Please note: Schedule subject to change.
APRIL 6 The Great VoiceBox
Choral Music Showcase: Bay Area Choral Director founder Helene Whitson explores
some of the best choral music CD releases of the past year.
APRIL 13 Swinging the Latin American Songbook: Venezuelan vocalist Jimmy
Kansau takes listeners on a journey through the music
of early to mid 20th century Latin America and the Caribbean.
APRIL 20 Zen and the Art of
Singing: Chorus director and surfing enthusiast Bob Geary demonstrates that there’s more to the
relationship between surfing and singing than Beach Boys songs in praise of
surf culture. (Rerun; program first aired on November 25, 2011.)
APRIL 27 Renaissance Man: Stanford music professor Jesse Rodin discusses the
luminous polyphonic style of the great Renaissance composer Josquin des Prez
and what it means to truly “know” a piece of Renaissance vocal music.
MAY 4 The Real Glee: College
a cappella experts Charlie Forkish, Bill Hare, Deke Sharon, Mickey Rapkin and
Will Tarpeh exchange thoughts on the current state of the booming college a
MAY 11 Turntable Fable: Peter
Varshavsky of Porto Franco Records and Avi Ehrlich of Springman Records present
a candid view of the highs and lows of running a record label for singers.
MAY 18 Medieval Madonnas: Susan
Hellauer, a member of the world-renowned a cappella vocal ensemble Anonymous 4,
explores the rift between chant as an art form and chant as a spiritual
practice. (Rerun; program first aired on December 16, 2011.)
MAY 25 Drinking/Songs: Dogfish
Head Craft Brewery, VoiceBox,
the Fill A Steins men’s a cappella ensemble and beer cicerone Sayre Piotrkowski
present an interactive exploration of the ancient global connection between
singing and beer. Recorded before a live audience at 50 Mason Social House in
San Francisco on May 16.
JUNE 1 Barbra & Meryl: Actresses Barbra
Streisand and Meryl Streep are the main focus of a discussion about great
actors who also happen to be great singers with Chad Jones, theatre critic and
performing arts blogger, and vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway. Program generously underwritten by The San Francisco Symphony.
JUNE 8 Killing me Softly: The thought of
singing in public scares even the most self-assured people out of their wits. Psychiatrist
Jerome Oremland, vocal coach Mark Bosnian, Beth Pinney, worship leader at Laguna Presbyterian Church in Laguna Beach, CA, and journalist Michelle Holmes,
explore why so many of us are afraid to sing as well as innovative techniques
for helping people to overcome their hang-ups and belt out a tune with
confidence. Program generously underwritten by Meyer Sound.
JUNE 15 Team Players: Jazz
vocalist Ellen Robinson and instrumentalists Sam Bevan and Kristen Strom riff
on the subtle yet powerful art of communication that takes place between great
singers and the great instrumentalists that surround them. (Rerun; program
first aired on November 18, 2011)
JUNE 22 The Fachs of Life: Fach, a method for classifying a classically trained
singer’s vocal “type,” can be both a blessing and a curse to a singer’s career.
The San Francisco Opera Center’s Sheri Greenawald discusses the workings of
fach and how it can change over the course of a vocalist’s lifetime.
JUNE 29 Under the Knife:
Laryngologist Mark Courey and voice pathologist Sarah Schneider explain
what happens when professional singers undergo voice surgery from the operating theater to the all-important rehab
generously underwritten by The American Speech Language Hearing Association