Eleanor Steber (09/09/1962)

July 15, 2023, 12:00 am

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Lady With Parasol was painted in 1915 by Catherine Wiley, a prominent Knoxville artist (Catherine Wiley, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Note: This program of The Best of Studs Terkel takes place at midnight (an hour later than usual) because of a live performance from Ravinia Festival.

It has become the time of evening for the Best of Studs Terkel. And tonight we have a program from 1962, when American soprano Eleanor Steber spoke with Studs Terkel about commissioning Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville, Summer of 1915.” She describes meeting James Agee, whose novel and prose-poem “A Death in the Family” provided the text for Barber’s evocative masterpiece.