‘Ode to Joy: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9,” a 90-minute public television special set for a NJTV broadcast on Thursday, January 14, at 8 p.m., is a testament to both the composer and the late Princeton musicologist and philanthropist William H. Scheide.
The production was created by PCK Media of Trenton and recorded live during Scheide’s 100th birthday celebration in January, 2014, at Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium, where Scheide was in attendance.
The production has some star power. The symphony is performed by the Vienna Chamber Orchestra with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, under the direction of conductor Mark Laycock. Soprano Ah Young Hong, mezzo-soprano Leah Wool, tenor William Burden, and bass-baritone Mark S. Doss are also featured. And Princeton-born actor John Lithgow provides commentary on both Scheide and Beethoven.
Scheide, who was a great supporter of the arts in the Princeton region and a fan of conductor Laycock, founded the Bach Aria Group in 1946, launching a worldwide tour with performers including contralto Marian Anderson, who is heard in the film in a rare historic audio recording with the group.
PCK Media creates performances on national and local PBS stations and cultural agencies. Its principals include Eric Schultz and Susan Wallner.
Schultz’s documentaries for public television include “Bonaparte’s Retreat” and “Mel Leipzig: Everything is Paintable.” Wallner created “Ben Shahn: Passion for Justice,” “Toshiko Takaezu: Portrait of an Artist,” “New Glass at Wheaton,” and “Michael Graves: The Warehouse.” Both develop programs for State of the Arts on NJTV.
Meanwhile, the Green Radio Hour changes its format and approach when it launches a new lectures series, “Framing the Future: Seeking Solutions to Environmental Challenges,” at the D & R Greenway on Thursday, January 28, at 6 p.m.
Originally designed as a weekly webstream on PANJ Radio in Lambertville, Green Hour explores issues that affect the economic, environmental, and community health of the Delaware Valley.
The first talk in the series is “Exploring the Outcome of the 21st Climate Change Conference (COP21).” Participating in the program are Princeton University professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and former director of Princeton Environmental Institute Steve Pacala; professor Anthony Broccoli, co-director, Rutgers Climate Institute; and Jeanne Herb, associate director of the Environmental Analysis and Communications Group at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers. They will discuss the outcome of the recent December COP21 in Paris, the latest scientific consensus on climate change, the significance of the two-degree target, and the likely impact of climate change on our region.
Gery Juleff, ex-British diplomat and radio host, and John Gattuso, New Jersey environment news editor and radio host, will moderate the discussion.
Future discussions will look at the future of energy in our region on Wednesday, May 24, and ethical and political leadership, or lack thereof, on important environmental issues on Monday, October 24.
Exploring the outcome of COP21, Thursday, January 28. Doors open 5:30 p.m., discussion 6 to 8 p.m. at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton. Free, please register at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 609-924-4646 or go to www.drgreenway.org.