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2011 Classical Fund-Raising Marathon


Monday, December 05
Czech Mates
When: 
Monday, December 05 06:00AM
Hosted by: 
John Delehanty
Category: 
Classical

The quality and quantity of music from Czechoslovakia rival that of any Western country. From Benda to Zelenka, enjoy the beauty and creativity of Czech Mates.

The Italian Baroque
When: 
Monday, December 05 09:00AM
Hosted by: 
The Contessa
Category: 
Classical

Arcangelo Corelli (Rome), Alessandro Scarlatti (Naples) and Antonio Vivaldi (Venice) gave shape to the style we call Baroque. We trace the development of the Italian Baroque through their music.

The Piano Hour: Maurice Ravel
When: 
Monday, December 05 11:00AM
Hosted by: 
Ann Porotti
Category: 
Classical

The first installment of our week-long "lunchtime" piano series begins; Ann Porotti spotlights early piano works by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) including Miroirs and Gaspard de la nuit.

On Your Toes
When: 
Monday, December 05 12:00PM
Hosted by: 
Steve Myers
Category: 
Classical

An enchanting dish of artistic dance delicacies, with selections from the world's best-loved ballets by Tchaikovsky, Delibes and others. 

Violin Concertos and Others
When: 
Monday, December 05 02:00PM
Hosted by: 
Freddy FreeRoamer
Category: 
Classical

Tchaikovsky’s great Violin Concerto takes center stage in this show devoted to the beautiful sounds of violin and orchestra.

Channel Crossings
When: 
Monday, December 05 05:05PM
Hosted by: 
Eric Betthauser, Jenny Wyss and Cinder Stanton
Category: 
Classical

Since 1066, the relationship between England and France has been one of cultural exchange as well as political conflict. Journey across the English Channel to explore six centuries of French and English music: troubadour songs and motets, galliards and gavottes, chansons and madrigals, and much more.

The Slender Reed
When: 
Monday, December 05 07:00PM
Hosted by: 
The Contessa with oboist Aaron Hill
Category: 
Classical

Harsh, sweet, haunting, cheerful: the oboe’s sounds and moods are varied. Our visiting expert guides us through the oboe’s many guises, in music of R. Strauss, Vivaldi, Bach, and Schumann's Romances.

Mendelssohn’s Elijah
When: 
Monday, December 05 09:00PM
Hosted by: 
Thom Pease and Ann Shaffer
Category: 
Classical

We begin this week's Choral Showcase with Mendelssohn's masterful setting of the biblical story of Elijah. This performance features baritone Bryn Terfel in the dramatically charged role of Elijah, along with soprano Renee Fleming, and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus conducted by Paul Daniel.

Dvořák in the Dark! ~ followed by ~ Music through the Night
When: 
Monday, December 05 11:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ralph Graves, Radio Star
Category: 
Classical

The Radio Star begins each evening with a symphonic work of Antonin Dvořák followed by works for late-night listening.

Tuesday, December 06Back to Top
Revolutionary Spirit in Communist Russia
When: 
Tuesday, December 06 06:00AM
Hosted by: 
Patrick Fitzsimmons
Category: 
Classical

Russian nationalist composers used their music as rebellious voices during a period of violence, fear, and censorship. Enjoy powerful and uplifting masterpieces by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Khachaturian, Stravinsky, and others.

The French Baroque
When: 
Tuesday, December 06 09:00AM
Hosted by: 
Deborah Murray
Category: 
Classical

Luxuriate in the sumptuous courtly style and sounds of 17th- and 18th-century France, with music of Lully, François Couperin, and Rameau.

The Piano Hour: Catalonia
When: 
Tuesday, December 06 11:00AM
Hosted by: 
John Delehanty
Category: 
Classical

Experience the rich, sensuous soul of Catalonia through the music of Albeniz, Soler, Mompou, and Blancafort.

Guitar Sounds: Cedar and Spruce
When: 
Tuesday, December 06 12:00PM
Hosted by: 
Greg Cox
Category: 
Classical

Classical guitars can be made of cedar soundboards or spruce, with distinct differences in sound.  Cedar gives a guitar a warm and mellow sound, while spruce makes a brighter and louder sound.  Hear the difference through music of Granados, Albéniz, and Rodrigo.

Renaissance Masterpieces
When: 
Tuesday, December 06 02:00PM
Hosted by: 
Jenny Wyss
Category: 
Classical

Jenny showcases the tried and true, and a few surprises too. Enjoy this emotional, intellectual and ultimately satisfying music – worthy of display in WTJU's sonic museum! Palestrina, Josquin, Tallis, Ockeghem, Byrd, Taverner, Victoria, Lassus, and others.

Exotic Images
When: 
Tuesday, December 06 05:05PM
Hosted by: 
Andrew Pratt
Category: 
Classical

Take a luxurious ride on the Orient Express, as Andrew presents melodies inspired by travel to foreign lands, with music of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Saint-Saëns and others.

Roles They Never Sang on Stage
When: 
Tuesday, December 06 07:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ann Shaffer and Tim Snider
Category: 
Classical

Singers often record roles they’ve made their own on stage.  But what about Sutherland as Turandot?  Domingo as Tristan?  Not in the opera house, but fortunately we have them on record.  WTJU’s vocal connoisseurs present great singers in roles they never sang on stage.

Monteverdi’s Vespers 1610
When: 
Tuesday, December 06 09:00PM
Hosted by: 
Deborah Murray
Category: 
Classical

Monteverdi was arguably the most important composer of the first half of the 17th century.  We’ll hear John Eliot Gardiner’s unsurpassed recording of this monumental work with the Monteverdi Choir, recorded at St. Mark’s in Venice, where Monteverdi himself was music director.

Dvořák in the Dark! ~ followed by ~ Music through the Night
When: 
Tuesday, December 06 11:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ralph Graves, Radio Star
Category: 
Classical

The Radio Star begins each evening with a symphonic work of Antonin Dvořák followed by works for late-night listening.

Wednesday, December 07Back to Top
Sons Of Bach
When: 
Wednesday, December 07 06:00AM
Hosted by: 
Ralph Graves, Radio Star
Category: 
Classical

Johann Sebastian Bach was one of the greatest composers ever -- and his sons weren't far behind him. We'll listen to music by WF Bach, CPE Bach, JC Bach, JCF Bach, and perhaps even something from the black sheep of the family, PDQ Bach.

The English Baroque
When: 
Wednesday, December 07 09:00AM
Hosted by: 
Greg Cox
Category: 
Classical

The focus is on the two greatest composers of the period: Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel, particularly Purcell's theater music and Handel's operas. Purcell predated Handel by decades, yet his influence on Handel is clear. They were colorful, inventive, and exciting composers, as popular as the Beatles in their time!

The Piano Hour: Domenico Scarlatti
When: 
Wednesday, December 07 11:00AM
Hosted by: 
The Contessa
Category: 
Classical

In their combination of Italian form and Iberian flavor, Scarlatti’s 555 keyboard sonatas are unique. Pianists Pogorelich, Horowitz, Zacharias and others put their own stamp on these small miracles.

World Classical Musics
When: 
Wednesday, December 07 12:00PM
Hosted by: 
Bruce Penner
Category: 
Classical

European classical music is only one of a number of classical styles from around the globe.  Please join Bruce of Radio Tropicale for a taste of some of the most interesting and compelling musical styles the world has to offer.

Cold War, Hot Talent
When: 
Wednesday, December 07 02:00PM
Hosted by: 
Tim Snider
Category: 
Classical

Some of the greatest 20th-century musicians came from behind the Iron Curtain.  We'll sample the artistry of Richter, Gilels, Rostropovich, Oistrakh and others, in legendary recordings.

Portrait of the Artistes: Les Six
When: 
Wednesday, December 07 05:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ann Porotti
Category: 
Classical

Paris: 1920: Six French musicians – inspired by Cocteau's artistic avant-garde, the complex idioms of jazz, and the 12-tone scale – strive to create music "different" from their Romantic forebears-- Wagner, Ravel and Debussy.  Members of the group include Milhaud, Honegger, Poulenc, Auric, Durey, and Tailleferre.  A short-lived manifesto against the musical status quo, these composers customized their musical styles into six very different careers. 

Newest of the New
When: 
Wednesday, December 07 07:00PM
Hosted by: 
Thom Pease and Sarah O’Halloran
Category: 
Classical

Sarah O'Halloran and Thom Pease bring you the best recordings of the 20th and 21st centuries (so far), showcasing excellent performances, award-winning compositions, and the wide diversity of classical music from around the globe.

Magnificats
When: 
Wednesday, December 07 09:00PM
Hosted by: 
Deborah Murray
Category: 
Classical

The text of the Magnificat has been set to music countless times, and during the Renaissance and Baroque eras, more than any liturgical text with the exception of the Mass. We’ll survey this rich tradition across five centuries, including JS Bach's majestic work.

Dvořák in the Dark! ~ followed by ~ Music through the Night
When: 
Wednesday, December 07 11:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ralph Graves, Radio Star
Category: 
Classical

The Radio Star begins each evening with a symphonic work of Antonin Dvořák followed by works for late-night listening.

Thursday, December 08Back to Top
Make Your Garden Grow
When: 
Thursday, December 08 06:00AM
Hosted by: 
Paula O’Buckley
Category: 
Classical

A special edition of Classical Café, drawn from the very stuff of nature: flowers, sunshine, storms, and stars! Music by diverse composers such as Haydn, Knaifel, Ravel, Françaix, and Bernstein will be featured.

Baroque World Tour
When: 
Thursday, December 08 09:00AM
Hosted by: 
Greg Cox and Deborah Murray
Category: 
Classical

We’ll travel beyond England, France, Italy, and Germany to hear musical gems of Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka, Dutch composer Count Unico Willem van Wassenaer, and others. 

The Piano Hour: Franz Liszt
When: 
Thursday, December 08 11:00AM
Hosted by: 
Deborah Murray
Category: 
Classical

He was the greatest pianist of the Romantic era, and composed a vast amount of music for the piano. Tune in to hear how Liszt’s music transcended previous bounds and pushed the limits of his own time, as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth.

Holy Minimalism!
When: 
Thursday, December 08 12:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ryan deRamus
Category: 
Classical

The term “Holy minimalism” is used to refer to a number of late 20th-century composers of Western classical music, whose works are distinguished by a minimalist aesthetic and a distinctly religious or mystical subject focus. Enjoy music of Arvo Pärt, John Tavener, Henryk Górecki, Alan Hovhaness, and others.

Piano Trios
When: 
Thursday, December 08 02:00PM
Hosted by: 
Elizabeth Benzinger
Category: 
Classical

The piano trio (piano, violin and cello) has been a popular chamber music form for centuries.  We air a sampling of trios from the age of Mozart through the 20th century.

Heroines and Villains
When: 
Thursday, December 08 05:00PM
Hosted by: 
Bruce Penner with Ash Lawn Opera's Michelle Kreisel
Category: 
Classical

Ash Lawn Opera General Manager Michelle Kreisel joins Bruce of Radio Tropicale for two hours of the operatic characters that keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Classical Bridges
When: 
Thursday, December 08 07:00PM
Hosted by: 
Sandy Snyder
Category: 
Classical

Who were those daring composers of each age who challenged convention to introduce new ideas?  How did we get from a single line of chant nearly a millennium ago to the early Medieval harmonies (organum), to the polyphony of the Renaissance, ornamentation and basso continuo of the Baroque, order and structure of Classical, the emotional themes of the Romantic, and onward into the Modern era?  Tune in to “Classical Bridges” and find out!

A Celebration of Robert Shaw and Slavic Choral Masterpieces
When: 
Thursday, December 08 09:00PM
Hosted by: 
Thom Pease
Category: 
Classical

Thursday's program features two Slavic masterworks, the Stabat Mater of Antonin Dvořák and Rachmaninov's Vespers, both conducted by Robert Shaw with his choruses, the Atlanta Symphony Chorus (with orchestra) and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers. The former was recorded three months before Shaw's death in 1999. Experience Shaw's lifetime of choral artistry in these documents of vocal excellence.

Dvořák in the Dark! ~ followed by ~ Music through the Night
When: 
Thursday, December 08 11:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ralph Graves, Radio Star
Category: 
Classical

The Radio Star begins each evening with a symphonic work of Antonin Dvořák followed by works for late-night listening.

Friday, December 09Back to Top
Inspired by Nature
When: 
Friday, December 09 06:00AM
Hosted by: 
Ilona Kastenhofer
Category: 
Classical

Classical musicians, like artists of other art forms, are often inspired by nature. We examine classical composers’ relationship to nature, and enjoy nature-inspired pieces by Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schubert, the Russian Five and more.

The German Baroque
When: 
Friday, December 09 09:00AM
Hosted by: 
Paula O’Buckley
Category: 
Classical

As you might expect, all the greats of the period will be in attendance – but – as only WTJU can deliver – we will throw in some rarities, too!  Scheidt, Praetorius, Schein, Telemann, Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach will feature prominently!

The Piano Hour: Sergei Rachmaninov
When: 
Friday, December 09 11:00AM
Hosted by: 
Francesca da Rimini and Tim Snider
Category: 
Classical

One of the 20th century’s greatest pianists was also one of its most gifted composers. Spend an hour steeped in the preludes, études, and variations of Rachmaninov. Their lyricism and clarity challenge the soloist and enrapture the listener.

An Expanded Liszt
When: 
Friday, December 09 12:00PM
Hosted by: 
John Delehanty
Category: 
Classical

Liszt is known to us primarily as the pianist of the 19th century. But his symphonic and choral music reveal another side of this great, influential artist.

Wein und Bier Klatsch
When: 
Friday, December 09 02:00PM
Hosted by: 
Paula O’Buckley
Category: 
Classical

It’s a fun, casual conversation of music! Mingle with such honored guests as Bach, Monteverdi and Brahms for laughter, gossip, and light-hearted music inspired by the ages-old human infatuation with wine and beer.  

Maximum Volume
When: 
Friday, December 09 05:00PM
Hosted by: 
Rob Nowicki
Category: 
Classical

What do the Emperor Concerto, Ride of the Valkyries, Music for the Royal Fireworks, and Mars-The Bringer of War have in common?  Well, they are meant to be played and performed LOUDLY!  Volume has been sought after by composers and their audiences for centuries. Warning: This show may contain Sousa marches!

Danza Latina: Return of the Tango
When: 
Friday, December 09 07:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ann Porotti
Category: 
Classical

Early Anibal Triolo, Osvaldo Pugliese, Carlos Gardel; later Astor Piazzolla, Gary Burton, Juan D’Arienzo; latest Richard Galliano, Rodolfo Mederos, Kronos Quartet.  Archive vocals by Tita Merello, Rosita Quiroga, Susanna Morena; current trends from Isabel Bayrakdarian, Placido Domingo.  Out of the box–Chango Spasciuk.  Hard to believe all this interest began with a working-class dance form, played by a piano/violin/bandoneon trio.

Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle
When: 
Friday, December 09 09:00PM
Hosted by: 
The Contessa
Category: 
Classical

Of his “poor little Mass,” the “last of [his] sins of old age,” Rossini wondered: “is it indeed sacred music [la musique sacrée] that I have just written, or merely some damned music [la sacré musique]?” This witty, elegant and moving masterpiece is scored for 2 pianos, harmonium, 8 choristers and 4 soloists.

Dvořák in the Dark! ~ followed by ~ Music through the Night
When: 
Friday, December 09 11:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ralph Graves, Radio Star
Category: 
Classical

The Radio Star begins each evening with a symphonic work of Antonin Dvořák followed by works for late-night listening.

Saturday, December 10Back to Top
Ring Out, Wild Bells!
When: 
Saturday, December 10 06:00AM
Hosted by: 
Cinder Stanton
Category: 
Classical

Composers from Anonymous to Arvo Pärt have been inspired by the sound and rhythm of bells.  Enjoy bell-inspired music, from medieval motets to the 'tintinnabuli' of Arvo Pärt, including piano, orchestral, and vocal works of Liszt and Ravel, Grieg and Janáček, Purcell and Vaughan Williams. 

The Green & Pleasant Land: English Anthem and more
When: 
Saturday, December 10 09:00AM
Hosted by: 
Michael Latsko and The Contessa
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 Rex and Tessa for choral gems by the brightest and best: Handel, Wesley, Parry, Stanford, Walton et al.

Mythical Visions
When: 
Saturday, December 10 12:00PM
Hosted by: 
Andrew Pratt
Category: 
Classical

Explore the stuff of legend, with programmatic music of Rachmaninov, Sibelius, Dvořák and many others.

The Artistry of Cellist Jacqueline du Pré
When: 
Saturday, December 10 02:00PM
Hosted by: 
Elizabeth Benzinger
Category: 
Classical

British cello virtuoso Jacqueline du Pré lived only 42 years but she has left us recordings of many of the major works of the cello repertoire.  Elizabeth Benzinger will bring WTJU listeners selections from her memorable performances.

Hungarian Musicians Abroad
When: 
Saturday, December 10 04:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ilona Kastenhofer
Category: 
Classical

From Franz Liszt to Béla Bartók, many classical musicians born in Hungary had to or chose to live most of their creative lives abroad. Explore the roles of these musicians, both composers and performers, around the world, from Europe to America.  

The Best of Gilbert & Sullivan
When: 
Saturday, December 10 06:00PM
Hosted by: 
Steve Myers and Deborah Murray
Category: 
Classical

Calling all Savoyards! From the patter of I am the Very Model of the Modern Major General to the Three Little Maids from School air, we’ll have some fun bringing you tunes from Gilbert and Sullivan’s light operas. Sing along!

Flute Plus
When: 
Saturday, December 10 08:00PM
Hosted by: 
Penny Ward
Category: 
Classical

Start with a flute and add a new instrument with each piece.  How many friends will we be able to fit in the room before the two hours are up?

Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band: the Music of Terry Riley
When: 
Saturday, December 10 10:00PM
Hosted by: 
James Ford
Category: 
Classical

Terry Riley is among the most psychedelic of American Minimalist composers, beloved of classical, jazz, and rock musicians alike for his groundbreaking compositions and recordings in the 1960’s and 70’s. Hear a broad cross-section of Riley’s work, ranging from classic pieces like In C and A Rainbow in Curved Air to his lesser-known compositions and collaborations.

Sunday, December 11Back to Top
Music Through the Night
When: 
Sunday, December 11 12:00AM
Hosted by: 
Ralph Graves, Radio Star
Category: 
Classical

The Radio Star programs works for late-night listening.

Advent and Christmas Music Throughout the Ages
When: 
Sunday, December 11 06:00AM
Hosted by: 
Deborah Murray
Category: 
Classical

From anonymous works of the Middle Ages to William Walton’s Make We Joy Now in this Fest, revel in the classical sounds of music for Advent and Christmas.

Percy Grainger: More than Danny Boy
When: 
Sunday, December 11 10:00AM
Hosted by: 
Francesca da Rimini
Category: 
Classical

For a composer who valued the universal over the original, Percy Grainger had one of music’s most distinct voices. Partake of the unique, passionate, and “kaleidoscopic multitudinous” repertoire.

The Two Bohèmes
When: 
Sunday, December 11 12:00PM
Hosted by: 
Tim Snider and Ann Shaffer 
Category: 
Classical

Puccini's La bohème is one of the world's best-loved operas, but there is another La bohème – by Leoncavallo, composer of I pagliacci.  Hear them both during a special six-hour presentation of WTJU's long-running Sunday Opera Matinee.

A Christmas King
When: 
Sunday, December 11 06:00PM
Hosted by: 
Rex Instrumentorum
Category: 
Classical

Kevin Bowyer at the organ in Chichester Cathedral in the United Kingdom performs classic Christmas pieces - Handel's Hallelujah Chorus set for organ solo, J. S. Bach's Sinfonia from the Christmas Oratorio, and In dulci jubilo. There are some more modern pieces, too, such as John Rutter's Prelude on 'God rest you merry, gentlemen' and W.S. Lloyd-Webber's Interlude on 'The Coventry Carol.'

Finale: Handel’s Messiah & Post-Marathon Handeliana
When: 
Sunday, December 11 07:00PM
Hosted by: 
WTJU Classical Staff
Category: 
Classical

It’s a grand old tradition to end each Classical Marathon with a complete (and completely different) performance of Handel’s Messiah. We don’t mind if you sing along, as the Marathon comes to an end.

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