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Monday, December 03
Variation on a Theme By…
When: 
Monday, December 03 06:00AM
Hosted by: 
John Delehanty
Category: 
Classical

In music, variation may be the highest form of flattery. Listen to how great composers reflect upon and reshape the music of fellow musicians. 

Music of the German Romantics
When: 
Monday, December 03 09:00AM
Hosted by: 
Steve Myers
Category: 
Classical

Musical romanticism in Germany dates back to the 1800s and emphasizes imagination, emotion, and relaxation of musical forms.  We'll explore the musical gems of the German romantics from Beethoven to Brahms.

A Week of Chamber Music: Solo Instruments
When: 
Monday, December 03 12:00PM
Hosted by: 
Deborah Murray
Category: 
Classical

Our week-long series of chamber music will progress from solo works to sextets. Each day of the Marathon adds an instrument. We start with the solo piano music of Claude Debussy, the master of impressionistic tone painting.

Violin Sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven
When: 
Monday, December 03 02:00PM
Hosted by: 
Elizabeth Benzinger
Category: 
Classical

Ludwig van Beethoven composed 10 sonatas for violin and piano, most of them in his early and middle periods. The emphasis will be on performances by violinists of renown.

The Saxophone in the Concert Hall
When: 
Monday, December 03 04:00PM
Hosted by: 
Tim Snider
Category: 
Classical

The saxophone remains a relatively recent solo addition to the concert hall.  Yet the repertoire for this instrument is varied and of high quality, including both transcriptions of music for other instruments and music originally composed for the saxophone.  Sample this rich concert fare on this special marathon show.

Flemish Travelers: Early Music from the Low Countries
When: 
Monday, December 03 06:00PM
Hosted by: 
Greg Cox and Cinder Stanton
Category: 
Classical

Many Belgian and Dutch composers in the 15th and 16th centuries traveled frequently to Italy and other parts of continental Europe.  Hear vocal and instrumental music of Dufay, Josquin, Lassus, Ockeghem, and lesser-known contemporaries such as Agricola, Binchois, and Crecquillon.

American Choral Tradition
When: 
Monday, December 03 09:00PM
Hosted by: 
Michael Latsko
Category: 
Classical

New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Boston - famous American cities with historic churches and choirs singing music by great American composers.

The Radio Star Offers Classical Music for the Starry Night
When: 
Monday, December 03 11:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ralph Graves
Category: 
Classical

For you night owls, Ralph Graves programs music throughout each night during the Classical Marathon. A special time for special music and an especially good time to make a late-night contribution to WTJU.

Tuesday, December 04Back to Top
La Belle Musique: French Music in the Morning
When: 
Tuesday, December 04 06:00AM
Hosted by: 
Elizabeth Benzinger and Allen Hench
Category: 
Classical

Wake to hear a selection of French music in many genres from many time periods: from the music of the court of Louis XIV to that of French impressionist composers into the 20th century.

Italian Music from the Baroque and Classical Periods
When: 
Tuesday, December 04 09:00AM
Hosted by: 
Greg Cox
Category: 
Classical

Explore the rich musical culture of Italy between 1600 and 1800, when wealth and technology combined to create the perfect environment for great composers to thrive and the finest musical instruments to be produced.

A Week of Chamber Music: Duets
When: 
Tuesday, December 04 12:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ann Porotti
Category: 
Classical

Welcome to the second day of the WTJU Classical Marathon. How do you know? Of course - duets.

Musical Farewells to Love and Life
When: 
Tuesday, December 04 02:00PM
Hosted by: 
John Delehanty
Category: 
Classical

Often composed literally with feverish intensity, the final works of the great composers may serve as windows to the soul. Explore musical farewells as life expires.

Marc Andre Hamelin: The Pianophile’s Pianist
When: 
Tuesday, December 04 04:00PM
Hosted by: 
Francesca da Rimini
Category: 
Classical

Canadian pianist Marc Andre Hamelin has displayed fearless virtuosity across a vast range of recordings. From Liszt and Haydn to Godowsky and Medtner, meet the pianist described by The New Yorker as “among the wonders of the musical world.”

Opera Arias: Entrances and Exits
When: 
Tuesday, December 04 06:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ann Shaffer and Tim Snider
Category: 
Classical

Composers often employ their best music either to introduce the principal characters of the opera or to bid them adieu.  We will welcome you with Figaro in a special marathon edition of A Time for Singing and say goodbye as Wotan bids farewell to Brünnhilde.

Glorious French Choral Music
When: 
Tuesday, December 04 09:00PM
Hosted by: 
Deborah Murray
Category: 
Classical

From the music of Guillaume de Machaut in the 14th century to the works of 20th century composers Maurice Durufle and Francis Poulenc, sample the music from the grand tradition of French choral music.

The Radio Star Offers Classical Music for the Starry Night
When: 
Tuesday, December 04 11:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ralph Graves
Category: 
Classical

For you night owls, Ralph Graves programs music throughout each night during the Classical Marathon. A special time for special music and an especially good time to make a late-night contribution to WTJU.

Wednesday, December 05Back to Top
Quick Hits
When: 
Wednesday, December 05 06:00AM
Hosted by: 
Ralph Graves
Category: 
Classical

Many believe classical works are too long - but that's not true! We'll feature a variety from music from all eras that all run less than ten minutes each -- some even under a minute! Classical music short and sweet, giving you plenty of time to hear an entire work before calling in with your pledge.

Double Feature: The Contessa Features Music for Dance and Violinist Fiona Hughes Plays the Music of Bach
When: 
Wednesday, December 05 09:00AM
Hosted by: 
The Contessa
Category: 
Classical

The Contessa traces the sparkling story of American dance through wonderful modern and ballet scores used by Agnes de Mille, Paul Taylor, George Balanchine, and others. Fiona Hughes, violinist and co-founder of the ensemble Three Notch’d Road, then joins The Contessa for lively conversation and the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

A Week of Chamber Music: Trios
When: 
Wednesday, December 05 12:00PM
Hosted by: 
John Delehanty
Category: 
Classical

Welcome to the third day of the WTJU Classical Marathon. How do you know? Time for trios!

The Music of Jordi Savall
When: 
Wednesday, December 05 02:00PM
Hosted by: 
Cinder Stanton
Category: 
Classical

Jordi Savall has produced more than one hundred albums with his late wife Montserrat Figueras and the ensembles Hesperion XX and XXI and Le Concert de Nations. Enjoy selections covering seven centuries and composers from around world.

Music for Flute and Oboe
When: 
Wednesday, December 05 04:00PM
Hosted by: 
Penny and Thann Ward
Category: 
Classical

From duets to nonets, the flute and oboe will be featured together.  We will listen to music spanning several centuries and many countries.

Arctic Symphonies and Quartets
When: 
Wednesday, December 05 06:00PM
Hosted by: 
Thom Pease
Category: 
Classical

Explore music that depicts the higher latitudes of the world. There will be music of the legends of the lands, life and famous events, and voyages that led explorers to these frigid environs.

Italian Choral Music
When: 
Wednesday, December 05 09:00PM
Hosted by: 
Campbell Shiflett
Category: 
Classical

Choral music has flourished in Italy since the Renaissance. From sacred music to opera buffa, we will highlight the best of Italian choral music - music many consider the gold standard of vocal writing.

The Radio Star Offers Classical Music for the Starry Night
When: 
Wednesday, December 05 11:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ralph Graves
Category: 
Classical

For you night owls, Ralph Graves programs music throughout each night during the Classical Marathon. A special time for special music and an especially good time to make a late-night contribution to WTJU.

Thursday, December 06Back to Top
Musical Alumni of New York’s LaGuardia High School
When: 
Thursday, December 06 06:00AM
Hosted by: 
Paula O’Buckley
Category: 
Classical

LaGuardia HS in New York City is renowned for its graduates in the arts. Paula O'Buckley (M&A '83) will present a selection of works by outstanding alumni including Gerard Schwarz, Joshua Rifkin, Murray Perahia, and many others.

Bach to Bach and Bach Again
When: 
Thursday, December 06 09:00AM
Hosted by: 
Deborah Murray
Category: 
Classical

We begin with music of Johann Sebastian Bach, explore the music of his sons, and return to the music of the great master.

A Week of Chamber Music: Quartets
When: 
Thursday, December 06 12:00PM
Hosted by: 
Rob Nowicki
Category: 
Classical

Welcome to the fourth day of the WTJU Classical Marathon. How do you know? Count the instruments you’ll hear today. You’ll count four – quartets! 

Music for Clarinet
When: 
Thursday, December 06 02:00PM
Hosted by: 
Paula O’Buckley
Category: 
Classical

Enjoy music by this diverse instrument ranging from Mozart to modern compositions for clarinet and its various sonorous cousins.  Featured artists will include Richard Stoltzman and David Shifrin.

British Brass Bands
When: 
Thursday, December 06 04:00PM
Hosted by: 
Thann and Penny Ward
Category: 
Classical

The British brass band is a prominent musical institution with about 5,000 bands now extant. Brass bands developed during the industrial revolution to give mill and mine workers enjoyable cultural activity. This program will feature some of the more famous present-day bands.

A Trip on the Orient Express
When: 
Thursday, December 06 06:00PM
Hosted by: 
The Contessa and Andrew Pratt
Category: 
Classical

Select your seat and settle in for a luxurious journey featuring the sounds and images from Paris to Istanbul and beyond, with the music of Saint-Saëns, Rimsky-Korsakov and many others.

Et cum spiritu tu   
When: 
Thursday, December 06 09:00PM
Hosted by: 
Sandy Snyder
Category: 
Classical

Liturgical texts have long provided composers with the inspiration for creating some of the most beautiful music in the Western world.  Tune in to hear settings of the Magnificat, Ave Maria, Mass Ordinary texts, and some fabulous "Amens."

The Radio Star Offers Classical Music for the Starry Night
When: 
Thursday, December 06 11:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ralph Graves
Category: 
Classical

For you night owls, Ralph Graves programs music throughout each night during the Classical Marathon. A special time for special music and an especially good time to make a late-night contribution to WTJU.

Friday, December 07Back to Top
A Quintessential British Breakfast
When: 
Friday, December 07 06:00AM
Hosted by: 
Steve Myers and Andrew O’Shanick
Category: 
Classical

Vivacious Friday morning fun, with a few touches of quintessentially English music, for a rather special British breakfast treat.

Spanish Music of the Last Thousand Years
When: 
Friday, December 07 09:00AM
Hosted by: 
Greg Cox
Category: 
Classical

Western music owes much to the diversity of the Spanish tradition. Itinerant Sephardic Jews and Muslims of Morocco created passionate and mournful songs. The church and royal courts produced sacred and ceremonial works of soaring grandeur.  Modern Spanish composers continue the high standard of this tradition.

A Week of Chamber Music: Quintet
When: 
Friday, December 07 12:00PM
Hosted by: 
Paula O’Buckley
Category: 
Classical

Welcome to the fifth day of the WTJU Classical Marathon. How do you know? Because you look forward to Friday, the fifth day of the week. Time for quintets!

Scots Wha Hae!
When: 
Friday, December 07 02:00PM
Hosted by: 
Cinder Stanton
Category: 
Classical

Hear music by Scottish composers and music inspired by Scottish tradition. Music from the sixth to the twenty-first century: hymns and motets, cittern and piano solos, sonatas and rhapsodies.

Harmoniemusik: Music for Winds
When: 
Friday, December 07 04:00PM
Hosted by: 
Penny and Thann Ward
Category: 
Classical

Harmoniemusik describes 18th century music composed for two oboes, two bassoons, two horns and two clarinets.  Created by Emperor Joseph II in 1782, this form of music flourished; and Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert were among the major composers who wrote original harmoniemusik. 

The Third Annual Classical Tango Celebration
When: 
Friday, December 07 06:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ann Porotti
Category: 
Classical

Back by popular demand, Ann Porotti's tribute 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. Contemporary interpreters such as Richard Galliano, Gary Burton, Kronos Quartet, Lalo Schifrin, and YoYo Ma will serve as guides. Tango Madness – it all started with a piano/violin/bandoneon trio in a working-class dancehall.

Romance and Comedic Songs from the Operetta Tradition
When: 
Friday, December 07 09:00PM
Hosted by: 
Thom Pease
Category: 
Classical

Operetta is not the diminutive of grand opera but an art form all its own that relies on comedy and romance for its charm. This special marathon show will feature arias and scenes from some of the most popular operettas by Franz von Suppe, Jacques Offenbach, Victor Herbert, Gilbert & Sullivan, and Emmerich Kalman.

The Radio Star Offers Classical Music for the Starry Night
When: 
Friday, December 07 11:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ralph Graves
Category: 
Classical

For you night owls, Ralph Graves programs music throughout each night during the Classical Marathon. A special time for special music and an especially good time to make a late-night contribution to WTJU.

Saturday, December 08Back to Top
Early Birds: a Musical Wake-Up Call
When: 
Saturday, December 08 06:00AM
Hosted by: 
Campbell Shiflett
Category: 
Classical

Join us as we explore composers whose music chirps and tweets. From the 16th century to present, the avian Muse inspired the creation of works of whimsy and beauty.

An English Anthem and More
When: 
Saturday, December 08 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, and others.

A Week of Chamber Music: Sextets
When: 
Saturday, December 08 12:00PM
Hosted by: 
Elizabeth Benzinger
Category: 
Classical

Welcome to the sixth day of the WTJU Classical Marathon. How do you know? You may not be at work but tuning in to 91.1 FM at home or in your car. You’ll be hearing sextets.

Cello Suites from Baroque to Modern
When: 
Saturday, December 08 02:00PM
Hosted by: 
WTJU Alum David Diamond
Category: 
Classical

Join David for a tour of the unaccompanied cello suite.  Every cellist knows the incomparable suites by Bach, but this show will put the suites in context with Bach's Italian influences, as well as their 20th century echoes in the music of Britten and others.

Waltzes from Imperial Vienna
When: 
Saturday, December 08 04:00PM
Hosted by: 
Steve Myers
Category: 
Classical

A tea-dance with the magic of Old Vienna as Steve traces the evolution of the waltz and popular Viennese music in the 19th Century.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Seminal Recordings
When: 
Saturday, December 08 06:00PM
Hosted by: 
Francesca da Rimini
Category: 
Classical

Iconic recordings of the iconic composer include performances by Gould, Casals, Koopman, Landowska, and Shumsky.

The Late Brahms: Romantic Classicist
When: 
Saturday, December 08 09:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ann Porotti
Category: 
Classical

Johannes Brahms "retired" from composing in 1890, and then went on to write some of his most deeply felt compositions.  The chamber masterwork Clarinet Quintet, Opus 115 may be the most famous from this period. But there are others including the Intermezzi for piano. Spend your late Saturday evening with the autumnal music of Johannes Brahms.

The Radio Star Offers Classical Music for the Starry Night
When: 
Saturday, December 08 11:00PM
Hosted by: 
Ralph Graves
Category: 
Classical

For you night owls, Ralph Graves programs music throughout each night during the Classical Marathon. A special time for special music and an especially good time to make a late-night contribution to WTJU.

Sunday, December 09Back to Top
Advent and Christmas Music Old and New
When: 
Sunday, December 09 06:00AM
Hosted by: 
Deborah Murray
Category: 
Classical

From anonymous works of the Middle Ages to the present day, we’ll celebrate the season with this rich body of classical music.

In the Hall of the Sun King: Music from the Court at Versailles
When: 
Sunday, December 09 09:00AM
Hosted by: 
Francesca da Rimini
Category: 
Classical

Revel in the music composed for the French kings in the 17th and 18th centuries, including works by Lully, Couperin, Boesset, and Rameau.

Sunday Opera at Noon: Tristan and Isolde
When: 
Sunday, December 09 12:00PM
Hosted by: 
Tim Snider and Ann Shaffer
Category: 
Classical

Richard Wagner's immortal tale of love and death – one of the most revolutionary and influential musical compositions of all time.  We will present a luminous performance featuring Placido Domingo and Nina Stemme as the ill-fated lovers.

The King’s Mighty Organ Music
When: 
Sunday, December 09 06:00PM
Hosted by: 
Michael Latsko
Category: 
Classical

Kingly compositions from Sweelinck to Cage, honoring composers whom we celebrate for significant anniversaries in 2012.

The Messiah of Georg Frederic Handel
When: 
Sunday, December 09 07:00PM
Hosted by: 
Classical Announcers
Category: 
Classical

It’s a grand old tradition to end each Classical Marathon with a complete (and completely different) performance of Handel’s Messiah. Join us and sing along as the marathon comes to an end.

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