An Intimate Look at Queen Elizabeth II's Reign

Monday, January 09, 2012

For many living inside or outside of a monarchy, the relevance of — or even necessity for — kings and queens in contemporary society is difficult to understand. But to others the concept is irresistable, as evidenced by the continued media fervor over Prince William and Princess Kate. Author Andrew Marr has interviewed those closest to the British royal family's notoriously furtive member and head, Queen Elizabeth II. His new book, "The Real Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II" provides insight into the transformation of the monarchy over her 60-year reign.

Guests:

Andrew Marr

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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

WQXR's music for the Diamond Jubilee shows class, BUT THE QUEEN'S OWN 1000 vessels on the Thames ACTUAL celebration WAS FREEZING COLD WITH RAIN to boot. Oh, well, they didn't mind that it rained on their parade. Having lived in London myself [on Regent Street], I can appreciate that it being so common that that weather did not "dampen" their enthusiasm for the ROYAL occasion. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor and the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, where professional actors are trained for the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers are coached in the Wagner roles and voice production and dramaturgy techniques. My next concert in New York will be on Saturday, June 9th at the YOGA EXPO at the New Yorker Hotel . The title of the concert is 'BRING HIM HOME, with that song from the musical LES MISERABLES, encouraging the return of our armed forces and inspiring hope and love of country with This Land is Your Land, The House I Live In, Climb Every Mountain, You'll Never Walk Alone, When Johnnie Comes Marching Home Again, The Impossible Dream [the Quest], Granada, Wien, Wien, nur du allein, Kumbaya, Billy Bigelow's Soliloquy from Carousel, New York, New Yprk, There's No Business Like Show Business, Music of the Night, Florestan's Gott ! welch Dunkel hier !, Dein ist mein ganzes Herz, Memory from Cats, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, Federico's Lament from L'Arlesiana and Earth Anthem.

Jun. 03 2012 08:06 PM

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