During the months of May through December, when The Metropolitan Opera is not broadcasting live on WSKG Public Radio, you can enjoy Saturday afternoon with WSKG’s Sam Goodyear on “Play it Again, Sam.” Always an interesting program of classical music, with a surprise or two along the way. Looking for listings of music played on the program? They’re here.
Hikari Oe is a contemporary Japanese composer, known for his charming short pieces for piano, flute, and violin. He was born with autism. It was the songs of birds that awakened him to the larger world and led to his development as a musician. Narrated by two young performers, Birdsong tells the story of Hikari Oe’s spiritual and professional triumph. (Produced by Sam Goodyear)
Inventing America: Making a Nation brings our Founding Fathers back to life in a TV talk show filmed before a live audience. This program features three delegates to the Second Continental Congress—Thomas Jefferson (Bill Barker), Benjamin Franklin (John Hamant) and John Adams (Sam Goodyear)—discussing the lead-up to the Declaration of Independence. A fourth delegate, John Dickinson (Rodney TeSlaa), who refused to sign the document, reveals the conflict behind this historic event. Created by Milton Nieuwsma and filmed by Philip A. Lane, two-time Emmy Award-winners from previous collaborations, the show is a co-production of WGVU Public Media and Hope College in Holland, Michigan. The host and moderator is Marc Baer, professor of history at Hope.