more…

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Program for May 27, 2016

May 27, 2016
The Official Radio Program of the (Green) Tea Party

Friday Evening Classics & The Night Café
with Will Duchon
beginning at 6 PM ET

6 PM: A Little Night Music
With music by 
Henry Purcell,Reynaldo Hahn, Sergei Rachmaninov, Richard Rodney Bennett,
Gabriel Faure & Charles Koechlin

7 PM:  Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes

7:30 Musical Mystery Quiz

8 PM: The Concert Stage
War & Peace

Charles Ives: From Hanover Square North
Cleveland Orchestra & Chorus/Christoph von Dohnanyi

Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto for Left Hand
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Leon Fleisher, pianist

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Robert Shaw

9 PM: Words & Music
Poetry about Rain

Poetry by Lisel Mueller, Edward Thomas, Robert Creeley, Kazim Ali & Khaled Mattawa

Music by Claude Debussy, Gerald Finzi, Django Reinhardt, Riyad Sunbati & Toru Takemitsu

Champagne Does It Every Time

 with Laura Mayo, Linda Ronstadt, Ma Rainey,
 Rosemary Clooney, Kat Edmunson,
Diana Krall, Chaka Khan Frank Sinatra  and more

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Program for May 20, 2016

May 20, 2016
The Modest Program With A Lot To Be Modest About

Friday Evening Classics & The Night Café
with Will Duchon
beginning at 6 PM ET

6 PM: Now is the Month of Maying
Including music by Morley, Tchaikovsky, Bax, Rimsky-Korsakov

7 PM:  Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos

7:30 Musical Mystery Quiz
Unfinished Business

8 PM: The Concert Stage
Robert Schumann

Dichterliebe, Op. 48
Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-soprano/Aribert Reimann, pianist

Piano Quartet, Op. 44
Cleveland Quartet/Emmanuel Ax, pianist

9 PM: Words & Music
Poetry about Food

Poetry by Carol Muske-Dukes,C.D. Wright, Alfred Corn,
Robert Service & William Matthews
Music by Darius Milhaud, W.A. Mozart, Sergei Rachmaninov,
William Walton & Arthur Hamilton


Suddenly It’s Spring
with Stacey Kent, Emma Pask, Ahmad Jamal, Nicki Parrot, Bill Evans,
Blossom Dearie, Karrin Allyson and more

Check out Will's newest recording:


featuring music by Ravel, Liszt, Chopin,
Villa-Lobos, Clarice Assad, Rachmaninov and Brahms

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Program for May 13, 2016

May 13, 2016
Making America  Friday Night Great Again

Friday Evening Classics & The Night Café
with Will Duchon
beginning at 6 PM ET

6 PM: Rivers & Mountains
Music by Mark O’ Connor, Carlisle Floyd, Edvard Grieg,
 Robert Beaser, Paul Bowles and more

7 PM:  Mendelssohn: Concerto for Two Pianos in E

7:30 Musical Mystery Quiz

Contributed by John the Celebrity from Stonington 

8 PM: The Concert Stage

J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue

Presented by an array of performers, including

Musica Antiqua Koln, Emerson String Quartet, Glenn Gould, Les Voix Humaines, 
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, The Canadian Brass, Radio Baroque Quartet and more

9 PM: Words & Music

Music Poetry

Poetry by Rita Dove, Robin Behn, Lizette Woodworth Reese,
Walt Whitman & Quincy Troupe

Music by L. van Beethoven, Sergio Assad, Antonio Carlos Jobim, W.A. Mozart, J. Haydn, Heinrich Biber & “Duke” Ellington

Suddenly It’s Spring
Including Blossom Dearie, Ahmad Jamal, Niki Parrott, Bill Evans,
Jane Monheit, Rebecca Kilgore

 Check out Will's newest recording:
featuring music by Ravel, Liszt, Chopin,
Villa-Lobos, Clarice Assad, Rachmaninov and Brahms

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

International Jazz Day on The Night Cafe

Be sure to join guest host Rich Moran, Jr. this Friday, May 6 @ 10 PM on The Night Cafe when Rich shares performers and numbers from last week's International Jazz Day 2016 Concert. 

 Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling. Diane Reeves, Jamie Cullum, Diana Krall, Esparanza Spaulding ,
 Al Jarreau, Sting, and Aretha Franklin.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Program for May 6, 2016

Dear Friends, 
This week: another program from the archives. 
I'll return to the WMNR studios next Friday, May 13.

May 6, 2016 

Friday Evening Classics & The Night Café
with Will Duchon
beginning at 6 PM ET

6 PM: Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Harp & Viola
Carl Nielsen: Five Piano Pieces, Op. 3
Bartok: Hungarian Sketches
Berlioz: “King Lear” Overture

7 PM:  Purcell: “Fairy Queen” Suite
Ginastera: Sonata for Cello & Piano
Finzi: Concerto for Small Orchestra & Violin

8 PM: The Concert Stage
Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 4
Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor

9:00: Beethoven: Choral Fantasy
Brahms: Song of Destiny
& music by Rachmaninov and Barber

10: 00 The Night Cafe 
(there are rumors of a guest host)


Sunday, MAY 8, 2016
3:00 PM


The Danbury Concert Chorus & Danbury Symphony Orchestra
join forces for a concert of celebratory music in honor of the Danbury Music Centre's 80th Anniversary. 

Vivaldi's Gloria ~ Haydn's Te Deum 
Beethoven's Choral Fantasy
Sarah Brailey, soprano
Kate Maroney, mezzo-soprano
Will Duchon, piano

Christine Howlett, Musical Director & Conductor Danbury Concert Chorus
Ariel Rudiakov, Musical Director & Conductor- Danbury Symphony Orchestra

Check out Will's brand new recording:
Will Duchon, piano

available on iTunes,, 

Album content:

1. Valses Nobles et Sentimentales (M. Ravel)
2. La Valse (M. Ravel)
3. Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2 (F. Chopin)
4. Waltz in F Minor, Op. 70, No. 2 (F. Chopin)
5. Waltz in E minor, Op. posth. (F. Chopin)
6. Valsa da Dor (H. Villa-Lobos)
7. Valse oubliee No. 1 (F. Liszt)
8. Valse-Impromptu (F. Liszt)
9. Mephisto Waltz No. 1 (F. Liszt)
10. Slow Waltz (Clarice Assad, arranged by Will Duchon)
11. Liebesleid (Kreisler-Rachmaninov)
12. Waltz in A-flat, Op. 39, No. 15 (J. Brahms)


The waltz, a graceful dance in triple meter with an emphasis on the downbeat was a popular dance during the 19th century. Composers eventually explored the possibilities of the waltz through musical stylizations intended to be listened to, rather than for dancing. The selections on this album include some of my favorite waltzes, expressing brilliance, passion, tenderness and intimacy. I am especially grateful to Clarice Assad for allowing me to transcribe her haunting "Slow Waltz", originally scored for string orchestra.

Will Duchon

ABOUT "SLOW WALTZ" (Track #10)

"I wrote this waltz for the New Century Chamber Orchestra - a string orchestra-as part of a longer suite called IMPRESSIONS.
There are five movements in the piece, and this particular movement evoked the stylish Hollywood dramas of film Noir I love, and had been interested in pursuing in my writing at the time. Lush strings seemed to give me the perfect scenario for that kind of experimentation.
I was surprised when Will Duchon contacted me about the idea of making a transcription of Slow Waltz for piano, because I did not imagine it could work as effectively for another instrumentation. But I was wrong. Will did an incredible job at translating the piece both in his transcription and playing, and to my ears it almost sounds as if the piece had been written as such.
It is not often that composers of my generation have their pieces transcribed or arranged by other musicians to different instruments, so that too was an exciting journey for me. I would love to thank Will for his vision, passion, and for giving the waltz such a beautiful treatment with his passionate and elegant playing."

Clarice Assad