Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 1:05pm
Joy Williams’ 2019 album, "Front Porch," is a rich but stripped-down acoustic journey through personal struggles and relationships.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 3:20pm
The new season of Saturday Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts begins Dec. 7 on Wisconsin Public Radio, and continues through May 9. Launched in 1931, the Met’s matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical radio series in American broadcast history. This season includes favorites...
Monday, December 2, 2019, 8:00am
WPR's Music Librarian, Dennie Ryan, marks 50 years with the organization.
Thursday, November 28, 2019, 8:00am
The special Thanksgiving Edition of Morning Classics includes lots of American music plus highlights from this year's Wisconsin School Music Association Honors Concerts.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 12:00pm
Norman talks to cellist Dinesh Traynor who was the Grand Prize winner of the 2019 Betty Frost Jenkins Young Artist Concerto Competition and will performed with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra on December 7 and 8. He's a senior in High School in Stevens Point. He performs several selections...
Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 6:30am
In December 1945, Earl Scruggs joined Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys, bringing the Scruggs-style three-finger banjo playing to the band. Many people point to that moment as the birth of what we now call bluegrass music.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 12:00pm
Now that winter has settled in and made itself at home, WPR's music hosts offer this varied selection of music to add some light and warmth to your days. In the words of an old ballad: All hail to the days that merit more praise Than all the rest of the year, And welcome the nights that double...
Monday, November 25, 2019, 12:00pm
The Midday comes to you live from Mills Concert Hall on the UW-Madison campus where flutist Holly Venkitaswaran and piano accompanist Vincent Fuh are featured. Venkitaswaran attended Hamilton High School in Lisbon, Wisconsin and is currently a freshman at Vanderbilt University. She was a finalist...
Friday, November 22, 2019, 10:00am
In his latest recording, German violinist Christian Tetzlaff revisits two of the most popular concertos for his instrument: the Beethoven and the Sibelius.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 5:50am
Folk music and country music have danced together over the last century, sometimes closer, sometimes farther apart, and no one knows that better than country music historian Bill Malone.
Friday, November 8, 2019, 10:00am
Trumpeter Paul Merkelo has recorded four popular concertos with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, playing three different trumpets.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 1:15pm
For Wade Fernandez, music is a way of honoring the past while also ensuring the future. A roots musician and member of the Menominee Nation, Fernandez’s song, "Sawaenemiyah (Blessed)" is the "Simply Folk" download of the month for November.
Friday, November 1, 2019, 10:00am
German pianist Heidrun Holtmann has released a 4-CD set of the Bach "48:" Books I & II of his beloved Well Tempered Clavier.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 1:30pm
Mary Gauthier's 2018 album "Rifles & Rosary Beads" was written with veterans and their families as a way to share their stories of war and beyond.
Friday, October 25, 2019, 10:00am
The Neave Trio's new release, "Her Voice" features three pioneering female composers: Amy Beach, Rebecca Clarke and Louise Farrenc.
Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:00am
Composer John Williams has adapted music from a number of films for violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.
Friday, October 11, 2019, 10:00am
Years-long in the making, conductor Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic release a seven-CD box set of Tchaikovsky's greatest music.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 9:20am
Award-winning UW-Madison composer Laura Schwendinger talks with WPR's Norman Gilliland about the upcoming U.S premiere of music by Irish composer Raymond Deane.
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 11:00am
When Sleater-Kinney formed in the mid-1990s, they were a rock 'n' roll powerhouse from the start. Two guitarists, Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker, weave heavy, melodic licks and share vocal duties. A drummer rounds out the trio, a group that eventually became one of the most influential bands of that era.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 3:20pm
Cris Plata is an embodiment of a musical crossroads, having grown up traveling with his family around the United States as migrant farmers. And those travels exposed him to music that melded with the traditional Mexican music that he grew up with.