Madison Symphony Performs Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Thursday, March 5, 2020, 12:00pm
This weekend, March 6, 7 and 8, the Madison Symphony Orchestra performs at the Overture Center in Madison. Blake Pouliot performs the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Kenneth Woods leads the orchestra presenting Haydn’s Symphony No. 96, the "Miracle," and then closes with the orchestral tone poem by...
Covering Some Of Folk Music's Most Famous Women Songwriters
Friday, February 28, 2020, 5:00pm
It’s been said that history is written by the victors. In truth, however, history is written by, well, the writers! And as March is Women’s History Month, I thought it would be good to focus on female writers, or more specifically, female songwriters.
UW Opera Performs Così fan tutte
Monday, February 17, 2020, 12:00pm
Norman talks to members of the UW Opera company including their director David Ronis with conductor Oriol Sanz, soprano Julia Urbank, and soprano Cayla Rosche. They will be performing Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte on February 28, March 1 and March 3 in Music Hall on the UW-Madison campus. They discuss...
Iowa's Hinterland Festival Announces 2020 Lineup
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 11:05am
Coming off of a successful 2019 event, Hinterland Music Festival in Saint Charles, Iowa, has announced their 2020 lineup. Of Monsters and Men, Tyler Childers, and Leon Bridges will headline the three-day festival July 31 through Aug. 2. The Icelandic indie folk rock band Of Monsters and Men will...
10 Questions For Conductor JoAnn Falletta
Thursday, January 30, 2020, 2:00pm
JoAnn Falletta, the Grammy Award-winning American conductor is music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Their latest release, "Forgotten Treasures," celebrates her 20th anniversary with the orchestra. She recently spoke with WPR about her career, the orchestra and music both new and...
Take A Tour Of The Blues, The Source For So Much American Music
Thursday, January 30, 2020, 1:15pm
The blues are the rootstock of so much American music. From rock 'n' roll, soul and folk to country, R&B and jazz and beyond, it would be hard to spend a day anywhere in the U.S. and not hear blues or the music that was influenced by the blues.
On Centenary Of His Birth, Folk Legend Pete Seeger Remembered For Musical, Social Contributions
Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 12:00pm
In a time of division in our world along political, religious, economic and philosophical lines, the 100 th anniversary of Pete Seeger's birth is a chance to honor someone who, as he once said, "sang for everybody."
Enjoy The New Milwaukee Symphony Broadcast Series On WPR
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 1:55pm
WPR’s Lori Skelton hosts this national series of broadcast concerts by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. The 13-part series will air Sundays starting Jan. 5, 2020, at 2 p.m. on the NPR News and Classical Music Network, and on the Classical HD Network. Since its founding in 1959, the Milwaukee...
Yuja Wang: The Berlin Recital
Friday, December 27, 2019, 9:00am
Nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, "The Berlin Recital" features pianist Yuja Wang performing music by Rachmaninoff, Ligeti, Scriabin and Prokofiev.
Folk Music That Fits The Season
Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 10:30am
Christmas music, it seems, is everywhere this these days, from all-Christmas music radio stations to the background tunes played in the local grocery store. But there are a lot of celebrations taking place this time of year, and the music — especially folk music — embraces a wide range of traditions and communities.
Two Guitars - Red & Black
Friday, December 13, 2019, 12:00pm
Norman welcomes guitarists Miles McConnell and Gabor Szarvas to The Midday. Together they're known as Red and Black. They perform several pieces by Granados, Bach and Lennon & McCartney and others.
The Past Is Present On 'Songs Of Our Native Daughters'
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 10:20am
Part of the inspiration for the 2019 album "Songs of Our Native Daughters" came from a tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. that Rhiannon Giddens took with her daughter.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 12:00pm
Isthmus Brass conductor John Stevens and tuba player Mike Forbes talk about the free concert they'll be giving on Thursday, December 12 at First United Methodist Church in Madison. Norman plays several selections from their album "We need a little Christmas."