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1998 WTJU Classical Marathon
1998 WTJU Classical Marathon Program


December 6 - 13th, 1998
Welcome music lover!

Welcome to the 1998 WTJU Classical Marathon. For over 40 years WTJU has been broadcasting the finest in classical music, and the annual highlight is the Classical Marathon. Our listeners are discriminating people who expect to hear their classical music in the finest performances, complete and uninterrupted. We try to bring you the finest classical programming anywhere throughout the year, but with this Classical Marathon we have outdone ourselves.

We are commemorating the centennial of the birth of George Gershwin, one of America's most original musicians. We will present his opera Porgy and Bess in its entirety. Another show will give you the opportunity to request your own Gershwin favorites. This Marathon is an occasion to celebrate the music of all American composers, and we will present many hours of American music, both familiar and unfamiliar.

We ask for your generous financial support to make this the most successful Marathon ever. Our announcers are all volunteers, and presenting classical music on WTJU for us is a labor of love. Without the hard work of the classical staff, the Marathon would not be possible. Special thanks to all participants, especially to Francesca, Winston Barham, Ralph Graves, John Mitchell, and Paul Ferrer.

Tim Snider
Classical Director



Program Schedule
CALL UP & MAKE A PLEDGE
924-3419 - 924-3959

SUNDAY DECEMBER 6

6-9 AM
RHAPSODY
Francesca da Rimini

"Rhapsodies . . . are not a very difficult formula, if one can think up enough tunes."
--Virgil Thompson
Not all rhapsodies are blue, but they are all derived from folk themes. Hear some of the most delightful of them to start the day.

9-11 AM
ONLY THE GREAT DIE YOUNG
Andrew Pratt

"What if . . . ?" Ponder the brilliance of Romantic composers who left this world before their time. Join Andrew Pratt for Schumann's Adagio and Allegro, Schubert's Konzertstucke, and works of Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Kalinnikov.

11-2 PM
INTRODUCTION TO THE MARATHON
Tim Snider

Here's your audio guide to the 1998 Classical Marathon. Follow along in your written guide as we play excerpts from the programs to help you choose your favorites. Pledge early, sit back, and enjoy the Marathon.

2-7 PM
PORGY & BESS
Clive Papayanis

Our centennial tribute to George Gershwin begins with his masterpiece, the quintessential American opera--Porgy and Bess. Filled with great tunes (Summertime, It Ain't Necessarily So) and unforgettable characters like Sportin' Life, Porgy & Bess guarantees a great afternoon of singing.

7-10 PM
UNDER STALIN'S THUMB
Paul Ferrer

In 1948 the Soviet regime cracked down on four of its best-known composers, who were branded as "formalists" exhibiting anti-democratic tendencies. We will sample the works of these four, including two giants of the 20th Century--Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

10-Midnight
COMPOSING EASTERN EUROPEAN MUSIC
Brian Malone

One of the most productive regions for composition today is Eastern Europe. Composers there have developed personal styles and musical languages. We present music from such established composers as Lutoslawski and Penderecki and from lesser-known composers such as Rihm and Gubaidulina.

MONDAY DECEMBER 7

Midnight-6 AM
CLASSICAL REQUESTS
Classical Staff

WTJU's classical staff plays your classical requests through the night. Request your favorite piece of classical music and pledge your support for WTJU.

6-8 AM
MOZART THE SUBLIME
Michael Mizrahi

Hear two hours of melodious masterpieces from the most sublime genius of them all--Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Featured works include one of Mozart's crowning achievements--the "Jupiter Symphony."

8-10 AM
THE EXCELLENT ADVENTURE--PART I: EARLY MUSIC
John Mitchell & Ralph Graves

Veteran early morning announcers Ralph Graves and John Mitchell team up to play the music their listeners like best. The week-long odyssey begins with Early Music: enduring melodies from 1000 A.D. through the Renaissance--echoes of cloister, tavern, and castle keep.

10 AM - Noon
Premium Show
Paul Ferrer

The Premium Show provides a sneak preview of the some of the CDs being offered as premiums for your pledges during this year's Marathon. Here's your chance to listen and preview your premium CD while you pledge.

Noon-2 PM
SIBELIUS--NORDIC ROMANTIC
Tim Snider

Jean Sibelius is Scandinavia's best-loved composer. Hear a generous sampling of works from this quintessential Nordic Romantic, the melodic and the turbulent.

2-4:30 PM
AMERICAN EMIGRES
Ann Porotti

Forced from their homelands by war and oppression, artists such as Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, and Korngold immeasurably enriched American musical life. We sample their work, composed while they lived and worked on these shores.

5-7 PM
MUSIC OF THE SISTINE CHAPEL
Rick Rees

Rick Rees, WTJU's Kappelmeister of Early Music, presents the full sonority of sacred music of the Renaissance, austere and moving, featuring music for the Papal Choir by Palestrina and his followers.

7-10 PM
BEETHOVEN'S "FIFTHS"
Paul Ferrer and Tim Snider

The fifth time often proved to be a charm for the greatest composer of them all. We will hear Beethoven's fifth entries in a number of genres, including his Fifth Symphony, his Fifth Piano Concerto (the "Emperor") and the fifth violin sonata (the "Spring").

10-Midnight
20TH CENTURY SONATAS
Francesca da Rimini

"The sonata is an essentially dramatic form, combining the emotional range and vivid presentation of a full-sized drama with the terseness of a short story." Francesca presents her favorites.

TUESDAY DECEMBER 8

Midnight-6 AM
CLASSICAL REQUESTS
Classical Staff

WTJU's classical staff plays your classical requests through the night. Request your favorite piece of classical music and pledge your support for WTJU.

6-8 AM
MANNHEIM SCHOOL
Morgan Foster

From Stamitz to Holzbauer, from secular to sacred, we return you musically to Mannheim, the most brilliant court in 18th Century Germany.

8-10 AM
THE EXCELLENT ADVENTURE--PART II: AMERICAN MUSIC
John Mitchell & Ralph Graves

Ralph and John return to present the rich heritage of American music, from its beginnings in folk music, ballads, and hymns to the latest works of modern composers.

10 AM - Noon
PORTRAIT OF COPLAND
Derek Furr

Derek presents a musical portrait of this brilliant, versatile composer in WTJU style: familiar melodies, lesser-known works, and the eloquent musings of the man himself.

Noon-2 PM
20TH CENTURY AMERICAN ANTHEMS
Winston Barham

Many composers this century wrote original works for choirs that are not based on older tunes, such as hymns or chant. This show will explore some of the smaller gems of the anthem tradition from such composers as Randall Thompson, Copland, Rorem, Ferko, Jane Marshall, and Hovhaness.

2-4:30 PM
COMPOSING AMERICAN MUSIC SINCE 1990
Brian Malone

At the end of the century American composers were shaking off European influences and moving beyond Minimalism. This show features music composed in the last decade, including works by Adams, Torke, Kernis, Scott Johnson, and Michael Daugherty.

5-7 PM
WINDOW ON CHOPIN
Andrew Pratt

Explore the intimate universe of one of the great enigmatic personalities of the Romantic period, a man who achieved worldwide fame as a musical genius who composed primarily short works. Hear the Piano Sonata #3, nocturnes, waltzes, etudes, and more.

7-10 PM
I GRANDI TENORI
Ann Shaffer & Tim Snider

We survey great tenors of the century in the Italian repertoire. From Caruso to Pavarotti, listen to the flower of Italian singing. We present the noblest utterances of Verdi and the beauty of Neapolitan song, all sung by the greatest of the great. Vote for your favorite tenor with your pledge.

10-Midnight
SPOTLIGHT ON ARVO PäRT
Winston Barham

This Estonian native, first known for his work in Serialism, has become one of the most popular composers of this decade. His intensely introspective music draws heavily from the traditions of the Orthodox Church. This show will feature works from all periods of his career.

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 9

Midnight-6 AM
CLASSICAL REQUESTS
Classical Staff

WTJU's classical staff plays your classical requests through the night. Request your favorite piece of classical music and pledge your support for WTJU.

6-8 AM
FLUTE MASTERCLASS
Ethelbert Nevin

Drawing from several centuries of masterworks for the professional flautist, we present sonatas by Baroque composers along with modern solo and chamber works, featuring artists such as Marion and Robison.

8-10 AM
THE EXCELLENT ADVENTURE--PART III: THE MORNING MOVIE
John Mitchell & Ralph Graves

Megaphones in hand and caps turned backward, Ralph and John plunge into the world of movie music. Hear selections from Korngold, Steiner, Waxman, Marriconi, Bernstein, Herrmann, and Williams.

10 AM - Noon
ROMANTIC PIANO CONCERTOS
Michael Mizrahi

Join host Michael Mizrahi as he explores the yearning, tempetuosity, and melodic strains of the Romantic piano concerto.

Noon-2 PM
LATIN PIANISTS
Chris Hernadi

We present great piano music performed by the giants of South America--Claudio Arrau, Martha Argerich, and Daniel Barenboim.

2-4:30 PM
20TH CENTURY SONG CYCLES
Ann Shaffer

WTJU's Maven of the Voice presents 2 1/2 hours of melodious examples of the art song composed and performed by the foremost 20th century exponents of the form.

5-7 PM
MINIMALIST RETROSPECTIVE
Brian Malone

The musical influence of Minimalism is on the wane. Is it time to put it into perspective? We will look back to see where it has gone and where (if anywhere) it is going, featuring music by Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and John Adams.

7-10 PM
SALZBURG FESTIVAL--1969
David Wilson

You are there at the legendary 1969 Salzburg Festival to savor a performance long to be remembered, featuring great artists such as Szell and Gilels.

10-Midnight
THE KING OF INSTRUMENTS
Michael Latsko

Organ classics . . . solo and concerto . . . stately and exalted. If you agree that the organ is the King of Instruments, you won't want to miss this regal display of organ fireworks.

THURSDAY DECEMBER 10

Midnight-6 AM
CLASSICAL REQUESTS
Classical Staff

WTJU's classical staff plays your classical requests through the night. Request your favorite piece of classical music and pledge your support for WTJU.

6-8 AM
MUSIC OF THE HABSBURG COURT
Morgan Foster

They did not listen only to Mozart. The Habsburg courts heard some of the finest music in Europe. Morgan samples the compositions of prominent and lesser-known musicians active at both the Austrian and Spanish Habsburg courts.

8-10 AM
The Excellent Adventure--Part IV: Women of Record
John Mitchell & Ralph Graves

John and Ralph celebrate the skills of outstanding woman vocalists, composers pianists, cellists, and guitarists, not to mention the blossoming category of woman artists--conductors.

10 AM - Noon
"CLASSICAL" CLASSICAL MUSIC
Winston Barham

Classical music got its name from the flourishing of Greek and Roman civilizations, revisited during the Age of Enlightenment. From Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice to Stravinsky's Agon, this show features retelling of age-old myths.

Noon-2 PM
STRING QUARTETS
Derek Furr

In the third annual String Quartet Show, Derek focuses on quartets of the Classical era: music by Haydn, Hummel, Mozart, and others.

2-4:30 PM
PROGRAMMATIC MUSIC
Michael Mizrahi

Some composers sought to meld the musical and the extra-musical, painting a musical picture. Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony describes a scene in the country, complete with thunderstorm. Hear other examples of descriptive music from all periods.

5-7 PM
LATE BRAHMS
Peter Knell

Sample the autumnal works of this most Classical of Romantic composers, including his Fourth Symphony, his Two Songs Op. 91, and his F minor Clarinet Sonata.

7-10 PM
MUSIC OF THE CRUSADES
Rick Rees

Take a musical voyage clear across Europe and beyond with Hildegard and the troubadours to Byzantium, Syria, Palestine. Hear the music the Crusaders took with them, and the music they brought back.

10-Midnight
SIGURD RASCHER
David Wilson

David Wilson profiles Sigurd Rascher, one of this century's leading concert saxophonists.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 11

Midnight-6 AM
CLASSICAL REQUESTS
Classical Staff

WTJU's classical staff plays your classical requests through the night. Request your favorite piece of classical music and pledge your support for WTJU.

6-8 AM
MY THREE SONS
Andrew Monahan

We survey the music of the sons of the great Bach: W.F., C.P.E., and J.C. Bach. The sons of J.S. Bach emerge from the shadow of their famous father, and we present music composed in their own unique style.

8-10 AM
The Excellent Adventure--Part V: Lushly Latin
John Mitchell & Ralph Graves

Ralph and John conclude their Marathon odyssey with a free-wheeling musical tour of Spain, Mexico, and America south of the border. Hear works of the Mexican Baroque, great guitar music, and colorful compositions by Granados, Revueltas, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, and Lecuona.

10 AM - Noon
THE RETURN OF THE VIOLIN VIRTUOSOS
Stephen Soghoian

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear when violin virtuosos wowed audiences with their stunning pyrotechnics and beautiful melodies. WTJU Jazzman Stephen Soghoian plays violin music by Paganini, Kreisler, and Sarasate.

Noon-2 PM
MONTEVERDI & COMPANY
Rick Rees

Revel in the glories of the Italian Baroque in Venice, circa 1620, where Claudio Monteverdi, one of the greatest pre-Classical composers, unleashed a style that swept through Europe.

2-4:30 PM
GERSHWIN BY REQUEST
Peter Elliott

Celebrate George Gershwin's 100th birthday by calling in your pledge and requesting your favorite Gershwin tune. Listen to classic Gershwin selections from "Oh, Kay," "Strike Up the Band," "Porgy & Bess," and much more.

5-7 PM
PROFILE OF LYON
Chris Hernadi

There's more to Lyon than the food. Hear why France's second city is second to none in the musical scene. We will hear works conducted by Krivine, selections from operas conducted by Kent Nagano, and arias sung by Lyon's own Natalie Dessay.

7-10 PM
HANDEL ORATORIOS
Clive Papayanis

Handel was one of the greatest composers of vocal music in history. Whether in opera or oratorio, his creations are among the most enduring in the entire repertoire, and not just because of the Messiah. Hear selections from some his lesser-known, but brilliant oratorios.

10-Midnight
LIVING AMERICAN COMPOSERS
Peter Knell

Explore the rich world of contemporary American composers. From the hip post-Minimalism of John Adams and Stephen Montague to the expressive romanticism of Dominick Argento and John Harbison, there is music here for everyone.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 12

Midnight-7 AM
CLASSICAL REQUESTS
Classical Staff

WTJU's classical staff plays your classical requests through the night. Request your favorite piece of classical music and pledge your support for WTJU.

7-10 AM
INSPIRED BY SHAKESPEARE
Francesca da Rimini

A continuation of last year's "But Hark, What Music," this show brings you all new music inspired by the plays and poetry of William Shakespeare, featuring works by Vaughan Williams, Purcell, Sullivan, Delius, Amram, and others.

10-2 PM
ENGLISH ANTHEM
Michael Latsko

Traverse 5 centuries of lush and gorgeous choral gems in 4 hours, as Michael Latsko returns with one of the Marathon's perennial favorites. From Taverner to Tavener, accompanied and a capella, start your Saturday off in true English style.

2-4 PM
ENGLISH TEA
Ethelbert Nevin

After singing the glorious anthem to your heart's desire, rest your voice, get a cup of hot water, and sample our selection of English teas. Try our favorites--Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Britten, Howells, Bax, and others.

4-7 PM
FORBIDDEN BROADWAY
Peter Elliott and Eric Motschenbacher

Surgeon General's Warning: Not for the serious of heart! Broadway's greatest musicals are spoofed on this special show that pokes fun at musical comedy. Tune in for lampoons of your favorite musicals--"Les Mis," "The King and I," "Phantom," "La Cage," "Sweeney Todd," and others--all taken from the Unoriginal Cast Recordings.

7-8 PM
LOONEY TUNES
Chris Hernadi

Whether it was wabbit season or duck season, the folks at Warner Brothers knew good music when they heard it. We recreate the musical repertoire of Bugs Bunny and his friends, combining Wagner, Mozart, and Strauss with original music of Carl Stalling.

8-10 PM
INVITATION TO THE DANCE
Francesca da Rimini

This show features music for the dance in all its rhythmic involvement and formal purity, featuring works by Ponchielli, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, and others.

10-Midnight
MICROTONALISTS
David Wilson

Not all musicians construct music out of the whole and half steps of the traditional scale to which we are accustomed. Hear the unusual construction of composers whose music is unfettered by convention.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 13

Midnight-7 AM
CLASSICAL REQUESTS
Classical Staff

WTJU's classical staff plays your classical requests through the night. Request your favorite piece of classical music and pledge your support for WTJU.

7-9 AM
ROBERT SHAW: TRIBUTE TO AN ARTIST
Derek Furr

We present a tribute to one of America's most popular conductors and most influential patrons of fine music. Derek will sample a range of orchestral and choral recordings, all with the grandeur that signifies a Robert Shaw performance.

9-11 AM
MY SOUL'S BEEN ANCHORED
Shawn Felton

Performances of the African-American spiritual to chill the body, but not the soul. Anchor yourself for 2 hours of spirit-filled performances by Jessye Norman, Marian Anderson, Pamela Dillard, and others.

11 AM-1 PM
THE NUTCRACKER
Andrew Pratt

Enter the winter wonderland of Tchaikovsky's delectable sampler of international delicacies. Succumb to the poignant passion of fairies and princes in this complete performance of the enduring favorite, The Nutcracker.

1-6 PM
DER ROSENKAVALIER
Ann Shaffer

Strauss's eternal classic features soaring music for female voices and wonderful waltz melodies. One of our listeners' all-time favorite works on WTJU's Sunday Opera Matinee, our trio of great protagonists is sung by Regin Crespin, Helen Donath, and Yvonne Minton, and the proceedings are conducted by the late Sir Georg Solti in a luminous performance not soon to be forgotten.

6-9 PM
THE MESSIAH
The Classical Staff

The Marathon concludes with our annual presentation of Handel's Messiah, this year in a breathtaking new recording from the 1997 Oregon Bach Festival, conducted by Helmut Rilling and featuring vocalists Thomas Quasthoff, Sibylla Rubens, Ingeborg Danz, and James Taylor. Make your pledge and obtain your own copy of "The Messiah" as a premium for your support of WTJU's Classical Marathon.

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