Skip to Content

1999 WTJU Classical Marathon
1999 WTJU Classical Marathon Program


December 12th - 19th, 1999
Program Schedule
Call Up & Make a Pledge
804-924-3418 or 804-924-3959

1999 Classical Marathon T-shirt design

Welcome to the 1999 WTJU Classical Marathon. We close the century with a celebration of music for all time. Our survey of classical music begins with the last new millennium in the year 1000 and continues through the music of youthful composers who are just now beginning to make their mark in the music world. There are some old favorites--commemorating Beethoven's birthday, recalling the genius of Richard Wagner with his last opera Parsifal, and paying tribute to Richard Strauss in the 50th year after his death. From the Broadway stage to an opera house in 1824 Venice to a coffee house in 18th century Vienna, we will present a sampling of great performances of some of the finest music ever created. We greet the BBC's arrival on WTJU with an abundance of British music.

At the request of listeners, we are presenting a cycle of all the Mahler symphonies at midnight throughout the Marathon. Unlike virtually every other radio station that plays classical music, we play entire pieces, even those that are long and often challenging. We play the great music of the Western tradition as the composer intended it to be heard, in the finest recordings available. Our commitment to you is that we are committed to the music. Enjoy and let us hear from you!

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. We need your help to keep this music on the air, and we are offering some great premiums for your pledge. Without the hard work of the classical staff, the Marathon would not be possible. Special thanks are owed to all participants, especially to Francesca, Winston Barham, Ralph Graves, and Paul Ferrer. The cover of this guide is by Ralph Graves and will be a full color design on this year's t-shirt.

Tim Snider, Classical Director


Sunday, Dec. 12 Monday, Dec. 13 Tuesday, Dec. 14 Wednesday, Dec. 15 Thursday, Dec. 16 Friday, Dec. 17 Saturday, Dec. 18 Sunday, Dec. 19

SUNDAY, DEC. 12:


6-10 AM

It's Cool To Be HIP

Lee Chen

"Historically informed performances" are all the rage. Musical scholarship can lead to performances that capture the essence of what the composer intended. Hear a generous sampling of the best of the "new old" recordings.


10 AM-noon

Y1K

Rick Rees

Take the long view this millennial season: look back from the year 1000 for Delphic hymns and Bacchic dances, early chant, Byzantine odes, and the Song of the Sybil.


Noon-6 PM

Parsifal, by Richard Wagner

Ann Shaffer

Wagner's last opera, in a performance conducted by Sir Georg Solti, with a great cast including Christa Ludwig, Hans Hotter, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Zoltan Kelemen, and Gottlob Frick.


6-8 PM

Twentieth Century Flautist

Ethelbert Nevin

Mosaics host and flute enthusiast Ethelbert Nevin invites you to join him for 2 hours of stellar flute performance. Hear many of the most beautiful and challenging works by Gaubert, Beaser, Dutilleux, Ibert, Barber, and Muczynski.


8 PM-Midnight

Winston Barham

The Guarneri Quartet

Winston narrows his chamber music focus to those legendary practitioners of the art of the quartet--the Guarneri Quartet. Some of the Guarneri's performances are among the greatest in the recorded repertoire, and you can hear them featured here.




MONDAY, DEC. 13


Midnight-3 AM

Mahler at Midnight

Brian Malone

On this first night of our Mahler festival, modern music specialist Brian Malone features Symphonies No. 1 "The Titan" (cond. Tennstedt) and the unfinished No. 10 (cond. Rattle).


6-10 AM

Moments in 20th Century England

Ethelbert Nevin

Presenting the history of England's century through its recent musical past. Hear works influenced by folk song and the church, lyrical and pastoral works by Finzi, Vaughan Williams, Stanford, Ireland, Parry, Howells, and many others.


10 AM-Noon

Beethoven's Birthday

Ann Porotti

Join jazz host Ann Porotti as she celebrates the 229th anniversary of the birth of perhaps the greatest of all composers with a sampling of his works in superb performances.


Noon-2 PM

Richard Strauss Remembered

Ann Shaffer

Fifty years after the composer's death, we remember Strauss with two hours of his finest vocal music, including opera excerpts, the Four Last Songs, and his actual "last song."


2-4 PM

The Classical Guitar

Stephen Soghoian

Jazzman Stephen Soghoian presents some of the classics for the guitar, including music by Giuliani, Paganini, and Sor, in stirring performances.


4-5 PM

BBC Newshour

Putting the world's politics and economics into perspective with analysis of current affairs worldwide.


5-5:05 PM

WTJU Virginia News

WTJU brings you the best and latest news from the Charlottesville area and throughout Virginia.


5-8 PM

Flemish Masters

Rick Rees

In the music of the Renaissance, as in its painting, the Flemish stood out. Follow five generations of Europe's finest, from Dufay and Ockeghem to Josquin, Clemens, Lassus, and others--sacred polyphony, chansons, instrumental works.


8 PM- Midnight

Five-Star Edition

Paul Ferrer & Tim Snider

Join our two critics as they present their choices of the finest recordings of works from the standard classical music repertoire--Strauss, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, and some surprises too. If you are a collector of classical CDS, this is the show for you.




TUESDAY, DEC. 14


Midnight -3 AM

Mahler at Midnight

Brian Malone

Brian Malone continues our Mahler Festival with Symphony No. 2, "The Resurrection" (cond. Blomstedt).


6-10 AM

Serenade--A Special Edition

Colin Bird

WTJU's voice from across the water presents a special blend of diverse musical styles, from early music to the latest trends in European classical music.


10 AM-1 PM

Chopin's World

John Mitchell

Chopin inhabited a world bounded by the black and white keys of his piano, within which his imagination ranged freely. WTJU's signature voice, John Mitchell, brings you three hours of Chopin's piano witchery, in performances by Argerich, Kissin, and Pires.


1-4 The Most Happy Fella

Peter Elliott

The Most Happy Fella is Frank Loesser's (Guys & Dolls, Where's Charley) most gloriously operatic score. It's a true American folk opera and one of Broadway's greatest musicals. It's the story of Tony (Met star Robert Weede), Rosabella (Jo Sullivan) and Joe (Art Lund)--and features such standards as "Standing on the Corner,""Joey, Joey, Joey,""Big eD," and "My Heart is Full of You."


4-5 PM

BBC Newshour

Putting the world's politics and economics into perspective with analysis of current affairs worldwide.


5-5:05 PM

WTJU Virginia News

WTJU brings you the best and latest news from the Charlottesville area and throughout Virginia.


5-8 PM

The Calm Before the War

Andrew Pratt

Relive the refined world of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, before the Great War brought dissonance to the fore. Host Andrew Pratt will present the music of Debussy, Faure, Glazunov, Balakirev, and others.


8 PM- Midnight

Singers for the Ages

Ann Shaffer & Tim Snider

WTJU's Lady of Song, Ann Shaffer, invites Tim Snider to join in a survey of some of the finest singers of the century in their greatest roles. Prefer Gigli to Corelli, Sutherland to Melba? Let your voice be heard with a pledge in honor of your favorite.




WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15


Midnight-3 AM

Mahler at Midnight

Francesca

Friday morning Concordanza host Francesca features Mahler's Symphony No. 3.


6-10 AM

Cafe Vienna

Ralph Graves

At the turn of the last century, the world's greatest composers were living and working in Vienna: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven. Ralph Graves, "Radio Star," presents some of their most exciting chamber works for your Wednesday morning listening pleasure.


10 AM-Noon

In a Nutshell: The Music of Percy Grainger

Francesca da Rimini

From Handel in the Strand to Molly on the Shore, join Francesca as she surveys the original compositions and celebrated arrangements of Australia's greatest and most eccentric musical export.


Noon-2 PM

Glenn Gould

Michael Mizrahi

Genius? Iconoclast? Revolutionary? Those labels and more have been pinned on Glenn Gould, who abandoned the concert stage for the recording studio to produce a recorded legacy unmatched by any other pianist. Hear why Gould is one of our favorite artists.


2-4 PM

Henry Purcell

Rick Rees

Tune in for highlights from the 17th Century "British Orpheus": solo songs, court and sacred music--everything from "Hail Bright Cecilia" to the Te Deum and Dido and Aeneas.


4-5 PM

BBC Newshour

Putting the world's politics and economics into perspective with analysis of current affairs worldwide.


5-5:05 PM

WTJU Virginia News

WTJU brings you the best and latest news from the Charlottesville area and throughout Virginia.


5-8 PM

20th Century Top 10 Countdown

Brian Malone & Peter Knell

The best music of the century is all here . . . in rank order. Peter and Brian (WTJU's "Siskel and Ebert of 20th Century Music") argued long and hard to settle on these ten works. Tune in and hear the music by which this century will be known. Listen for No. 1.


8- Midnight

Who's Keeping Score

Peter Elliott and Lee Chen

This century's classical composers have enriched one of this century's greatest marvels--the motion picture--with their classic film scores. Join us as we explore the film music of Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Britten, Corigliano, Korngold, Bernstein, John Williams, and more.




THURSDAY, DEC. 16


Midnight-3 AM

Mahler at Midnight

Peter Elliott

The Show Show's Peter Elliott steps off Broadway to feature Mahler's popular Symphony No. 4 and the brooding Symphony No.5 (both cond. Bernstein).


6-10 AM

The Storied Guitar

John Mitchell

From early lutes and theorbos to custom-made 8-strings, the guitar has traveled many roads. In this special edition of Sleepers, Awake!, John explores the many-faceted world of the guitar, with music by Bach, Pagannini, and Purcell, plus flamenco passion and Neapolitan serenades.


10 AM-Noon

Vienna Bonbons

Ralph Graves

A selection of short piano pieces by the masters of the Classical style--Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven. From 18th century elegance to 19th century drama, hear the evolution of the Classical style.


Noon-2 PM

Schubertiade

Paul Ferrer

Spend an afternoon with Franz Schubert & friends at one of their legendary get-togethers for chamber music and song. A good time will be had by all.


2-4 PM

The Dark Mozart

Colin Bird

Mozart was hardly the comic figure from Amadeus. Instead, some of his most moving creations are tinted darkly in a minor mood, from the G minor symphonies to Don Giovanni. Hear a generous sampling of his melancholy but vibrant creations.


4-5 PM

BBC Newshour

Putting the world's politics and economics into perspective with analysis of current affairs worldwide.


5-5:05 PM

WTJU Virginia News

WTJU brings you the best and latest news from the Charlottesville area and throughout Virginia.


5-8 PM Pyrotechnic Piano

Andrew Pratt

Experience fireworks in December with a dazzling display of virtuoso piano pieces from Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and others.


8- Midnight

Classical Dance Party

Brian Malone

Grab your best guy or gal and get ready to cut a rug. DJ Brian spins phat classical grooves, including waltzes, polkas, tangos, and much more. Featured composers include Dvorak, Adams, Piazolla, the Strauss family, Kernis, and many others. If it's got a great groove, hear it here.




FRIDAY, DEC. 17


Midnight-3 AM

Mahler at Midnight

Michael Mizrahi

Michael Mizrahi, WTJU's most enthusiastic Mahlerian, presents Symphony No. 6 (cond. TBA).


6-10 AM

You Heard It Here First

Francesca da Rimini

On a special Marathon edition of Concordanza, Francesca celebrates beautiful music by composers you won't hear on those OTHER radio stations.


10 AM-Noon

American Symphonists

Ethelbert Nevin

As we leave a century of American music, we hear pieces by American orchestrators and symphonists whose work defined the course of American music. A "must hear"for those romantic at heart--music by Diamond, Piston, Copland, Hanson, and others.


Noon-2 PM

Praise & Thanksgiving

Winston Barham

Hymns of praise and anthems of thanks, from composers of many countries. We celebrate the joys of peace throughout the centuries, with music for the occasion.


2-4 PM

War & Peace

Brian Malone

War is an inescapable influence on music. How do composers celebrate peace while still recalling the nightmare of what came before? How does music carry ethical challenges to future generations? We sample music inspired by victories and atrocities, by Penderecki, Strauss, Schoenberg, Vaughan Williams, and others.


4-5 PM

BBC Newshour

Putting the world's politics and economics into perspective with analysis of current affairs worldwide.


5-5:05 PM

WTJU Virginia News

WTJU brings you the best and latest news from the Charlottesville area and throughout Virginia.


5-8 PM

Brahms: Romantic Classicist

Peter Knell

Rumor has it that Brahms, once arch-conservative to all Wagnerians, is Peter's favorite composer. Serious, introspective, the music of Brahms is music for all time.


8-10 PM

King of Instruments

Michael Latsko

The King of Instruments trumpets great new recordings, including music of Schumann, Mendelssohn, and a rousing interpretation of Bruckner's 8th Symphony, transcribed for organ!


10- Midnight

Contemporary British Composers

Brian Malone

Recently there has been a revitalization of British music. Leading the rebirth are young composers who are beguiling listeners while extending the classical tradition. Sample music of Thomas Ades, Oliver Knussen, and Michael Torke. London comes to Charlottesville.




SATURDAY, DEC. 18


Midnight-3 AM

Mahler at Midnight

Michael Mizrahi

Michael Mizrahi returns with Mahler's magisterial Symphony No. 7 (cond. TBA).


6-10 AM

Golden Age of the City of Light

Andrew Pratt

Bask in the shimmering glow of the luminaries of French music, from the ardent romanticism of Saint-Saens and the focused introspection of Faure to the vibrant palette of Ravel. Our resident francophile presents his favorites.


10 AM-1 PM

English Anthem

Michael Latsko

Our annual choral cavalcade spanning five centuries of England's choral gems, sung by the world's finest choirs.


1-4 PM

Piano & More

Winston Barham

Our champion of chamber music presents a melodious selection of chamber works featuring the piano, including trios, quartets, and more by composers serenely classical and fervently romantic.


4-7 PM

Forbidden Broadway

Eric Motschenbacher and Peter Elliott

Join Peter and Eric as they toast and roast musicals from Broadway's "Golden Age"as well as shows currently playing on the Great White Way as we present our second annual spoof of Broadway musicals. Join us as we take on Ragtime, The Lion King, Titanic, Les Mis, Footloose, Chicago, Cabaret, Annie Get Your Gun, Rent, The Sound of Music, Miss Saigon, and of course Ethel Merman! Featuring the cast of the Completely Unoriginal Cast Recordings of Forbidden Broadway!


7-10 PM

Jordi Savall

Rick Rees

Perhaps no one embodies the rise of Early Music like this Catalan "Renaissance Man," whose Hesperion XX and La Capella Reial have recorded everything from troubadour songs to French baroque to Bach and Haydn. Every bit of it stunning.


10-Midnight

Shostakovich Chamber Music

Derek Furr

A survey of the chamber music of the great Russian composer, from juvenilia to mature masterworks. Special emphasis is given to his innovative work with the string quartet.




SUNDAY, DEC. 19


Midnight-3 AM

Mahler at Midnight

Derek Furr

Mahler Week concludes as guest host Derek Furr presents Mahler's colossal Symphony No. 8, the "Symphony of a Thousand"(Bernstein cond.), and his Symphony No. 9 (Walter cond.).


6-10 AM

Inspired by Shakespeare

Francesca da Rimini

The third annual tribute to music inspired by the poetry and plays of England's immortal bard features compositions by Vivaldi, Zemlinsky, Korngold, Finzi, Bax, and many others.


10 AM-Noon

Sometimes I Feel: Spirituals

Shawn Felton

Two hours of the African American spiritual by well known and less well known classically trained singers and composers. Marian Anderson, Jessye Norman, Barbara Hendrix, and Florence Price will help you feel the spirit.


Noon-6 PM

The Crusader in Egypt

Tim Snider

We continue to feature less well known operas. This opera was Giacomo Meyerbeer's first hit and the last major opera to feature a castrato role. Imagine taking your seat in the opera house in Venice in 1824. Expect to hear some glorious singing, and you won't be disappointed.


6-9 PM

Messiah

Classical Staff

We pay our annual tribute to Handel's great oratorio in a performance guaranteed to please. This is our special reward to you for your support during the 1999 Marathon.

WTJU is owned and operated by the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia.
The opinions expressed by announcers or guests on WTJU are not necessarily the opinions of WTJU or the University of Virginia.