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Monday, December 09
Tone Poems
When: 
Monday, December 09 06:00AM
Hosted by: 
John Delehanty and Tim Snider
Category: 
Classical

Since Liszt, tone poems have given composers license to link inspirational themes directly to music. Few have been able to resist the allure of the tone poem. Be seduced by this compelling musical form.

1913: On the Eve of War
When: 
Monday, December 09 10:00AM
Hosted by: 
Tim Snider and Penelope Ward
Category: 
Classical

Europe was on the verge of a catastrophe and the music world was about to change forever, as Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring premiered in Paris. We will bring you other significant premieres from this last year of the ancien régime.

Four!
When: 
Monday, December 09 12:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ralph Graves
Category: 
Classical

If one pianist is good, then two have to be great! Most classical and romantic composers wrote music for piano 4-hands. Sometimes they transcribed popular orchestral works (either by themselves or others) and other times contributed original music to the genre. Join Ralph Graves for music by Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Dvorak, Debussy, and more.

Fantastic Finales
When: 
Monday, December 09 02:00PM
Hosted by: 
Allen Hench
Category: 
Classical

How does a musical conclusion give us that rapid pulse, the chills up the spine, the tear in the eye, or that warm inner glow? Why can a composition’s last moments leave us with joyful exuberance or a melancholy trance? Explore, with Allen Hench, those final codas, final measures, and concluding, soul-reaching chords.

Eleganza
When: 
Monday, December 09 04:00PM
Hosted by: 
Steve Myers and Sandy Goodson
Category: 
Classical

Two hours of enchanting music to fill your soul with sweetness and peace. Music from the classical and romantic eras and a few surprises. Pour a nice relaxing cup of tea and join Sandy and Steve for a show to lift your spirits and fill you with delight.

Early Music Special: From Antiquity to the Baroque
When: 
Monday, December 09 06:00PM
Hosted by: 
Greg Cox and Cinder Stanton
Category: 
Classical

Greg and Cinder will devote this three-hour special to uncovering some of the origins of early music, highlighting the evolution of wind and stringed instruments and the increasingly intricate harmonies of the human voice.

Composers: Their Teachers and Students
When: 
Monday, December 09 09:00PM
Hosted by: 
Campbell Shiflett
Category: 
Classical

Join Campbell Shiflett as he traces the lineage of your favorite composers. Who taught them their craft? Who learned from them? We’ll watch music develop through the centuries as students became composers and as composers became teachers, from Bach and his students to Beethoven, Czerny, and the 20th century.

Finishing Touches
When: 
Monday, December 09 11:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ralph Graves
Category: 
Classical

Composers don’t always finish what they start. Sometimes they die before completing a work, sometimes they just abandon a piece and move on. When a work is tantalizingly close to being completed, there’s often another composer willing to step in and finish the task. For our overnight programs, from 11 pm until 6 am, we will feature works that were at least 85% written by the original composer, giving you a glimpse into what might have been had they had a little more time (or interest).

Tuesday, December 10Back to Top
La Belle Musique: Theme and Variations
When: 
Tuesday, December 10 06:00AM
Hosted by: 
Elizabeth Benzinger and Allen Hench
Category: 
Classical

Sample the world of musical variations with Elizabeth Benzinger and Allen Hench. Is imitation the highest form of flattery? Which adaptations have proven more popular than the original works? Tune in and find out in this four-hour special.

1813: Peace after the Wars
When: 
Tuesday, December 10 10:00AM
Hosted by: 
Ann Porotti and Charles Peale
Category: 
Classical

Today’s centennial celebration showcases music from five classical composers who kept their heads. Some turned to themes of war: Beethoven wrote Wellington’s Victory and The Ruin of Athens, while Rossini’s opera Tancredi sang of family rivalry in Byzantine Sicily. Following another path, Luigi Cherubini spent the wars in Napoleon’s employ; Muzio Clementi moved to London and took up music publishing and piano-making; and Johann Hummel continued his successful composition and piano performances in Vienna.

French Gems
When: 
Tuesday, December 10 12:00PM
Hosted by: 
Deborah Murray
Category: 
Classical

Why are the French so renowned for their exquisite style and taste, especially in classical music? We’ll try to find out as Deborah Murray plays musical gems from the Renaissance to modern times, featuring composers such as Machaut, Lully, Fauré, Debussy, Duruflé, Ibert, and many more, all of whom had just that touch of je ne sais quoi!

Classical Scotland
When: 
Tuesday, December 10 02:00PM
Hosted by: 
Joseph Wilkinson
Category: 
Classical

Don your tartan, enjoy some shortbread and maybe even a wee dram, as you settle down with Joseph Wilkinson for an afternoon of music about Scotland. The show will include settings of Scottish songs, works by Scottish composers, and works inspired by Scottish music or by Scotland itself.

Live from Salzburg
When: 
Tuesday, December 10 04:00PM
Hosted by: 
Tim Snider
Category: 
Classical

Salzburg in the summer means performances by the world’s most notable singers and musicians. Fortunately, many of those performances are available on state-of-the-art recordings. Tim Snider will present a sampling from the world’s greatest summer music festival in one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

I'm Dying (Oh So Beautifully)
When: 
Tuesday, December 10 06:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ann Shaffer and Tim Snider
Category: 
Classical

Our own Sunday opera stars bring you three hours of beautiful operatic death scenes that will have you reaching for that box of tissues —and your credit card. Pledge your support so that beautiful singing can survive even the death of a tragic heroine on WTJU.

Starring Non-Starring Instruments
When: 
Tuesday, December 10 09:00PM
Hosted by: 
Penelope Ward and Thann Ward
Category: 
Classical

Contra-bassoon and orchestra. Basset horn trio. Glass harmonica, winds, and string bass. And maybe didgeridoo! Not your typical combinations, are they? Tune in to hear these and other interesting combinations with your hosts Penelope and Thann Ward.

Finishing Touches
When: 
Tuesday, December 10 11:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ralph Graves
Category: 
Classical

Composers don’t always finish what they start. Sometimes they die before completing a work, sometimes they just abandon a piece and move on. When a work is tantalizingly close to being completed, there’s often another composer willing to step in and finish the task. For our overnight programs, from 11 pm until 6 am, we will feature works that were at least 85% written by the original composer, giving you a glimpse into what might have been had they had a little more time (or interest).

Wednesday, December 11Back to Top
Gamut Special: Rococo Gold
When: 
Wednesday, December 11 06:00AM
Hosted by: 
Ralph Graves
Category: 
Classical

In the 1760s, a new type of music was in the air. Replacing the contrapuntal complexity of the Baroque period, the style galante was light, tuneful, friendly music, and would lead immediately to the classical style of Mozart and Haydn. Enjoy elegant and accessible works by JC and CPE Bach, Francois Couperin, Thomas Arne, William Boyce, and many others.

1713: It Was the Best of Times
When: 
Wednesday, December 11 10:00AM
Hosted by: 
Deborah Murray
Category: 
Classical

Some of the greatest composers who ever lived were active in this anniversary year: J. S. Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann, Couperin, Scarlatti, and other masters of the Baroque. Drop in with Deborah Murray on the music of 1713.

Songs without Words
When: 
Wednesday, December 11 12:00PM
Hosted by: 
Elizabeth Benzinger
Category: 
Classical

Is it a song if it doesn’t have words? Felix Mendelssohn thought so and he wrote almost fifty for piano. Of course what makes them songs is their lyrical quality; they are so melodic that it’s difficult not to hum along. Elizabeth Benzinger will dedicate a show to this lovely musical genre.

Music and Poetry
When: 
Wednesday, December 11 02:00PM
Hosted by: 
John Delehanty
Category: 
Classical

Throughout Western music, composers have naturally sought to combine their music with the poetry of their artistic cousins. Enjoy lyrics and melodies of masters across centuries and continents. “Music, when soft voices die, vibrates in the memory”—Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Prodigy Spotlight
When: 
Wednesday, December 11 04:00PM
Hosted by: 
Paula O'Buckley
Category: 
Classical

A show about the composers and performers who began as virtuosic tots, and spent the rest of their lives playing and creating audible works of art. Mozart, Mendelssohn, Midori, Chopin, Claudio Arrau, Jacqueline du Pré, and Yo-Yo Ma will feature prominently.

Listening Room: The Crowd-Sourced Edition
When: 
Wednesday, December 11 06:00PM
Hosted by: 
Thom Pease
Category: 
Classical

We invited the Listening Room’s on-air and online audience to tell us which contemporary composer or work they wanted to hear during our Marathon show. Now the people have spoken! Tune in to find out if your favorites made the list.

Airs and Graces: British Pastoral Tradition
When: 
Wednesday, December 11 09:00PM
Hosted by: 
Francesca Da Rimini
Category: 
Classical

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, English composers developed a national music steeped in folksong and the native landscape. Frequently dismissed by musical “progressives” for its tuneful, melodic, and tonal qualities, the pastoral tradition is nonetheless beloved by listeners the world ’round. And despite being deeply familiar, it is also deeply modern. From Bax to Vaughan Williams, come celebrate the music that celebrates this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.

Finishing Touches
When: 
Wednesday, December 11 11:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ralph Graves
Category: 
Classical

Composers don’t always finish what they start. Sometimes they die before completing a work, sometimes they just abandon a piece and move on. When a work is tantalizingly close to being completed, there’s often another composer willing to step in and finish the task. For our overnight programs, from 11 pm until 6 am, we will feature works that were at least 85% written by the original composer, giving you a glimpse into what might have been had they had a little more time (or interest).

Thursday, December 12Back to Top
Make 'Em Laugh!
When: 
Thursday, December 12 06:00AM
Hosted by: 
Paula O'Buckley and Campbell Shiflett
Category: 
Classical

Join Paula O’Buckley and Campbell Shiflett for a show about the comedy of classical music spanning the centuries, covering clowns, witty banter, double entendre, and bending the rules to make things fun!

1613: The Dawn of the Golden Age
When: 
Thursday, December 12 10:00AM
Hosted by: 
Rob Nowicki
Category: 
Classical

King James I sat on the English throne and the Authorized Version of the Bible had just been published. Shakespeare was still writing plays, but fire demolished the Globe Theater and a swarm of locusts destroyed the French town of La Camarque. Despite these tumultuous events, music reigned supreme. It was a Golden Age, when Claudio Monteverdi, John Dowland, Michael Praetorius, and Heinrich Schutz were in their heyday, and Johann Sebastian Bach’s grandfather was born. Join Rob Nowicki as he perambulates through the music of 1613.

Renaissance Street Music
When: 
Thursday, December 12 12:00PM
Hosted by: 
Greg Cox
Category: 
Classical

When 16th century composer Teilman Susato established Antwerp’s first music publishing firm, he unleashed an outpouring of popular music.

Masters of Miniatures
When: 
Thursday, December 12 02:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ilona Kastenhofer
Category: 
Classical

All composers delighted, either occasionally or frequently, in composing short pieces. Tune in to a special show with Ilona, who showcases a wonderful variety of miniatures from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

Vienna, City of My Dreams
When: 
Thursday, December 12 04:00PM
Hosted by: 
Thom Pease and Peter Jones
Category: 
Classical

Thom Pease and Peter Jones explore the music of the imperial kingdom of composers who made Vienna their home as they served court, king, and chapel. A musical and historical survey from the Middle Ages to the end of the First World War.

Intermezzo: A Little Night Music
When: 
Thursday, December 12 06:00PM
Hosted by: 
The Contessa and Andrew Pratt
Category: 
Classical

Draw the drapes and settle in for an intimate encounter with music of the evening as Andrew and the Contessa tantalize you with nocturnes, serenades, and other morsels of midnight madness.

Te Deum Laudamus
When: 
Thursday, December 12 09:00PM
Hosted by: 
Deborah Murray
Category: 
Classical

The text of the Te Deum has been set to music by many composers over the centuries. We’ll sample several, starting with the festive settings of more modern composers such as Britten and Vaughan Williams and ending in the Baroque era with composers such as Handel, Charpentier, and Purcell. Expect some surprises along the way, such as the infamous setting of the Te Deum in Puccini’s Tosca.

Finishing Touches
When: 
Thursday, December 12 11:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ralph Graves
Category: 
Classical

Composers don’t always finish what they start. Sometimes they die before completing a work, sometimes they just abandon a piece and move on. When a work is tantalizingly close to being completed, there’s often another composer willing to step in and finish the task. For our overnight programs, from 11 pm until 6 am, we will feature works that were at least 85% written by the original composer, giving you a glimpse into what might have been had they had a little more time (or interest).

Friday, December 13Back to Top
Vivace Special: Play It Again, Steve!
When: 
Friday, December 13 06:00AM
Hosted by: 
Steve Myers
Category: 
Classical

Join Steve Myers for four hours of tuneful fun, as he plays some of the music you have enjoyed most over the past year along with some new pieces, too. As ever, this will be an upbeat overture to your weekend.

1513: Pastymes with Good Companye
When: 
Friday, December 13 10:00AM
Hosted by: 
Cinder Stanton
Category: 
Classical

Two hours of songs, motets, dances, and consort music heard by Henry VIII, Ferdinand and Isabella, Michelangelo, and Martin Luther in the streets, chapels, and palaces of Renaissance Europe.

A Century of Britten
When: 
Friday, December 13 12:00PM
Hosted by: 
John Delehanty
Category: 
Classical

2013 marks the centenary birth year of the renowned English composer Benjamin Britten. What cause for celebration as we enjoy the superb range of music by this giant of 20th century music! John Delehanty promises a spectacular birthday party.

Clash and Conflict
When: 
Friday, December 13 02:00PM
Hosted by: 
Joseph Wilkinson
Category: 
Classical

Muskets! Volley to the left! Attention! Circle right and wheel about! Stand easy as Joseph Wilkinson guides you through the battlefield with musical depictions of battles and duels by such composers as Beethoven, Liszt, Prokofiev, Walton, and Rimsky-Korsakov.

Tunes at Teatime
When: 
Friday, December 13 04:00PM
Hosted by: 
Greg Cox and Steve Myers
Category: 
Classical

Pour yourself a nice cup of Earl Grey and pass the scones as Steve and Greg lay out a magic carpet of mellifluous music that will delight and help you to relax at the end of the week. Enjoy the enchanting juxtaposition of classics and film music in this teatime treat.

4th Annual Tango Special
When: 
Friday, December 13 06:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ann Porotti and The Contessa
Category: 
Classical

Back by popular demand: Ann Porotti’s homage to Argentina’s “romance of the barrio.” There will be plenty of Astor Piazzolla, including early vocal works from the songbook of iconic balladeer Carlos Gardel. Such contemporary interpreters as Richard Galliano, Gary Burton, Kronos Quartet, Lalo Schifrin, and Yo-Yo Ma will serve as guides in this tribute to Tango Madness.

A Sweet Nut to Crack
When: 
Friday, December 13 09:00PM
Hosted by: 
Andrew Pratt
Category: 
Classical

Bask in your after-dinner glow with a nip of hazelnut honey. Join Andrew Pratt as he inundates the air with the mellifluous outpouring of emotion from Cassious Noisette (The Nutcracker) and other works of the Russian master of melody, Tchaikovsky.

Finishing Touches
When: 
Friday, December 13 11:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ralph Graves
Category: 
Classical

Composers don’t always finish what they start. Sometimes they die before completing a work, sometimes they just abandon a piece and move on. When a work is tantalizingly close to being completed, there’s often another composer willing to step in and finish the task. For our overnight programs, from 11 pm until 6 am, we will feature works that were at least 85% written by the original composer, giving you a glimpse into what might have been had they had a little more time (or interest).

Saturday, December 14Back to Top
The South American Way
When: 
Saturday, December 14 06:00AM
Hosted by: 
Cameron Dodge
Category: 
Classical

South America has a long-standing and often-overlooked tradition of classical music. Cameron Dodge will trace the development of the music in Latin America, from the Baroque motets sung in Peruvian missions to the Romantic works of Argentina’s Carlos Guastavino and the modernist compositions of Brazilian great Heitor Villa-Lobos. Join him for a journey of musical discovery to the Southern Hemisphere.

The English Anthem
When: 
Saturday, December 14 09:00AM
Hosted by: 
The Contessa and Michael Latsko
Category: 
Classical

The team of Rex and Tessa return for their annual romp across the English landscape. Much of the Western choral tradition comes from the British Isles, so join your hosts for choral gems by the brightest and best: Handel, Wesley, Parry, Stanford, Walton, et al.

Great Beginnings
When: 
Saturday, December 14 12:00PM
Hosted by: 
Campbell Shiflett
Category: 
Classical

It takes a lot of courage to write music and a lot of talent to have it published. Come listen with Campbell Shiflett to the Opus 1 pieces that launched the careers of composers from the Baroque to the 20th century.

Cats!
When: 
Saturday, December 14 02:00PM
Hosted by: 
Francesca da Rimini
Category: 
Classical

According to Albert Schweitzer, there are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. Join Francesca as she celebrates both in a fancy feast of feline-inspired music. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry— it’s better than Cats. It’s Cats!

Erin Go Bragh!
When: 
Saturday, December 14 04:00PM
Hosted by: 
Cinder Stanton
Category: 
Classical

Two hours of works inspired by Ireland’s music and landscape, spanning the 15th to the 20th centuries. Composers from outside of Ireland, such as Mendelssohn and Moeran, will be represented, along with harp tunes of Turlough O’Carolan, piano nocturnes of John Field, and the rhapsodies of Charles Villiers Stanford.

On the Lighter Side
When: 
Saturday, December 14 06:00PM
Hosted by: 
Steve Myers and David Soyka
Category: 
Classical

Lighten up your Saturday evening with a selection of entertaining classical music. You can hum along, sing and dance, or just relax, listen, and smile, as Steve Myers and David Soyka bring you a delightful selection of the classics you know you love.

A Very Good Year
When: 
Saturday, December 14 08:00PM
Hosted by: 
Campbell Shiflett
Category: 
Classical

2013 has been a big year for noteworthy birthdays and anniversaries. Campbell Shiflett will explore the music of composers whose milestones we have celebrated this year.

Finishing Touches
When: 
Saturday, December 14 11:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ralph Graves
Category: 
Classical

Composers don’t always finish what they start. Sometimes they die before completing a work, sometimes they just abandon a piece and move on. When a work is tantalizingly close to being completed, there’s often another composer willing to step in and finish the task. For our overnight programs, from 11 pm until 6 am, we will feature works that were at least 85% written by the original composer, giving you a glimpse into what might have been had they had a little more time (or interest).

Sunday, December 15Back to Top
Classical Sunrise Advent and Christmas Special
When: 
Sunday, December 15 06:00AM
Hosted by: 
Deborah Murray
Category: 
Classical

Celebrate the season with the best in classical music, from anonymous works of the Middle Ages to more familiar music of the present day. There is sure to be music to delight you and make your spirits soar!

Go for Baroque!
When: 
Sunday, December 15 10:00AM
Hosted by: 
Cameron Dodge
Category: 
Classical

Yearning to go Bach to the 17th century? Ready to Telemann on the street about what you just heard? Can’t Handel the bad puns? Then join Cameron Dodge for “Go for Baroque.” We’ll quit with the puns and enjoy two hours of the best that the Baroque has to offer, from some of your favorites to a few forgotten treasures.

Opera Special: Guilliame Tell
When: 
Sunday, December 15 12:00PM
Hosted by: 
Tim Snider and Ann Shaffer
Category: 
Classical

Rossini’s sprawling and serious opera is the main feature in a rare broadcast of the complete French-language original score, with an all-star cast featuring Nicolai Gedda, Gabriel Bacquier, and Monserrat Caballé. Ann Shaffer and Tim Snider will plunk the apple as your hosts of this special feature at a special time, 12 noon.

The King’s Mighty Organ Music
When: 
Sunday, December 15 06:00PM
Hosted by: 
Michael Latsko
Category: 
Classical

Kingly compositions from Alain to Zipoli, honoring composers whom we celebrate for significant anniversaries in 2013.

A Chorus Line
When: 
Sunday, December 15 07:00PM
Hosted by: 
Michael Latsko, The Contessa et al.
Category: 
Classical

rous•ing, adj. inducing enthusiasm or excitement; stirring; lively; vigorous. Rousing choruses and arias to end the Classical Marathon with music to which you can—and we hope will—sing along!

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